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Epiphone Japan LQ
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Epiphone Japanese Elitist Headstock

This section only references Japanese Domestic Model guitars and does not include Japanese Epiphone export models.


The Japanese domestic market (JDM) refers to the local market in Japan, mainly for Japanese-made motor vehicles and components. Within the guitar and instrument scene, this term, and the related term Japanese domestic model, most commonly refer to Japanese-made guitars and parts designed and constructed to conform to Japanese regulations and to suit Japanese market preferences and are not sold outside of Japan.

Epiphone JDM guitars can vary greatly or only slightly from their worldwide distributed counterparts depending on the year and model. The most noticable difference is usually the use of the Gibson-style open-book headstock. Other models, such as the the Sheraton & Casino, are harder to recognize as JDM guitars. Other differences may include the use of different fingerboard inlays, tailpieces, lacquer finishes and hardware including pickups and tuners.

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Goth Series


G-400 Goth

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Epiphone G-400 Goth Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Black hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with an epsilon "E" inlay at the 12th fret
  • open-book headstock with crown inlay
  • 2-screw truss rod cover with "Gibson" inscription
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • 6-digit serial number
  • "Made in Japan" printed on back of headstock
  • Pitch Black finish






Les Paul Studio Goth

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Epiphone Les Paul Studio Goth Japan
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Goth Japan
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Epiphone Les Paul Studio Goth Japan
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Goth Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Black hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with an epsilon "E" inlay at the 12th fret
  • open-book headstock with "Les Paul Model" silkscreen
  • 2-screw truss rod cover with "Gibson" inscription
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece
  • Elevated black pickguard
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • 6-digit serial number
  • "Made in Japan" printed on back of headstock
  • Pitch Black finish



Solid Body


SG-70

Epiphone SG-70
Epiphone Japan SG-70
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2 Humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearl trapezoid inlays
  • 2-screw truss rod cover
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone, 1 Master Tone controls
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors

  • Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Antique White
  • Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird at MLP [1]



LPC-80

Epiphone LPC-80
Epiphone Japan LPC-80
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2 Humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Master tone
  • Gold hardware
  • Colors: Ebony, Wine Red, Alpine White

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPC-90

Epiphone LPC-90
Epiphone Japan LPC-90
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2 Humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Ebony fretboard with block inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Master tone
  • Gold hardware
  • Colors: Ebony

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPC-95L

Epiphone LPC-95L
Epiphone Japan LPC-95L
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Left-handed model
  • 2 Humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Master tone
  • Gold hardware
  • Colors: Ebony, Alpine White

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPS-80

Epiphone LPS-80
Epiphone Japan LPS-80
Epiphone LPS-80
Epiphone Japan LPS-80 Gold Top
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Epiphone Japan PAF-style Humbucker pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • 1-ply body & neck binding
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Open-book headstock with "Les Paul" script
  • 2-screw 2-ply truss rod cover
  • Epiphone vintage-style green-key tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Raised cream pickguard
  • Cream pickup & selector rings
  • Gold speed knobs
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Master tone controls
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

Flame Maple Top Colors:

  • Trans Blue
  • Trans Amber
  • Honeyburst

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPS-95L

Epiphone LPS-95L
Epiphone Japan LPS-95L
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Left-handed model
  • 2 Humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Master tone
  • Gold hardware

Colors:

  • Cherryburst
  • Honeyburst
  • Vintage Sunburst

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPSP-75

Epiphone LPSP-75
Epiphone Japan LPSP-75
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2 P-90 pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 1 Master tone
  • Chrome hardware

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPJ-70

Epiphone LPJ-70
Epiphone Japan LPJ-70
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1 P-90 pickup
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
  • Chrome hardware

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird



LPJ-D70

Epiphone LPJ-D70
Epiphone Japan LPJ-D70
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1 P-90 pickup
  • Mahogany body with double cutaway
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Open-book headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Wraparound bridge tailpiece
  • 1-ply balck pickguard
  • Chrome hardware
  • Amber speed knobs
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Heritage Cherryburst
  • Vintage Sunburst



Olympic

Epiphone Olympic (Japan)
Epiphone Olympic (Japan)

Models:

  • Olympic
  • Olympic Custom

Specifications:

  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979
  • Two humbucker pickups
  • Double cutaway maple body
  • Deep german carve
  • Set maple neck
  • 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover
  • Adjustable wraparound bridge
  • Optional tune-o-matic bridge with tremolo tailpiece (Olympic Custom)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast tunerss
  • Black speed knobs with pointers
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone control
  • 3-way selector switch

Colors:

  • Blonde
  • Walnut



Wilshire

Epiphone  Wilshire (Japan)
Epiphone Wilshire (Japan)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979
  • Two humbucker pickups
  • Double cutaway maple body
  • Set maple neck with binding & volute
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Elongated headstock with black veneer
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast tuners with Epsilon "E" stamp on back
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone control
  • 3-way selector switch

Colors:

  • Cherry Sunburst
  • Natural



Acoustics


EL-00 (Japan)

Epiphone EL-00 (Japan)
Late Model Epiphone EL-00 (Japan)
  • 00-Sized Parlor guitar
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany body
  • Multi-ply 1-ring rosette
  • 3-ply body binding
  • Set mahogany neck with "C" profile
  • Hand-fitted dovetail neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Elongated headstock with no inlay
  • Rosewood non-belly bridge
  • Compensated saddle
  • Black bridge pins with white dots
  • Tortoise pickguard with metal "E" emblem
  • Chrome or nickel hardware
  • 14:1 ratio Grover tuners with small buttons
  • 15.5" body width
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.65" nut width
  • Vintage Sunburst finish



Archtops


ES-335 Dot

Epiphone ES-335 Japan
Epiphone ES-335 (Japan)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Two humbucker pickups
  • Laminated maple top, back & sides
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Open-book headstock
  • Chrome hardware
  • Gold speed knobs
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird at MLP [2]

See Also: Dot



Casino (Matsumoku, Japan)

Epiphone Matsumoku Casino (JDM)
1975-1979 Epiphone Casino (JDM)
Epiphone Matsumoku Casino (JDM)
1975-1979 Epiphone Casino (JDM)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979
  • MMK vintage humbucker pickups
  • Laminated Maple top, back & sides
  • Fully hollow body design
  • Maple/mahogany center block
  • Three piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • 3 screw truss rod cover with "E" emblem
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with trapeze tailpiece
  • 1 ply Cream body & neck binding
  • 3 ply pickguard with printed black E logo
  • Chrome hardware
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup selector switch
  • 16" body width
  • 1.75" body depth
  • 1.5625" nut width
  • 24.75 scale length

Colors:

  • Antique Sunburst
  • Wine Red
  • Natural
  • Natural Birdseye






Riviera (Matsumoku, Japan)

Epiphone Riviera
1975-1979 Epiphone Riviera (JDM)
Epiphone Riviera
1975-1979 Epiphone Riviera (JDM)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979
  • Two covered MMK-61 high-output humbucker pickups
  • Laminated maple body
  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram inlays
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • Elongated headstock with no inlay
  • 1-ply body & neck binding
  • Unbound raised pickguard with small "E" emblem
  • 3-screw black truss rod cover with white "E" emblem
  • Tune-o-matic style bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Chrome hardware
  • Black witch-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Japan oval blue label in f-hole

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst



Riviera II

Epiphone Riviera II
Epiphone Riviera II
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2009-Current
  • Humbucker pickups
  • Laminated Maple Body and top
  • Set Maple Neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Split Parallelogram inlays
  • Body and neck binding
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75” Scale
  • 1.625” Nut

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Metallic Light Blue



Sheraton (Matsumoku, Japan)



Sheraton (Terada, Japan)

Epiphone Sheraton II
Epiphone Sheraton (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Sheraton II
Epiphone Sheraton Headstock (Terada, Japan)
  • Model E212T
  • 1987-1994
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • MMK High output humbucker pickups
  • Arched maple top & back with maple sides
  • Maple/mahogany center block
  • Bound f-holes
  • Multi-bound top & neck
  • Single-bound back
  • 3-piece solid maple set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with (ten) pearl block inlays
  • "Tree Of Life" inlay on headstock
  • Deluxe individual tuners
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Multi-bound pickguard with "E" emblem
  • Gold hardware
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width



Emperor-C

Epiphone Emperor-C
Epiphone Emperor-C
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979 Matsumoku, Japan
  • Full-depth single-cutaway hollow body
  • Deco-style trapeze tailpiece
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural



Emperor-S

Epiphone Emperor S
Epiphone Emperor S
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979 Matsumoku Japan
  • MMK-75 humbucker pickups
  • Full-depth single-cutaway hollow body
  • Deco-style trapeze tailpiece
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural



Emperor-T

Epiphone Emperor T
Epiphone Emperor T (Japan)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979 Matsumoku Japan
  • MMK-75 humbucker pickups
  • Thinline sungle-cutaway hollow body
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural



Emperor (Terada, Japan)

Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
Epiphone Emperor (Terada, Japan)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1987-1998
  • Terada orange label
  • Full-depth single-cutaway hollow body
  • Two humbucker pickups
  • Carved solid spruce top
  • Arched maple back with maple sides
  • Multi-ply bound top, back, neck & headstock
  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl/abalone V-block inlays
  • Pearl "Tree of Life" inlay on headstock
  • 3-screw truss rod cover
  • Ebony bridge & base
  • Gold hardware
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • 17" body width
  • 3.25" body depth



Basses


TB-90

Epiphone TB-90
Epiphone TB-90
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2 TB humbuckers
  • Mahogany
  • 34" scale
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with "dot" inlays
  • 2 Volume, 1 Master Tone
  • Chrome hardware

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Ebony
  • Alpine White

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird at MLP [3]



EB-3

Epiphone EB-3 Japan
Epiphone EB-3 Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1 Sidewinder Humbucker & 1 NYT Bass Mini pickups
  • Mahogany body
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Open-book headstock with pearl crown inlay
  • 3-point bridge
  • Black pickguard with finger rest
  • 2-screw truss rod cover
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 4-way rotary selector switch
  • 30.5" scale
  • 1.50" nut width
  • Cherry finish
  • Pelham Blue

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird at MLP [4]



Newport

Epiphone Newport
Epiphone Newport (Japan)
Epiphone Newport
Epiphone Newport (Japan)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979
  • One double-coil staple-pole pickup
  • One mini humbucker pickup
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 2-point bridge/tailpiece combination
  • Nickel-plated bridge cover
  • Nickel hardware
  • Open-back large-button tuners
  • Black refector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 30.5" scale

Colors:

  • Walnut
  • Natural



LQ-Series


Les Paul Custom LQ

Epiphone LP-LQ Japan
Epiphone Les Paul LQ-Series Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2005-2007
  • 17 degree headstock angle
  • Open-book headstock with split-diamond inlay
  • Grover tuners
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • Triple bound aged binding
  • Catalyzed lacquer finish
  • PAF humbuckers
  • Long tenon neck joint
  • Non-weight relieved body
  • Rosewood fingerboard with large block inlays
  • 2-piece mahogany body
  • 2-piece maple cap
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bone nut
  • 2-screw bell TRC
  • Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan



Les Paul Standard LQ

Epiphone LP-LQ Japan
Epiphone Les Paul LQ-Series Japan in Cherryburst
Epiphone LP-LQ Japan
Epiphone Les Paul LQ-Series Japan in Honeyburst
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2005-2007
  • 17 degree headstock angle
  • Open-book headstock with Les Paul screenprint
  • Grover tuners
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • Triple bound aged binding
  • Catalyzed lacquer finish
  • PAF humbuckers
  • Long tenon neck joint
  • Non-weight relieved body
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • 2-piece mahogany body
  • 2-piece maple cap
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bone nut
  • 2-screw bell TRC
  • Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan



Les Paul Special LQ

Epiphone LP-LQ Japan
Epiphone Les Paul Special LQ-Series Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2005-2007
  • 17 degree headstock angle
  • Open-book headstock with Les Paul screenprint
  • Grover tuners
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • Triple bound aged binding
  • Catalyzed lacquer finish
  • P-90 pickups
  • Long tenon neck joint
  • Non-weight relieved body
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 2-piece mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bone nut
  • 2-screw bell TRC
  • Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan



Les Paul Junior LQ

Epiphone LP-LQ Japan
Epiphone Les Paul Jumior LQ-Series Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2005-2007
  • 17 degree headstock angle
  • Open-book headstock with Les Paul screenprint
  • Grover tuners
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • Triple bound aged binding
  • Catalyzed lacquer finish
  • P-90 pickup
  • Long tenon neck joint
  • Non-weight relieved body
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 2-piece mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bone nut
  • 2-screw bell TRC
  • Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan



61-SG LQ

Epiphone SG-LQ Japan
Epiphone Les Paul 61 SG LQ-Series Japan
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • Limited run 2005-2006
  • 2 PAF humbuckers
  • 2-piece mahogany body
  • Catalyzed lacquer finish
  • Mahogany neck with long tenon neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • 2-screw bell TRC
  • Bone nut
  • 17 degree headstock angle
  • Open-book headstock with crown inlay
  • Grover green key tuners
  • ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Made at the Fujigen factory, Japan



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