Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby  

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Gary Clark Jr. is one of the most exciting performers of our generation with a totally original style that fuses rock, pop, acoustic and electric blues styles, and rhythm & blues into a sound all his own that has made him a living legend to both music fans and musicians. Gary Clark Jr. is everywhere”on tour with the Rolling Stones and on stage with Eric Clapton or at the White House. But no matter where he' playing, he' never seen without his favorite guitar, an Epiphone Casino. Now, Clark has joined with Epiphone to commemorate his debut major label album, Blak & Blu, with a classic Casino design featuring Gibson USA P-90 pickups in a one of a kind Blak & Blu Burst color finish.

œI pretty much knew from day one that I needed a few things for my arsenal and the Epiphone Casino is the one guitar that always stood out, said Clark. œGetting my first Casino changed my life. And my new Epiphone œBlak & Blue Casinos are amazing guitars. They're a dream. I love ˜em!

Classic Casino Style: The Casino has changed little since its initial debut in 1961. And for his premier signature guitar, Clark chose to keep the same classic Casino body shape and style that nearly all Casinos have shared since the early 60s. œI like the way Epiphone Casinos play right off the shelf, said Clark. œTo be honest, the original prototype of the new œBlak & Blue was perfect as-is.

Clark' new Signature œBlak & Blu Casino is a Laminated Maple, 5-ply (Maple/Birch) hollowbody, the source of the Casino' legendary chimey tones and easily controllable gritty feedback. The body is finished in Clark' custom new œBlak & Blu Burst color finish with single-ply white binding around the top and back. The Mahogany neck has 22 medium jumbo frets and a 1960's SlimTaper D Profile that' inspired by the best vintage Casino' in Epiphone' collection. Like vintage models, the neck joint is glued to the body at the 16th fret.

The scale length is a standard 24.75 with a Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid "Parallelogram" inlays. The smooth fingerboard has single-ply white binding and a 14 radius. The sloped dovetail headstock, seen on virtually all Epiphone archtops since the early 60s, has a 2-ply (White/Black) "Bell" shaped truss rod cover with a vintage "E" in white and 1.68 nut. Though the Casino is a hollowbody, it' perfectly balanced in size and sound. It' easy to summon your own brand of dynamics on any size stage and at any volume.

Gibson U.S.A. P-90s: The P-90 single coil pickup first appeared in the late 40s in archtops made at the now- legendary Gibson & Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan where the Casino was first designed in the early 60s. P-90s were originally intended as a powerful yet sensitive jazz guitar pickup. But they truly found their voice in the Epiphone Casino starting in 1961. The thinline style body of the Casino, combined with the P-90' mighty Alnico magnets, have perhaps powered more GRAMMYs and more groundbreaking recordings than any other pickup”from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Oasis and Radiohead and now Gary Clark Jr.

Clark' new Epiphone œBlak & Blue Casino features the same legendary Gibson P-90 pickups, wound with the same attention to detail as the handmade originals with a P-90R in the rhythm position and a P-90T in the lead. Both œBlak & Blue P-90s pickups are powered by standard Casino controls for volume and tone with a high quality Swithcraft 3-way toggle with a white cap and black washer. Like all Epiphone instruments, the Casino' electronics come with Epiphone' Limited Lifetime Guarantee for smooth and reliable use night after night.

Serious Epiphone Hardware: Epiphone leads the industry in making sure all of its instruments feature the highest quality hardware. The œBlak & Blue nickel bridge is an ABR Tune-o-matic and Grover Rotomatics 18:1 ratio machine heads make for easy and precise intonation. The Gary Clark Jr. Blak & Blu Casino also comes with the option of either a Trapeze tailpiece (our SKU J21099) or the legendary Bigsby B70 Vibrato tailpiece (shown here).

Each Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. œBlak & Blu Casino also comes with a Hand Signed Certificate of Authenticity, a Presentation Binder with Photograph, and Epiphone' 100% Limited Lifetime Guarantee.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 14"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Parallelogram
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Active
  • 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: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: ABR
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B70
  • Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Bigsby tailpiece
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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EpiphoneGary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Excellent value on an outstanding guitar!

