[Identify] MIJ/MIK Epiphone Les Paul Custom (Gibson headstock no serial)

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  1. Fuzzdoom

    Fuzzdoom Junior Member

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    I'm currently negotiating with a seller for an Epiphone Les Paul Custom which he claims is a made in Japan guitar. I'm having doubts that it could be an early 90's made in Korea guitar.

    The guitar has no serial number so it probably had a sticker. It has the Gibson headstock, but the thing that puts me off is the 3 screw truss rod cover.

    The bridge, tuners and pickups have been replaced but the seller still has all the original hardware that was on it. Can anyone help me identify this guitar?

    Edit: Well i've found out that it's a 1989 Epiphone Les Paul Custom MIK Samick model. I'm gonna replace the emg hardware for something else. Not really a fan of active pickups. The guitar has some nice weight to it. :)

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  2. Fuzzdoom

    Fuzzdoom Junior Member

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    edit: Updated the OP
     
  3. GRASS

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    Looks dodgy to me.
     
  4. Caretaker

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    I`ve owned many of these guitars. They had the serial number on a sticker that always falls off. The headstock was on the MIJ models.
    I`ve never seen it on an MIK model.
     
  5. Fuzzdoom

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    I've found the following things on google that kinda confirm it for me that it's a Samick 1989 Epiphone:

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/showpost.php?p=389041&postcount=10
    https://reverb.com/item/27414-epiphone-les-paul-custom-1989-alpine-white
    http://www.mrmusicguitars.com/product-p/epilpcus.htm
    http://www.creamery-pickups.co.uk/blog/guitars/upgrading-an-epiphone-les-paul-pt-1/
     
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    Thanks for the welcome and confirming what i thought! I haven't owned a Les Paul in a long while and glad i've found this one. I just removed all the electronics and i'm probably going to put some burstbuckers, new pots and a switch in there and give it a nice clean wiring.
     
  8. truckermde

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    That's a sweet custom!

    Welcome aboard :cheers2:
     
  9. Fuzzdoom

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    Turned out to be a small project eventually but i've upgraded my Les Paul. I found someone who was willing to trade my EMG set for a Burstbucker Pro set. While waiting for them to arrive i ordered some CTS pots and Mallory 150s caps. I decided to go with the 50's wiring.

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    While all the hardware was out i gave it a good clean with Dunlop 65 Guitar Polish&Cleaner.

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    I had to widen the potholes a bit because the last ones were a bit smaller. After widening the holes i wanted to wire everything but the pots were too big on the inside. So i had to widen the cavity and after that i removed most of the paint. I repainted the cavity with some conductive shielding paint.

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    After that i could finally wire everything up. Even though it's still an Epiphone, it now roars like a real Gibson, has a Gibson headstock shape and has a classic Les Paul weight to it.
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  10. Zarg

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    very nice upgrades! (yes, def. an upgrade vs the EMGs) though I would've went for gold hardware and black top hat knobs.... but that's a matter of taste :thumb:

    enjoy this sweet les paul
     
  11. Fuzzdoom

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    The last owner replaced all the original gold hardware with black hardware (not even sure who the manufacturer of the current stopbar and bridge is). But all the original hardware was included! So maybe i'll switch in the future but i'm not going to replace the grover tuners back to the original gold epiphone ones that's for sure lol.
     
  12. ScottMarlowe

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    I've got an Epi SG with the same headstock, MIK. Nice Custom!
     
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    Epiphone guitars usually come stock with Grovers, FWIW...
     
  14. Fuzzdoom

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    The stock ones i have aren't official ones. :)
     
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    It had EMGs in it? It sounds like the MKH custom. I have the same guitar with all black hardware stocked with EMG 81 85s and its made in Indonesia. Is there an access profile on the nexk? If so its definitely gotta be an MKH
     
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    It can't be a MKH....

    was he even born in 1989/90 ?
     
  17. Zarg

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    he's born 1986

    pretty young to get a signature guitar:fingersx:
     
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    Sorry guys! Read it wrong. Specs just seemed very similar
     
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    This is my 1989 MIK Epi. I bought it new in 89. There was a serial number sticker on the back of the headstock. When I got home, I took it off and threw it in the garbage. I don't like stickers on a guitar. I still have the purchase receipt and luckily the salesman wrote the serial number on the receipt.

    Great guitars. I've replaced pickups,harness, switch, bridge and tailpiece and gig with it all the time.
     
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  20. Fuzzdoom

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    Nice top! I've taken a look at the original hardware that was given with the guitar and it wasn't really something to write home about. Glad i did all the rewiring and gave it some decent parts. The sound and feel is probably on par with my gibson les paul standard faded.
     
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