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Epiphone Elitist club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Adam S, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. tonyj

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    One of my all time favourite hollow bodied guitars is the Epi Elitist Casino.
    This one is the 'Made in Japan' model which sports a pair of nickel plated Gibson USA P90s, along with other top quality US hardware.
    Altogether a beautifully made and assembled guitar, that really sounds every bit as good as it looks ....... and especially so, now that I've carefully removed the 'E' monogram from the pickguard.

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  2. Clifton C

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    I know this thread is kind of old, but I just saw this post. It's funny you should bring up this song, momotrucker! I'm in a psychedelic band, and we just practiced this song yesterday. I was playing the rhythm part with my Casino Elitist, and it sounded great! (The guitar that is, not necessarily my playing!)

    I got mine in early 2010, as a graduation gift from my wife. It's in natural, although I kind of wish I'd got the sunburst. Anyway, it's all good. Since it's a true hollow body, it's a very lightweight and resonant guitar. In fact, it's spoiling me for playing other guitars!

    I can see why Paul McCartney, and then John Lennon and George Harrison were drawn to this guitar. The fact that Paul still plays his live (I saw him last November here in Houston) shows that it's a keeper. The sound is great--really nails the "Revolver" sound of the Beatles.

    Others in this thread have discussed the quality of this guitar. I can say after having owned it for more than three years that it's really one of the nicest guitars I've ever played, much less owned. It's been pointed out that the Elitist line is produced at the Tereda factory in Japan, parallel to Gretsch's pro line of guitars. It probably sounds like a broke record to hear that fit and finish are outstanding on this guitar, and yet there it is. Would I buy another if I had the funds? In a heartbeat! (This time in sunburst!) It does a great job with the British Invasion sound. I remember seeing photos of the Stones playing Casinos, too, so it wasn't just the Beatles.

    Some folks have commented on some of the guitar's eccentricities, and yet, if you think about it, every style of guitar has its quirks. Okay, you can't play very high up on the neck. Well, you can't on a traditional dreadnought either, and many of those cost much more than this guitar. Yes, it can feed back, but I've only had that happen when I intentionally kick on my fuzz pedal and stick the guitar into the speakers. Amazing guitar.
     
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    There must be a bunch of guys now, eyes peeled every time they enter a store, looking for used Elitists.

    Wondering, wtf they were thinking of, when they didn't buy more of them when they could.
     
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    I'm a bit confused over these guitars.
    Some have the Gibson open book headstock and some don't.
    What's the difference?

    I've had this a few years now...

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    So is this an Elitist? I've never been sure.

    It has a set of Stan Hinesley pickups, great guitar!
     
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    I just snagged this lovely 2002 blonde Elite. I am in love with this thing! I had a Gibson 335 dot neck some years ago and I had to sell it. This one plays better and the stock pickups sound wonderful. This one is a keeper.
     
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  7. blotchard

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    They have been going up in value! I have seen some high asking prices when they pop up for sale. You should do some searching your logo looks like it may be incorrect :oops: also they came with chrome tuners
     
  9. blotchard

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    You don't think that I've researched this guitar?

    I now know that it's not an Elitist, as it's not designated and the Elitist has the old school headstock, that much I know now.

    What's the issue that you see with the logo?
    I've seen many others like it, yet there are examples with a different font, older models, I believe. They also didn't have chrome tuners either.

    This guitar is second-hand, at least, so anything could've happened along the way too, who knows.

    Just stating to "google' something isn't that helpful either, a link would be a lot more productive.

    AFAIK, it's a Fuji-Gen built guitar, dated November, 2000.
     
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    Do the Elite/Elitist models, with open book headstocks, made for the Japanese market also have the red Elite decal on the back of the headstock as the ones made for the US market?
     
  11. 63dot

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    Very nice!
     
  12. blotchard

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    There are no "Elitist" markings on my guitar.
    That led me to realize that it was simply an Epi made for the Japanese market.

    The guitars with the old school Epi "hump" headstock are the Elitists made for export.

    Thanks 63dot, it's a keeper.
     
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    Old thread I just found!
    I have a '07 Elitist Sheraton (SB) that I'd put up against any new ES-335. The NY mini HB's sound amazing & it plays like a dream!
    The blonde Dot model above. Don't the Elite/Elitist Terada-made models have an orange label inside?
    And the Elite/Elitist label on the neck at the base of the headstock?
    Some beautiful guitars here!!
    Don't know why only the Casino is still made. My guess is they sell easier due to "The Beatle" thing?
    Are the newer Elitist Casinos made as well as the older ones? Must be a bunch of them out there compared to the discontinued models, some rarer than others.
    Would love to play a MIA John Lee Hooker model but hard to find one, especially for an affordable price!
    But, my Sheraton wasn't cheap. Worth every cent!
     
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    My mistake on the color of the inside label. Mine is "white" with a silver metallic border, not orange.
    I was playing my Matsumoku-made '76 Aria Pro II ES-700 last night, that one having an orange label. Basically a copy of a Gibson ES-335 TDW? In great condition & plays the same! MIJ quality!
    My Sheraton has a S/N of "T705690", the "T" standing for Terada. All of the solid body Elite/Elitists were made at the Fuji-Gen factory, the others at the Terada plant.
    I wanted a natural Sheraton but couldn't find one. Found a natural "Dot" but had been modified for EMG active HB's, a cutout on the back for a battery. With a black cover over it & now SD '59's in it. Great price but too modified?
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    Hi. I've owned an Elite Les Paul plain top for about 15 years. I've always considered it to be a great value, on par with some of the Gibson Standards I've played. Original pickups and wiring but I'm going to put some Bare Knuckles Mules in it. I want to change all the wiring and and pots at the same time. I'm visually impaired now and can't do the work myself. Going to order from Emerson but they don't know if I need long or short shaft pots. Does anyone know? Thanks.
     
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    I found this almost mint '03 Epi Elite LP Custom in a pawnshop for $300.

    It sounds and plays amazing, and it' holds its own against guitars that cost 2-3X what this cost me.

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