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Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar   

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The Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar is the guitar that put Epiphone on the map. Ever since The Beatles purchased three Casinos back in 1964, this hol...Read More

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A visual knockout with vintage tone and lots of class.

The Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar is the guitar that put Epiphone on the map. Ever since The Beatles purchased three Casinos back in 1964, this hollow Epi model has taken on a life of its own. Equipped with two vintage P-90 single-coil pickups, the Casino still delivers those Beatlesque tones at a price every player can afford. Made with a select maple body and top with f-holes, trapeze tailpiece, mahogany neck (24-3/4" scale), neck and body binding, two volume and two tone controls, and parallelogram inlays. Limited lifetime warranty.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Top Wood: Laminated maple
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Maple
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Joint: Set-neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Scale: 24 3/4"
  • Pickups: 2 Alnico V P-90
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Inlays: Parallelogram
  • Binding: Body and neck
  • Hardware: Chrome

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EpiphoneCasino Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 178 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Recording (14)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar, just needed a good set-up!

I had been lusting after a Casino for a while. Jonesing for a hollow body and always wanted a guitar with P90's. Had had my eye on a limited edition gold sparkle Casino...Read complete review

I had been lusting after a Casino for a while. Jonesing for a hollow body and always wanted a guitar with P90's. Had had my eye on a limited edition gold sparkle Casino that was at a local shop for a long time. This particular guitar sounded fantastic, but wasn't the best player. Every time I had been in the shop I had considered it, but hadn't pulled the trigger. Given the length of time this guitar was hanging on the wall, I was surprised that is was flawless as far as it's fit and finish, and chalked it up to the fact that the kids and shredders just had no interest in this style of guitar.

So the other day I went in hoping to get this guitar home. Really inspected the guitar this time. Discovered that it's nut was cut WAY to high from the factory, and the neck had no relief, if not a little back bow. My guess was this was why this gorgeous looking and sounding guitar stayed on the rack for so long. Had a tech file the nut slots, adjust the nut slots, set the action. Now the guitar plays wonderfully, and as any guitar with a proper setup should play. Its actually dead-on to Gibson set up specs as far as action, neck relief and pickup height.

Some things that I feel I need to address. Some of the things that people are com paining about are just inherent things about this type of guitar, and don't consider them negatives, flaws, etc. It's the nature of this type of guitar. For example, buzzing while playing acoustic....it's not an acoustic guitar and as with pretty much all electrics, you'll get a little buzzing with most electrics, but don't hear it when plugged in. This is an electric guitar, not an acoustic. And as long as it has a properly set up neck, the correct amount of relief, and no high frets (which would require a fret level, crown and polish) buzzing won't be a problem. Also, as mentioned, it's an electric guitar, not an acoustic, so people shouldn't be complaining about it not being loud enough unplugged! Finally, unfortunately you can't adjust the pickup height of the dog-ear P90's, but that's just the nature of the beast with these pickups. You can actually purchase shims to raise them, but can't lower them, but again, it comes with the territory. Luckily mine again, fell right on the mark with Gibson factory setup spec one the guitar got a legitimate setup. Also, this guitar will feedback. It's a full hollow body. You need to learn how to tame that. There are countless videos of Gary Clark Jr. playing Casinos like in huge stadiums and at outdoor festivals, with a fat, dirty tone. If he can control the feedback in these situations I'm sure you can learn how to as well! Just takes a little practice, people! It's not a flaw when your's feeds back, it just inherent in this design. This is why guitars had solid blocks installed in them back in the day and became semi-hollow as opposed to fully hollow, like the Casino.

