Elitist Archtops (Japan)

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Epiphone Elitist Logo
Hand selected and kiln-dried woods Custom-wound Made In The USA Pickups
Hand Selected and Kiln-dried Woods
Custom-wound Made In The USA Pickups
Precision Grover Machine Heads Real Abalone and Mother of Pearl Inlays
Precision Grover Machine Heads
Real Abalone and Mother of Pearl Inlays

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The Elitist Series was made at the Terada and Fuji-gen factories in Japan. Originally called the Elite Series, Epiphone was forced to change the name because of a conflict with an Ovation line of guitars already bearing the Elite moniker.

The same Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories that made all of the Orville by Gibson and Orville guitars were used to make the Gibson/Yamano Gakki Epiphone Elite and Epiphone Elitist series with the Terada guitar factory mostly making the semi acoustic models and the Fuji-Gen guitar factory mostly making the solid body models

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, with the exception of the Casino model.

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. Japanese Domestic Market Elitists use the Gibson-style open-book headstock instead of the Tombstone-shaped headstock.

The Epiphone Elitist guitars are not related to the Epiphone Les Paul Elite, which is a Korean-made semi-hollow guitar similar to the Les Paul-ES.

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Models


Elitist '63 ES-335 Dot (Japan)

Epiphone Elite '63 ES-335 Dot
Epiphone Elitist '63 ES-335 Dot (Japan)
Epiphone Elite '63 ES-335 Dot
Epiphone Elitist '63 ES-335 Dot (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist Dot Headstock (Japan) Epiphone Elitist Dot Headstock (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist Dot Headstock (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist Dot Headstock (Japan)

Body:

  • 5-ply maple top, back & sides

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Bone nut
  • Open-book headstock with holly inlay
  • Elite or Elitist logo on back of headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with Elitist engraving
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.625" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply neck & body
  • Unbound f-holes

Electronics:

  • USA Classic humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 3-ply raised black pickguard
  • Die-cast 14:1 ratio Grover tuners
  • Gold reflector knobs


Colors:

  • Cherry (CH)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Natural (NA)

Includes:

  • Hardcase

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Elitist Byrdland (Japan)

Epiphone Elitist Byrdland
Epiphone Elitist Byrdland
Epiphone Elitist Byrdland
Epiphone Elitist Byrdland
Epiphone Elitist Birdland Japan Headstock Front Epiphone Elitist Birdland Japan Headstock Back
Epiphone Elitist Birdland Japan Headstock Front
Epiphone Elitist Birdland Japan Headstock Back

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • AAA Flame Maple back & sides
  • 17" body width
  • 2.375" body depth

Neck:

  • 5-Piece Maple/Rosewood set mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with block inlays
  • Open-book headstock with Flower Pot inlay
  • Elite or Elitist logo on back of headstock
  • 2-ply, 2-screw truss rod cover with "Elitist" engraving
  • 23.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body
  • 1-ply f-hole
  • 3-ply neck
  • 5-ply headstock

Electronics:

  • USA 50SR & 50TR humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardweare:

  • 24K Gold hardware
  • Grover tuners with Imperial Buttons
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with ornate trapeze tailpiece
  • Ebony bridge base with pearl inlays
  • 5-ply raised tortoise pickguard
  • Gold bell or black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

Includes:

  • Hardacse



Elitist Country Deluxe (Japan)

Epiphone Elitist County Deluxe (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist County Deluxe (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist County Deluxe (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist County Deluxe (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist County Deluxe (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist County Deluxe (Japan)

Body:

  • 5-ply Flame Maple/Birch top
  • 3-ply Flame Maple/Birch back
  • 2-ply Maple/Birch sides

Neck:

  • 3-Piece set Maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with thumbprint inlays
  • Open-book headstock with holly inlay
  • Elite or Elitist logo on back of headstock
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with "Country Deluxe" engraving
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.75" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body binding
  • 1-ply f-hole binding

Electronics:

  • USA 50SR & 50TR humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 1 Master Tone, 1 Master Vol. controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • 24K Gold hardware
  • Grover tuners with Imperial Buttons
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with Bigsby vibrato
  • Ebony bridge base with pearl inlays
  • 3-ply raised tortoise pickguard
  • Tortoise arm rest with 3-ply binding
  • Gold reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Sunrise Orange (OR)
  • Wine Red (WR)



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