Question about Epiphone-Japan Made guitars

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  1. Bman20

    Bman20 Supporting Member

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    Been seeing these pop up from time to time. They look great. Open book headstock and all. Cosmeticallyjust look far superior to regular epi's and realistically to me, virtually identical to that of a vintage gibson. My question is: are the finishes nitro on these? They look to be
     
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    i know the epi elite/elitists weren't nitro, but they play and sound great :munch
     
  3. vortexxxx

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    The Japanese Epiphones are quite high in terms of quality.
     
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    I owned a 1981 Sheraton made in the Matsumoku factory, and it was by far the best guitar I have ever played, heard, and owned, bar none. Incredible guitars; rare guitars. The stock MMK-75 pickups are excellent. If you can find any of the MIJ hollow or semi-hollow body guitars for $750ish or less, do it.
     
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    I have two MIJ Epi LP Standards, great guitars.

    They're both '01s, the first one I got is my main gigging guitar.
    I recieved the second one last year, off a dealer out of Japan.

    These are a big step up from the MIC Epiphones, closer to a Gibson than an Epi, imo.
     
  6. Bman20

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    Yea been looking at pickin up a junior or special, just love the way they look. Quite rare too. Are they still currently made in japan, or is allproduction in china/indonesia?
     
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    I was told by a dealer they are poly and not nitro. I don't think it's a thick poly like the Korean ones though.
     
  9. Bman20

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    Yes! Like this one! But only looking for TV yellow. How does it play? Do u like the stock p90's?
     
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    I have a Japanese Epiphone V from 2001. Poly finish.
    Whacked a pair of Seymour Duncan JB's in there and it easily hangs with my USA Gibson Explorer. I love that V.
     
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    LOVE the neck as it is a fat 50's size and I took out the Gotoh p90's (they're good but I really needed some hum removed) and put in Lindy Fralin 'noiseless' p90's... plus it has a piezo tune-o-matic going to a stereo output jack for some pseudo - acoustic sounds.
     
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    Motsumoku's run from good to bad. Had Japan 335 type that had probably 3/8" string to fretboard clearance with the bridge all the way down....
     
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    i'd agree with this. i agree with vortexxxx's comment too :munch
     
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    This. They sure dont appear poly, the TV ones ive seen anyways. And esp the burst LP's
     
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    I had an LQ, a plaintop LP. Not poly. Very high quality. As the guy I sold it to recently told me "You were crazy to sell this." He's right. A really good instrument.
    MD
     
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    Yes, some were lacquer. As others have stated the "LQ" series are.
     
  18. Bman20

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    Dumb question: are these still being built at the fujigen factory in japan and sold regularly? And were is the best way to go about finding one aside from reverb or ebay?
     
  19. thrashmetl

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    Nope, stopped making them years ago. Try here, eBay, Reverb, or another good place to try would be Yahoo! Japan by way of a middleman service like Rinkya. Yahoo! Japan is kind of like eBay and there are a number of middleman services that you can purchase items through, the seller will then ship the item to the middleman service where house, and then they will ship it overseas to you. I bought my Bacchus this way, it ended up being quite a bit cheaper than even finding one on a forum or on eBay in the US. Supply and demand is different depending on where you are which makes this a very good option if there's one on there.
     
  20. Custom50

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    Not sure about the finish but they are serious quality guitars. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one unless the nitro finish is a deal-breaker to you.
     

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