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The Elite series are instruments that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry ” even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners--th... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Elite series are instruments that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted 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.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple 5-ply
  • Body wood: Maple 5-ply
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper
  • 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: 1.64" (41.65mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Gibson USA
  • 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: Gotoh
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Japan
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EpiphoneElitist 1965 Casino
 
4.8

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best guitar on the market. No joke.

Obviously, the Epiphone Elitist Casino is gorgeous, but I'm a guitar player, not a guitar collector, so I want a guitar that sounds as beautiful as it looks. This guitar definately fits...Read complete review

Obviously, the Epiphone Elitist Casino is gorgeous, but I'm a guitar player, not a guitar collector, so I want a guitar that sounds as beautiful as it looks. This guitar definately fits that description. It has a warm versatile sound when plugged in, and a great acoustic sound as well. Also, the archtop design may be hard to adjust to for a few moments for those who are used to smaller bodied axes such as strats or les pauls, but you'll get used to it in no time. The neck is smooth and shaped perfectly! Surprisingly, the Casino Elitist is rather light for a guitar of its size. It's a 100% flawless instrument, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar, once properly setup.

Action on bass "E" exceeded 1/4". Skinny 'vintage' style bridge doesn't fit threaded stud centers. (I put on a Gibson "Nashville"...Read complete review

Action on bass "E" exceeded 1/4". Skinny 'vintage' style bridge doesn't fit threaded stud centers. (I put on a Gibson "Nashville" bridge... fits perfect) 5 of the 6 tuning machines were loose.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the Best Guitars Ever ! !

By Guitarsurfer2010

from Hawaii Island

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • hugely Versatile
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

      I had my 65 Casino for 2 years now. I just got home tonight from a country gig backing a Female singer/songwriter.
      The Casino was so good sounding on every song or style we played.
      From Bass lines, to sweet chording . to biting, funky lead tone, the Casino is Famously Good.
      Mine is a Sunburst, it is perfect in every way, An artist could build a career around this guitar.
      I play a Wes Montgomery L5 as my Jazz axe. The Elitist Casino is equal in tone and build quality.
      I am so glad I allowed myself to buy the Casino, mine is a gem.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome, versatile guitar.

      By Pop Top 70

      from South Carolina

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

        I own several guitars and I play this almost all the time. I have had it for several years so it has certainly stood the test of time. I am a Beatles, Stones, Who fan and this axe gives me everything I need. I play it through a Vox ac30 amd a Vox ToneLab EX stomp box. I can exactly replicate the classic Beatles Chime or Stones & Who growl. I lost an identical Elitist in a house fire and this was the FIRST item I replaced. The only thing I don't like is that I don't hace another one!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Robert

        from Escindido Ca.

        Site Member

        Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

        I had been looking at the Casino for a while but seen the Casino Elitist. I would like to thank Dwight Yoakam for sending me in the right direction. These Elitist Rock. Quality is just as good as made in USA. I bought the natural and now with the sale that there having I just bought me a new Sunburst. Just after I bought my first Elitist I had a chance to buy a China made Casino. The China made Casino isn't to bad but its no way compares to the Made in Japan Elitist Casino. The Elitist are worth every penny you pay for them .

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Like finding my way home

        By MANUEL

        from Long Island NY

        Site Member

        Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a nice surprise!

        By MusicMan4Jesus

        from Bronx, New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

          I usually don't buy guitars made anywhere but the USA (especially with this size price tag) but I took a chance based on reviews I read here and I'm glad I did! This guitar was perfect right out of the box! The quality is outstanding, not a single flaw in the finish. It's as smooth as butter and a joy to play - great action and feel! At the center position the pickups are quiet as a mouse, not even the slightest noise, however, @ the 1 & 3 position there is a slight noise, other than that, the guitar is perfect! A true work of art! Great job to the people @ Epiphone and thanks to Musician's friend for making this an easy purchase with the 18 month payment plan. Also a shout out to their friendly staff!

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Elitist Epiphone Casino

          By Bob-4vOH8

          from Galt, Ca.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Real Beatle Sound
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • One Broken E 1st String

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

          I just received my Epiphone Casino Elitist yesterday. I am probably a better guitar tech than I am a player, but this is the first guitar I have ever bought that did NOT need any tweaking out of the box. Everything was perfect. Neck feel, intonation, string height, fit and finish, you name it. I usually purchase domestic, high end guitars (made in USA) and although this guitar was "made in Japan", it was set up perfect either there, or by the Epiphone Co. One little problem was the first E string was broken on arrival. One call to M.F. and a new set of strings were shipped that day. If you want exactly what M.F. add says, and want that Beatle sound, you won't be dissapointed in this guitar. I got the Sunburst finish and it is PERFECT! Not a blemish to be seen. This is the 3rd high end guitar I have purchased from M.F. and their customer service, ease of getting a real knowledgeable person on the phone is easy and fast. I think this Casino has just jumped to the "best guitar I ever played/owned" list. It's a keeper to be sure.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hard to put away

          By Todd

          from West Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Unrivaled Craftsmanship

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Personal Pleasure
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

            I saw and heard my first epiphone when I was about 14. Wow! It was older, rough appearing but sounded fantastic. I really started wanting one then. Many years later Musician's Friend gave me the opprtunity to finally own a Casino. Several weeks of contemplation and I took the plunge. NO REGRETS!! Intonation was slightly off, per my local guitar guru, but after he set it up I only wish I could play well enough to do it justice. Absolutely beautiful tone at high and low ends. Plays so sweetly. Easy to chord and the appearance cannot be appreciated from the photos online. I picked mine by serial number and got exactly what I wanted. The quality of the case is equally top notch. The only downside (if you can call it that) is once you start playing it you just don't want to put it away. I just want to keep playing because I'm amazed at how good it makes even me sound! It's just plain fun!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome guitar

            By Surfer Don

            from Mass.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

              I've owned this guitar for about 4 years now. Perfect out of the box...real nice set up and incredibly powerful pickups..totally love it. The only issue I had was an intermitant selector switch which I changed out...not a big deal considering the quality of this instrument. If you haven't tried it yet ...try flat woud strings on this. I'm using Thomastic Infeld "Jazz" light gauge...I look at this guitar as the perfect rhythm guitar for any type of music. I use my Strat for the huge string bending leads. I would reccomend this guitar highly. When I watch Beatles video of John playing this (I have the natural color too)...it makes my heart sing!!!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Build quality is superb! Tone to die for!

              By frank

              from Ormond By The Sea, FL

              Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

              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!)

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              For yourself, there's nothing better!

              By Chucky B.

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Beautiful finish
              • Lightweight
              • Poon Tang Magnet
              • Well-constructed

              Cons

              • Feedback at high volumes
              • Will Not Heal Lupus

              Best Uses

              • Decoupaging
              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Songwriting

              Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

              I've owned a lot of guitars in my life, and this Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino ranks among the best. From the moment I unsheathed this mighty axe from its purple velvet lined case, I knew I was holding something special in my hands. For myself, there's nothing better - and I think you'll agree.

              The two Gibson USA P90s can go from an angry howl to a dulcet sweet tone and anywhere in between. The electronics components are a cut above your standard Epiphone, as is the fit and finish. The only real issue with this guitar is that it feeds back at high volumes or high gain, but that's an issue with all fully hollow electrics (and can be used to your advantage).

              I can't recommend this guitar enough. You take a shower, for yourself there's nothing better!

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