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The Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar is the guitar that put Epiphone on the map. Ever since The Beatles purchased three Casinos back in 1964, this hollow Epi model has taken on a life of its own. Equip... Read More

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The Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar is the guitar that put Epiphone on the map. Ever since The Beatles purchased three Casinos back in 1964, this hollow Epi model has taken on a life of its own. Equipped with two vintage P-90 single-coil pickups, the Casino still delivers those Beatlesque tones at a price every player can afford. Made with a select maple body and top with f-holes, trapeze tailpiece, mahogany neck (24-3/4" scale), neck and body binding, two volume and two tone controls, and parallelogram inlays. Limited lifetime warranty. Case sold separately.

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Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple with basswood top bracing
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Parallelogram
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuning machines: Small button
  • Color: Nickel
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  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: South Korea
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EpiphoneCasino Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

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Epiphone prevails again

I have owned this Epiphone electric casino for 4 months now .It is the Natural and is a beautiful instrument . I am so happy with my purchase . I have been playing for...Read complete review

I have owned this Epiphone electric casino for 4 months now .It is the Natural and is a beautiful instrument . I am so happy with my purchase . I have been playing for many years and many types of music . When I first was looking for a new guitar a good friend told me , he had seen this epiphone online . I looked into it and went out and played many guitars of the same era . When I finally played the casino I fell in love with it . The sound is so clean and the P-90s are awesome . I play through an older Marshall and this Guitar Rocks the House . I over the years have played Gibsons and Fenders . The Casino "if your on a budget and want an excellent axe" This is the one to get You won't be dissapointed.

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Details, Details

I traded my Dot in for a new Casino in Vintage Sunburst. I ordered it at the store because they didn't have this color in stock. I got the guitar home and noticed right...Read complete review

I traded my Dot in for a new Casino in Vintage Sunburst. I ordered it at the store because they didn't have this color in stock. I got the guitar home and noticed right away that the detail work on this guitar was lacking. There was some sticky residue on the top, the edge of the F holes is very roughly finished (badly needs sanding), and the black paint applied to the edge of the F holes is very sloppy and runs onto the top in some places. The top, back and sides otherwise looked nice and vintage-y. The binding is poorly finished where the neck meets the body as well. The neck is a nice comfortable medium profile. The action is very high from the factory, but a good setup from a qualified luthier remedied this. The electronics all function well. The P-90s sound good, but I find the covers to be microphonic and the pickups squealy at higher volumes (not the typical hollowbody feedback, but actual squeal) with just low or moderate gain despite the pickups having been wax potted, according to the sticker I removed from them (obviously this guitar is not suited for hi-gain). The bridge rattles something awful when strumming, and I can hear it through my amp. I can also hear the stings vibrating between the bridge and tailpiece through the amp as well. But the bridge rattle has become so bad that I find the guitar almost unusable because I can't stand the rattling. For a guitar that costs as much as a Sheraton (and $200 more than a Dot) despite being much less luxuriously appointed, I'm disappointed in the quality of this instrument for the price. My Dot had 0 issues (perhaps I should have kept it!) but I was drawn in by the sound of the P-90's and the full hollowbody. While I like the tone of this guitar, the noisy bridge/tailpiece and the poor attention to detail are unacceptable at this price. Perhaps I just got a bad one as most of the reviews on here are very positive. Nonetheless I will be returning it to the store.

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5.0

Best guitar I've got.

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from Akron, OH

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        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        I have owned my natural Casino for about 8 months. I am mostly a rythem player and this guitar if fantastic. The feel, the sound, and the look set it apart. I even have a strat (American) for picking and riffs and the Casino holds it's own with a guitar costing twice as much.

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        1.0

        Very disappointed! Epiphone should be ashamed! Made in China is not Korea or Japan

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        from Oxford, MS

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar(and case)as a Christmas present for someone so they could have a "quality" guitar. It is no where near the Epiphone Casino I used to play back in the eighties. The finish is a very thick coat of polyurethane that squeaks and flubs every time you touch the neck. When they started playing it had a rattle sound to it. Turns out the pickups on the bass side weren't screwed to the body. The pickup openings had been cut oversize and off center so that the screws just barely touched wood. I had to very carefully drill new 1/16 holes at an angle to catch the screws. The pickup wires were mounted to some cheap cardboard (or something)inside the body, but the mounts had come loose and are rattling around. I'm still not sure how we will fix that. The finish has pinholes and orange peel. The control knobs are not set straight. The frets are not level and a little too low. The nut (plastic?) is cut sloppy. The tuners and the tailpiece feel very cheap. I wish we had passed on this guitar. A Squire Telecaster is built with a lot more quality and costs less. That's what we should have bought.

