2006 Epiphone Les Paul Special LQ Limited Edition
Made in Japan & new fitted hard case.
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
1.65" nut width
Electronics: P-90 pickups
2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
3-way selector switch
Hardware: Chrome hardware
ABR-1 bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Vintage style deluxe small button tuners
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.