Stunning and rare early Epiphone Elite Guitar made in Japan!
Made in Japan, highest craftsmanship.
Color - nice figured burst top!


  • Some handling, dings and play marks typical for 20 y.o. instrument.
  • Most notable is remain of old hole for strap button by the neck. It was filled in, there's actually no hole. 
  • Nut looks like it was upgraded to bone nut. 
  • Overall very good condition, see photos.

Weight - 149 oz (9.3 lb) on my scales.

For sale is guitar only.

Please see photos and ask questions.

Serial number indicates late 2002 manufacture. SN is partially masked in the photos in this listing for privacy reasons. Contact me if you would like to see unobstructed serial number.

Body Material: Mahogany Body

Body Details: Solid mahogany body

Neck Material: Mahogany Neck

Neck Profile: Medium D

Neck Thickness (IN): 1st - 0.85" 12th - 0.96"

Fingerboard Radius: 12.00"

Nut Width: 1-11/16"

Scale Length: 24 3/4"

Neck Details: Mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard and trapezoid inlays

Again, Gibson/Epiphone were making Elite guitars in Japan. Epiphone, sanctioned by Gibson, only made Elite's for two years 2002-03. Ovation company threatened to sue Gibson, imaging that, Gibson getting sued, because of their Adamas Ovation "Elite" Acoustic/Electric.

So, in 2004, Gibson told Epiphone, change the name to Elitist and that continued until 2008 when Gibson shut down the line because they were a better instrument than what Gibson was making and both the Japanese market and American market was buying these at a 1/3 of Gibson prices.

This guitar in listing in natural finish is a Standard Plus due to the "flame" maple cap. These were $200 more that the Elite/Elitist plain Standard. 

Returns are accepted ONLY if the item is not as described. All items will ship with signature required and will be fully insured, no exceptions. If there’s an issue with an item please contact me first before leaving any feedback so I can take care of it right away. For a more accurate description please view all hi-resolution photos and read over item description before buying item. You will ONLY receive what is pictured/described in the listing. Questions are welcomed anytime.

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Listed4 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Elitist Les Paul Standard Plus (Japanese Export)
  • Burst
  • 2002 - 2003
Made In
  • Japan
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
Model Family
  • Epiphone Les Paul
Body Material
  • Mahogany
Neck Construction
  • Set-Neck
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Offset Body
  • No
Model Sub-Family
  • Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Stop-Bar
  • Epiphone Elitist
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Scale Length
  • 24.75"
Wood Top Style
  • Flamed
Number of Frets
  • 22

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