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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Other
  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 221 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (189)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar, just needed a good set-up!

I had been lusting after a Casino for a while. Jonesing for a hollow body and always wanted a guitar with P90's. Had had my eye on a limited edition gold sparkle Casino...Read complete review

I had been lusting after a Casino for a while. Jonesing for a hollow body and always wanted a guitar with P90's. Had had my eye on a limited edition gold sparkle Casino that was at a local shop for a long time. This particular guitar sounded fantastic, but wasn't the best player. Every time I had been in the shop I had considered it, but hadn't pulled the trigger. Given the length of time this guitar was hanging on the wall, I was surprised that is was flawless as far as it's fit and finish, and chalked it up to the fact that the kids and shredders just had no interest in this style of guitar.

So the other day I went in hoping to get this guitar home. Really inspected the guitar this time. Discovered that it's nut was cut WAY to high from the factory, and the neck had no relief, if not a little back bow. My guess was this was why this gorgeous looking and sounding guitar stayed on the rack for so long. Had a tech file the nut slots, adjust the nut slots, set the action. Now the guitar plays wonderfully, and as any guitar with a proper setup should play. Its actually dead-on to Gibson set up specs as far as action, neck relief and pickup height.

Some things that I feel I need to address. Some of the things that people are com paining about are just inherent things about this type of guitar, and don't consider them negatives, flaws, etc. It's the nature of this type of guitar. For example, buzzing while playing acoustic....it's not an acoustic guitar and as with pretty much all electrics, you'll get a little buzzing with most electrics, but don't hear it when plugged in. This is an electric guitar, not an acoustic. And as long as it has a properly set up neck, the correct amount of relief, and no high frets (which would require a fret level, crown and polish) buzzing won't be a problem. Also, as mentioned, it's an electric guitar, not an acoustic, so people shouldn't be complaining about it not being loud enough unplugged! Finally, unfortunately you can't adjust the pickup height of the dog-ear P90's, but that's just the nature of the beast with these pickups. You can actually purchase shims to raise them, but can't lower them, but again, it comes with the territory. Luckily mine again, fell right on the mark with Gibson factory setup spec one the guitar got a legitimate setup. Also, this guitar will feedback. It's a full hollow body. You need to learn how to tame that. There are countless videos of Gary Clark Jr. playing Casinos like in huge stadiums and at outdoor festivals, with a fat, dirty tone. If he can control the feedback in these situations I'm sure you can learn how to as well! Just takes a little practice, people! It's not a flaw when your's feeds back, it just inherent in this design. This is why guitars had solid blocks installed in them back in the day and became semi-hollow as opposed to fully hollow, like the Casino.

Other things worth mentioning...I have to detract from my rating because of the HORRIBLE factory setup. I can't believe that this guitar left the factory with such a poorly cut nut. It was somewhat comical to see the little sticker on the back of the headstock essentially bragging about being inspected and set up at the factory! I realize most guitars (even a lot of higher-end guitars costing much more) will need a basic set-up by a competent tech, but in this case it was unacceptable. Literally half the nut was filed away, and was cut so high originally that notes would always be pulled sharp, most noticeably when playing open chords in first position. Also, the frets needed a good polishing and the fret ends needed a little TLC. Again, no big deal, and almost expected on a guitar at this price point. If you bend a lot, you'll feel a difference, and benefit from a fret polishing. All of these little gripes shouldn't detract a potential buyer, because you should be getting any new guitar set up properly anyway and most need minor tweaks off the shelf.

After the set up and attention to the nut it plays like a dream. The P90's sound great. Fits right in the middle between my single coils and humbuckers, and sound great clean, but also sound very fat, gritty, mean, and dirty when pushing an amp into breakup territory. Everyone obviously associated this guitar with the beatles, but you can get pretty much anything you want from this instrument, from killer "Keef" tones, to Rich Robinsn type stuff, to Son Volt, Wilco, etc. Sounds great through every amp I have including a Bassman Reissue, Vox AC15, and old Silverface fender Champ.

As long as you know what you're getting into, get a full setup, and don't have any unrealistic expectations, you should be very pleased with a properly set up Casino.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By Another customer

from USA

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good looking!
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

    Right off the bat, I'm going to offer some pointers that should be considered "brainless" when buying a guitar like this, and which will save you any headaches you might potentially end up with otherwise. As many have complained about poor craftsmanship on Epiphone products, this can be so easily avoided--the simple, logical key is to always PLAY a guitar before you buy it! This goes for Epiphones and top-end, multi-thousand-dollar Gibsons alike. You should always thoroughly play and inspect an instrument in a store, if possible, rather than order it online and take any chances.

