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Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar   

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Based on a legendary axe that made music history.

This Epiphone Casino is a historical collection model inspired by John Lennon's 1965 Casino electric guitar he used on most Beatles recording sessions until The White Album and Let It Be sessions. It has all the classic appointments and hardware including a double-cutaway hollowbody, Tribute P-90 pickups, parallelogram fingerboard inlays, vintage tuners with small buttons, and a trapeze tailpiece.

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FEATURES
  • Body: 5-ply maple/birch
  • Top: 5-ply maple
  • Neck: Set, mahogany
  • Neck profile: Slim taper
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Fingerboard radius: 14"
  • Inlays: Parallelogram
  • Binding: Single-ply on body and neck
  • Pickups: 2 Gibson USA Tribute P-90 single-coils (P-90T bridge and P-90R neck)
  • Controls: Vol/Vol/Tone/Tone with 3-way toggle selector switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
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EpiphoneInspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW On All Counts

I've wanted this guitar since it came out, being the Beatles fan that I am. Musician's Friends 20% coupon made me order now! What I didn't expect was the Fast Free shipping. I...Read complete review

I've wanted this guitar since it came out, being the Beatles fan that I am. Musician's Friends 20% coupon made me order now! What I didn't expect was the Fast Free shipping. I ordered Thursday afternoon, and had it in my hands Tuesday morning.
Now for the details:
I play rhythm and bass, retired from bands, I play for myself and do a little home recording and guitar repair as a hobby.
Out of the box this guitar played OK. Neck relief was .015. String height at 12th fret was .094 to .078 low to high. Nut height was .035 to .020 low to high.
I left the neck alone but lowered string height at the bridge and nut, as well as made minor intonation adjustments (it was close as is)
The nut had some sharp edges that I touched up with 600 grit sandpaper and cleaned the grooves with nut files.
I have not adjusted the pickup height yet, as I like the sound as is. Though I tend to start with Gibson specs and fine tune from there on all adjustments so I may tweak them later.
Like most guitar players I try to get the action as low as possible with out buzzes. With this guitar from out of box to now, only small minor adjustments were needed to satisfy me.
The only negative would be the protective plastic film and stickers I had to remove. Though Epiphone made that easy, and left little if no residue behind.
This is a very well built quality instrument in every way, that came shipped in a very nice quality hard shell case.
I was also impressed with the acoustic volume and sound unplugged, great for practicing anywhere.
Through an amp I was worried about feedback due to the hollow body, but none so far, even with distortion and high volume, trying to learn "Revolution" of course!
To sum it all up, I Love This Guitar!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A diamond in the rough.

It looked great and sounded sort of "meh" at first, but when I performed an excruciatingly difficult set-up on it, the guitar's tone shined thru. Its classic 60's vibe...Read complete review

It looked great and sounded sort of "meh" at first, but when I performed an excruciatingly difficult set-up on it, the guitar's tone shined thru. Its classic 60's vibe can't be beat. Here are a few major gripes though: the upper frets (16th to last) went dead the moment I lowered string action. Tried leveling and dressing them up but nothing worked. I found out that the fret board was the problem as it was slightly raised near the neck pickup! Everywhere else on the fret board was straight, flat and played fine. As if that wasn't enough trouble, the neck pickup decided to die after 2 weeks out of the shop I bought it from. Ah that "superior" Gibson quality's done it again (Have a Gibson LP Studio with an intonation screw that fell off). :) Been the owner of quite a number of electric guitars and this is the first time I've encountered a dead pickup. It sounds ok now and then, but it's dead half the time I'd like to make music. The guitar's back in the store for repairs due to faulty electronics. The only great thing about owning a lemon like this is (a John Lemon, LOL), the IBJL line's been discontinued. Never using this live, but as a John Lennon fan, its commemorative value's still off the roof. :)

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(15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice

By John Rutenberg

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Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

i have had two Casino Elisits and returned them for inferior craftsmanship. I have a 2008 Gibsone LP Standard and it seems to have been assembled by the folks reposible for the Elitists I returned. Very let down by Gibson.

