Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar

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4.1

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One of Epiphone's greatest contributions to music - an instrument that any serious guitarist should have in their arsenal.

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. Three of the Beatles (John, Paul and George) had Casinos that they played frequently, most notably in the recordings of "Ticket to Ride" and "Hello Goodbye." 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.

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, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis are just a few of the players who have made great records with Casinos.

The Epiphone Casino is a thin-line, hollow-body archtop is constructed with the traditional laminated Maple top, back and sides and a solid Mahogany neck giving it it's classic tone brilliantly amplified by a pair of authentic Epiphone "Dog Ear" P-90 Classic pickups. Together, they combine to create the sparkling tone that became the iconic sound of the Beatles, as it is easily recognized for, but that is also heard in classic hits from the Rolling Stones and the Kinks and in modern performances from bands like U2. Other features include body and fingerboard binding around the Rosewood fretboard and distinctive parallelogram inlays, a white pickguard bearing the iconic Epiphone “E” logo and vintage-style Epiphone tuning machines. Controls include full 1” 500K potentiometers controlling bridge pickup volume and tone and neck pickup volume and tone as well as Epiphone’s quality all-metal toggle switch and a premium output jack. Case not included.

Features:

  • Body: 5-ply maple with basswood top bracing
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Joint: 16th fret, Glued-in
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with parallelogram inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”, 24.75” scale
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper “D”
  • Pickups: Epiphone P-90T and P-90R
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Machine Heads: Small button
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Toggle: Epiphone
  • Case: Not included


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EpiphoneCasino Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 10 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • School bands (5)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only better with age.

By 

from Throggs Neck, NY

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Rooms
    • Medium Rooms
    • Small Rooms

    Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

    As you can see from my previous posts, I liked the Casino, but was not too thrilled. However, it's been a few years now of owning not one, but two. 1 neck joined at the 16th fret the other 17th fret. 17th gets round wounds, 16th gets flats. Love the variation in sounds.

    I must say, with age, these guitars only get/sound better. Now.... these guitars stay in tune. I can put them in the case and take them out 2-3 weeks later and they are still in tune. (humidify them of course) Better than my Gibson LP, which always goes out of tune. I haven't done any setup work on them since I got them. The intonation is still dead on after 5-6 yrs. I think I adjusted the G string intonation once on one of them. That's it.

    I will stress and I do this on all my guitars you have to take care of them. Clean and oil the fret board and graphite the nut slots at every string change, clean the bridge, output jack and pots of dust now and than, and you will have no problems.

    I have friends asking me to bring one along for gigs. BTW, I never bought the Elitist. I didn't need to.

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    • Single Male

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    very capable instrament

    By 

    from holiday,fla

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues
      • Solo Or Band Gigs

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      very good feel right away, salesman was trying to sway me to a gibson midtown which had a grittier sound but this had a better feel, neck is perfect width for my hand, had owned a sheraton and dot studio in the past but this guitar is much better and with the natural finish a real good looker too, set-up with .10 gauge strings, I'm a semi-pro musician on a budget that needs an ax that is reliable, versatile and stays in tune, the casino fits the bill.

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's OK

      By 

      from New Jersey

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Looks good

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      I really like the sound and the feel of this guitar,
      but i must guess my settings
      because the numbers don't line up with the pointers. The nuts and bolts constantly need tightening.
      I like the sound of guitar but I'm gonna return it and try the wildkat.

      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't Listen to those Other Novices

      By 

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • A Little Beatles History
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Price Point
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None that I can see

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Nice All Around Guitar
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      First let me say that I collect guitars. I own an Gibson ES335, Rickenbacher 325, Gibson 12 String Acoustic, well you get the idea. I think people like Ray have no idea what they are talking about. Maybe he just enjoys bashing guitars. However let me say that the Epiphone Casino is a little of the Beatles for a reasonable price. I have the Natural Casino and love it. Action is good, neck and workmanship is nice, and overall a great guitar for the money. I normally would not buy an Epiphone but this is one guitar with a great reputation. No Humbuckers so you do get that Beatles sound. Buy this guitar, and you will enjoy it. Isn't that the whole idea. Having fun and making some nice music. Remember some people like Ray like to bash guitars, then there are people like me that just enjoying playing the Epiphone Casino. Just buy one and see what I mean.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Guitar Ever!

      By 

      from Goleta, CA

      About Me Experienced

      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 Casino Electric Guitar:

        I Got the Casino VS Today and if you want to sound like the Beatles- This is a must Have! The P-90's are awesome and the guitar itself unplugged sounds great! I think this is the best guitar ever made.

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Revised Review

        By 

        from NY NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Action
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great Finish

        Cons

        • Goes out of tune

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        I previous reviewed this guitar badly and rightfully so. I bought one over a yr ago and it was horrible out of the box and I returned it. However, a few months ago I received one as a b-day gift against my wishes from past experience. I was saving up for the Elitist. [...]Totally different then the one I bought. Right out of the box it was playable. Other then tuning, nothing needed to be done. All I can say is, change the strings. I waited a while to write a revised review as I wanted to put it through my ropes. Hardware is solid, feel and sound are good. Please people, this is no Beatle Casino in sound, hardware, and feel. So stop making the reference. However, it is a good guitar and you can get a similar tone. I would recommend this guitar not cause it looks like the Beatle one, but because it has a different tone that's unique and slightly different then a 335. The quality is good [$]you'll get good wear out of it, if you take care of it. I have my eye on the John Lennon inspired casino now.

        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Quality

        By 

        from New York, New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        This guitar resently went up[...] in price. I got one before the price increase. It's a nice and fun guitar to play with a unique sound, though not Beatle. However, the quality had this guitar over priced at $599. At[$] it will be still fun to play, however way over priced. I see myself spending money in the near future replacing tuners, nut and switch. I can't say "if you don't have the money, this guitar is good for the price", cause it isn't. No I didn't get a lemon. I played a few after I bought mine and they were all pretty much the same. Save your money and get an Elitist. That is close to a Lennon guitar and the quality is so much better.

        (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Price hike

        By 

        from New York, New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        This is an nice guitar and has a nice sound. However, over priced for the quality. The craftsmanship is ok and parts are not the best. [$] I have a es 335 copy by D'Agastino that is 25 yrs old with original parts that is better then the casino new. Sorry for the bad review, it's just not worth the price.

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        George Harrison

        By 

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        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 Casino Electric Guitar:

          This is the guitar that George Harrison played, in addition to his Gretsch Country Gentlemen. It has a jazzy sound.

          (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          cool

          By 

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

          wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          Series Archtop
          Model Casino
          Warranty Info:

          Casino Electric Guitar

          The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.