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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 174 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (151)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4)

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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(0 of 2 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.

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(8 of 10 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.

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    (0 of 1 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.

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      (1 of 1 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).

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      (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!

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      (1 of 2 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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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good bang for buck

        By Bout123

        from UK

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

          I own the "Custom shop" ltd edition version with Bigsby. Great guitar for the money but I did a few mods, ie CTS pots and output jack, Lindy Fralin p90 pickups, Tonepros bridge, Original Kluson old school tuners, bone nut and Gibson knobs and fret dress. Yes a few denaro spent but wow now it really sings. Don't get me wrong the axe sounds great as is for the money but I like tinkering and it was worth the effort. New electrics in a hollow body is a total ball ache though!!

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          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          George, John, Paul + the Epiphone Casino

          By Waynerainy

          from Central Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great As Purchased But Wi
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar:

            Other than John, Paul, and George, there is something about the Epiphone Casino that I've always loved. At 17 years old I bought my first one in 1966. I have all three colors of the modern day Casino. To see and hear the difference, I replaced the stock PU's with a pair of Gibson P-90's in the cherry model. You want that Gibson sound of the mid-60's you'll have to spend a couple hundred more. Believe me, it's well worth it and, you will notice a big difference in the sound. Nothing wrong with the stock PU's but if you want that true "bell like tone" on the clean side or the Clapton crunch on the distorted side, i.e.Sun Shine...Strange Brew etc.well...... I play the guitar through a 1968 Fender Twin Reverb. The nut on the Casino (as is the case with almost all guitars, even the high $$ ones) are almost always too high for me. So also is the action and the neck relief. Other than those adjustments, there is absolutely nothing that I don't like about the 2012 cherry model that I bought. Even down to the feel of the thicker neck. More wood, more sustain Chet use to say. The finish and the binding on my CS were flawless. Want that Gibson ES-330 sound? It's possible. The sound is there. As far as playability goes, it's all in the set-up. I have several, some 37 costly guitars, but I find myself playing this red Epiphone Casino more than any other. It's not about the high end value or the collectability here. It's about an honest low budget great sounding GREAT PLAYING instrument within the price of almost everyone. Come on!Gary Clark can afford to play any guitar he wants. But in truth, according to his interview in Guitar Player, his weapon of choice is the budget Casino. Would I recommend it to a friend? You bet! I'd even recommend it to someone who doesn't play.......Cheers

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            (17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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