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Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino
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A full hollowbody with P-90s generates the chimey tones from Revolver to Let it Be.

You'll love the lightweight and comfortable neck of the Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino. The Elite Series are instruments that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted in Japan with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry--even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners--they're made at a special factory devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. You'll find the Elite 1965 Casino true to the original made famous by The Beatles. A finely crafted, great-sounding, and easy-playing instrument that beautifully blurs the line between Epiphone and Gibson. Includes hardshell case.

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Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Features:

  • 5-ply maple back, sides, and top
    One-piece mahogany neck
    24-3/4" scale
    Neck set at the 16th fret
    Rosewood fretboard
    Delrin nut, 1-5/8"
    22 frets
    P90 USA single coil rhythm pickup
    P90 USA single coil reverse treble pickup
    Nickel hardware
    2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle
    Grover tuners
    Includes case

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  • Build quality is superb! Tone to die for!

    As reviewed by frank on 8/14/2014

    Just received mine from Winterpark, FL GC. Have played the early to mid 60s originals, and although I was a little skeptical to purchase, this guitar is fabulous. I've been playing guitar for 50 years now, and own over 20 including real vintage axes and amps. The build quality is, well, in my opinion, about as good as Gibson custom shop - which I have to compare to. It would have been nice that this model was produced with Nitro instead of Poly, but that's the way it is. Since this guitar is produced in Japan, they do not over-spray the poly to make it way to thick (as opposed to the Korea and China poly sprays where they spray way too thick.) Out of the box, the set-up was spot on. Action was accurate, and intonation was good too. I changed over to Ernie Ball regular slinkys and adjusted the neck 1/4 turn on the truss rod and set intonation with Peterson strobe tuner. Fret dressing on this Casino was excellent. Again, build quality is superb! Playability is outstanding. Neck is great (and actually straight). Played through 1964 Fender VibroVerb (with 15" speaker and Cesar Diaz mods), Vox AC30 and AC15TB, and Marshall Blues Breaker - tone is to die for. The difference between this model Casino and a regular Casino (Korea or China built) is very obvious. The OEM Gibson P90 pickups and Gibson hardware really do make a big difference. This Casino is a must for Beatles, early Stones, Kinks, (British Invasion era), etc. It is also very apparent why so many Jazz guys played the Casino too, and the early rockers. Nice to see younger players get a chance to get a hold of this great guitar. The Winterpark, FL GC staff was great (Thanks Mike and Ray!)

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  • Almost Awesome Axe

    As reviewed by Jonathan Abramson on 11/9/2012

    Originally I ordered the John Lennon Casino. First one came with major fret buzz issues. Returned that for another. Same issues. Returned that, ponied up another grand(!) and got the Elitist. Immediately knew that this was a much more substantial guitar. The JL is made in China and feels flimsy and unfinished. The P90 pickups are not their top of the line version. The Elitist is made in Japan of much better materials and workmanship. The sunburst finish is gorgeous as are the neck inlays, and headstock tortoise shell Epiphone insignia. Speaking of the neck ... feels fast and nimble with a good solid heft to it ala Gibson guitars. BUT ... plan on spending another $125 or so to have a luthier set up the guitar for you. Again, the fret buzz issue. None of the new guitars I'm looking at - no matter what the make or price - are finished properly before shipping, e.g. dressing the frets, adjusting saddle angle. Case in point: when I dropped it by the luthier he had a brand new Martin 000-28($3500)in the shop for setting up. BTW the luthier is 70 years of age and certified repairman for all the major manufacturers. He tells me this is the norm these days rather than an occasional occurrence. That's a shame. Other than this fret issue the Elitist sounds fantastic whether it be the classic Beatles/Stones recordings circa '65 or the overdrive sound of urban blues. I'm very pleased with my choice. Can't wait to have it back in my hands!

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  • Like finding my way home

    As reviewed by MANUEL on 6/30/2015

    Casino elitist. There were only two problems with this purchase ? the name ?elitist? just creeps me out and the cheesy little Epiphone emblem glued on to the pickguard (which was falling off when I got it). Other than that ? nicest guitar I have ever owned. The neck is amazing, the weight and the size are perfect. It came set up very well ? I have no complaints at all ? just praise. The finish is beautiful (I have the sunburst). If you can afford it, I really think it is worth it (get a rid of a few of your others guitars! That?s how I managed it). I have had Rivieras, Les Pauls, a gibson ES330 (from 1965 - another wonderful guitar and yet the epi feels better), a host of Fenders (still have one) but this is by far, my favorite. It?s a high quality item ? you can tell as soon as you take it out the case. I spent years messing around with lots of instruments looking for one that really just ?felt right?. A very expensive quest ? had I found this fifteen years ago I would have saved myself a lot of money. If they kept one in the store (GC) I would have played it, got a feel for the quality and bought one for sure ? for some reason I could not find one to try out. You had to buy it ? then if you didn?t like it, you could return it, but I think that?s a bit of a drag. All in all ? awesome guitar. Would buy another for sure.

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