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1989 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Sunburst Pre-Elitist, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1989 Epiphone Casino in excellent condition and in perfect working order, with uncommon quilt figuring extending across the maple top. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory and featuring a gloss Sunburst finish, this Epiphone reissue preceded the current "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 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation with 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and an effortless feel, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .850" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid parallelogram inlay and practically perfect original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. 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. Hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge and trapeze tailpiece, with light patina across the dogear covers and more pronounced pitting on the trapeze tailpiece. The orange oval label visible through the F hole has the five-digit serial number sequence used during this era of Terada production. The Sunburst finish is accented by a modern replacement elevated pickguard, complete with vintage-spec "E" epsilon foil sticker. Cosmetic wear is limited to some very faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back, while the neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

The original faux leather Epiphone-branded gigbag is included.