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Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by cvrle1, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Senior Member

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    I've been in the process of moving back to my hometown for the last couple months and didn't get the chance to play my Elitist during that time. Last night I finally got to unpack it and play it for awhile. It was like the skies parted and a choir of angels came down from the heavens. I've been saying my JB was my favorite guitar, but I have to change my opinion. The Elitist is in a class by itself.
     
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  2. B5Erik

    B5Erik Senior Member

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    I have no doubt that the Elitists are significantly better than the Epi Standards or Customs, but how do they differ from the 1960 Tributes? The Tributes have better pickups ( 57 Classics) and electronics than regular Epis, and the Tributes have solid maple caps instead of just a veneer over mahogany, not to mention the longer neck tenon, so how do the Elitists differ from that?

    Don't get me wrong, I totally get how good the Elitists are and I definitely want one, but as the Tributes are significantly better than the Standards, what are the differences between these two exceptional examples of Epiphone at their finest?
     
  3. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    The MiJ Elite/Elitist Epis are more than one step ahead of the Tribute+
    they had features you hardly find at todays Gibsons below the 3000$ mark

    Elitist Series - The Unofficial Epiphone Wiki

     
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  4. flats750

    flats750 Senior Member

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    USA correct bridge/tailpiece, pickup rings, switch, and a one piece neck with a 17 degree headstock angle. Better quality pots and electronics, USA made pickups, 2 piece lightweight backs (no veneer), maple tops (with veneer on the plus tops) and MOP inlays. Etc, etc...
     
  5. B5Erik

    B5Erik Senior Member

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    Well, the most important parts of that are also on the Tributes (solid maple cap, not just a veneer over mahogany), Gibson pickups ('57 Classics on the Tributes - and they are great pickups), better pots and electronics - so they are very similar, but it looks like the Elitists take it up another step on the rest of the package.

    Like I said, I would love to get one and if I run across one that fits my budget at the time and has a finish that I like I'll snap it up.

    I would love to compare the pickups on the Elitists to the '57 Classics on the Tributes.

    Sooner or later, though, I will have an Elitist to post here... :thumb:
     
  6. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Sorry, not 17°

    more specs here...
    Epiphone Elitist
     
  7. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Senior Member

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    This surprises me because my Elitist's headstock is at a different angle than my JB or '56GT. According to my cheap protractor, it's in the vicinity of 16 degrees, while the other two are at 14 degrees. If you put the guitars back-to-back, you can see a slight difference. I always thought that "grain orientation" was another term for quarter sawn. Just shows you're never too old to be wrong!:laugh2:
     
  8. flats750

    flats750 Senior Member

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    Mine is definitely not 14 degrees. As steep as my Gibby for sure.
     
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  9. flats750

    flats750 Senior Member

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    Just measured it with 2 different protractors, almost exactly 17 degrees.
     
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  10. Poetmonk

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    Agreed. The finish is hand rubbed so it's not thick.
     
  11. Poetmonk

    Poetmonk Member

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    No, no veneer on the Elite/Elitist plus tops. It's a solid piece of book matched figured maple.
     
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  12. cilizal

    cilizal Senior Member

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    Hi, I've spent some time away from here, but here are my elitist:

    Custom

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    Honeyburst

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    Jay Jay French Pinkburst

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  13. AK Epi Player

    AK Epi Player Senior Member

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    The easy test for this is to take a "regular" Epi LP out of an Epi HSC (after measuring how much room there is between the headstock and the bottom of the case), then put your Elitist in. And,...it almost touches the bottom! :shock:

    Just as I was writing this, it occurred to me that maybe the "Tombstone" HS was perhaps a bit taller/longer than the regular. :hmm: A quick visit with the tape measure proved that wrong: Both measure 7-1/4" from the tip to the nut.
     
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  14. SGmanElitist

    SGmanElitist Senior Member

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    That pinkburst is killer! :thumb:
     
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  15. flats750

    flats750 Senior Member

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    Had my Elitist next to a MIK Epi and a Gibson and the headstock is identical to the Gibson. The MIK Epi has a far shallower angle, so not convinced the Epi literature isn't just a mistake. Would need a few more Elitist owners to chime in though.
     
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  16. Starchilduk

    Starchilduk Senior Member

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    Annoyed that I missed picking up a pinkburst a few years back. It was only £400 and before I had bought any of my Les Pauls. I so regret it now, especially knowing the quality that Elites are.
     
  17. AK Epi Player

    AK Epi Player Senior Member

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    It's the Epi Wiki that is incorrect. :)

    Don't get me wrong, I love having it around as a reference, but it is not infallible!
     
  18. PermissionToLand

    PermissionToLand Senior Member

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    No, the Wiki isn't wrong, he just misinterpreted that quote, it was saying the wood is cut at a 14 degree angle.
     
  19. Mr. Satchmo

    Mr. Satchmo Senior Member

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    DUDE!! You have a fine collection of Elitists!! That custom looks so great! One thing I would suggest is to track down a 5 ply Custom Pickguard to finish the look of the custom! I got my pick guard custom cut from the guys at Creamtone, the reason I suggest them is because I don't know if a stock gibson guard will fit or not, but I know they can cut you one specific for your elitist. Here is my custom pick guard that they cut for me today :)

    Elitists are by far my favorite epiphones

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  20. Poetmonk

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