By XLeatherX

from NYC

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Color not as expected
  • No gig bag

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

I have played primarily Gibson ES-335s for years, but have always been on the lookout for a nice Casino to serve as a live backup and provide a different "flavor" -- both for recording & to play on mellower tracks in a mainly rock set, without having to switch to acoustic. I was always disappointed in the inferior craftsmanship of the stock Casino's; however, and could never justify the expense of an elitist. Although the "John Lennon" model was a nice option, I was never crazy about the finish options. This Gary Clark Jr has been the answer to my prayers, offering a host of upgrades at an affordable price, with a unique finish. The Gibson P-90s sound FANTASTIC and the fit & finish are virtually flawless. After an adjustment to neck, she played almost perfectly right out of the box w/low action & no fret buzz anywhere on the neck. Although tuning can be somewhat of an issue when using the Bigsby, the upgraded Grover tuners help keep it manageable. The craftsmanship rivals that of my USA Memphis 335. The Casino REALLY came alive when I changed the strings to 11's -- improving the tuning stability immensely & taming the hint of "shrillness" present when using the bridge pickup. I was really blown away when I rehearsed an entire set with the Casino (through a Fender twin at gig volume through loads of FX & overdrive/fuzz boxes) in a rock context, without suffering one bout of unwanted or uncontrollable feedback. All of the "chime" & "airiness" is present in cleaner passages, but throw in a nice dirt pedal and lead lines absolutely sing! My ONLY complaints with this guitar are relatively minor: The "black & blue burst" finish pictured in promo ads & online is not accurately depicted. The ACTUAL color is much darker throughout (closer to the "midnight blue" of a Rick) & there is very little in the way of visible "burst," although she does look "bluer" under stage lights. Secondly, since this is a "middle-price-range" offering, a gig bag would be a nice courtesy.

 
5.0

No Bigsby Review

By BK

from South Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Smooth
  • User Friendly

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship--But I'm nitpicking

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

Very smooth guitar that is user friendly. Comfortable to play, and versatile as well, but metal heads STAY CLEAR. Not great for very high gain and heavy distortion, and playing frets any higher than 13-15 can become very difficult. Very bluesy, classic rock kind of feel to this guitar. I'm playing thru a fender frontman 65r; just add some reverb and it's dripping with the "Blak and Blue" album tone. The trapeze tailpiece makes changing strings and adjusting intonation/action very easy (hence user friendly). For Strings--I would stick to 9/10's, as going any higher might make it difficult to hit those high string bends. It's great for riffing, and very good for strumming, but this guitar really shines when soloing in the mid section.

I have a few cosmetic issues with this guitar: The pickup selector cap comes loose sometimes and can causes a buzz that you'll hear, especially when practicing acoustically. (Maybe it's because I like to switch from rhythm and lead while i play) I tried taking off the cap, but the silver looks out of place against the blak-and-blu-burst-finish. I also suggest buying a case, as it can show a lot of dust after a day or two not being played. Final note, if you have hands on the smaller side, beware that playing those Hendrix-esque chords near the tenth/eleventh fret can be difficult.

If you're a fan of Gary, go buy this guitar and play it through a fender amp. You'll be very pleased.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NO BIGSBY REVIEW

By MNKR

from South Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Color Discrepancy

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

If you like casinos, dots, 335s, etc then you'll definitely like this guitar. First I'll get my one complaint out the way: in every picture, the color blue of this guitar looked to be lighter and closer to a pelham blue as opposed to a more "royal" shade, but that could be lighting in the website photos. My guitar came looking like a deep blue "sapphire" color. It's still a beautiful color--especially how it blends so well with the black back(almost making it a blueburst)--just not what I expected. This guitar in a word: smooth. Blues players will enjoy. The P-90's have a great balance of Bite when you bend those mids and higher notes, but can still produce those muddy, swampy basslines. Playing this guitar unplugged is like another acoustic for late-night songwriting. Not too crazy about the neck as it's a bit thicker than other casinos I own making some jazzier chords a touch more difficult. I've heard some say that trapeze tailpieces make bends much more difficult, but I've found that to not matter and I'm playing with 11s. Overall, this guitar is sexy, and it's good for lots of different styles except for maybe metal or jazz.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's BEAUTIFUL!!!

