Up for sale, a 2000 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 is a lightweight example at 9lbs and has a clear, cutting acoustic voice. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Epiphone is strung with 9-42 strings and dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C profile carve with generous shoulder and a substantial, easy-playing feel in every register, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .975” 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, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. 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 carved bone nut. The headstock features Gibson's distinctive "open book" shape, something only offered on Japanese-made Epiphone instruments, along with multi-ply binding and the distinctive split diamond pearloid inlay. The original tuning machines with metal keystone buttons turn smoothly and hold pitch well with clean gold plating.
The electronics function as intended, with original humbuckers that meter in the low 7k ohms range and the long tenon neck joint visible in the neck pickup cavity. The stock ABR-1 bridge and stoptail shows light surface patina, and the original plastic parts are intact, including the stock quartet of black speed knobs. The Ebony gloss finish is framed by bright, unaged multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing across the guard, a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, and a few shallow dings on the back. The neck profile gloss finish is flawless.
A black tolex hardshell case is included.