Other things worth mentioning...I have to detract from my rating because of the HORRIBLE factory setup. I can't believe that this guitar left the factory with such a poorly cut nut. It was somewhat comical to see the little sticker on the back of the headstock essentially bragging about being inspected and set up at the factory! I realize most guitars (even a lot of higher-end guitars costing much more) will need a basic set-up by a competent tech, but in this case it was unacceptable. Literally half the nut was filed away, and was cut so high originally that notes would always be pulled sharp, most noticeably when playing open chords in first position. Also, the frets needed a good polishing and the fret ends needed a little TLC. Again, no big deal, and almost expected on a guitar at this price point. If you bend a lot, you'll feel a difference, and benefit from a fret polishing. All of these little gripes shouldn't detract a potential buyer, because you should be getting any new guitar set up properly anyway and most need minor tweaks off the shelf.

After the set up and attention to the nut it plays like a dream. The P90's sound great. Fits right in the middle between my single coils and humbuckers, and sound great clean, but also sound very fat, gritty, mean, and dirty when pushing an amp into breakup territory. Everyone obviously associated this guitar with the beatles, but you can get pretty much anything you want from this instrument, from killer "Keef" tones, to Rich Robinsn type stuff, to Son Volt, Wilco, etc. Sounds great through every amp I have including a Bassman Reissue, Vox AC15, and old Silverface fender Champ.

As long as you know what you're getting into, get a full setup, and don't have any unrealistic expectations, you should be very pleased with a properly set up Casino.

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Look Elsewhere...

I'm a thirty year player, composer, collector. I owned this guitar in 2008, a few years before Epiphone was massacred by Gibson in quality, which has never been amended. The wire trapeze...Read complete review

I'm a thirty year player, composer, collector. I owned this guitar in 2008, a few years before Epiphone was massacred by Gibson in quality, which has never been amended. The wire trapeze tailpiece is unsteady and bends-leans either which way, the worst tailpiece design I've ever encountered, and no amount of lowering the bridge could get the action close enough to the fretboard for decent playability. Poor paint management around F holes. I'm a huge Beatles fan. I understand they loved Casinos. But that was 1965-9, and Epiphone was a different company. My advice, get a Hagstrom. They have Rickenbacker-type quality in their build, Hagstroms, the best mid-priced hollow-style bodies with outstanding quality, sound, and action. Their set from top to tails up is serious and solid. Or don't listen to me and try to play Day Tripper on a low end Casino with strings helplessly a quarter inch off the fretboard with a cheap wire tailpiece bent at a 45% angle.

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4.0

the ultimate rock'n'roll guitar

By martin

from Slovakia

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
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

    Best bang-for-buck guitar in the world as far as I'm concerned. Great set-up right outa the box - all I had to do was change the strings (I prefer Gibson brite wires) and lower the bridge a bit. Flawless craftmanship, proper neck with a slight bow. The P90s combined with the hollow body deliver a variety of sounds from mellow jazz to distorted feedback-happy growl. Sound fuller than fender-type single coils on one hand while sounding brighter than the humbuckers in this price range (e.g. Dot). 4 pots that work very well.
    You have to take care of it though - use straplocks, hard case and guitar stand because the headstock is rather fragile and can snap quite easy. It's a sad sad look to see such a beautiful guitar lying on the floor with the headstock broken off, trust me.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    "ROOFTOP" Anyone???

    By Beatle Geo

    from Blue Ridge, Ga

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    Pros

    • A "DREAM" fulfilled!
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • ANY TIME, ANY PLACE, A "GO-TO"!!
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      It's now "Lennonized", and with a new Bone nut for a wider string spacing, (helps in thumb "wrapping"), and Daddario Chrome Flats, 10-48's. So, now all I need is a flat "Rooftop", LOL! She also now sports a ACE "Rooftop" strap as well! FAB playin', and sounding guitar, and I can't recommend it highly enough, BeaTle freak, or "normal" person, Ha! !!----Gb----bg

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I want one in every COLOR

      By Steveaz524

      from Cottonwood Arizona

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • put what STRING you like on

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      Love this guitar . Wonderful tone. fun to play

       
      5.0

      Highly recommend this!

