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1987 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Natural Pre-Elitist Revolution, Japan Terada w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1987 Epiphone Casino in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory and featuring a gloss Natural finish, this is an uncommon and early Epiphone reissue which preceded the current "Elitist" line. Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has a smooth, bright tone, providing an ideal platform for the original pair of P-90 pickups. These pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark, offering a glassy, percussive quality and perfectly tailored for articulate cleans and thick overdrive. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with slinky action, accurate intonation and fresh 11-49 strings.

The three-piece maple neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder at the nut, gaining more roundness and heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .755" deep at the 1st fret and .850" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a jet black, tight-grained cut of this tonewood inlaid with pearloid parallelograms and retaining the original medium jumbo frets. The frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

The electronics are untouched, with gold reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls. There's uniform surface patina on the nickel-plated hardware including the ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge, dogear pickup covers, and trapeze tailpiece. The nickel ABR-1 bridge has the correct "Made in Japan" text on the underside, and the orange oval label visible through the F hole has the five digit serial for Terada factory production (7 for year, 5 for the Casino model, and three digits for the production number).

The Natural gloss finish is lightly ambered, highlighting microscopic birdseye figuring that extends subtly across the top. Cosmetic wear is limited to some faint finish scuffs mostly relegated to the back and a few minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck is clean and smooth with only a couple shallow marks on the profile length.

A vintage brown tolex Lifton-style hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.