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So I planned to buy my friend's Epiphone which he agreed to sell it to me. I tried finding more information online but could not find much.

Best I could find is that this is an MIJ Epiphone with open book headstock.

Its serial number is 908108. The guitar date project is unable to find cos it said that the serial number made during 80's and 90's are a bit messed up or sth lol.

It has hot stamp instead of a sticker serial number so it's highly unlikely to be a '89 '90s MIJ. However, some said that it could be a 90's MIJ model where it maybe a last production run.

Anyone knows the exact date/year and the factory it was made it? And also does anyone have any idea what are the stock pickups because the previous owner before my friend replaced it with Sephtone BK which I'm looking to replace with Gibson BB 1/2

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Its a 1999 Fujigen made Epiphone made in August and it was guitar 108 produced that month IIRC.


Got more pictures? Pickups would be some sort of Epiphone pickup I'd guess. 


For future reference if you get a 6 digit Epiphone serial number like that and it doesn't have a J/T (Terada) then it's probably a Fujigen. Although some fujigens come with an F prefix as well. 

YMMPPP is the format and then for others its F YMMPPP whereas F is the factory, Y is year, MM is month, and PPP is production. 
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Its a 1999 Fujigen made Epiphone made in August and it was guitar 108 produced that month IIRC.


Got more pictures? Pickups would be some sort of Epiphone pickup I'd guess. 


For future reference if you get a 6 digit Epiphone serial number like that and it doesn't have a J/T (Terada) then it's probably a Fujigen. Although some fujigens come with an F prefix as well. 

YMMPPP is the format and then for others its F YMMPPP whereas F is the factory, Y is year, MM is month, and PPP is production. 

The pickup has been swaped with Sephtone BK by the previous owner before my friend.... so we have no clue where the stock pups went to.

But I thought Epiphone cease operations in Japan of their main line and shift to Korea in the 90's?
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The pickup has been swaped with Sephtone BK by the previous owner before my friend.... so we have no clue where the stock pups went to.

But I thought Epiphone cease operations in Japan of their main line and shift to Korea in the 90's?

Well you thought wrong because they've had Epiphones in Japan for longer than that. They made them for the JDM market til about 2006 or so and the Elitist line lasted til about 08 or 09 (although they still make a few models).
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Who else should it be
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H4T3BR33D3R ahh icic... I've heard that even though there are mij epiphone made now but it's exclusive for the japanese market.... The riveria is one of the more recent models made there.

Ippon well, he's asking it for about a thousand 4 singapore dillars sooo it's quite a deal if you ask me
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But does anyone knows what pickups would they come in originally? I've read online and many said it could be seymour duncan, if not gibson's pickups
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H4T3BR33D3R BTW... are the les paul made there using nitro finishes or poly?
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H4T3BR33D3R BTW... are the les paul made there using nitro finishes or poly?

No nitro on Epi MiJ
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paruwi Feels bad...

Anyways, I still can't find much information on the pickups put into the guitar stock.

From my knowledge, the craftsman ship of an MIJ Epiphone are simillar to the gibsons; same body wood and stuff and if it is a flame maple cap, it is a legit piece of maple wood on top of the body as compared to morden day epiphones where is a flame maple veneer on top of the maple cap.
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paruwi Feels bad...

Anyways, I still can't find much information on the pickups put into the guitar stock.

From my knowledge, the craftsman ship of an MIJ Epiphone are simillar to the gibsons; same body wood and stuff and if it is a flame maple cap, it is a legit piece of maple wood on top of the body as compared to morden day epiphones where is a flame maple veneer on top of the maple cap.


Some more information from the Epi-Wiki

 
The Elitist Series was made at the Terada and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FujiGen">Fuji-gen factories in Japan. Originally called the Elite Series, Epiphone was forced to change the name because of a conflict with an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovation_Guitar_Company">Ovation line of guitars already bearing the http://www.ovationguitars.com/guitars/category/elite">Elite moniker.  
The same Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories that made all of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orville_by_Gibson">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 http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/Casino">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. 
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paruwi So basically what it said is that the Fuji plant uses its own in-house built pickups?
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paruwi But the one that I'm going to own have an open book head stock design so i'm assuming it's not an elitists model but more of the end production run of MIJ Les Paul by Epiphones?
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paruwi But the one that I'm going to own have an open book head stock design so i'm assuming it's not an elitists model but more of the end production run of MIJ Les Paul by Epiphones?


sorry, I missed that somehow... 

https://web.archive.org/web/20150414060513/http://epiphonewiki.com:80/index.php/Japanese_Les_Pauls
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#19
Looks like I've found the ans... thanks a lot man

Now i'm going to look for a Korean epiphone to complete the 'three main era' of epiphones
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