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1996 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Sunburst Pre-Elitist, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1996 Epiphone Casino in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory and featuring a gloss Sunburst 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 is featherweight at only 6lbs 8oz, 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder at the nut and a bit more roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay and fret edge binding with practically perfect original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. 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. The headstock retains the original Kluson-style nickel tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should, and "Made in Japan" is stamped in small text on the back.

The electronics are untouched, with nickel pickup covers on the P-90s and gold reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls. A chrome ABR-1 bridge has been substituted, and the orange oval label visible through the F hole has the unique six-digit serial number sequence used at the very end of the Terada production run. The Sunburst finish is accented by the original elevated pickguard with "E" epsilon badge, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few very faint finish scratches and minor marks, mostly relegated to the lower bout on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

A padded gigbag is included.