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Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino

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You'll love the light weight and comfortable neck of the Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino. The Elite series are instruments that approach custom shop per...Click To Read More About This Product

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A full hollowbody with P-90s generates the chimey tones from Revolver to Let it Be.

You'll love the light weight and comfortable neck of the Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino. The Elite series are instruments that approach custom shop perfection. Crafted with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitryā€¯-even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners--they're made at a special factory devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. You'll find the Elite 1965 Casino true to the original made famous by The Beatles. A finely crafted, great-sounding, and easy-playing instrument that beautifully blurs the line between Epiphone and Gibson. Includes hardshell case.


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FEATURES
  • 5-ply maple back, sides, and top
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Neck set at the 16th fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bone nut, 1-5/8"
  • 22 frets
  • P90 USA single coil rhythm pickup
  • P90 USA single coil reverse treble pickup
  • Nickel hardware
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle
  • Grover tuners

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EpiphoneElitist 1965 Casino
 
4.8

(based on 52 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

1965 Casino Elitist

I had been looking at this guitar for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger and got one a few weeks ago. Based on the hype, product description and reviews I read,...Read complete review

I had been looking at this guitar for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger and got one a few weeks ago. Based on the hype, product description and reviews I read, I had very high expectations for this guitar. After getting it, I have some mixed feelings about it.First, the guitar was not set up when I received it. The intonation was horrible. I had to take it to a guitar shop to have it properly set up. When the strings were off, the nut fell off the neck. Maybe they forgot the glue. So apparently my guitar was rubber stamped in the USA instead of set up in the USA as Epiphone said.With that said, the tone and sound that this guitar produces lives up to my expectations. It is very rich and lively. This guitar wants to party! I play it through an old Music Man 210 HD and it sounds incredible without any effects. The depth and range from top to bottom is stunning.I like the feel of the neck which is narrower than my Les Paul Custom and a little thicker. The frets, however, need to be filed and bevelled down because they feel sharp as I slide my hand up and down the neck. Overall, I would recommend this guitar but beware it may need some additional tweeking after you buy it.

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Great guitar, once properly setup.

Action on bass "E" exceeded 1/4". Skinny 'vintage' style bridge doesn't fit threaded stud centers. (I put on a Gibson "Nashville"...Read complete review

Action on bass "E" exceeded 1/4". Skinny 'vintage' style bridge doesn't fit threaded stud centers. (I put on a Gibson "Nashville" bridge... fits perfect) 5 of the 6 tuning machines were loose.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

1965 Casino Elitist

By PhilipB

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I had been looking at this guitar for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger and got one a few weeks ago. Based on the hype, product description and reviews I read, I had very high expectations for this guitar. After getting it, I have some mixed feelings about it.First, the guitar was not set up when I received it. The intonation was horrible. I had to take it to a guitar shop to have it properly set up. When the strings were off, the nut fell off the neck. Maybe they forgot the glue. So apparently my guitar was rubber stamped in the USA instead of set up in the USA as Epiphone said.With that said, the tone and sound that this guitar produces lives up to my expectations. It is very rich and lively. This guitar wants to party! I play it through an old Music Man 210 HD and it sounds incredible without any effects. The depth and range from top to bottom is stunning.I like the feel of the neck which is narrower than my Les Paul Custom and a little thicker. The frets, however, need to be filed and bevelled down because they feel sharp as I slide my hand up and down the neck. Overall, I would recommend this guitar but beware it may need some additional tweeking after you buy it.

(13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny, but only if you are a Beatle fan or like full hollow slim line guitars.