      By Alex

      from Seaford, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        Got this as a gift and love it!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Recommended for a budget electric hollowbody guitar.

        By LJ99

        from PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • I was lucky to get a nice burst on mine
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • pickguard bracket angle was off
        • setup slightly off

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        A good guitar for the price tag, in my opinion. With a few tweaks, I've been enjoying it very much, even unplugged playing for the little one. The big booming acoustic guitars I have get to be a bit loud at times for him. I have quite a few other guitars that cost 3-5 times as much, and you can hear/feel the quality drop, but
        I am happy with the purchase.

        (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Look Elsewhere...

        By Chris

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

          I'm a thirty year player, composer, collector. I owned this guitar in 2008, a few years before Epiphone was massacred by Gibson in quality, which has never been amended. The wire trapeze tailpiece is unsteady and bends-leans either which way, the worst tailpiece design I've ever encountered, and no amount of lowering the bridge could get the action close enough to the fretboard for decent playability. Poor paint management around F holes. I'm a huge Beatles fan. I understand they loved Casinos. But that was 1965-9, and Epiphone was a different company. My advice, get a Hagstrom. They have Rickenbacker-type quality in their build, Hagstroms, the best mid-priced hollow-style bodies with outstanding quality, sound, and action. Their set from top to tails up is serious and solid. Or don't listen to me and try to play Day Tripper on a low end Casino with strings helplessly a quarter inch off the fretboard with a cheap wire tailpiece bent at a 45% angle.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product! Excellent service!

          By Tvic

          from North Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

            The Casino is super fun to play, sounds great, feels great and is an all around quality instrument.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Harold

            from Bama

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor set-up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

            Great neck, body nicely balanced. Looks and sound great, inlays good to see in dark club, stays in tune. My only negative is the factory set-up, which was about like a stock Martin D-28 (great for tremendous volume in acoustic music but hard to play lead on up the neck). One little dot of cherry red stain ran over the binding, I can live with that. Neck has scarfed on peghead and bottom of heel, I can live with that, but would have much preferred no scarfing. BUT, don't let scarfed neck and a high factory action turn you off. I've owned tons of guitars and these are great. Really nice size neck, pickups are fine, electronics are fine. And more expensive guitars than this have scarfed on peghead and heels. BUT, to give an honest review, I have to mention everything. Mainly, the factory needs to work on little better setup, no one is going to be whipping the heck out of this guitar with a big old triangle heavy pick singing Blue Moon of Kentucky. It's an electric and therefore should roll out of the factory setup for playing lead. BUY THIS rather than the Swingster (which I was sadly disappointed in).

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Love My Guitar

            By marjasall

            from Racine, Wisconsin

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Pick Ups Hum

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

            Just a great guitar. Something to note about the vintage sunburst finishes on these. There seem to be two variations, which some people might not notice right away -- in the vintage sunburst category, there's a teardrop sunburst, and a perimeter sunburst. I don't know why, and both seem to be under the same SKU, so there's way to distinguish between the two, when ordering. I had to have the warehouse people open the box to check mine, before shipping it. I wanted a perimeter sunburst Casino and, thankfully, that's what I received. It's beautiful. The action is really low, but no fret buzz. It plays smoothly and easily. The P90 pick-ups are well-known for hum/buzz (caused by electromagnetic interference), but they have such a great vintage tone which is sought after by many. The hum is just the nature of this type of pick-up, and I can live with it. The guitar stays in tune -- I don't have to tune it very often. The Epiphone "E" on the pick guard was lifting off when I received the guitar, but I removed it and then meticulously reattached it with some clear silicone -- an easy fix, which was not worth returning the guitar over. I can't think of anything bad to say about the guitar. The pick-up hum is more a "heads-up" than a complaint. I really love my new Casino. It's a keeper, for life!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What A Great Guitar!

            By Deanb92

            from Claremont, NH

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

              What a pretty sight! Great Feel and action all set up out of box.

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