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Epiphone John Lennon 1965 Casino Electric Guitar  

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The Epiphone John Lennon 1965 Casino Electric Guitar has a heritage as fascinating as the man whose name it bears. In 1966, during the recording of R...Click To Read More About This Product

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An exacting reproduction of the original!

The Epiphone John Lennon 1965 Casino Electric Guitar has a heritage as fascinating as the man whose name it bears. In 1966, during the recording of Revolver, John Lennon and George Harrison acquired sunburst Epiphone Casino guitars. John was taken by his new guitar and made it his main axe from that point on, using several different versions over the ensuing years. In cooperation with Yoko Ono, Epiphone introduces 2 Limited Edition Lennon Casino guitars. The '65 Casino is a reproduction of the original guitar John purchased with its sunburst finish and stock hardware. In 1968, John had his Casino sanded down to bare wood and finished with a thin, dull coat of lacquer. He first used this "natural" Casino in "The White Album" sessions of '68. The John Lennon Revolution Casino is a reproduction of this stripped guitar as it remains today, featuring one coat of lacquer, gold Grover tuners, and the pickguard removed. A combined total of 1,965 of these individually hand-numbered, historic guitars have been produced, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each goes to the BMI Foundation for the John Lennon Scholarship Fund which supports music education. Limited lifetime warranty. Epiphone includes a hardshell case with the '65 John Lennon Casino Electric Guitar.

  • Mid-'60s Kalamazoo tooling specs
  • Body wood: 5-layer maple/birch ply
  • Spruce top contour bracing, original spacing, and depths
  • One-piece mahogany neck with 14 degree grain orientation for maximum strength
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearloid parallelogram inlays
  • Stamped with John's original serial number and an individually hand-numbered label inside
  • Oversize original-style headstock
  • Nickel-plated, "dog-eared" P-90 pickup covers with original pole spacing
  • Switchcraft 3-way toggle with old-style black washer
  • Nickel Gotoh "Kluson-style" machine heads
  • Vintage sunburst nitro cellulose finish, hand-buffed
  • Original shape 3-ply pickguard with aluminum foil E logo

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By MichaelELennon

from New York City, NY

I am a Beatlemaniac and I originally thought that this guitar (the Casino in general) was nothing special. Now I find myself dead wrong! Months later, I started to get tired of my Epiphone G-400, and fell in love with the John Lennon '65 Casino. I had to try it, so I went to the music store to try it:THE BEST GUITAR EVERThe neck is comfortable and feels smooth (or plays smooth), so it's (very) easy to play riffs that are normally hard on other guitars (esp. on my G400). It looks AMAZING!!! PERFECT recreation of John's actual '65 Casino! The sound is perfect for anything (any style, any song)! It sounds amazing even when it's not plugged into an amp. Although I must admit it's a bit overpriced, it's John Lennon, it's [the] perfect [guitar], and it's worth it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


John Lennon 1965 Epiphone Casino

By Beatles7962

from Pleasent Valley, NY

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I truly love this guitar. I love the sound of it. Especially when George Harrison and John Lennon used it in a lot of their recordings. Like Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and the White Album. This guitar can have a nice fuzz tone, if you fool around with the tone controls. John Lennon really loved this guitar. He used it from 1966 all the way through the early 70's Beatle recordings. Besides the sound and looks, I really like the natural sunburst. I want to thank Yoko Ono to cooperate with the production of this limited edition guitar. The Beatles were really the people who influenced me to music. Especially John Lennon. I always wanted to meet him but he left this world so soon, just because of an idiotic gunman. Anyway, this guitar overall, is one of my favorite guitars and I would strongly recommend this guitar to someone who wants a Beatles sound or just a beautiful guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Sinatraa

from florida

I am always very skeptical about buying something that is not original. So I have always stayed away from reissues but I have to say I?m LOVIN' this guitar. I'm not crazy about the sticker on the headstock that says assembled in USA but you can tell that Epiphone has done there homework on this guitar, it plays beautiful. I gave it 9 out of 10 because I never played an original 1965.I would be interested in knowing more about the production of this guitar if someone would post it. Peace out!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Absolutely an amazing guitar

