Up for sale, an early 1970s Zen-On Roje Black Beauty LP-style electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the rarer "lawsuit era" Japanese-made LP-style builds, this Roje is unique for boasting a two-piece "sandwich" mahogany body construction with no maple cap, essentially replicating the body tonewoods of a proper '50s Black Beauty Custom. The guitar has a lively acoustic response with a clear treble register, and the original humbuckers are intact, purportedly manufactured by Maxon despite any conclusive manufacturer markings. The guitar delivers an array of traditional LP tones that are meaty and full-sounding. The instrument weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard has fret edge binding and pearloid block inlay, retaining the original slender fretwire with a fairly low factory fret dress in-line with the fretwire seen on Gibson’s Customs in the early ‘70s. The frets have well-rounded crowns and show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has an extremely prominent volute, with multi-ply binding framing the face. A pearloid Roje inlay is present at the headstock's zenith, and the original Zen-on truss rod cover is intact. Despite not matching the body hardware, the chrome-plated tuning machines with metal tulip buttons are original, turning smoothly and holding pitch as intended.
The electronics function as intended with a traditional LP control array. Hardware includes a Nashville-style bridge with nylon saddles and corresponding stopbar, and plastics comprise an original pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs (three originals, one similar substitute). The factory protective adhesive brown paper is still intact on the rear control plate and switch covers, a testament to the very limited use this guitar has seen in the past half century. Cosmetic wear includes light pick wear on the pickguard, one small touched-up finish chip on the lower bout on top, and a few minor nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole.
The original teardrop-shaped hardshell case with gold plush interior and aluminum trim is included.