Epiphone has made a name for itself by producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments for over 120 years. While models such as Masterbilts, Broadways, Wilshires, Coronets, Empe... Read More
Epiphone has made a name for itself by producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments for over 120 years. While models such as Masterbilts, Broadways, Wilshires, Coronets, Emperors and Texans are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably Epiphone's most famous due to its close association with The Beatles.
The Epiphone Casino still has the same classic look, sound, and features that have made it the go-to guitar for two generations of artists including Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards and Gary Clark, Jr. And now it's available in an exclusive Metallic Gold finish. Case sold separately.
The Casino Story
For the Epiphone Company of 1961, the Casino was a major breakthrough. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, Epiphone moved away from making large archtops. A new era of music had arrived. The introduction of the Casino was a modern design that announced that Epiphone's unique history would continue separate from Gibson's. Though from a distance the Casino had the look of an ES-335, the Casino was a true hollowbody giving players a clear, ringing tone that could be pushed into overdrive when needed. It was an ideal guitar for stage and studio and can be heard on many landmark recordings including The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.
Maybe it's purely coincidental that at the same time that the Casino was in its planning stages at Epiphone headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Beatles were starting their historic run at the Hamburg Star Club. By 1964, the Beatles were stars and when Paul McCartney went shopping for a new guitar that could feed back, he reached for a Casino. John Lennon and George Harrison soon bought their own and used their Casinos on stage and at Abbey Road throughout the band's career. Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Paul Weller of the Jam, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis are just a few of the players who have made great records with Casinos.
The Casino's unique features include a 5-play maple top, back, and sides with basswood bracing. The Casino's 24.75" scale mahogany neck has the classic SlimTaper D-profile with the glued-in neck joint joining the body at the 16th fret, just like vintage models from the ˜60s. The 12" radius neck features a rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays, a 1.68" nut, and for that classic look, small button machine heads.
No detail of the Casino has been missed. This limited edition Casino incorporates Epiphone's famous Alnico P-90T and P-90R dogear pickups for that perfect combination of chime and growl. Widely known as the king of single coil pickups, these lean and mean P-90's offer a stellar combination of high output and biting treble response. The P-90 pickups were favored among jazz players for their clear horn-like tone and were adopted by rock and rollers from the US and the UK who wanted to emulate their favorite R&B records.
Unlike an ES-335, the Casino is completely hollow which contributes to its unique, signature sound. The Casino has always been known for being an instrument that gets in tune and stays that way, thanks to Epiphone's LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece.
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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:
So I'm 17, I've only been playing for about four years, and I unfortunately, don't have an extensive level of knowledge about the electronics of a guitar. But I will say this. I actually did get a pretty beat up gold top Casino, but it had nothing to do with Epiphone or Guitar Center. My dad bought one off of the wall at Guitar Center intending on giving it to me at the end of the school year but something happened. Instead, the casino was stowed away in some dark, damp corner of the house for more than half a year until my birthday. When I did finally get it there was a fretting issue on the twelfth fret, the nuts around the knobs were loose and the electronics were actually falling into the guitar and the strings were caked in rust. I played that exact casino in store maybe a week before my dad had purchased it and I can say that it didn't have any of those problems. And you know what? It STILL sounded great, and still does. I've actually been too lazy to fix these problems aside from the sinking electronics and the strings (I put DR pure blues on it). I'm predominantly a blues player and this is exactly what I needed. I have a Fender Standard Stratocaster as well, and it was my baby until I got this. It's obviously a decent guitar, but it doesn't have that warm, round sound or the twang (although it does come pretty close on that one) that the casino has. I know I'm comparing a solid body to a hollow body, but I still do think that it's worth mentioning. That said, if you're going to buy a Casino, you really have to know what you want. It isn't as versatile as a Strat by any means, but it gives you sounds and tones that a Strat couldn't offer. I'd consider it a "specialist" guitar. So if you aren't into that kind of sound or tone then you're screwed. But if you're into blues or country or jazz, I'd greatly consider taking a look at this guitar. Just don't get too crazy on the overdrive.