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Epiphone Elite / Elitist Les Paul Custom 2005 Wine Red

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Up for sale is an Epiphone Elite / Elitist Les Paul Custom with original hardshell case. The guitar is a 2005 or so vintage, in a beautiful wine red finish, all original [except the strap holders, which have been replaced by Schaller straplocks]. OG hardware, pickups, case otherwise. The guitar includes some of the case candy [the little pamphlet pictured and the case's key] and I am the second owner. These were made in Japan to replace the Orville/ Orville by Gibson line, which were originally high end Les Paul models made by Fujigen for Gibson for Japan's domestic market. The Elitist line brought these great guitars to the US market, but they were discontinued for being too competitive with their Gibson equivalent models.

It is in overall great shape, no structural issues and tons of life left on the frets and fingerboard. Again, og everything here, early elite model and it plays like butter. It weighs just about 10 lbs. I can't get too exact as I'm using my people scale to weigh it, but should be a close estimate.

The one notable issue is what looks like either a repair, or stress surface / finish cracks near the nut. I've seen it somewhat commonly on Gibson-style guitars when some stress is put on the neck, either in impact or shipping, or due to neck tension changes.

This does not seem to be through the wood, but the price is low in the event that it is a break or repair. I would say it looks like a surface stress fracture, the original seller said they were always on this guitar -- so I can't be sure. It seems a completely stable, and I've set it up myself several times with no issue. I've also shone a light through the area to see if it shines through, but could not see any light coming through. The cracks haven't changed since I've had the guitar [2.5 years].

Full disclosure so you can gauge that for yourself and it is pictured, but doesn't pose a playability or sound issue in the slightest. That is my assessment, but i haven't yet needed a pro setup, and have not shown it to a luthier. It has been stable for the 2.5 years I've owned and rehearsed with it. This is reflected in the low price of this otherwise excellent Les Paul.

Other than that, there are no major issues. There is a small dot-shaped nick on the back and one or two on the front, pictured. Some other very minor nicks as pictured.

60s style neck. Luscious wine red. Mmm mm.

Original asking price was $800.

Located in NYC area / Jersey City. Trade and lowball offers will be ignored. Price is negotiable, but already reflects the neck surface cracks pictured. Guitar is sold AS-IS, as full disclosure about any concerns has been listed. Everything plays, looks, and sounds awesome. 

Edit: Tailpiece shown has be replaced with the original factory one that came with the guitar in great condition -- sorry, I didn't get around to swapping them back in before photographing the guitar. The original tailpiece looks identical, I just had an aluminum tailpiece on there. The OG tailpiece is on there now. Also, Schaller straplocks are currently installed but can be swapped for the original pegs.

Send any questions my way and thanks for looking!

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed2 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
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