1996-1999 Yamaha Japan LPC-800 Les Paul Custom Black & new hard case
Yamaha Japan do make an excellent guitar & this is no exception. The LP or "Lord Player" or "Les Paul" range started at the low end with the LP-400, LP-500 & then at the higher end with the LP-800/1000 & this LPC-800 which is a beauty. It's really difficult trying to get all the information on lesser known models with lots of internet searching & google translating but from what I can establish, the LPC-800 was first around in the mid 1980s & this one was probably one of the later ones. This model featured Yamaha's highly regarded "Spinex" pickups which used two types of metal in the construction. A google search will give you all the technical info.
This guitar has a solid Mahogany body with a carved Maple cap, a 1 piece neck & Ebony (I think) fingerboard. The finish is a lovely gloss black & the guitar has Gold Yamaha tuners & hardwear. It really is a beautifully made guitar.
The overall condition is excellent for a 25 year old guitar although there are a few small knocks and dents around the edges as shown in the photographs. I also repaired two chips on the back of the headstock. There are "before & after" photos in the gallery
The guitar plays really well. Straight neck, low action and good pickups. These guitars were only ever made in small numbers. I'm not sure why but maybe because at the time they would have been in competition with better known Orville by Gibson & Tokai guitar brands. Anyway, the guitar is quite a rare find with no comparisons listed in the world on Ebay for the last few months
1996-1999 Yamaha Japan LPC-800 Specifications
Body Material: Solid Mahogany with Maple carved top. Black Gloss finish
Neck material: Mahogany
22 medium frets with block inlays
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at 1st fret 42.5mm
Width at 12th fret 52.5mm
Weight: 4240 grammes (9lb 5oz)
Enclosed tuners (Yamaha)
Tune-o-matic bridge & stop bar tailpiece (Yamaha)
Black 3 ply pickguard
Yamaha Spinex humbucker (N)
Yamaha Spinex humbucker (B)
3 way switch
2 x Volume & 2 x Tone Controls
New Thomann/Gator fitted hard case