Epiphone brings back the first Casino in celebration of it's 50th anniversary - the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino with a trapeze tailpiece. The new 1961 Anniversary Casino has many feat... Read More
Epiphone brings back the first Casino in celebration of it's 50th anniversary - the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino with a trapeze tailpiece. The new 1961 Anniversary Casino has many features that were discontinued after the first year of production. The result is a classic thatwill be both familiar and totally new even to Casino lovers like Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher and Keith Richards.
Classic Vintage Styling and Unique Features
Introduced in 1961, the original Casino had unique features that ultimately were never offered beyond that first year. These include the pre-Gibson era triangle metal logo badge on the headstock, dot fingerboard inlays, a blank two-ply bullet trussrod cover, a tortoise-colored pickguard with foil "E", and black dog-ear P-90 pickups. Epiphone has faithfully reproduced these features for a one-of-a-kind retro look not found on Casinos produced after 1961. Other attention to detail includes the correct "burst" patterns on front and back, a neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), Wilkinson vintage-style tuners with small plastic buttons, and the historically accurate rectangle "blue label" inside the sound hole.
Original Premium Electronics
No detail of the original ™61 Casino has been missed. Since the original Casinos incorporated parts and electronics from the Gibson factory, the 1961 Anniversary Casino has followed the same philosophy. Epiphone has recreated the original black P-90s using a Gibson USA P-90R dog-ear pickup for the neck position and a Gibson USA P-90T at the bridge. Widely known as Gibson's first successful single-coil pickup, these lean and mean P-90's offer a stellar combination of high output and biting treble response. They also feature vintage two-conductor, braided, shielded wiring and black plastic covers. Other electronics faithful to the original Casino include a Switchcraft 3-way toggle and 1/4" output jack.
Quality Construction, Hardware and Add-ons
Unlike an ES-335, the Casino is completely hollow which contributes to its unique, signature sound made most famous by the Beatles. The body is made of 5-layer maple/birch with a solid mahogany SlimTaper neck. Hardware includes a Tune-O-Matic bridge and a trapeze tailpiece. To top it all off, each 1961 Casino features an original-style hard case with gray exterior and blue plush interior and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Casino Story
For the Epiphone Company of 1961, the Casino was a small breakthrough. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, Epiphone no longer made jazz archtops. A new era of music had arrived. Epiphone has made a name for itself by producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments for over 135 years. While models such as Masterbilts, Broadways, Wilshires, Coronets, Emperors and Texans are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably the most famous due to it's close association with the Beatles. The introduction of the Casino was a modern design that merged Epiphone' history with the best of Gibson electronics. Though from a distance it 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 of the 20th Century including The Beatles™ œSgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beach Boy' œPet Sounds. By 1964, the Beatles were stars and when Paul McCartney went shopping for a new guitar that would 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' career. Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Paul Weller of the Jam, and Liam Gallagher of Oasis are just a few of the players who made great records with Casinos.
As with every Epiphone, it also comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments famous 24/7/265 day Customer Service. Limited Production - Get One While You Can! Production records indicate that only 176 Casino TD's (trapeze) and 153 Casino TDV's (Tremotone) were made in 1961 so if you happen to have an original, you not only have a very rare instrument but a valuable one as well. Today, originals sell for $5,000 or more depending upon condition.