By Casino5585

from Michigan

This is definitely my favorite of the three electric guitars I own (I also on a strat and a Rickenbacker) because it is just so comfortable and so much fun to play. It can have a beautiful warm tone when played clean, but it can also really scream when you have some distortion on it (think of the opening to "Revolution"). Like other 335-style guitars, it can sometimes feed back, but when you play it you realize it really isn't all that bad. Visually it is also an awesome guitar, espescially with the special edition case (how pimp is that pink interior?). This really is a great guitar and for anybody thinking seriously about buying one, I strongly suggest you do. It will change your life forever.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


An Unjustly Unsung Guitar

By KDHodges

from Nashville, TN

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It's a shame this guitar isn't more widely known outside its association with The Beatles. Like many, perhaps, I had assumed that the Casino was a low budget alternative to the ES-335 or some other Gibson. Having owned a couple of 335's and found them to be sort of clunky, I hadn't thought of purchasing a Casino - until I picked one up one day on a whim. I was immediately struck by the comparative lightness of the instrument and the narrowness of the neck, which makes fretting a dream. The next thing that impressed me was the wide range of tones that are possible on the guitar. The pickups are quieter than the average single coil pickups - kind of in between single coils and humbuckers (I don't get along with humbuckers as they put me in mind of '70's arena rock). It's versatile, in a word.I've probably owned 20 electric guitars in my lifetime - Strats, Teles, PRS, etc. - but I've never been so attached to one that I didn't eventually let it go when I got in a money crunch. I knew I'd never sell this guitar after the first week I had it.


1965 John Lennon Casino

By Johnny Firecracker

from Hattiesburg Mississippi

Almost fourty years ago I purchased my first guitar, it was the Epiphone Casino. It was sweet, it was sassy, it was everything a sixteen year old want to be rock & roll star needed tolearn on. The action was soft and easy to fret, the sound was so very sweet and it was all in all a beautiful guitar. A few years went by and I sold her, later to deeply regret, many times through the years I've thought about trying to find one just like it and just this year when my ten year old daughter told me she wanted me to teach her how to play the guitar I started looking again, really looking this time. My search took me to E-Bay and there it was the John Lennon Casino. We, my daughter and I, have this wonderful guitar, my daughter is learning with amazing speed, just as I did, we both love playing this magnificient guitar and know that it will bring hours upon hour of pleasure to us through mine and her lifetime. It's really neat that my daughter can learn on the same guitar that I learned on. It is the same guitar, the same quality is there in every way, and this guitar WILL cause sever Beatlemania. GET IT, PLAY IT, LOVE IT.


cool guitar

By Gene-2X6cN

from Yorktown Va.

I have quite a few guitars and this one is my fave, it plays great and sounds way too cool, great workmanship, ease of play, what else is there? In the electric guitar world its a dream.



By Sgtpeppernyc

from New York City

Amazing sound, playability, beautiful. Only problem is that the case isn't very durable.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Every Sound There Is

By Harvey Canter

from Tarzana, CA

This is a beautiful-looking guitar, with a great tobacco burst and lovely woods. It plays easily and smoothly, and is very light, unlike a 335. As a semi-acoustic guitar, it has a wonderful, warm tone that sounds good unplugged, too. I find that it lacks sustain and decay on single notes, and that the pickups are a bit harsh on single notes, but maybe that is my playing or the settings I use. For rhythm playing it is really great, and that is the tool that John used it for. I got this for a great price as a Blem item a couple of years ago, as it has a little finish scuff by the neck pick-up. Also, when I got it, the factory setup was terrible, but once the action and the pickups were adjusted, it was a whole new world. The guitar did not come with the right case, the certificate, or the special picks, also part of the Blem deal, I guess. I was able to get one of the cases, but could not get a new certificate from MF or Epiphone, and I find that to be pretty bush-league in terms of customer relations. But, overall, the guitar is really great and a great, sentimental thing to have, to keep the dream alive.

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