Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

2003 Epiphone Elitist ES-335 1963 VN MIJ & original hard case


OMG! What a fantastic guitar this is! Here we have a "Made in Japan" 2003 near mint Epiphone Elitist 1963 ES-335 in a vintage natural finish. This is another guitar being sold on behalf of my luthier Andy Crockett. It was another of his personal instruments & as such has been professionally set up by him & is just fabulous to play.

The guitar is a 2003 model built at the Terada factory in Japan. Fujigen & Terada are generally thought to be the best instrument manufacturers in Japan & both factories produced bith Orville, Epiphone Elitist & Gretsch guitars.

Here's some history about the "Elite" range and some specifications I got about the guitar on line.

Epiphone Elitist

In 2002, Epiphone began producing a range of higher quality instruments under the "Elite Series" moniker which were built by Terada and FujiGen in Japan. After legal action by Ovation the name was changed to Elitist in 2003. As of 2008, all of the Elitist models have been discontinued with the exception of the Elitist Casino and the Dwight Trash Casino. 

The Epiphone Elitist guitars included features such as higher grade woods, bone nuts, hand-rubbed finishes, "Made in the USA" pickups and USA strings. Japanese domestic market Elitists used the Gibson Dove-wing headstock as opposed to the "tombstone" headstock used on exports.


The Japanese produced Epiphone Elitist 1963 ES-335 Dot Electric Guitar is a beautifully-made, sweet-sounding and easy-playing instrument. The Elite series are guitars that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry-even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners-

They are made at a special factory devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. You'll find the Elitist 1963 Dot true to the beautifully-made original. This Elitist beautifully bridges the gap between Epiphone and Gibson. Includes hardshell case.



5-ply maple back, sides, and top

One-piece mahogany neck

24-3/4" scale

Neck set at the 19th fret

Rosewood fretboard

1-11/16" bone nut

22 frets

50SR USA humbucker rhythm pickup

50ST USA humbucker treble pickup

Nickel hardware

2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle

Grover tuners

Original Epiphone Elite Fitted Hard Case


Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in hard cases which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.


Or, you can buy easily and safely using the Paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping