This is a very special guitar. Epiphone only made this Limited Edition for a short time; essentially a hollowbody Les Paul. Unlike something like an ES-335 with a solid section down the middle of the body, this model is almost completely hollow. There’s a solid block of wood under the bridge, between the top and back, to keep it strong and stable. But the rest of the body is open and resonant. That allows for some pretty righteous feedback when you want it, but the biggest benefit is drastically reduced weight. This one weighs 5 pounds, 12 3/8ths ounces (2.624 kilograms). Yes, that’s right: A full-size Les Paul under 6 pounds. Your back will appreciate it, believe me.
It has a gorgeous cherry sunburst finish. As you can see, the flamed maple top is stunning. The binding is flawless, better than a couple of my Gibson Les Pauls. The Epiphone inlay on the head is mother of pearl, instead of the decals typical of low-end Gibsons and Epis. Overall, it’s built extremely well, and plays that way too.
A friend of mine picked this up for me in Seoul, Korea in September of 1999. According to the date code, it was built in the Saein factory that August. I haven’t played it as much as some of my other guitars, and it’s still in pretty much mint condition. It has my fingerprints on it, but the frets show no evident wear, there is no buckle rash or scratching, and the electronics are in perfect working order. It’s basically in brand-new condition.
Unfortunately, I have to thin out my guitar collection right now. I love this one, but I know there are plenty of other players looking for these too. I’ve seen the dealers sell Les Paul ESs for a lot more than I’m asking (on the rare occasions they turn up).
I think I have seen just about every kind of eBay scam out there, so don’t bother trying. Check my feedback profile. You’ll see that it is excellent, and I intend to keep it that way. Shipping costs will likely vary from the eBay calculations due to the odd size of a guitar box. Buyer will pay actual charges, including insurance equal to the sale price. I'll work with you if you insist on returning the instrument after sale, but you must pay shipping both ways - I'm just a guy selling my guitar, not a dealer. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or contact me for more information.
On Mar-28-12 at 09:38:39 PDT, seller added the following information:
One thing I forgot to mention in the original ad: The case that is visible in the last picture does come with the guitar!