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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 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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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3.0

A diamond in the rough.

By Doc Don

from Manila, Philippines

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

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

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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5.0

My first hollowbody

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By Paul

from Palatine Il

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

Got a great price from MF that I could not pass up. Guitar had no issues beyond the fret buzz. Being a novice, not sure about the string height but I got rid of the fret buzz. Fun to play. May bring it in and have it set up by a pro down the line.

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4.0

Great guitar - will need a setup

By Beatles player

from Golden, CO

About Me Experienced

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

Really nice guitar - a faithful and accurate copy of what Lennon played from Revolver on. As a true hollow-body, it is lighter and more comfortable to play than a semi-hollow like the Gibson ES-335. Nice balance on the strap.

Since the body attaches at the 14th fret, this is not a good guitar for screaming leads, but that wasn't Lennon's deal anyway. Nice controls, nice Grover tuners. The pickups are LOUD!

Good news: got a great price here as the model was being discontinued. Bad news: the as-delivered setup was awful. The intonation on the A string was so bad that the instrument was unplayable for barre chords beyond the 5th fret or so. Easily fixed, but just be aware that it will need to be done.

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5.0

Buy this guitar. It will inspire you!!

By Danny D.

from Waretown NJ

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
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    I bought the natural and cannot put it down.
    Set up right out of the box. I just lowered the bridge a little to taste.
    Finish is absolutely perfect. Feel is amazing. I have had Gibson 335, 347 and Epi DOT and Sheraton. This one blows them ALL away. Grab one while they are still available. It will sing to you.

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    5.0

    Satisfied with purchase

    By MS blues guy

    from Mississippi delta

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      I primarily play for my own enjoyment. I have been collecting both electric and acoustic guitars (Gibson, Fender, Martin, Taylor) for many years. The Epi Casino (Lennon) was my first hollow bodied electric, and I have been extremely pleased with everything about the guitar...price included. It has become a favorite. It is fun to play and I love the sound coming out of my Peavey Delta Blues amp.

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      5.0

      A Great Guitar...With a Great History

      By Kennedy 51

      from Chihuahua,Chih. Mexico

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        I want to say first, thank you Musicians Friend for your attentions; when I decided to buy a Epiphone Casino H. Sunburst Inspired by Mr. John Lennon, I discovered and I had the luck to find a used guitar Level 1 cheaper than the new, but the same quality. I live in Chihuahua,Chih. Mexico and I had to ship this guitar to El Paso Texas to a House's friend, en then she carry my item to Chihuahua one week later, so; I have my guitar since sunday March 30-2014. And... Iam very happy with my "NEW" guitar and I hope to buy other items soon. Thank You Alan James for your help and I hope to call You again and resolve my questions.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My IbJL Casino

        By Sam the Guitar Man

        from Buffalo,NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Case Quality
        • Fret And Nut Dressing

        Best Uses

        • Getting Re-inspired
        • Jamming
        • Live Play
        • Recording

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

        A sight to behold and a joy to play! USA made P90's offer a wide palette of tones. Musically clean to nice and gnarley (with a slightly overdriven amp). And then there's the vibe ! Only complaint is with fret and nut dressing. Although frets are dressed, they're still rather rough on the ends. And the corners of the nut are not rounded at all. Very sharp as your hand comes up against it. My case, although very sharp looking in gloss black tolex has several spots on the top cover where it's obvious some pieces of debris were covered & glued over with the tolex.
        Neither issue is of long term consequence but with a thousand buck guitar, you look a bit harder. All & all I'm very happy with the Casino and would highly recommend this version.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        guitar finish

        By j.c.

        from wharton, texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Finish Is Really Poor
        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        guitar finish not equal to the price range of the guitar

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By bmeg2000

        from Penfield, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I owned a Gibson ES-330 (cherry red) from 1968 to 1999 when I sold it to a collector. Since then I bought a Les Paul, Telecaster and a Strat. But something was missing ... until I bought this guitar. It brought back all the memories of playing ... the wonderful sound ... the feel. It has become my favorite guitar. Epiphone did a great job with this Casino.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really Impressed!

          By Hammer

          from Roseville, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Classic Rock

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

            Really happy with this purchase. I don't even care much for the Beatles but this is a great Blues guitar. I started with the entry level Casino and was not pleased with the set up or sound. Returned it and got the Inspired by version and it is a great guitar. Set up is spot on, guitar looks and sounds great. Love the Grover tuners and Gibson P90s. Feedback can be an issue but I am embracing it!

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