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1989 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar White w/ Bigsby, Pre-Elitist, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1989 Epiphone Casino in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, featuring a factory installed USA-made Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory and featuring a rare custom color White gloss finish, this is an uncommon Epiphone reissue which 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 weighs 7lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, optimal action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and an effortless feel, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid parallelogram inlay with original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing moderate wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, with fainter wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 7. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The original hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock has Kluson-style nickel-plated tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

The electronics are untouched, with black reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls. There's light surface patina on the nickel-plated hardware including the ABR-1 bridge and dogear pickup covers, and the original USA-made Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece has a smooth response. The White gloss finish is a shade of eggshell, closest to Gibson's Polaris White of the '60s and framed by ambered binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor finish scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole, and some concentrated pick scuffing across the elevated pickguard. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.