The JL Casino is markedly better and remarkable for the fit and finish. Tone delivers. Don't be fooled. This thing can go way beyond The Beatles.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Fair Priced Lennon Recreation

By Lennon Fan

from California

Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar! I own many Gibsons and this Casino puts most of them to shame. The Gibson USA Tribute P90's is a welcome addition. I play it out of a Vox AC30 and it recreates those Beatles tones perfectly. It is very light weight and even sounds great unplugged. Anyone who is a Beatles fan and doesn't want to put out the money for the actual Revolution, or 1965 models can't go wrong with this Inspired By John Lennon guitar. You won't be disappointed.

(14 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Axe but not the same as the John Lennon

By Blues girl

from Cape Cod

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Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I own the Masterbuilt Casino, the Inspired by JL, a stock Casino, and the real John Lennon NOS Casino that was made in the Gibson Custom shop (parts were made in Japan on the original Kalamazoo machinery after Yoko Ono allowed Epiphone access to his guitar to take as many crucial measurements as possible (and has the same serial # as John's Casino). I just ordered the 50th anniversary with the tremelo (this is very close to George Harrison's Casino). I bought the inspired by Casino in the revolution finish because my Lennon Casino is the NOS version. The first release with the Lennon serial # is by far the best of all of them and was priced that way, The inspired by isn't even close but a good guitar in it's own rite. Still it is a really good buy. The Elitist is an excellent guitar however it doesn't sound much like the Lennon guitars but it is a really well made guitar and has it's own tone that is closer to modern than vintage guitars. The big surprise is the new 50th Anniversary Casino with it's version of the 61 cosmetics and vintage tone, it is also the least costly except for the stock Casino's The Inspired by is not even close to a John Lennon Casino and I doubt it will be collectable but it is a decent compromise and fine for a gig or to just play more authentic sounding Beatles music and at this price I don't freak out at every dent or scratch.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value for less than the Elite version...

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

My wife got me this for my b-day. What a nice guitar! I got the natural one - with the later look Lennon version with the stripped off natural finish and gold Grover tuners in place of the vintage ones. The tuners are better than the standard tuners - but they are gold and all the rest of the hardware (bridge, pickup covers, strap buttons) are chrome so they don't match. But - that's how Lennon's looked after he had it stripped. I love it but it may bother some. The pick guard is NOT on it but they do include it in the case if you want to put it on. I prefer to keep the natural finish uncovered. The P90s are great - real Gibson P90s instead of the usual ones on the standard Casinos. THey sound a bit punchier and hotter and I think they are Alnico IIs but not 100% sure. Very smooth and great for blues and classic rock-n-roll. I love the flat, matte finish. It's almost like bare wood but with just enough to keep it from getting dirty. You pretty much can't use any kind of cleaner on it as it would mess with the finish. The included case is really sturdy and lined with an olive green velveteen material - very classy. It's the nicest case I've seen other than Gibson cases. Comes with the wrench for truss rod and a manual and the pick guard and a few other goodies. It has "Inspired by John Lennon" on the back of the headstock in gold and a small original Lennon drawing under that also in gold. Very nice and not too large - just enough to make it authentic. I give this one a 5 all across the board. Good job Epiphone!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A solid member of my collection

By Bevan-P4P_o

from Atlanta, GA

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Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Though I haven't picked this guitar up in a while, I have no intentions of letting go of it. As my preferences change, some of my gear tends to come and go. This one's a keeper, if only because I like to play a hollowbody from time to time. The natural resonance reduces the need for reverb, and it's fun to have a variety of tonal options on hand. Mine came with a white pickguard, which I removed to honor the instrument's namesake. If John Lennon didn't want a pickguard on his, I certainly can't have one on mine! I understand he liked his Casino so much he had it refinished, revealing the natural wood grain. Go figure. But it's a cool axe, and I enjoy it very much.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW On All Counts

