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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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Product Details

Color: Cherry
  • Product Dimensions: 46 x 21 x 4 inches ; 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002GZT0S
  • Item model number: ETCACHCH1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,521 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2004

Product Description

Color: Cherry

Product Description

Perhaps the most famous Epiphone model of all time, the Casino is still going strong. This thin-line full-hollowbody archtop is constructed with traditional Maple Laminate with a Mahogany neck and gives its classic "sparkle" tone through a pair of authentic "Dog Ear" P-90 Classic pickups.

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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.

Epiphone Casino Guitar
5-play maple top, back and sides with basswood bracing. View larger

Epiphone Casino Guitar
Completely hollow which contributes to its unique signature sound. View larger

Epiphone Casino Guitar
With famous Alnico P-90T and P-90R dogear pickups. View larger
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.

About Epiphone

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.

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Casino at a Glance
  • Classic mid '60s design
  • Mahogany SlimTaper neck
  • Epiphone P-90 pickups
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
Epiphone Casino Guitar

Customer Reviews

This is a great guitar period.
Joseph M. Davis
All I know is I usually hate Epiphones with a passion but I love my Casino.
John Barry
Laughable really, deserving of scorn.
egen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ZC on November 24, 2009
Color Name: Cherry
NOTE: This review is for the Chinese-made model of the Casino (which retails for about 500-600 USD). The Korean models are by all accounts a little better in quality.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Reeves on January 4, 2006
Color Name: Cherry
I've owned my casino for around 8 years now. She puts out those rich warm tones that only guitars in the gibson family can give. The only trouble I've had so far is the electronic. The pots and toggle switch have needed to be replaced, but from what I've been told that is fairly common for semi-hollow body guitars. If I had to choose any one of my guitars to keep and give away the rest, she'd be the one i held on to.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zelie Nic on October 21, 2007
Color Name: Cherry
I bought my Epiphone Casino about five years ago. I was orignally attracted to the cosmetics, and it was a cheaper, thinner, hollowbody.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Barry on September 28, 2011
Color Name: Natural
This is an amazing guitar. With 10's it melts like butter in your hands. It resonates beautifully and is perfect for Jazz, Blues, Rockabilly, Beatles, whatever you like. The neck is ALMOST like an SG. You can almost shred with it but you're likely to get feedback because it's such a resonate hollow body. Mine is a Korean 2003 and I've played it so much I've worn out some of the frets. You might want to replace the pots and switch but the p90's sing. I've never played the Made in China or Made anywhere else ones. I assume the Made in America/England would be better and the China might be of lesser quality. Or maybe it varies from guitar to guitar. All I know is I usually hate Epiphones with a passion but I love my Casino.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By egen on February 9, 2013
Color Name: Natural
I really wanted to like this guitar. I played it for a couple of weeks, hoping the flaws would stop bothering me, but I finally realized I just had to overlook too much to feel okay keeping it. I sent it back.

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.
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