By seb-ear-aaaa[@]

from Arizona

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

If you want an ES330 Casino, Guild slimjin, or are looking at an Artcore consider this guitar. If you play Beatle songs consider it. If you want a guitar you can hear without an amp, a guitar that will hold more of it's dollar value, etc, get it. The P-90 pick up has a neat fuzzy warm sound that is like an old friend to me. I have my mom's 1960 ES 330, and have compared these side by side. Hers has a thinner neck, sounds a bit more open yet mellow, but it is 50 years older too! The poly finish used on some Elitist guitars I think is great. These may have nitro. Some did. My 335 has poly and if it had lacquer it would be ruined by an airport mishap. I am not super crazy about the model, but I have one (ES 330) that is an heirloom, and plays so good I over play it after playing most guitars. I LOVE the Elitist line, and jus got a 61 SG Elite too. I cannot see using a 1960 ES 330 Live when I can use this one instead. Why risk a vintage guitar? For the money these rock. Some feedback control is needed live. A volume pedal, feedback supressor, DSP, or whatever. In the studio these are awesome.
7 I will give it a 7 for the block inlays, and other fiddly ornamentaion, but it is a 100% passive normal 2 pick up 2 volume 2 tone controls and a 3 way switch Gibson. It has no fancy Neal Moser stuff that would give it a rating of 10 as far as smoothing coils, split colils, coil taps, preamps, varitone, etc.
Flipping incredible fit and finish. Yeah yeah it is not nitro cellulose on some Elite/Elitist Epiphones, but the affect of that on tone is so tiny compared to how much better a poly finish holds up it is insane to dock points. Anything that fits a 1960s Casino or ES330 will fit on this. The FujiGen factory's guitars are more consistent that Gibson has been over the past 15 years, and again from about 1975-82, These things are gorgeous. My mom has one of the finest playing guitars ever made in a 1960 ES330 dot neck, and a custom order 1960- H Bird long scale slim neck. I think the Japanese neck is a smidge fatter, and more like some later 60s slim profile necks I have to compare to. The fit and finish of binding and everything is really nice, and near perfect.
OK, Fantastic I reserve for deep discounts and used super deals, but for a nice slimline full hollow body these are awesome guitars. If not for The John Lennon, McCartney, Harrison thing I think these would be some rarely reissued Gibson Custom shop item released every 10 years or on custom order only basis. It was not a super ground breaking great guitar. I believe it was to replace the ES 125, and 295 or something. Gibson did sell a lot of ES330s (know as the poor man's dot guitar) and now that poor man's guitar is $3500+ used, and Casinos are more. It is worth buying and they seem to hold value for resale better than a lot of guitars.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Brilliant guitar, if you give it a couple tweaks.

By The_passion_of_the_bass1427

from Missoula, MT

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I've owned my 65' reissue elitist for about 3 1/2 years, purchased new. It's incredibly comfortable, the neck feels great, and its not as light as you'd think for a hollow body. I can't speak for everyone, but mine had some issues when I got it. While I got a really good deal on it, I had to invest in a change or two. One of the truss rod cover screw holes wasn't properly drilled, the truss rod has an issue where it does not want to adjust (thankfully for my climate its perfect), it wouldn't intonate all the way and it had a horrific buzzing that took make over a year to figure out. The best thing you can do with this thing is purchase a Gibson Nashville style tune-o-matic bridge for it. The cheap/standard "Epiphone ABR-1" style bridge was really bringing this guitar down, and its sustain and note clarity has doubled since I installed it. The stock bride has a small wire that is the only thing keeping the bridge saddle screws in place, and the bride isn't wide enough to get correct intonation on the G string. The Nashville bridge ran me about $60 but it was well worth it, no wire, just a solid hunk of metal that easily has twice the width (for saddle range) than the original. The buzzing was a mix between the bridge and a couple of loose bushings on the tuners. I also removed the pickguard on mine, which is more a matter of preference. That weak stock bridge is the only thing keeping this out of the range of a true 335 or other true "Gibsons". Side note: this model actually has immaculate binding, something my Gibson Firebird that I payed more than double for (new) did not.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice guitar from Epiphone

