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1999 Epiphone by Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Electric Guitar Japan, Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1999 Epiphone Les Paul Custom Black Beauty in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan at the Fujigen factory, this Epiphone features Gibson's distinct "open book" headstock shape, and is a result of a longstanding partnership between Gibson USA and their Japanese distributor, Yamano-Gakki.

Designed only to be sold within the Japanese domestic market, this uncommon Epiphone iteration of the classic Les Paul Custom platform features a solid maple top, mahogany body and neck with a long tenon joint, and a rosewood fretboard. Tonally, the low wind PAF-style humbuckers provide plenty of detail and clarity, with the sweet, singing sustain of the Les Paul design. The guitar weighs 9lbs 14oz with a clear, cutting acoustic voice to match, representative of the heft and tonewood construction of the instrument. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Epiphone is strung with 10-46 strings and dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out with more substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .995” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, with just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The guitar conforms to traditional Gibson spec with a 24 3/4" scale length and 1 11/16" wide nut. The headstock features Gibson's distinctive "open book" shape, something only offered on Japanese-made Epiphone instruments. Additionally, the original Gibson-branded truss rod cover is present, along with the original gold tuning machines with metal keystone buttons.

The electronics function as intended, with original humbuckers and untouched solder joints, and the long tenon neck is joint visible in the neck pickup cavity. Hardware includes the original ABR-1 bridge and stoptail, and plastics include the multi-ply black pickguard and a quartet of black speed knobs. Cosmetic wear includes prominent pick wear across the strum path, with light finish scratches and marks mostly relegated to the back of the body. The neck profile has a nigh flawless smooth gloss finish with just a single stray mark next to the 4th fret on the treble side.

A heavy-duty Protec zippered padded case is included.