Whitstable Guitars

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

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

Fingerboard: Ebony

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

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 £30 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