Whitstable Guitars

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

2006 Epiphone Les Paul Special LQ Limited Edition

Made in Japan & new fitted hard case.


ON HOLD UNTIL 16/01/2021


This is the second guitar of this model I have found in Japan. It's quite a rare model. It's a 2006 Epiphone Les Paul Special LQ Limited edition. The first one I had was quickly snapped up by Robin Burrows, the session guitarist who does my demo videos

The guitar was built in 2006  at the Fujigen Gakki facility. The Elite series all but finished in 2005. Between 2005 & 2007 The LQ series was briefly made. The LQ relates to the type of finish which is called "Catalysed Lacquer" Here's a description of what it is:

Catalysed lacquer: Hybrid reactive finishes that cure chemically, not solely through the evaporation of solvents

From what I read, it is a superior lacquer that has the qualities of a nitrocellulose finish but is more hard wearing & it doesn't yellow over time. You can identify an LQ series guitar from the script on the headstock which is gold instead of the usual white which you find on Elites. Speaking of headstocks, this doesn't have the usual Epiphone headstock at all but more of a Gibson "open book" shape. From 1988-1998 Distributor Yamano Gakki was building guitars for the Gibson company and branding them as Orville. In around 1996-1998 they changed the logo from Orville to Epiphone Elite. From 2005-2007 it changed again to Epiphone LQ. They later changed again to Epiphone Elitist but all the guitars are made at the same factories, are superb and highly sought after. This one was built at Fujigen. This is the first Epiphone Les Paul Special LQ I have had & I have to say, it's superb. Top quality construction.

The overall condition is very good for a 14+ year old guitar although there are a few small knocks and dents around the edges but these marks add character IMO and the guitar just looks great. The neck is lovely. It's slim & a C profile and very playable.

As you can see from the photos, I have taken a photo of the base of the pickups which, like some other Gibson pickups, are unbranded which was a common practice by Gibson.  Epiphone Elites & OBG all featured Gibson pickups so I can't be 100% but they sound just great

Epiphone Japan Les Paul Special LQ Series

Japan Domestic Market only


Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan

Catalyzed lacquer finish

Body: 2-piece Mahogany body

Neck: Set Mahogany neck

Weight: 3196 grammes (7lb 7oz)

Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays

Open-book headstock with Les Paul screenprint

17 degree headstock angle

Long tenon neck joint

22 medium frets with dot inlays

2-screw bell TRC

Bone nut

24.75" scale

1.65" nut width

Electronics: P-90 pickups

2 Vol. 2 Tone controls

3-way selector switch

Hardware: Chrome hardware

Grover tuners

ABR-1 bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Vintage style deluxe small button tuners

3-ply pickguard

Colour: Cherry (CH)

Hardcase: Generic fitted hard case from Thomann

As stated many times, due to courier damage, all my guitars are shipped in hard cases (usually new) this one being a plain black one. I do have a tweed option and these are a little dearer (extra £12). If you prefer that, please email me for details. If you are collecting, I'm happy to knock off the price of the case (About £30) & I may even have an old gig bag you can have to take it away in

So to sum up, a really nice example of a Japanese Epiphone Les Paul Special made at Fujigen. This model is near impossible to find here in the UK unless you import it.

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