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        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Sad Imitation of a 1960s Classic

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        from Kansas City, KS

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        I really wanted to like this guitar. I played it for a couple of weeks before I sent it back, but I finally realized I just had to overlook too much to feel okay keeping it. First of all, the good things. It sounded good, what with the P90s and all. Not great--I think the Casino Elitist sounds better, a little richer and more solid, but the regular, non-elite Casino sounded good. And the action felt good, too, low and fast. The quality of workmanship was good overall, except for a clumsily-cut curve in the headstock, which disappointed me because, to my eye, this nice little carving on each side of the headstock is part of the iconic design of the Casino, a nice little detail that sets it apart from its Gibson cousins. The polyurethane finish was well done, smooth and even. The stain was another story. It was applied in blotches, and you could see streaks and sponge marks where the stain had been allowed to dry too much before wiping off, or something of this nature. Streaky, ugly, blotchy. Not good. But the frets were the deal killer. The fret job was abandoned halfway to completion. Maybe they thought nobody would notice. Maybe a lot of people wouldn't. Here's what they did: the frets were pressed into the fingerboard, the ends smoothed off, and the frets were leveled with a file or belt sander. Then some worker began the job of crowning the frets with a fret file . . . and there it ended, throw the guitar in a box and ship it out the door. The crowning was never completed, so the tops of the frets were not properly rounded, but were left way too flat, too wide. And the file (or belt sander) marks had not been sanded smooth, so the harshly flat tops of all the frets had ridges in them like corduroy! Imagine what that feels like when you play it. Bend a string and instead of a nice smooth feel--and sound--you get this grinding feel, and a grinding sound as well. It was kind of funny, kind of funky in a dime-store cheapo guitar way, like some $29 Woolworth guitar one of those old real roots Chicago blues guys might have played back in the '50s . . . but for a guitar at this price point, a guitar that's trying to be a real grown-up guitar instead of a toy guitar--this is completely unacceptable. Laughable really, deserving of scorn. Where was quality control? Or is this the standard the once-proud Epiphone company has set for itself? I will never know the answer, but I do know I will never risk buying one of these junkers again. Too bad, because I really wanted to like this guitar.

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        5.0

        Fantastic

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        from Missoula, Montana

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        Picked one of these up at a guitar center in Denver last year. Absolutely Fantastic. Natural Finish. Great Jazz and Blues Tone. The pickups are fantastic and I get generate any tone I am looking for. One of my favorite guitars. Very Solid for a hollow-body. Feels very light and easy to carry around. It is extremely reliable and I play it as one of my main instruments. The only problem was the factory set-up. Absolute joke. I had to have it re-set-up within the first two weeks. Overall, a fantastic instrument.

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        5.0

        A must have for beatle fans!

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        from Sacramento,California

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        I was eyeing this guitar online for quite some time now and went to the guitar center to see it in person and believe me this thing is beautiful in person. I got it in a metallic gold color which I think is perfect for the guitar and it plays so well with a great rich tone I would really recomend this guitar for anybody!

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        5.0

        Awesome Burst, Plays like a Dream...but a little muddy.

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        from Thornton, CO

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        Ordered the Vintage Sunburst model in to the store because I was uneasy about what the Burst spray job would look like and I wanted an easy return if required. Once it arrived and I first saw it, I was more than pleased with the quality job done on the burst pattern. Looks like the one on the Epi website, not the one shown on the GC site. Whew... Once the truss rod was adjusted and strings changed, it plays like a dream. Very comfortable, neck feels great and no unwanted buzzing. But...if I had one thing I was not completely happy with is the muddy sound of the neck pickup when playing chords. The tone control will let me go from dark and muddy to slightly less muddy, but the tonal range does not go as high as I would like, or I am used to. As far as using that position to do solo work, it sounds great. I guess if the tone for that pickup had a broader range... Anyway, I will probably keep messing around and just work with the sounds that this type of guitar has to offer. Overall, I couldn't be happier. I've wanted one of these for a while, looking in the stores for 'the one'. Not a big fan of buying a guitar sight-unseen, but in this case feel that I got exactly what I was looking for.

