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Epiphone Les Paul Jr. (LQ) Lacquer Series Made In Japan early 2000's Heritage Cherry

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MIJ Epiphone "Lacquer Series" (LQ) Les Paul Junior

This is an Epiphone LP Jr. made exclusively for the Japanese market at the Fuji-Gen factory in Japan. I bought it directly from the Kurosawa store in Japan as a used guitar in 2016.

Not sure of the actual production date, but I suspect it was made in 2006 from what I’ve been able to put together from various internet serial number sources: F=Fuji-Gen, 6=2006, 01=January, 752=unit number. I believe Epi stopped producing these instruments circa 2009. The Owner’s Certificate (issued by the Kurosawa store) shows my date of purchase as 2016.

It’s finished in either Nitro-cellulose or acrylic lacquer finish…. I don’t know enough about these guitars to be absolutely sure. Regardless, the finish is quite thin; hence the numerous body dings (small and insubstantial IMHO, but shown in pics for full disclosure).

Weight is somewhere around 7 lbs… it’s honestly no heavier than my Nash alder-bodied Tele. All I have is a bathroom scale which won’t give me an accurate reading, but it’s lighter than a Gibson Historic RI LP Jr. (I’ve owned 3).

• 2 piece mahogany body, 1 piece quarter-sawn mahogany neck.
• Neck carve is a delicious ’59 style… not a Slim-Taper OR the baseball-bat found on Historic RIs. An ideal neck carve IMHO.
• High gloss lacquer finish.
• Original P-90 pickup, electronics and nickel hardware.
• Vintage style button tuners.
• Bone nut.
• Gibson original "open-book" design headstock.
• Heritage Cherry red color.
• Gearlux hardshell tweed covered case (purchased by me), along with Kurosawa’s Owner’s Cert. and both truss and tailpiece wrenches, as well as case keys.
• NO breaks, NO repairs, NO issues. I’ve represented this guitar as honestly as possible.

This guitar has exceptional action and intonation; I’m a stickler on intonation and thought when I purchased it that it would probably require an after-market wrap-around to satisfy my finickiness. It doesn’t. The guitar strobes out almost perfectly, with just the plain G string (I have 10’s on it) flickering the dead-nuts. I’ve rarely encountered a wraparound guitar this true to pitch.

You can take the action quite low without buzzing or fretting out. I have it set up to my own preference which I’d call “medium-lowish”…. high enough to get some flesh under the finger tips for bending and slide work, but not high enough to pull chords sharp if you’re as ham-fisted as I can be.

Neck is dead-straight with just a hair of relief. An experienced tech may suggest a touch more relief, but I set up my guitars the way I like ‘em.

Fret wear is very, very minimal. No divots whatsoever. Standard Gibson size frets (medium jumbo…?)

Sunlit photos show the deep grain figuring on the body. Indoor photos used to show the body dings also show how the guitar’s grain patten mutes in indirect lighting.

The body dings are a combination of what were there when I bought it, and a few that happened during my time with it. Again, the lacquer finish is quite thin. I’ve done numerous gigs with this Jr., and it wasn’t until I noticed I was dinging it a bit by using a gig bag and not a hard case that I bought the Gearlux HC (which fits it very nicely).
There’s belt-buckle worming on the back, however none of it has broken thru the finish and my camera wasn’t able to pick it up.

Afficionados of these Japan market/Fuji-Gen guitars will recognize the rarity of finding one in this condition here in the States. They are coveted by their owners, and are difficult to find on eBay, Reverb, Craigs, or dedicated guitar forums. This one has great acoustic resonance and the P-90 can chime like a bell or bark like a dog. Exceptional sustain and playability.

I’m not out to profiteer on this guitar (loss of job forces sale) but I’d like to get what I paid for it, which was $900. Shipping from Japan was another $100. I’ll sell it for $900, include the case ($100 value) AND cover the shipping in the ConUS. Overseas interests will be entertained, but shipping will be on the buyer. Guitar will be expertly packed — double boxed with bubble wrap surrounding the headstock and filling any voids in the case, and insured.

Any questions, please hit me up. I can take additional pics — I realize I didn’t include control cavity gut shots OR the P/U removed, but again, it’s all original or I would have stated otherwise. I’m saddened to be putting this on the market, but my UI claim is drawing to a close. I’m in a position of needing to let go of whatever’s not being used, and my Nash tele is my #1. Hopefully the buyer will be someone familiar with these fine instruments and both of us can feel good about it’s new home.
I'm not shy about saying no, but I DO need to sell this guitar.

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Listed3 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
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