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2004 Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Natural, Figured Maple w/ Case & Tags, Japan Revolution


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Up for sale, a 2004 Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. This now discontinued upscale model was produced in Japan at the Terada factory, loaded with the original Gibson USA-made P-90 pickup pair. The guitar features a gloss Natural finish, highlighting subtle birdseye and quilt figuring in the maple across the body,

Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has an articulate and smooth tone, capturing both the clear note attack of maple as a tonewood and the warmth of the hollow construction. The Gibson USA P-90s pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark and have a glassy, percussive quality. Whether you want dynamic 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 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with just a hair more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a jet black cut of this tonewood featuring pearl parallelogram inlay, and the original medium jumbo frets have plenty of meat, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1.650" in width. The headstock retains the original USA-made chrome Grover Rotomatic tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch exceptionally well, and the Elitist badge is intact on the back of the headstock too. There is one notable ding through the headstock veneer on the top edge, extending just above the “n” in “Epiphone.”

The electronics are untouched, with nickel pickup covers on the P-90s and dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. Hardware includes the ABR-1 bridge and trapeze tailpiece, and there is notable pitting across the nickel plating. Clean plastics include gold reflector cap knobs and the elevated pickguard, with some requisite pick scuffing across the guard and extending to the treble side cutaway. The white oval label is visible through the F hole, with a serial matching the number stamped on the back of the headstock.

The gloss finish showcases uncommon figuring in the maple that extends evenly across the body, with varying areas highlighting the figuring dependent on the light. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash central to the lower bout on the back, and just a few additional faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean

The original black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior is included, along with the factory paperwork.