Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar Lennon Natural

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This Epiphone Casino is a historical collection model inspired by John Lennon's 1965 Casino electric guitar he used on most Beatles recording sessions until "The White Album" and Let It Be sessions. It has all the classic appointments and hardware including a double-cutaway hollowbody, Tribute P-90 pickups, parallelogram fingerboard inlays, vintage tuners with small buttons, and a trapeze tailpiece.

Features
  • Body: 5-ply maple/birch
  • Top: 5-ply maple
  • Neck: Set, mahogany
  • Neck profile: Slim taper
  • Scale: 24=3/4"
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Fingerboard radius: 14"
  • Inlays: Parallelogram
  • Binding: Single-ply on body and neck
  • Pickups: 2 Gibson USA Tribute P-90 single-coils (P-90T bridge and P-90R neck)
  • Controls: Vol/Vol/Tone/Tone with 3-way toggle selector switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuners: (1965 - Vintage Sunburtst) Vintage-style; 14:1 ratio with small metal buttons (Revolution - Lennon Natural) Gold Grovers
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EpiphoneInspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar!

I bought the vintage sunburst version of this guitar a few months ago, and it has failed to disappoint me! I went to the store many times, to try out many different guitars....Read complete review

I bought the vintage sunburst version of this guitar a few months ago, and it has failed to disappoint me! I went to the store many times, to try out many different guitars. But being a huge Beatles fan, the only guitar that could give me that "Beatles" vibe and looks was this one. I love the natural resonance of the hollow body, the brightness of the P-90s, the thin neck, and the light weight. Sounds beautiful when played clean, great for jazz and classic rock. Crank up the volume on my Vox AC-15c1, and I can get a nice crunchy, but still bright, distortion. The sunburst finish is beautiful, and the metal covered pickups look sweet. It comes with a nice hardshell case, with some goodies in it. The only downsides about this guitar are that the cutaways don't allow you to play up on the highest notes of the neck (which I don't really use), and that because it is hollow, it doesn't have much sustain. But that isn't the guitar's problem, it's just a characteristic of all hollowbodies. A compressor will probably solve that problem anyways. Overall, the Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino was an excellent investment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A diamond in the rough.

It looked great and sounded sort of "meh" at first, but when I performed an excruciatingly difficult set-up on it, the guitar's tone shined thru. Its classic 60's vibe...Read complete review

It looked great and sounded sort of "meh" at first, but when I performed an excruciatingly difficult set-up on it, the guitar's tone shined thru. Its classic 60's vibe can't be beat. Here are a few major gripes though: the upper frets (16th to last) went dead the moment I lowered string action. Tried leveling and dressing them up but nothing worked. I found out that the fret board was the problem as it was slightly raised near the neck pickup! Everywhere else on the fret board was straight, flat and played fine. As if that wasn't enough trouble, the neck pickup decided to die after 2 weeks out of the shop I bought it from. Ah that "superior" Gibson quality's done it again (Have a Gibson LP Studio with an intonation screw that fell off). :) Been the owner of quite a number of electric guitars and this is the first time I've encountered a dead pickup. It sounds ok now and then, but it's dead half the time I'd like to make music. The guitar's back in the store for repairs due to faulty electronics. The only great thing about owning a lemon like this is (a John Lemon, LOL), the IBJL line's been discontinued. Never using this live, but as a John Lennon fan, its commemorative value's still off the roof. :)

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5.0

Cleaner?

By Dave

from Michigan

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    What cleaner can I use on the "natural" finish?

     
    3.0

    A diamond in the rough.

    By Doc Don

    from Manila, Philippines

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    It looked great and sounded sort of "meh" at first, but when I performed an excruciatingly difficult set-up on it, the guitar's tone shined thru. Its classic 60's vibe can't be beat. Here are a few major gripes though: the upper frets (16th to last) went dead the moment I lowered string action. Tried leveling and dressing them up but nothing worked. I found out that the fret board was the problem as it was slightly raised near the neck pickup! Everywhere else on the fret board was straight, flat and played fine. As if that wasn't enough trouble, the neck pickup decided to die after 2 weeks out of the shop I bought it from. Ah that "superior" Gibson quality's done it again (Have a Gibson LP Studio with an intonation screw that fell off). :) Been the owner of quite a number of electric guitars and this is the first time I've encountered a dead pickup. It sounds ok now and then, but it's dead half the time I'd like to make music. The guitar's back in the store for repairs due to faulty electronics. The only great thing about owning a lemon like this is (a John Lemon, LOL), the IBJL line's been discontinued. Never using this live, but as a John Lennon fan, its commemorative value's still off the roof. :)

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A real wildcat but sublime as well.