By Logger

from MI

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    This is a great guitar for my collection. Probably a little expensive if you're just going for a Casino. But the color is amazing! I love the flexibility in tone. Sounds wonderful and addictive acoustic. It's a great guitar and you'll get used to the high-E sound. A bit boomy.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing...simply amazing

    By Eric

    from RP, New York

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I had originally been planning on buying a Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar with my tax refund, but then they were discontinued. Looking through the Epiphone catalog, I saw this and fell in love. I have one Casino, already, and I absolutely love everything about it. So I decided on this. It was not in stock at my local GC, so I had to wait for it to be shipped to me. When I got it, it was already perfectly tuned right out of the box, which blew me away. Another thing that I was pleasantly surprised by was the color. In pictures online, it ranged anywhere from a dark cobalt blue to a washed-out, old faded jean blue. The guitar is closer to the cobalt end of the spectrum, which I had been hoping for. The neck is shaped a little differently than the standard Casino. It feels flatter, which took a little getting used to, but I definitely enjoy it. The tuners are better than the standard Casino, as well. There are, of course, the usual issues with tuning stability that one gets with any vibrato system, but as long as you're not trying to dive bomb with it, it's not that bad. It will feed back at higher volumes(just like any other Casino), but there are ways around that happening when you don't want it to. Honestly I don't notice a tremendous amount of difference between the Epi P-90s in my stock one and the Gibsons that are in this one. I'm sure someone might, but I can't. They both sound great. The finish is superb. The bright white binding offsetting the dark blue/black is gorgeous. The lack of a pickguard is also a plus (for me) as I would've removed it, anyway. It looks much cleaner without one. It feels and plays beautifully. I have had a friend of mine play it, and he loved it. I do hope it is a legitimate "limited edition," because I would love to have something that few others have. If you've played a Casino, and you enjoy them, then you'd enjoy this guitar. Pure and simple. I can't attest to the pros and cons of the one with the trapeze tailpiece, as I have the Bigsby, but I would imagine that it's pretty similar to this one.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing...simply amazing

    By Eric

    from RP, New York

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I had originally been planning on buying a Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar with my tax refund, but then they were discontinued. Looking through the Epiphone catalog, I saw this and fell in love. I have one Casino, already, and I absolutely love everything about it. So I decided on this. It was not in stock at my local GC, so I had to wait for it to be shipped to me. When I got it, it was already perfectly tuned right out of the box, which blew me away. Another thing that I was pleasantly surprised by was the color. In pictures online, it ranged anywhere from a dark cobalt blue to a washed-out, old faded jean blue. The guitar is closer to the cobalt end of the spectrum, which I had been hoping for. The neck is shaped a little differently than the standard Casino. It feels flatter, which took a little getting used to, but I definitely enjoy it. The tuners are better than the standard Casino, as well. There are, of course, the usual issues with tuning stability that one gets with any vibrato system, but as long as you're not trying to dive bomb with it, it's not that bad. It will feed back at higher volumes(just like any other Casino), but there are ways around that happening when you don't want it to. Honestly I don't notice a tremendous amount of difference between the Epi P-90s in my stock one and the Gibsons that are in this one. I'm sure someone might, but I can't. They both sound great. The finish is superb. The bright white binding offsetting the dark blue/black is gorgeous. The lack of a pickguard is also a plus (for me) as I would've removed it, anyway. It looks much cleaner without one. It feels and plays beautifully. I have had a friend of mine play it, and he loved it. I do hope it is a legitimate ""limited edition,"" because I would love to have something that few others have. If you've played a Casino, and you enjoy them, then you'd enjoy this guitar. Pure and simple. I can't attest to the pros and cons of the one with the trapeze tailpiece, as I have the Bigsby, but I would imagine that it's pretty similar to this one.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. Blak n Blue Casino rocks!

    By Debra

    from Medford, NJ

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I've wanted to get a Casino for a while and jumped when I saw the Blak n Blue come out. When it came in, it sounded great right out of the box with only minor adjustments needed to the intonation at the 12th fret, which Guitar Center did on the spot before I took it home. The action is good, the sound is good, and it was everything that I was expecting it to be. It plays really well and I can't put it down. The blue in the finish is darker than I was expecting - I thought it would be a lighter blue, closer to the one Gary Clark Jr. plays. It's more of a midnight blue, but still looks great, and more importantly sounds great. I'm running it through a Vox amp and it sounds crisp and clear with the clean tones, and has a great bite when you kick in the distortion.

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