These Made-in-Japan Epiphone Elite/Elitist guitars from the early 2000s are special - and this 2003 Epiphone Elite '61 SG is no exception. This is actually an earlier “Elite” model - so pre-"Elitist" when they changed the naming convention after a lawsuit. No issues at all, this one plays and sustains like you’d expect a well constructed Gibson to. It has been upgraded with a Gibson Burstbucker 1 & 2 matched set with aged covers, offering even more beautiful vintage Gibby tone, feel, and appearance. Planet Waves locking tuners have been added as well. In Very Good+ condition, this one shows a bit of light play wear (ding on the back, scratch on the horn - pictured), including some fret wear in the cowboy chord area. Includes the original Elitist hard shell case in equally clean condition.