ESP Les Paul LP Singlecut Custom Early 1980’s Lawsuit MIJ Japan Black W/Bare Knuckle’s W/Case

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ESP Les Paul Copy Custom order made in Japan in early 1980’s in black/ebony finish. This guitar features a solid Mahogany body, Mahogany neck and Ebony fingerboard. Equipped with Bare Knuckle VHII Bridge and Neck pickups. Controlled by 2-Volume, 2-Tone knobs and 3-Way Toggle Switch. The 24.75″ scale length neck has Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays and 22 Medium Jumbo frets with a Rounded neck profile. The hardware is comprised of Schaller Vintage Kluson Deluxe double-ring style tuning machines, a bone Nut, a Gotoh ABR-1 bridge, with Gold Speed Knobs.

This guitar came to us with a mismatch of hardware and pickups, so we have installed a brand new set of custom ordered Bare Knuckle VHII humbuckers which have custom brushed nickel with gold screw pieces. Here is more about the tone of these pickups from Bare Knuckle:

“Crystal clear highs, defined bottom-end and the versatile output of a
vintage hot humbucker lay down the ultimate in clean overdrive and even
harmonic response with the VHII humbucker.

Totally unique approaches to the asymmetrical coils of the VHII
humbucker allow it to retain phenomenal clarity whilst maximising the
output of 42 AWG plain enamel wire. Voiced to capture the original raw
energy and brown sound of the late ’70s, the vintage cut Alnico V magnet
allows for a really open and touch sensitive feel. Harmonic overtones
are strong and defined with excellent string separation, which produces a
huge sound with superb pick attack even when used with extreme amounts
of preamp gain. The design of the coils allows for great split and
parallel options, working extremely well with rotary tone selectors.”

This pickup choice aesthetically paired very nicely with the vintage nickel tuners, bridge and gold speed knobs for a classic Gibson look on a guitar that shreds! Also included is a TKL hardshell case instead of the ESP gig-bag that this model initially came with. This guitar is in very good condition however the body has some surface scratches, as well as minor dings and dents but nothing major (see photos). Freshly re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings and setup in standard tuning this guitar plays fantastic and sounds incredible with the new pickups


  • Make: ESP
  • Model: Les Paul Copy
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Weight: 10lbs 7.4oz
  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.75″
  • Neck Joint: Set-Neck
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Finger Board: Ebony
  • Neck Radius: 16″
  • Neck Profile: Rounded C Shape
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Trapezoid
  • Nut Width: 1.725″
  • Nut: Bone
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: Bare Knuckle VHII Bridge and Neck
  • Pickup Configuration: HH
  • Controls: 2-Volume, 2-Tone
  • Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller Vintage Kluson Deluxe Style Double-Ring
  • Bridge: Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
  • Knobs: Gold Speed
  • String Guage: 10-46
  • Case: TKL Hardcase

Additional information


Very Good




Les Paul Singlecut LP Copy Japan MIJ