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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.

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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 166 reviews)

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    (146)

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    (13)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (7)
    • Jamming (6)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Talk about a great value!

    What can I possibly say that hasn't already been posted on this review board? I ordered the Vintage Sunburst Casino and I'm so glad I did. The guitar is absolutely flawless and plays like...Read complete review

    What can I possibly say that hasn't already been posted on this review board? I ordered the Vintage Sunburst Casino and I'm so glad I did. The guitar is absolutely flawless and plays like a dream! Once I have the new Bigsby installed I will have reached the mountain top!
    It's really great when you feel like you've gotten a terrific customer value and this time I really did. Maximum wow factor for the money spent. Besides, John, Paul and George couldn't all be wrong!

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    Great

    I once had a Gibson 330 that I loved. Sold it and regretted ever since. Just got this Casino and must say it compares very well to the Gibson it's copying. Not quite...Read complete review

    I once had a Gibson 330 that I loved. Sold it and regretted ever since. Just got this Casino and must say it compares very well to the Gibson it's copying. Not quite the quality but very close. As far as sound quality is concerned, this Casino is every bit as good as the 330. It plays sweet and smooth with really good tones. There's just some music that has to be played with this type of guitar and this one does it's job. It can also really crank when you need to push it. I've read alot of complaints about the buzzing when playing acoustic. Well this isn't an acoustic guitar and the more expensive Gibson 330 did the same thing. Feedback is a problem since it is a hollow body but it doesn't take long to adapt in order to eliminate the problem.

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    4.0

    Great guitar, just needed a good set-up!

    By sbpark

    from Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Fit Finish

    Cons

    • Horrible Factory Set-up
    • Poorly Cut Nut

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      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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      5.0

      Great guitar worth the little issues

      By joshthe6th

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Pick Up Buzz
      • Some buzz

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

      I have always loved British rock, particularly The Beatles. I decided to try a Casino and I loved it. While it doesn't ring, like some guitar, it has great tone. Can be used to some rough blues, bright jazz, and rough rock. The pickups on this guitar are powerful, which is nice if you want natural distortion.

      The neck is a little chunky, and if you are used to SG or Fender necks, this one will take some time getting used to. Even being a guitarist for 18 years, I found my hands hurt on this guitar. That lasted about a week, and I got used to it. Other than that, the action is fine.

      The tone pots are so-so on this, and the 3-way selector rattles in center position (not uncommon, but you cannot hear it when plugged in). The bridge wire can have issues, but I never had that. I had a pole screw loose in a pickup. Wax on the screw was needed to fix that, and now it is good as new.

      Acoustically, this guitar is also good. I jam with friends who have acoustics, and I am not washed out. You can hear me loud and clear. While it is not as robust, or warm, as a standard acoustic, you can still get warm and sweet sounds.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Talk about a great value!

      By OK Rock n' Roller

      from Durant, OK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Classic Looks
      • Flawless Finish
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

        What can I possibly say that hasn't already been posted on this review board? I ordered the Vintage Sunburst Casino and I'm so glad I did. The guitar is absolutely flawless and plays like a dream! Once I have the new Bigsby installed I will have reached the mountain top!
        It's really great when you feel like you've gotten a terrific customer value and this time I really did. Maximum wow factor for the money spent. Besides, John, Paul and George couldn't all be wrong!

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Epiphone Casino

        By Enhancer guy

        from The Woodlands, Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

          Each guitar is an instrument to itself and keeping that in mind the Epiphone Casino is great. I have owned a few of the Gibson ES330TD's over the decades and they all felt a little different from each other, as they should, no two guitars are the same. My Casino plays and sounds great, no issues at all. It's not a Strat, a Tele, or a 330, it's just a great instrument in its own rights and the price is awesome. Mine is the cheaper version and I would not have paid more for the more expensive "John Lennon" model for what I wanted it for. I still play various models of Fender and Gibson guitars but the Epiphone is a feel all to its own and my other guitars don't offer what this guitar does, I love it. Great construction, quality parts, a really great neck and fret work and is beautifully finished. The P90 pickups are great pickups, but you have to know what to expect from a P90. They're not Humbuckers or Fender single coil pickups and they do have a tone of their own. With the right understanding, a good ear and correct amp settings, this guitar will do anything you require. Highly recommended.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome instrument for the price

          By mclovin

          from bryce, utah

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar a few months ago and I could not be happier with my choice. I bought it off sort of a whim since I happen to be a beatles fan and this guitar looks sexy as hell. But this thing can get way more than just beatles tones out of it! Let me say that mine needed to be professionally set up (20 clams) and had somewhat of a break-in time. When i first got it, the frets felt a little course when bending a note. However, the more I played the more they seemed to smooth out and now I cant tell a difference between it and my other guitars.
            Some people say feedback is a problem on this guitar. I havent had any problems with unwanted feedback, however, when I want to I can make it really growl and sing by holding it close to my amp.
            Really cool looking guitar (I took my pickguard off) and plays great for all genres of music. Sorry for the long review I am just very enthusiastic about my epiphone casino!

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not Worth It....

            By FuzzyPostrock

            from Toronto

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Looks

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

              Not a good guitar at all... Feedsback at high volume with even lower gain so forget using it at rehearsals or gigging... as for the sound it is very muddy and does not cut through in a band mix which is surprising for a p-90 guitar, my older korean Epi Tobacco Burst Dot sounds clearer and better overall and you can actually reach the 17th fret and up ! this guitar you can just barely reach the 17th fret and thats it.

              If you are a jazz player or low low gain blues player this may suit you so don't take my word fo the guitar but always try before you buy!

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

              By Grant E

              from The Universe

              About Me Professional Musician

              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:

                Right off the bat, this guitar looks sexy as all get out. Looks aside, the feel of the guitar is amazing; the playability is out of this world. No wonder The Beatles played this guitar! From thick and dark tones on the neck pick up to bright powerful tones on the bridge, this guitar is capable of producing any sound you want. The high-output P-90 pickups make this guitar as versatile as any I've played in the past. If you pass it up, you'll only be kicking yourself later.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                ONE MORE LISTEN!

                By thrash loaf

                from snohomish, wa

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording

                  Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

                  one more sample of the guitar i found in my files. this gives a good example of the tasty tones this gives. once again, best for recording, live its a bit much to handle with the bad feedback.

                  Comment on this review

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Feels Like Home to me.

                  By Basher Now Dad

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

                    Waited a long time to replace my road guitar.(ES-330)
                    Since I gave up full time, it was hard to justify ~$2500 for another.
                    The Casino is every bit as good, construction is the same, The sound is the same after a little break in.
                    P-90s are a little low output, but they were before too. Don't blame the tool for behaving the way it was designed. Humbuckers are wound to be louder, adjust.

                    My heart sings every time I open the case.

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                    (2 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Beware of this casino guitar

                    By Rich010349

                    from Wisconsin

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Feedback using a tube amp

                      Best Uses

                      • For beginners

                      Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

                      this guitar is not good with high powered tube amps, the feed back is really bad.

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