Epiphone Japan Lacquer Series SG Cherry 2008
Epiphone Lacquer Series SG, gloss cherry, made in Japan 2008. When you know, you know. These were made for just a couple of years and sold to the Japan domestic market. The were produced at the famed Fujigen plant and blessed with a thin finish with a classy nitro topcoat. Somehow, this is perfectly weighted, despite weighing in under 3kg... such is the mystery. The quality of wood selection and craftsmanship on board is immediately obvious in the hands; this feels better than any Gibson branded SG I've ever played. The neck is a fairly chunky typical '61 style shape, which absolutely adds to the vibe and tone. The finish looks super luxurious, it's got that particular sheen to it that radiates understated charm. It's naturally loud unplugged, but the real magic comes when you plug it in. There's a certain percussive quality to the attack, it's immediate and convincing. The midrange is extraordinarily wide and complex; it responds beautifully to the touch and moves from a growl to a birdsong with grace and confidence. You might've gleaned by now that I really, really like this one. You will also like it I'd wager.
Model: Epiphone Japan Lacquer Series SG
Made: 2008, Japan, Fujigen plant, (serial 809408)
Finish: cherry, gloss nitro topcoat, 4-ply black guard
Neck: mahogany, rosewood board, chunky '61 profile, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Pickup: Epiphone Japan PAF-style humbucker x2
Case: basic gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth, minor dimples only. The back has a couple of light scuffs, no major marks. The sides have a few little dimples on the top horn, elbow area and near the jack, nothing major. The front is nice and clean, just a couple of light scuffs on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good. Frets look great, no major wear, 8/10 for fret life left. All electronics tested and working properly. Setup with fresh 10/52 Moonshiners strings.