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Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino Natural  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 in Japan with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry—-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.


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

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
  • Includes case

You may love your guitar but you'll love this one more. Step up to an Epiphone Elite today.

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EpiphoneElitist 1965 Casino
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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    (38)

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    (7)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    5.0

    Hard to put away

    By Todd

    from West Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    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!

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      5.0

      Awesome guitar

      By Surfer Don

      from Mass.

      About Me Experienced

      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!!!

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        (2 of 2 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!

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        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Beautiful craftsmanship only

        By Beatle Fan

        from Shreveport, La.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Elegant and very effective pro-level

        By Boz Snark aka Dr. R Harkrader

        from Detroit, Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

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        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Perfect Hollow Body Guitar

        By TKHIGGS

        from Center Point, AL

        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.

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        (7 of 11 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.

        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.

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        (3 of 4 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

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        (2 of 5 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.

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        (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice guitar from Epiphone

        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.

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