2001 Epiphone Japan Elitist 60's Les Paul Custom (Ebony) MIJ
Made for the Japanese market and featuring the open-book Gibson headstock, this is a modern Fujigen made Les Paul produced to Gibson specs. Apparently only the Japanese market models featured this headstock, with the export models using a slightly skinnier shape.
The electronics on this have been upgraded with Freedom Custom Guitar Research pickups. These are made in Tokyo and retail for over $300AUD each and were designed as a hybrid single coil/humbucker. The controls are now master volume and tone, and blended coil taps for each pickup to taper between humbucker and single coil wiring. Actually a very useful system and the pickups themselves are really really crisp.
Maple top with a mahogany back and neck and a rosewood fingerboard. Weighs in at around 3.85kg's. Plenty of life in the frets, plays well with a smooth low action. A few dings here and there but overall it's in great condition.