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2005 Epiphone Japan Elitist Les Paul Studio & original fitted hard case


£839.00 + shipping






Another beautiful guitar  from Epiphone Japan finished in Tobacco Sunburst. The Les Paul Studio is the slightly plainer version of the Les Paul Standard. There is no body or fretboard binding & the fretboard has dot rather than block markings. Otherwise, they are the same in dimensions etc.This is one of several Elitists I have imported from Japan. You may want to also check out the Elitist Les Paul Standard in Ebony 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 have been played although it was made in 2005. 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 Studio 2002-2008




Book-matched African Mahogany body

Maple top

Non-weight relieved body

Weight 4366 gm (9lb 10oz)




1-piece set Mahogany neck with dovetail neckjoint

Rosewood fingerboard with dot 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




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


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 quickly and safely using the PayPal "buy now" button and I will ship to most UK addresses the next working day. Highlands and Islands can be slightly dearer but I'll keep the cost as low as I can.

I can accept credit card payments by phone and will also offer a small discount to purchasers using bank transfer payments.

Overseas customers are very welcome but please email me first for shipping quotes.

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