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1991 Epiphone Sorrento ES-930J Hollowbody Electric Guitar Cherry w/ Case, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1991 Epiphone Sorrento ES-930J hollowbody electric guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. A rarely seen model produced in extremely small quantities at the Terada factory in Japan, this Sorrento is one of the finest examples of this model ever produced, preceding the Elitist line and featuring higher quality fit and finish work than later Korean-made iterations. With a mahogany neck and fully hollow maple body construction, this guitar has a natural midrange push and a chiming, percussive acoustic cut. Plugged in, the stock pair of P90s have a broad and full response, with a dynamic glassy snap, rich midrange growl, and complex harmonic content, The treble register is smooth, yet detailed, and the guitar is featherweight at only 6lbs 10oz. We've had this Sorrento professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C shaped profile carve at the nut, gaining significant roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795” deep at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut, with pearl dot inlay and pristine original medium jumbo frets. The frets have their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, and the guitar plays effortlessly in all registers up the straight neck. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the original carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the Epiphone logo is inlaid in pearloid, with an Epsilon truss rod cover and set of Kluson-style tuners with green tulip buttons.

The electronics are all original and function as they should, with a three-way pickup selector and individual Volume and Tone knobs for the pair of P90s. The bridge pickup reads 8k ohms, while the neck meters at 7.85k. Visible through the F hole, the original model stamp and five-digit serial number are intact on the orange label, dating to 1991. The original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs are present, and the nickel hardware shows light patina, particularly on the pickup covers. The original three-ply white pickguard is exceptionally clean with just a few light pick scuffs, complete with "E" Epsilon sticker. The transparent gloss Cherry finish is exceptionally clean, highlighting figuring in the maple across the top and the back, and framed by lightly aged cream binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to a couple faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and the neck profile is flawless.

The original hardshell case is included, along with the hangtag with matching serial number.