By Winoco

from Wisconsin

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Too Minor To Mention

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I've wanted this guitar since it came out, being the Beatles fan that I am. Musician's Friends 20% coupon made me order now! What I didn't expect was the Fast Free shipping. I ordered Thursday afternoon, and had it in my hands Tuesday morning.
Now for the details:
I play rhythm and bass, retired from bands, I play for myself and do a little home recording and guitar repair as a hobby.
Out of the box this guitar played OK. Neck relief was .015. String height at 12th fret was .094 to .078 low to high. Nut height was .035 to .020 low to high.
I left the neck alone but lowered string height at the bridge and nut, as well as made minor intonation adjustments (it was close as is)
The nut had some sharp edges that I touched up with 600 grit sandpaper and cleaned the grooves with nut files.
I have not adjusted the pickup height yet, as I like the sound as is. Though I tend to start with Gibson specs and fine tune from there on all adjustments so I may tweak them later.
Like most guitar players I try to get the action as low as possible with out buzzes. With this guitar from out of box to now, only small minor adjustments were needed to satisfy me.
The only negative would be the protective plastic film and stickers I had to remove. Though Epiphone made that easy, and left little if no residue behind.
This is a very well built quality instrument in every way, that came shipped in a very nice quality hard shell case.
I was also impressed with the acoustic volume and sound unplugged, great for practicing anywhere.
Through an amp I was worried about feedback due to the hollow body, but none so far, even with distortion and high volume, trying to learn "Revolution" of course!
To sum it all up, I Love This Guitar!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!

By Still rockin' at middle age

from Mason, Ohio

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Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

It is a beauty!! Not only for the eyes, also for the ears!!! Plug or unplugged sounds beautiful. I have been playing it through my CyberChamp and it is just heaven. Got it about 2 weeks ago and I have not played any other guitar in my collection (Les Paul, Strat, acoustic-electrics). Comfortable neck, better than my LP Studio, yet my Strat has a better neck. Beautiful tone, bluesy scent. Light weight. Always wanted a semi-hollow/hollow guitar yet did not want to spend a lot of $$$. Still not a bargain, yet," all worth it!!!Played it straight out of the box. It still has the ""new wood"" smell. The case is great! I did not install the pickguard (why ruin its looks!!).
For the money.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not just for Beatles songs!

By Lucasf89

from Winston-Salem, NC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I grabbed one of these in Vintage burst in a trade, not because I'm a Lennon fan(although I am,) but because I love the tone of hollow and semi-hollow guitars. I've owned many Epiphones and Gibsons, and I can always tell where Epi is cutting corners with the workmanship. This is not so much the case here, these are USA Gibson pickups and electronics and it shows. The only thing I would caution is that the fret access past the 16th fret or so gets a little difficult, so if you want to play lots of high notes, you may want to get a 335/Dot/Sheraton. This guitar sounds full and fat, but will also do the 60's jangle just fine!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Affordable Quality with Beatles tones.

    By Rory

    from Kailua, Hawaii

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Usa Made P-90s

    Cons

    • Slight bridge buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I have been a huge Beatle fan since I was a child of the 60s and have always wanted a Casino Guitar but have never had the chance to buy one. All my other Guitars are American made which is what I prefer.
    I decided to take a chance on this medium priced
    Chinese made guitar. I usually never buy a guitar unless I play it and it speaks to me. Plus this guitar was being sold used at a discount. After ordering it I wondered why someone would have returned it. When I opened it up and gave it the first strum all my fears went away. It was as new, still having the plastic covering over some of the hardware. The neck and action was great although I lowered it even further. The sanded down finish gives this guitar an awesome tone and easy play feel. It feels like an old guitar that has seen lots of gigs in past years. It almost seems like this guitar came preprogrammed with the Beatles songs installed. I played songs I haven't played
    in 20 years and they had that authentic Beatles
    tone. Sure I would rather have a vintage 60s Casino made in USA but those are $3000-$5000.
    I am totally happy with my new Casino for the price. I fixed the slight bridge buzz by installing a Gibson Nashville Tune-o-matic.

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Haymon

    By Nick Moran

    from Vero Beach Florida

    Comments about Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I love my Inspired By Lennon Epiphone
    Awsome ,Grover Tuners,USA Tribute P-90 pickups
    I am amazed at the Quaility, I can't find anything wrong with this guitar, I've been playing for over 40 yrs lead-Rythem -and sing, I set up my own guitar's to my spec's . I had a Gibson ES 335 (sold it), the Casino seems just as good , I like it more and play it more (MORE Fun), I also have a USA Deluxe Fender Stat, and a USA Deluxe Fender Ash Tele, I play Gigs With these 3 the Strat-Tele- Casino, I love all 3, This Casino adds a hold new demention to our band, Shipped to me From the Memphis Asembly Plant (same place my es335 was sent from). I refuse to play Crappy Guitars
    Thank you Epiphone for making This one
    Great Value

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