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Epiphone Casino Archtop Electric Guitar, Cherry
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- Timeless 6-string electric guitar famous for its sparkling sound heard on classic tunes made by bands like the Beatles
- Cherry red finish
- Thin-line full-hollow construction, twin P-90 pickups, and streamlined neck
- Made with a select maple body and top with f-holes, trapeze tailpiece, mahogany neck
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Laminate Maple body
- Dogear P-90 Classic pickups
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From the Manufacturer
One of Epiphone's Greatest Contributions to Music
Epiphone has made a name for itself by producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments for 140 years. While models such as Masterbilts, Broadways, Wilshires, Coronets, Emperors and Texans are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably our 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.
The Casino Story
For the Epiphone Company of 1961, the Casino was a small 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, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and Stevie Ray Vaughn are just a few of the players who have made great records with Casinos.
Classic Vintage Styling and Unique Features
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 neck features a 12" radius rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays, a 1.68" nut, and for that classic look, small button machine heads.
Original Premium Electronics
No detail of the Casino has been missed. Today's Casinos incorporate 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.
Quality Construction, Hardware, and Add-ons
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 our LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece.
Epiphone is one of American's oldest and most revered instrument makers and since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music. The name evokes both history and the spirit of invention. Epiphone has been an audible presence in every great musical era from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s. From swing-era archtops through post-war pop, jazz, R&B, and early rock n' roll. From the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash. And now, in the 21st century, new Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch pots, the Shadow NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic preamp have brought the historic name to a new generation.
Casino at a Glance
- Classic mid '60s design
- Mahogany SlimTaper neck
- Epiphone P-90 pickups
- Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
Top Customer Reviews
I saw this guitar in a local shop and was immediately taken with it. Why? Because to those who know about guitars, the Casino's reputation precedes it. Most famously used by the Beatles, it (and its Gibson counterpart, the ES-330) has also been used by many famous guitarists from vastly disparate genres--from Grant Green's famous Blue Note jazz albums, to songsmith Elliott Smith's amazing live show, to indie rockers Interpol.
So the Casino has a reputation to maintain. However, those musicians all used vintage 60s-era guitars; how would a modern, Chinese-made, polyurethane-finished replica hold up? The answer is: surprisingly well!! As soon as I picked it up, I noticed the neck is fat and fills my whole hand (I am a fan of fat necks). The frets are a bit on the small side, but not too small for me. I strummed a few chords and was again impressed. This thing was just so full of resonance; the full hollowbody construction allows the entire guitar to vibrate and the unplugged sound is surprisingly loud. I plugged it into a small solid state amp and played it for about ten minutes. Wow. The sound was bright, but with meatiness and authority--the P-90s really shine in this guitar.
However, its budget price is an indicator that compromises and shortcuts were taken during its construction and factory setup.Read more ›
THere's a surprising range of tone you can get out of those two P-90s. The feel was great too. Had a real low action. Honestly, I never had a problem with the guitar, though if the inpur jack were to fall in the body... or a pot... well, you can imagine the nightmare that would be. Never happened in the five years I owned my Casino.
The only downside to this guitar is that the combination of P-90s and hollowbody doesn't stand up too well to high-gain music. If that's your style, beware; this guitar will feedback.
First of all, the good things. It sounded good, really good, what with the P90s and the fully hollow body. I think the Casino Elitist sounded better, a little richer and more solid, but it was close; really they were both good sounds, just different, almost coming down to personal preference. And the action felt good, too, low and fast. The quality of the woodwork was good overall, except for a clumsily-cut curve in the headstock, which disappointed me because, to my eye, this nice little arc carved on each side of the headstock is part of the iconic design of the Casino, a nice little detail that sets it apart from its Gibson cousins. The polyurethane finish was well done, smooth and even.
But the stain was another story. It was applied in blotches, and you could see streaks and sponge marks where the stain had been allowed to dry too much before wiping off, or something of this nature. Streaky, ugly, blotchy. Not good.
The pots appeared to be cheap, and when you twisted them, they wobbled on their axis rather than spinning straight. This did not inspire confidence; I feared for their longevity.
But the frets were the deal killer. The fret job was abandoned halfway to completion. Maybe they thought nobody would notice. Maybe a lot of people wouldn't. Here's what they did: the frets were pressed into the fingerboard, the ends smoothed off, and the frets were leveled with a file or belt sander. Then some worker began the job of crowning the frets with a fret file . . . and there it ended, throw the guitar in a box and ship it out the door.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned my Epiphone Casino now for nearly ten years, and this powerhouse of an instrument is still the most comfortable guitar to play that I own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas Aberdonian
I don't know a whole lot about electric guitars. However, I picked this one out at a traditional bricks and mortar retailer that will remain nameless. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sasha E. Z.
The one I got was Korean, often considered a step above the Chinese models. Feels fantastic, sounds great, looks exquisite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve M
I'm not a professional reviewer and have played guitars for years....so here it goes...I purchased this Epiphone Casino online where the company I purchased it from did a set-up... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill W.
This guitar is not for everybody. This is my second Casino. The first was a Korean version from the mid 90s. I had it for about a decade, and I played it whenever I could at gigs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey Hughes
Before I start I will just say that I use this guitar for jazz so I employ a very clean sound when I gig. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Abe