By DAVID FRY

from VA

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I only write reviews when something stands out and I want to let people know that.When you pick up this guitar, you know it is special. The workmanship (made in a dedicated facility in Japan) is top notch, as are other Japan-made instruments I own. It has a great sound acoustically, which is always a good indicator in an electric guitar. It stands up to the unavoidable comparison between it and the Gibson ES 330 (I have a 1963 330). This is a fine guitar and worth the extra money.
Careful build with quality materials and hardware is evident in appearance, feel, and sound. Five-ply maple body has really nice tone and resonance.Grover tuning keys are smooth and stable. Neck and binding are as good as many Gibsons, not to mention the Gibson pickups and electronics.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Hollow Body Guitar

By TKHIGGS

from Center Point, AL

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

This guitar is so very, very good. The tone, the playability, the craftsmanship... This is the finest hollow body guitar value. Period.
P-90's - Which are the ideal pick-ups for todays modern, modeling amps. It can play very clean or very dirty and everything in between.
There are NO flaws on this guitar. Made in the Terrada factory in Japan. It is as well made as anything that comes out of an American facility. Really, it is a beautifully crafted guitar.
The Best Guitar Value Anywhere. You can pay much more but will not get a better guitar.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best casino i've had!

By willthatguy

from NY

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I've owned several casino's made in korea, the inspired by lennon and now finally a beautifull elitist casino! I've always wanted an elitist casino but couldn't find them in stores here in europe. Until three months ago! It was perfectly set up right out of the box! Never had that before with any guitar i've owned. This guitar is so good I got rid of my gibson custom shop 335 and bought another japanese gretsch instead. I love the built quality of the Terada factory in Japan. The quality of this guitar is just as high as the japanese pro series Gretsch guitars! It's all flawless!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Elegant and very effective pro-level

By Boz Snark aka Dr. R Harkrader

from Detroit, Michigan

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Value
  • High quality asthetics
  • Solid Electronics
  • Very good mass balance

Cons

  • Case lid poor fit

Best Uses

  • Full range of capability
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I play in public venues at least twice weekly and I've been playing for more than 40 years. The return on investment and appearance of this guitar is outstanding. I compare this instrument favorably with my Gibson 330, 339, and Ibanez AK jazz box as well as my Epiphone Broadway. The instrument came to me very close to ready-to-play and I am very satisfied with the electronics and the instrument. Had the case lid fit properly to the case body I would be totally happy with the purchase. Instrument is very impressive with regard to cost/quality value and has an exceptional appearance.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For yourself, there's nothing better!

By Chucky B.

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Beautiful finish
  • Lightweight
  • Poon Tang Magnet
  • Well-constructed

Cons

  • Feedback at high volumes
  • Will Not Heal Lupus

Best Uses

  • Decoupaging
  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Songwriting

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I've owned a lot of guitars in my life, and this Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino ranks among the best. From the moment I unsheathed this mighty axe from its purple velvet lined case, I knew I was holding something special in my hands. For myself, there's nothing better - and I think you'll agree.

The two Gibson USA P90s can go from an angry howl to a dulcet sweet tone and anywhere in between. The electronics components are a cut above your standard Epiphone, as is the fit and finish. The only real issue with this guitar is that it feeds back at high volumes or high gain, but that's an issue with all fully hollow electrics (and can be used to your advantage).

I can't recommend this guitar enough. You take a shower, for yourself there's nothing better!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1965 Elitist Casino ...Greatest Guitar Ever!

By lane anselmo

from North Carolina

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

My 11 yr old guitar still looks brand new....not a scratch on it anywhere! The material is super, the craftmanship is top notch ....had to send back many gibsons guitars because of shabby workmanship. The sounds out of this guitar is superb! If you can afford this guitar and are looking for a hollow body model, than you need to buy it! It a funny thing but every night before I go to bed I have to go look at the guitar like to say goodnight.......this guitar does something to you.....I feel a connection with this guitar........no i'm not batty.......wait till you purchase one..you will be feeling just like me! You will know why the beatles fell in love with their casino's.
I have a 2001 1965 Elitist Casino, And I have to say it is the best quality built guitar ever!
This is the best built guitar I've ever owned and over the years i have owned over 30 different gibson and fender guitars.
The guitar is worth at least 2,500.00

(6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR...except finish flaws

By I was ripped!

