Whitstable Guitars

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

2004 Epiphone Japan Elitist LPS-Tobacco Sunburst & original fitted hard case.



What a truly stunning guitar this is from Epiphone Japan. This is one of several Elitists I have imported from Japan. You may want to also check out the Elitist Les Paul Studio I have also listed. They all look to be from old stock. Whether they were purchased in bulk from Fujigen and kept in storage I don't know but all still have protective plastic on the pickguards, back plates & pickups.  As you can see from the photographs, it looks to never barely been played although it was made in 2004. I couldn't find any marks on the guitar but there were two small scuffs on the case which I have photographed as shown in the gallery.

Here is a little info regarding the series:

The Elitist Series were made at the Terada and Fuji-gen factories in Japan. (F serial  indicates Fujigen manufacture) The same factories that made all of the Orville by Gibson and Orville guitars the Terada guitar factory mostly making the semi acoustic models and the Fuji-Gen guitar factory mostly making the solid body models. The Elitist Les Paul was made from 2002-2008

The Elitist guitars were made to very high specifications. Most of the parts were made in Japan but some parts were made in other countries, including the USA and Germany. These guitars cost more than twice as much as a standard Epiphone guitar. The Elitist series was discontinued in 2008

The Epiphone Elitist Series includes features such as real Abalone and Pearl inlays, bone nuts and saddles, hand-rubbed finishes, USA strings and meticulous adjustment and set-up.

This guitar has the distinctive "Tombstone" headstock shape and is equipped with Gibson USA pickups. It also comes with a lovely hard case which also is near mint.

This is an excellent opportunity to buy one of these classic Japanese guitars in almost unused condition

Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard 2002-2008


Book-matched African Mahogany body

Maple top

Non-weight relieved body

Weight 4150 gm (9lb 2oz)


1-piece set Mahogany neck with dovetail neckjoint

Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays

Tombstone headstock with gold "Les Paul" script

2-ply truss rod cover with "Elitist" or "Gibson" engraving

Bone nut

24.75" scale

1.68" nut width


Single-ply body & neck


Gibson USA 50SR & 60ST pickups

2 Vol. 2 Tone controls

3-way selector switch


Nickel hardware

Die-cast Grover tuners

Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Raised white pickguard

Gold speed knobs


Tobacco Sunburst (TSB)

Epiphone Elitist Luxury Hard Case 

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a hard case which is included in the price. For this particular guitar it is the Original Epiphone case. 

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
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