    By pazzatron

    from England

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • not much natural sustain

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I have the vintage sunburst and it is truly beautiful to look at. It is the best rhythm guitar I have ever
    played and even just plugging it into a small Pignose amp I can replicate the sound Keith Richards gets on Sympathy for the Devil (and not a pedal in sight). The pick ups are powerful and throaty and the hollow body lends a real warmth to the tone. It is versatile enough to do great lead guitar work even though it doesn't have a lot of sustain (hollow bodies don't) but the neck pick up with the treble rolled off will suffice to just get around this small limitation if sustain is an issue . If you only wanted to own one
    electric guitar this would be a good choice .

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My first hollowbody

    By nohands

    from palatine il

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Got a great price from MF that I could not pass up. Guitar had no issues beyond the fret buzz. Being a novice, not sure about the string height but I got rid of the fret buzz. Fun to play. May bring it in and have it set up by a pro down the line.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar - will need a setup

    By Beatles player

    from Golden, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Really nice guitar - a faithful and accurate copy of what Lennon played from Revolver on. As a true hollow-body, it is lighter and more comfortable to play than a semi-hollow like the Gibson ES-335. Nice balance on the strap.

    Since the body attaches at the 14th fret, this is not a good guitar for screaming leads, but that wasn't Lennon's deal anyway. Nice controls, nice Grover tuners. The pickups are LOUD!

    Good news: got a great price here as the model was being discontinued. Bad news: the as-delivered setup was awful. The intonation on the A string was so bad that the instrument was unplayable for barre chords beyond the 5th fret or so. Easily fixed, but just be aware that it will need to be done.

     
    5.0

    Buy this guitar. It will inspire you!!

    By Danny D.

    from Waretown NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I bought the natural and cannot put it down.
      Set up right out of the box. I just lowered the bridge a little to taste.
      Finish is absolutely perfect. Feel is amazing. I have had Gibson 335, 347 and Epi DOT and Sheraton. This one blows them ALL away. Grab one while they are still available. It will sing to you.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Satisfied with purchase

      By MS blues guy

      from Mississippi delta

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I primarily play for my own enjoyment. I have been collecting both electric and acoustic guitars (Gibson, Fender, Martin, Taylor) for many years. The Epi Casino (Lennon) was my first hollow bodied electric, and I have been extremely pleased with everything about the guitar...price included. It has become a favorite. It is fun to play and I love the sound coming out of my Peavey Delta Blues amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Guitar...With a Great History

        By Kennedy 51

        from Chihuahua,Chih. Mexico

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I want to say first, thank you Musicians Friend for your attentions; when I decided to buy a Epiphone Casino H. Sunburst Inspired by Mr. John Lennon, I discovered and I had the luck to find a used guitar Level 1 cheaper than the new, but the same quality. I live in Chihuahua,Chih. Mexico and I had to ship this guitar to El Paso Texas to a House's friend, en then she carry my item to Chihuahua one week later, so; I have my guitar since sunday March 30-2014. And... Iam very happy with my "NEW" guitar and I hope to buy other items soon. Thank You Alan James for your help and I hope to call You again and resolve my questions.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          My IbJL Casino

          By Sam the Guitar Man

          from Buffalo,NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Case Quality
          • Fret And Nut Dressing

          Best Uses

          • Getting Re-inspired
          • Jamming
          • Live Play
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          A sight to behold and a joy to play! USA made P90's offer a wide palette of tones. Musically clean to nice and gnarley (with a slightly overdriven amp). And then there's the vibe ! Only complaint is with fret and nut dressing. Although frets are dressed, they're still rather rough on the ends. And the corners of the nut are not rounded at all. Very sharp as your hand comes up against it. My case, although very sharp looking in gloss black tolex has several spots on the top cover where it's obvious some pieces of debris were covered & glued over with the tolex.
          Neither issue is of long term consequence but with a thousand buck guitar, you look a bit harder. All & all I'm very happy with the Casino and would highly recommend this version.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          guitar finish

          By j.c.

          from wharton, texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Finish Is Really Poor
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          guitar finish not equal to the price range of the guitar

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