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1987 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Violin Sunburst Pre-Elitist w/ Case, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1987 Epiphone Casino in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original brown Lifton-style Epiphone-branded hardshell case. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory and featuring a dark Violin Sunburst finish, this is an uncommon and early Epiphone reissue which preceded the modern "Elitist" line. Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has a smooth, bright tone which works well with the original pair of P-90 pickups. These pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark, and a glassy, percussive quality. Whether you want articulate cleans or thick overdrive, these pickups can produce either with ease and with a refinement far beyond most other modern Casino reissues. The guitar is featherweight at only 6lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation with 11-49 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .755" deep at the 1st fret and .830" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut featuring pearl trapezoid inlay and original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, extending more faintly until fret 5. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and ideally adjusted truss rod. The original hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style nickel tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

The electronics are untouched, with nickel pickup covers on the P-90s and gold reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls (two original knobs, and two well-matched modern replacements). 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 correct five digit serial for Terada factory production (7 for year, 5 for the Casino model, and three digits for the production number). There is uniform surface patina on the pickup covers, bridge, and trapeze tailpiece. The Violin Sunburst is a rare variant and one of the darker, richer bursts we’ve seen from the Terada factory. The finish is extremely clean, with just a few faint finish scratches and very minor marks on the body as a whole, and the gloss on the neck profile is equally clean.

The original brown Lifton-style hardshell case with gold Epiphone silkscreen on the exterior is included. The case has a gold plush interior, original latches, and stock handle.