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Epiphone Elite Logo
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 J-200

Epiphone Elitist J-200
Epiphone Elitist J-200
  • 2003-2005
  • Super Jumbo body style

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid maple back & sides

Neck:

  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Ebonized rosewood fingerboard with crown inlays
  • Tombstone headstock with pearl holly inlay
  • 2-ply black/white truss rod cover
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 7-ply body binding
  • Single-ply neck & headstock binding
  • Multi-ply 2-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • 24K Gold hardware
  • Ebonized rosewood moustache bridge with pearl inlays
  • Black bridge pins with white dots
  • Bone saddle & nut
  • Die-cast Grover with Imperial Buttons
  • Stylized tortoise pickguard

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Natural (NA)



Elitist J-45

Epiphone Elitist J-45
Epiphone Elitist J-45
Epiphone Elitist Headstock
Epiphone Elitist J-45 Headstock
  • 2003-2005
  • Sloped shoulder dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • 1-piece set set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Tombstone headstock with pearl holly inlay
  • 2-ply Elitist truss rod cover
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • 3-ply 1-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Rosewood bridge with pearl dot inlays & reverse belly
  • White bridge pins
  • Plastic tortoise pickguard
  • Bone nut & saddle
  • Die-cast Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



Jim Croce Elitist L-00

Epiphone Elitist L-00
Epiphone Elitist L-00
Epiphone Elitist L-00
Epiphone Elitist L-00
Epiphone Elitist L-00
Epiphone Elitist L-00 19th Fret
  • 2003-2005
  • Parlor sized body style

Body:

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • 4.875" body depth

Neck:

  • 1-pc set Mahogany neck with "V" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Inlaid "Jim Croce" signature at 19th fret
  • Tombstone headstock with pearl holly inlay
  • 2-ply Elitist truss rod cover
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Bone nut

Binding:

  • 3-ply body
  • Multi-ply 1-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Die-cast Grover tuners
  • Rosewwod bridge with no belly
  • Black bridge pins with white dots
  • Plastic tortoise pickguard
  • Bone saddle

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



Elitist 1965 Texan

Epiphone Elitist 1965 Texan
Epiphone Elitist 1965 Texan
Epiphone Elitist 1965 Texan
Epiphone Elitist 1965 Texan
  • 2003-2005
  • Sloped shoulder dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • 1-piece set mahogany neck
  • Vintage 1964 tapered dovetail neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard Mother of Pearl parallelogram inlays
  • Traditional headstock with pearl oval inlay
  • “Mother of Pearl” vintage Epiphone logo on headstock
  • 2-ply black/white truss rod cover
  • 25.5” Scale
  • 1.68” Nut Width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • Multi-ply 2-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel Hardware
  • Rosewood bridge with reverse belly
  • Tortoise pickguard with original foil “E” emblem
  • Adjustable bridge saddle
  • Die-cast Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan

Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan
Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan
Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan Headstock Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan Web Page
Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan Headstock
Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan Web Page
Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan
Epiphone Elitist Paul McCartney 1964 Texan Case
  • 2006
  • Limited to only 1,964 instruments worldwide

Body:

  • Sloped shoulder dreadnought body style
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • 1-piece set mahogany neck
  • Vintage 1964 tapered dovetail neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard Mother of Pearl parallelogram inlays
  • Traditional headstock with pearl oval inlay
  • “Mother of Pearl” vintage Epiphone logo on headstock
  • 2-ply black/white truss rod cover
  • 25.5” Scale
  • 1.68” Nut Width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • Multi-ply 2-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel Hardware
  • Rosewood bridge with reverse belly
  • Tortoise pickguard with original foil “E” emblem
  • Adjustable bridge saddle
  • Plate-mounted vintage-style tuners

Includes:

  • Custom fabric-covered guitar case
  • McCartney’s signature and model name embroidered on front of case
  • Individually Numbered Certificate of Authenticity



Elitist 1964 Texan

Epiphone Elitist 1964 Texan
Epiphone Elitist 1964 Texan
Epiphone Elitist 1964 Texan
Epiphone Elitist 1964 Texan
  • 2014 Limited Edition
  • Made in Japan to historic specifications
  • Nitrocellulose gloss finish

Body:

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper profile
  • Dovetail joint glued at 14th fret
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 20 medium frets
  • Bone nut
  • 1.56" nut width
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • 4-ply body binding (top)
  • 2-ply body binding (back)

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Tortoise pickguard with "E" vintage emblem
  • 14:1 ratio Gotoh Deluxe tuners
  • Original style ceramic adjustable saddle

Colors:

  • Vintage Amber (VA)

Includes:

  • 1960's era hardcase



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