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        4.0

        Great Guitar Once Set Up

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        from New York, NY

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        Please, if you have the money, buy the Elitist Casino. It̴��s so much better. Now, to the review: A couple of years ago, when I had just achieved my second year of guitar training, I got sick of my first guitar (a cheap no-brand electric), so I began my first guitar hunt. I was initially drawn to Epiphone's Joe Pass model, but after much consideration, I bought this one, without even playing it- I was so confident that it was going to be perfect. Stupid me! Anyway, the guitar appeared in the mail a week after I ordered it. Needless to say, I was extremely excited, and just ripped the box off. Since my amp was in the shop, I had a week to try out the guitar in an acoustic setting, and being a hollow body it didn't disappoint. The sound was rich, open, but somewhat muffled and sometimes a little dull. There was a ton of fret buzz though, and even more when I tried to lower the action. The bridge pickup sounds very bright and compressed, but that can be fixed by cranking the bass and mid controls. The neck pickup can get muddy and undefined (especially with chords and gain) but that can be fixed by cranking the treble control. Apparently the pickups hate each other. In a clean setting, the pickup̴��s weaknesses are diminished, but are still present. The guitar DOES feedback and that can get to be annoying in live situations. Overall, the quality is acceptable, the hardware is ok, and the sound is great, BUT, after setting it up and changing the nut for a bone one, the sound improved dramatically. The highs just came alive and the sound stopped sounding muffled. The fret buzz disappeared. It sounds and feels much more like a professional instrument with these simple mods. Now, if I were to compare it to the Elitist or even the Inspired by John Lennon models, the overly-glossy finish and painted-black f-holes make it look like a toy. I̴��m still looking for some pickups to replace the stock ones with, but once I find them, I am sure this will be my main axe.

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        2.0

        Details, Details

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        from St. Louis, MO

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        I traded my Dot in for a new Casino in Vintage Sunburst. I ordered it at the store because they didn't have this color in stock. I got the guitar home and noticed right away that the detail work on this guitar was lacking. There was some sticky residue on the top, the edge of the F holes is very roughly finished (badly needs sanding), and the black paint applied to the edge of the F holes is very sloppy and runs onto the top in some places. The top, back and sides otherwise looked nice and vintage-y. The binding is poorly finished where the neck meets the body as well. The neck is a nice comfortable medium profile. The action is very high from the factory, but a good setup from a qualified luthier remedied this. The electronics all function well. The P-90s sound good, but I find the covers to be microphonic and the pickups squealy at higher volumes (not the typical hollowbody feedback, but actual squeal) with just low or moderate gain despite the pickups having been wax potted, according to the sticker I removed from them (obviously this guitar is not suited for hi-gain). The bridge rattles something awful when strumming, and I can hear it through my amp. I can also hear the stings vibrating between the bridge and tailpiece through the amp as well. But the bridge rattle has become so bad that I find the guitar almost unusable because I can't stand the rattling. For a guitar that costs as much as a Sheraton (and $200 more than a Dot) despite being much less luxuriously appointed, I'm disappointed in the quality of this instrument for the price. My Dot had 0 issues (perhaps I should have kept it!) but I was drawn in by the sound of the P-90's and the full hollowbody. While I like the tone of this guitar, the noisy bridge/tailpiece and the poor attention to detail are unacceptable at this price. Perhaps I just got a bad one as most of the reviews on here are very positive. Nonetheless I will be returning it to the store.

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        5.0

        No gamble

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        from Seattle, WA

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        My sweet Cherry Red Casino is hands down one of the prettiest guitars I've seen, looks like a Corvette ready to launch down the strip. The neck is perfect, the tone flat amazing, significant sustain, love those split coil hummers. Highly recommended on all accounts.

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        5.0

        Just Awesome

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        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        When I finally saved up enough money to buy a new guitar, I spent hours in the store just playing through all the guitars around this price range. Let me just tell you, this one is the best. As soon as I started playing it, I knew this was the one. I rarely use my silver burst Les Paul anymore, and when you put them alongside each other, I can honestly say that the Casino looks better. It can play just about anything you want it to but is perfectly suited for rock and blues. The P-90 pick-ups have a deep, rich sound when played on rhythm and sweet, light tones when played on treble. I played it for a good year before I changed anything about it, and even then the changes were mainly aesthetic, except for the bridge, which I changed to a Bigsby only out of personal preference. The only problems I had were that the trapezoid bridge scuffed up the top of the guitar and at one point the input jack fell into the guitar, easily repairable, but don't forget to tighten that washer! But after four years of owning the thing, and those being the only two problems, I think it's stood up extremely well.

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