Whitstable Guitars

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

1999 Epiphone Japan LPS-85F Lemon Drop & new fitted hard case.




What a lovely guitar this is! Recently imported by me from Japan, this stunner, built at the Fujigen factory in 1999 is in fantastic condition. The  Fujigen and Terada factories made the Orville brand up until 1996 & then they re-badged the guitars as Epiphone & continued making them well into the 00's. Apart from the name on the headstock, they were exactly the same as the Orvilles. Unlike USA, Korean & Chinese Epiphones the Japanese made guitars have the Gibson shaped headstock

This guitar is listed as an LPS (Les Paul Standard) 85F (Flame top) Now the flame tops on the Orvilles and Epiphones were created either by a thin sheet of veneer or a photoflame placed over the Maple cap. Like all things Japanese, this has been done beautifully

The condition of the guitar I would describe as excellent for the year. Yes, there are a few scratches around the body but these are light & minimal. There were a couple of chips in the headstock which I have repaired. The frets show little signs of wear with no indents. The guitar came in without its pickguard. I have replaced & I also noticed that the nut had been replaced with a graphite one otherwise, the guitar is completely original. 

The guitar plays really well. Straight neck which is a little thicker than some Japanese necks but definitely not "baseball bat" style! Low action and good pickups which are Fujigen's own PAF model with readings of 7.1k for the neck & 7.2k for the bridge. These guitars were only ever made in small numbers making them quite scarce & sought after, particularly outside of Japan.

1999 Epiphone Japan Les Paul Standard LPS-85F Specifications


Non-weight relieved body

2-piece Mahogany body with a Maple cap & veneer/photoflame  finish.

Weight 4645 gm (10lb 4oz)


Mahogany neck

Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays

Long tenon neck joint

Open-book headstock with "Les Paul Model" script

17 degree headstock angle

2-screw bell truss rod cover

Graphite nut (replaced)

Scale Length 24.75" 

Width at 1st fret 42 mm

Width at 12th fret 52 mm

Cream single ply pickguard (replacement)


PAF humbuckers

7.1k Neck & 7.2k Bridge

2 Vol. 2 Tone controls

3-way selector switch


Chrome hardware

vintage style tuners

ABR-1 bridge

1-ply elevated pickguard

Black speed knobs


Lemon Drop Flamed Top

New Thomann/Gator fitted hard case

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £35 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

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