    With that being said, I recently purchased this guitar from a Guitar Center near me (with some feelings of betrayal towards my smaller local guitar shop) and I'm incredibly pleased with the instrument. Overall craftsmanship/build quality of the guitar is outstanding; it looks and feels great, with no sharp edges, rough frets or finish blemishes to speak of-simply a beautiful instrument. Most importantly, playability is great. The neck has a good feel to it, and although this is a rather large guitar, it feels comfortable to play and not overbearing or clunky in the least bit. I have no complaints about the stock P-90s. They can play anywhere from buttery smooth to the downright powerful, intense, rock 'n roll jangle on the bridge pickups that this guitar is perfect for. I've been having some slight issues with intonation on the G-string which even a professional setup hasn't completely solved, but this is common to so many guitars to the point of not even being a legitimate concern. I'll probably just put a wound G-string on which should clean this up a bit.

    Now, given the fully hollow nature of the Casino it WILL feedback if you're not careful. Personally I like having the extra sound option as this isn't any sort of uncontrollable or "obnoxious" feedback. The strung distance between the bridge saddle and tailpiece will also cause some ringing, but this is natural. In all, great guitar.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    disappointed buyer and loyal customer

    By AGO

    from Kissimmee Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
    • rough fret

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

    I saw this online. i'm a BEATLES fan 100 % and they're the ones that inspired me to play guitar.and finally saved some dough to buy myself a gift that will commemorate my idols. To have a guitar like the ones they have. BUT to my disappointment (s), the one in the store is from china. not south korea like they advertised. tried to check how it sounds. it sounded good but poorly made. especially the fret. very rough , you can feel and hear it if you bend and slide the strings. still thinking to buy it and look at other stores for the one from south korea. sorry....

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Piece of art

    By Daniel San

    from San Antonio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great quality

    Cons

    • Few/ NO hard cases for this guitar
    • No hard cases/gig bags for this guitar

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

    The guitar feel and sound is amazing, the neck and frets feel more spacious for my fingers and hand. its a big guitar but it isn't heavy at all (semihollow body). The quality of craftmanship is great, and i would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    The only negative aspect is that you wont find any Hard case/gig bag for this guitar on guitar center, sam ash or music store, i havent tried the internet, but probably never will since id like to try if it properly fits before buying it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this guitar

    By St.Nemo

    from Milwaukee Wisconsin

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Light

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      I use this in my jazz band. I also use it with a lot of my blues songs. It can sound nice and mellow if needed, but it can also get dark and heavy if needed. It's all that I need in a guitar

      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A sweet guitar

      By Danny

      from Manchester, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        Truth be told, I have not plugged it in at home yet. I tried it out in the store and it was fine. I love how it sounds and plays in my living room.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it to bits

        By Banjo Jeepster

        from Connecticut

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Playing along with Beatles tunes!
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

          First of all, I am not really a guitarist. I have dabbled in guitar all my life, while seriously pursuing other instruments . I just had to own a guitar that The Beatles used and loved. Once I saw the cherry color, my heart was gone. Now I can't stop playing it! If I had had one of these and a Roland Micro Cube when I was 12, my whole life may have turned out differently!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best guitar I've got.

          By Dave

          from Copley Ohio

          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good bang for buck

          By Bout123

          from UK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

            I own the "Custom shop" ltd edition version with Bigsby. Great guitar for the money but I did a few mods, ie CTS pots and output jack, Lindy Fralin p90 pickups, Tonepros bridge, Original Kluson old school tuners, bone nut and Gibson knobs and fret dress. Yes a few denaro spent but wow now it really sings. Don't get me wrong the axe sounds great as is for the money but I like tinkering and it was worth the effort. New electrics in a hollow body is a total ball ache though!!

            (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            George, John, Paul + the Epiphone Casino

            By Waynerainy

            from Central Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great As Purchased But Wi
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

              Other than John, Paul, and George, there is something about the Epiphone Casino that I've always loved. At 17 years old I bought my first one in 1966. I have all three colors of the modern day Casino. To see and hear the difference, I replaced the stock PU's with a pair of Gibson P-90's in the cherry model. You want that Gibson sound of the mid-60's you'll have to spend a couple hundred more. Believe me, it's well worth it and, you will notice a big difference in the sound. Nothing wrong with the stock PU's but if you want that true "bell like tone" on the clean side or the Clapton crunch on the distorted side, i.e.Sun Shine...Strange Brew etc.well...... I play the guitar through a 1968 Fender Twin Reverb. The nut on the Casino (as is the case with almost all guitars, even the high $$ ones) are almost always too high for me. So also is the action and the neck relief. Other than those adjustments, there is absolutely nothing that I don't like about the 2012 cherry model that I bought. Even down to the feel of the thicker neck. More wood, more sustain Chet use to say. The finish and the binding on my CS were flawless. Want that Gibson ES-330 sound? It's possible. The sound is there. As far as playability goes, it's all in the set-up. I have several, some 37 costly guitars, but I find myself playing this red Epiphone Casino more than any other. It's not about the high end value or the collectability here. It's about an honest low budget great sounding GREAT PLAYING instrument within the price of almost everyone. Come on!Gary Clark can afford to play any guitar he wants. But in truth, according to his interview in Guitar Player, his weapon of choice is the budget Casino. Would I recommend it to a friend? You bet! I'd even recommend it to someone who doesn't play.......Cheers

              (17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great guitar, just needed a good set-up!

