Epiphone Elitist models were made by Terada to an exceptionally
high quality level for only a few years in the mid-1980's. The Byrdland was
top of the Elitist range.
Elitist Byrdlands were a massive success, to the
that they hurt Gibson's sales of its own Byrdland model.
Consequently the Elitist was withdrawn a few years
later in order to protect the Gibson model.
As a result, the Elitist legacy is a small
pool of very
rare, exceptional guitars that have become legendary and are
now highly sought-after.
The Spec of the
Elitist Byrdland is exactly like the Gibson Byrdland with short
23.5" scale on a 2.25 thinline body.
The top is carved solid Spruce with AAA flamed Maple
back and sides. The fingerboard is Ebony.
The Epiphone Elitist
Byrdland Guitar is one of the all-time most-revered
hollowbodies with astounding appointments and peerless
This one is gorgeous! Apart from the Epiphone
name, it is a Byrdland. It looks like a
Byrdland, it feels like a Byrdland and it plays like a
Byrdland except, perhaps, that these USA made 50S pickups are a
little brighter than the Classic '57 humbuckers specified
on the Gibson version. Gibson's 50S USA humbuckers are sealed in wax to
eliminate internal feedback and are 24K gold-plated.
It is absolutely Mint (well, one
tiniest mark you just won't find) and is
presented complete with its original Mint case and some
tags and warrantee.