from Phoenix, AZ

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

Its an increditable guitar worth every penny..IF! you can get one without and finish flaws. I'm sure Gibson sends all the questionable finishes to online vendors. Had to return three! it breaks my heart. Get a standard Casino and throw some gibson pickups on it.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Elitist Epiphone Casino

By Bob-4vOH8

from Galt, Ca.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Real Beatle Sound
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • One Broken E 1st String

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I just received my Epiphone Casino Elitist yesterday. I am probably a better guitar tech than I am a player, but this is the first guitar I have ever bought that did NOT need any tweaking out of the box. Everything was perfect. Neck feel, intonation, string height, fit and finish, you name it. I usually purchase domestic, high end guitars (made in USA) and although this guitar was "made in Japan", it was set up perfect either there, or by the Epiphone Co. One little problem was the first E string was broken on arrival. One call to M.F. and a new set of strings were shipped that day. If you want exactly what M.F. add says, and want that Beatle sound, you won't be dissapointed in this guitar. I got the Sunburst finish and it is PERFECT! Not a blemish to be seen. This is the 3rd high end guitar I have purchased from M.F. and their customer service, ease of getting a real knowledgeable person on the phone is easy and fast. I think this Casino has just jumped to the "best guitar I ever played/owned" list. It's a keeper to be sure.

(5 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Beautiful craftsmanship only

By Beatle Fan

from Shreveport, La.

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

The USA made Casino should have been put back for sale because these ones made in Japan for $1800.00 are not worth the money out of the box, you get a Gibson out of the box almost perfect for a little more

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gorgeous guitar, great value

By Wheelie

from New Jersey

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Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

I'm sure I'm not going to say anything new that hasn't already been said, but Epiphone deserve all the plaudits they get for this lovely guitar. It is a joy to play. It sounds wonderful through my AC15 and it even sounds wonderful unplugged. It just FEELS like a beautifully crafted guitar and whereas $1500 is not cheap, it comes across as a much more expensive guitar. I have more than a few beautiful instruments to draw comparisons and this one is up there. If I had one complaint, it is that I didn't order it earlier!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1965 Casino Elitist

By jeff falkowski

from Peoples Republic of NY

Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

The action on the thing is perfect for me, out of the box. Again, I'm a novice player so I could be missing something obvious but the feel and ease of sliding the ol' fingers up and down the thing just seems so easy. The sound is rich and full and playing around with the pickups to modify the sound has been easy. Of course, I'd be fibbing if I didn't mention the fact a certain band using these guitars regularly weighed fairly heavily into my decision to purchase this version. However, this Japanese built Elitist is a beautiful guitar and fun to play. If you are considering this as a possible guitar, I would absolutely encourage you to play it for a bit before purchasing something else.
Keep in mind I'm a novice player...rarely can I play an entire song perfectly so my familiarity with features is limited although I LOVE the sound that comes out of this thing. Everything on it is solid and, by no stretch of the imagination, is anything "cheap". I love being able to play this thing unplugged, too, as there's enough volume to certainly practice.
Have had it about a week and this thing looks and feels like real class. It is so nice and easy to play and, so far, zero problems. I played a lot of different guitars while looking for my first electric purchase and this thing is as solid as solid can be.
Looking at alot of other electrics out there, the overall feel and looks of the thing just, in my mind, can't be beat. Keep in mind this is the '65 Elitist version of the Casino so it is more expensive but, still, I think it's a good bang for your buck.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the Best Guitars Ever ! !

By guitarsurfer2010

from Hawaii Island

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

      I had my 65 Casino for 2 years now. I just got home tonight from a country gig backing a Female singer/songwriter.
      The Casino was so good sounding on every song or style we played.
      From Bass lines, to sweet chording . to biting, funky lead tone, the Casino is Famously Good.
      Mine is a Sunburst, it is perfect in every way, An artist could build a career around this guitar.
      I play a Wes Montgomery L5 as my Jazz axe. The Elitist Casino is equal in tone and build quality.
      I am so glad I allowed myself to buy the Casino, mine is a gem.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a nice surprise!

