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1987 Epiphone Casino Vintage Electric Guitar Pre-Elitist, Violin Sunburst, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1987 Epiphone Casino in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a rare Violin Sunburst finish. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory, this is an early Epiphone reissue which preceded the "Elitist" line.

Acoustically, the fully hollow maple body has a smooth, bright tone, offering an ideal platform for the stock pair of P-90 pickups. The pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark, and a glassy, percussive quality. Offering a refinement far beyond most other modern Casino reissues, these pickups are sensitive to picking dynamics with an overarching sweetness and sparkling cut, equally suited to articulate cleans and rich overdrive. Featherweight at 6lbs 8oz, this Casino has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Very slender C, gentle increase in heft up the neck, measuring .760” 1st fret, .875” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, parallelogram inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, very faint wear beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-5
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 9/16”
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: P-90 x2
-Harness: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, trapeze tailpiece (nickel-plated)
-Plastics: Reflector cap knobs, three-ply pickguard with “E” Epsilon foil decal
-Serialization: Orange oval label dates to ‘87

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Violin Sunburst finish is limited to light buckle rash central to the back and a few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely constrained to the back and perimeter. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a few shallow nicks behind frets 1-5 that don't distract the palm while fretting.

A padded faux leather gigbag is included.