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I ordered the 61 online. The first one I received was used. it had fingerprints all over it. The case candy had all been messed with and some of it was missing. There was a gouge right in the center of the back of the guitar an 1/8" round and just as deep. So I returned it and of course GC sent me a new one. Really wish they wouldn't have tried to pass off a return as brand new. It takes time, effort, money for gas, etc... The guitar is nice but far from perfect as mentioned F holes are rough. There is some extra glue around the neck joint. The fret board is not at all constant in color. Then there's the whole design flaw with the PU height being non adjustable. It leaves the bridge PU too far away from the strings which is what causes the drop in volume and richness when switching from the neck to the bridge PU The good. The neck is fantastic and literally plays identical to my Les Paul. The American electronics and Case are an easy 500 value if you were to upgrade a standard casino. 1/2 of that would be in labor as these hollowbodys are hell to work on. The finish on the body is absolutely beautiful. The weight makes it easy to play for hours without any fatigue. The guitar is a solid 3 out of 5 but it is in no way Gibson quality. I would recommend this guitar for 700. But 800 is a bit much. I paid 700 for my elitist Les Paul and the build quality on that is perfect. The internationally built guitars still have a ways to go before they are meeting the quality of American or Japanese builds. IMHO
I recently received my Royal Tan 1961 Aniversary Casino after waiting for over a month because it was on back order. It was worth the wait. The sound and tone of this guitar is fantastic. It is vintage 60's rock and roll. The fit and finsh is above average for Epiphone and the attention to detail is good. You get a lot of bang for your buck on this one. The only negatives I have found are the following: The finish on the f hole cuts is not a good as it should be. It would have been nice if they put the jumbo frets on this guitar. The frets on the guitar seem to be a bit on the thin side. But if that is what was used on the originals then that is what should be on it. Finally, the case is really cheesy. The materials are of a very poor quality and the outer finish is not only easily scratched it is easily gouged. Even a light scrape leaves a gouge in the material. But all of these are minor. The guitar is outstanding. Buy it. You will not regret it.
I ordered and have the 1961 50th Anniversary Casino in Royal Tan. It is not at all reddish in looks like the poor manufacturer photos show. It is the same exact finish as the original...to put it into words, it looks like "Iced Tea Burst." The fish is amazing and everyone of my friends who has seen this guitar was like "wow." Just an amazingly cool looking instrument. It comes in a fantastic grey leather, epiphone logo'd case with a vintage blue plush liner. Just a fantastic case...worth $150 alone IMOP. Inside the case, you'll find the Certificate of Authenticity which is in a leather holder and each is hand numbered/1961. Also included is a cable, sticker, poster and warranty. The black Gibson USA pickups not only look amazing, they sound amazing. The guitar itself is super light and comfortable. Even the back has the proper retro color found on the original 1961. The headstock logo is cool and true vintage, as is the pickguard. Then throw in the Wilkenson vintage tuners, and real upgraded electronics. This guitar, as a package, is not only a great buy, but a fantastic buy for what you get. And there are only 1961 made. So figure what with three versions only about 653 of each. Get yours while you can and it will NOT disappoint! A++
I received the anniversary 1961 Casino about a week ago, burst + trapeze tail and am completely impressed with how these came out. I owned a standard casino, MIC, natural and loved it and was expecting something very similar with some subtle upgrades in the Gibson pickups. However, I feel this is not the case and that the 1961 is closer, if not fully comparible to the elitist or lennon high end casinos. The 1961 has an antique look and feel that you have to see in person. The finish and woods and workmanship are nice bump up from the standard, which is beautiful anyway. Its hard to explain I guess but picking the guitar up you it is noticably lighter and the grain has that shimmer through the finish. You feel like you are holding an instrument made with nicer woods (5 ply) and less glue. Perhaps this indicates a thin coat but I am no expert on that. Acoustically the 1961 is louder, brighter and fuller than any casino I've played. Plugged in its just perfection. I don't think I could improve it. Its that nice clean, overdriving and fuzzed out. The Gibson pickups are reverse wound neck+bridge so the center position gives a noiseless chimey bell tone. The neck position is so classically casino that you can spend all day there. The bridge is snarling, full but just as airy and "canny" as you want from it. Basically having the Gibson pickups in there gives you the proper distinguishment from two position-designed and dedicated pickups as opposed to similar or same pups in both spots. Setup and Cons: There were several smears from the factory and a small drop of the neck glue on the pickup edge of the fretboard. These all cleaned off 100% with a simple wipe. For setup, the action and intonation were perfect and all I had to do was raise the bridge pole pieces a couple turns each to bring the bridge pup slightly louder than the neck. This is my preference and it was not possible on my standard casino. Well done all around Epiphone.
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