      By MusicMan4Jesus

      from Bronx, New York

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

        I usually don't buy guitars made anywhere but the USA (especially with this size price tag) but I took a chance based on reviews I read here and I'm glad I did! This guitar was perfect right out of the box! The quality is outstanding, not a single flaw in the finish. It's as smooth as butter and a joy to play - great action and feel! At the center position the pickups are quiet as a mouse, not even the slightest noise, however, @ the 1 & 3 position there is a slight noise, other than that, the guitar is perfect! A true work of art! Great job to the people @ Epiphone and thanks to Musician's friend for making this an easy purchase with the 18 month payment plan. Also a shout out to their friendly staff!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hard to put away

        By Todd

        from West Virginia

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Personal Pleasure
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

          I saw and heard my first epiphone when I was about 14. Wow! It was older, rough appearing but sounded fantastic. I really started wanting one then. Many years later Musician's Friend gave me the opprtunity to finally own a Casino. Several weeks of contemplation and I took the plunge. NO REGRETS!! Intonation was slightly off, per my local guitar guru, but after he set it up I only wish I could play well enough to do it justice. Absolutely beautiful tone at high and low ends. Plays so sweetly. Easy to chord and the appearance cannot be appreciated from the photos online. I picked mine by serial number and got exactly what I wanted. The quality of the case is equally top notch. The only downside (if you can call it that) is once you start playing it you just don't want to put it away. I just want to keep playing because I'm amazed at how good it makes even me sound! It's just plain fun!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome guitar

          By Surfer Don

          from Mass.

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Impeccible Workmanship

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

            I've owned this guitar for about 4 years now. Perfect out of the box...real nice set up and incredibly powerful pickups..totally love it. The only issue I had was an intermitant selector switch which I changed out...not a big deal considering the quality of this instrument. If you haven't tried it yet ...try flat woud strings on this. I'm using Thomastic Infeld "Jazz" light gauge...I look at this guitar as the perfect rhythm guitar for any type of music. I use my Strat for the huge string bending leads. I would reccomend this guitar highly. When I watch Beatles video of John playing this (I have the natural color too)...it makes my heart sing!!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino

            By dtop

            from Los Angeles

            Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

            I bought this excellent guitar from MF 2 years ago and try as I might, I still have not been able to find a flaw on it. The quality of this instrument even surpasses that of my USA Hamer. The thin rounded neck is the most comfortable one I have found for my rather small hands. Sounds excellent on a clean setting all the way to fairly heavy distortion on my old Fender Superchamp or my son's Mesa Boogie. I have found feedback with distortion is only a problem with certain amps and speaker combinations. Beyond the desire for variety, only two things cause me to need to play my other guitars: It is difficult to reach beyond the 19th fret (thus the 4.5 on features) and there is not enough sustain for certain kinds of solos. If you are a detail oriented, anal retentive type of person you will find that there is a tremendous difference in craftmenship between the Elitist Casino and the regular Casino and for you the Elitist will be worth twice the price. If you are considering a hollowbody electric, check out the Elitist Casino. It is an outstanding guitar.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Better 330 for a Thousand Less

            By CrazyHorseWannaBe-rNewf

            from Boise, ID

            Comments about Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino:

            I love this guitar. I've got the natural finish and put a Bigsby on it. My brother has an original Gibson 330 (the reissues have the Memphis Tone Circutry). We a/b'd them and could not tell the difference sonically. I've got two Gibson Les Pauls and the finish on this guitar is on par with them. Even though it's a laquer finish, it is very fine, not sticky or gummy (like some Fender laquer finishes).The pick-ups sound like real p-90's (not muddy like some other Epiphone p-90's). They are equal distances from the strings, therefore the bridge pick-up does have a slightly lower volume than the neck pick-up. You can either compensate with the volume knobs; use the volume difference to your benefit; or put a couple of small washers underneath the rear pick-up to raise it closer to the strings.A 330 reissue will cost you $2499. Buy this and use the remainder towards a good tube amp. You won't regret it.

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