              By sbpark

              from Colorado

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Affordable
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Fit Finish

              Cons

              • Horrible Factory Set-up
              • Poorly Cut Nut

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

                I had been lusting after a Casino for a while. Jonesing for a hollow body and always wanted a guitar with P90's. Had had my eye on a limited edition gold sparkle Casino that was at a local shop for a long time. This particular guitar sounded fantastic, but wasn't the best player. Every time I had been in the shop I had considered it, but hadn't pulled the trigger. Given the length of time this guitar was hanging on the wall, I was surprised that is was flawless as far as it's fit and finish, and chalked it up to the fact that the kids and shredders just had no interest in this style of guitar.

                So the other day I went in hoping to get this guitar home. Really inspected the guitar this time. Discovered that it's nut was cut WAY to high from the factory, and the neck had no relief, if not a little back bow. My guess was this was why this gorgeous looking and sounding guitar stayed on the rack for so long. Had a tech file the nut slots, adjust the nut slots, set the action. Now the guitar plays wonderfully, and as any guitar with a proper setup should play. Its actually dead-on to Gibson set up specs as far as action, neck relief and pickup height.

                Some things that I feel I need to address. Some of the things that people are com paining about are just inherent things about this type of guitar, and don't consider them negatives, flaws, etc. It's the nature of this type of guitar. For example, buzzing while playing acoustic....it's not an acoustic guitar and as with pretty much all electrics, you'll get a little buzzing with most electrics, but don't hear it when plugged in. This is an electric guitar, not an acoustic. And as long as it has a properly set up neck, the correct amount of relief, and no high frets (which would require a fret level, crown and polish) buzzing won't be a problem. Also, as mentioned, it's an electric guitar, not an acoustic, so people shouldn't be complaining about it not being loud enough unplugged! Finally, unfortunately you can't adjust the pickup height of the dog-ear P90's, but that's just the nature of the beast with these pickups. You can actually purchase shims to raise them, but can't lower them, but again, it comes with the territory. Luckily mine again, fell right on the mark with Gibson factory setup spec one the guitar got a legitimate setup. Also, this guitar will feedback. It's a full hollow body. You need to learn how to tame that. There are countless videos of Gary Clark Jr. playing Casinos like in huge stadiums and at outdoor festivals, with a fat, dirty tone. If he can control the feedback in these situations I'm sure you can learn how to as well! Just takes a little practice, people! It's not a flaw when your's feeds back, it just inherent in this design. This is why guitars had solid blocks installed in them back in the day and became semi-hollow as opposed to fully hollow, like the Casino.

                Other things worth mentioning...I have to detract from my rating because of the HORRIBLE factory setup. I can't believe that this guitar left the factory with such a poorly cut nut. It was somewhat comical to see the little sticker on the back of the headstock essentially bragging about being inspected and set up at the factory! I realize most guitars (even a lot of higher-end guitars costing much more) will need a basic set-up by a competent tech, but in this case it was unacceptable. Literally half the nut was filed away, and was cut so high originally that notes would always be pulled sharp, most noticeably when playing open chords in first position. Also, the frets needed a good polishing and the fret ends needed a little TLC. Again, no big deal, and almost expected on a guitar at this price point. If you bend a lot, you'll feel a difference, and benefit from a fret polishing. All of these little gripes shouldn't detract a potential buyer, because you should be getting any new guitar set up properly anyway and most need minor tweaks off the shelf.

                After the set up and attention to the nut it plays like a dream. The P90's sound great. Fits right in the middle between my single coils and humbuckers, and sound great clean, but also sound very fat, gritty, mean, and dirty when pushing an amp into breakup territory. Everyone obviously associated this guitar with the beatles, but you can get pretty much anything you want from this instrument, from killer "Keef" tones, to Rich Robinsn type stuff, to Son Volt, Wilco, etc. Sounds great through every amp I have including a Bassman Reissue, Vox AC15, and old Silverface fender Champ.

                As long as you know what you're getting into, get a full setup, and don't have any unrealistic expectations, you should be very pleased with a properly set up Casino.

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