made in Japan. The line started out as elite. Then a name change to elitest due to a conflict with some other manufacturer. The logo is under the clear coat on the back near the nut. If you sat down blind folded you would not no the difference compared to a MIC lp standard pro. The neck and fret work are the same. Ow and you got a fancy case with them,.Feels like the place to ask - whats the identifiers for a elitist?