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Celebrate 50 Years of Epiphone's Classic Casino!

Epiphone brings back the first Casino in celebration of it's 50th anniversary - the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino with a trapeze tailpiece. The new 1961 Anniversary Casino has many features that were discontinued after the first year of production. The result is a classic thatwill be both familiar and totally new even to Casino lovers like Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher and Keith Richards.

Classic Vintage Styling and Unique Features
Introduced in 1961, the original Casino had unique features that ultimately were never offered beyond that first year. These include the pre-Gibson era triangle metal logo badge on the headstock, dot fingerboard inlays, a blank two-ply bullet trussrod cover, a tortoise-colored pickguard with foil "E", and black dog-ear P-90 pickups. Epiphone has faithfully reproduced these features for a one-of-a-kind retro look not found on Casinos produced after 1961. Other attention to detail includes the correct "burst" patterns on front and back, a neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), Wilkinson™ vintage-style tuners with small plastic buttons, and the historically accurate rectangle "blue label" inside the sound hole.

Original Premium Electronics
No detail of the original ’61 Casino has been missed. Since the original Casinos incorporated parts and electronics from the Gibson factory, the 1961 Anniversary Casino has followed the same philosophy. Epiphone has recreated the original black P-90s using a Gibson USA P-90R dog-ear pickup for the neck position and a Gibson USA P-90T at the bridge. Widely known as Gibson's first successful single-coil pickup, these lean and mean P-90's offer a stellar combination of high output and biting treble response. They also feature vintage two-conductor, braided, shielded wiring and black plastic covers. Other electronics faithful to the original Casino include a Switchcraft™ 3-way toggle and 1/4" output jack.

Quality Construction, Hardware and Add-ons
Unlike an ES-335, the Casino is completely hollow which contributes to its unique, signature sound made most famous by the Beatles. The body is made of 5-layer maple/birch with a solid mahogany SlimTaper™ neck. Hardware includes a Tune-O-Matic bridge and a trapeze tailpiece. To top it all off, each 1961 Casino features an original-style hard case with gray exterior and blue plush interior and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

The Casino Story
For the Epiphone Company of 1961, the Casino was a small breakthrough. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, Epiphone no longer made jazz archtops. A new era of music had arrived. Epiphone has made a name for itself by producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments for over 135 years. While models such as Masterbilts, Broadways, Wilshires, Coronets, Emperors and Texans are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably the most famous due to it's close association with the Beatles. The introduction of the Casino was a modern design that merged Epiphone’s history with the best of Gibson electronics. Though from a distance it had the look of an ES-335, the Casino was a true hollowbody, giving players a clear, ringing tone that could be pushed into overdrive when needed. It was an ideal guitar for stage and studio and can be heard on many landmark recordings of the 20th Century including The Beatles’ “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds.” By 1964, the Beatles were stars and when Paul McCartney went shopping for a new guitar that would feed back, he reached for a Casino. John Lennon and George Harrison soon bought their own and used their Casinos on stage and at Abbey Road throughout the band’s career. Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Paul Weller of the Jam, and Liam Gallagher of Oasis are just a few of the players who made great records with Casinos.

As with every Epiphone, it also comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments famous 24/7/265 day Customer Service. Limited Production - Get One While You Can! Production records indicate that only 176 Casino TD's (trapeze) and 153 Casino TDV's (Tremotone) were made in 1961 so if you happen to have an original, you not only have a very rare instrument but a valuable one as well. Today, originals sell for $5,000 or more depending upon condition.

FEATURES
  • 5-layer, laminated maple/burch body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper™ neck profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard wiht pearloid dot inlays
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Gibson USA P-90T bridge single-coil pickup
  • Gibson USA P-90R neck single-coil pickup
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone control
  • 3-way Switchcraft toggle
  • Switchcraft 1/4" output jack
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Nickel hardware
  • Body and fingerboard binding
  • Wilkinson Vintage-style 14:1 ratio tuners
  • Includes vintage hardshell case and numbered certificate of authenticity

So if you don't own one, now's your chance! But don't wait too long. Epiphone is only making a total of 1,961 Anniversary Casinos and once they're gone... they're gone!

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EpiphoneLtd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar
 
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Unlike any other Casino!

Honestly, there just isn't anything to complain about here. I lowered the action and did a truss adjustment, but that's just routine for any new guitar. After buying and selling several guitars over...Read complete review

Honestly, there just isn't anything to complain about here. I lowered the action and did a truss adjustment, but that's just routine for any new guitar. After buying and selling several guitars over the last year or two, I can say with great confidence that this one will be sticking around. With only 1,961 of these made, I'm glad I didn't miss out. Epiphone's best offering yet.
Two Gibson P-90s, two volume, two tone pots, Switchcraft toggle and jack, beautiful grey hardshell case. All your upgrades have been done - it's one of those rare out-of-the-box guitars that just works.
Top notch quality on this one. Beautiful Royal Tan finish, excellent frets, solid construction, with everything screwed down tight and no rattles. 5-ply body feels solid and substantial without excess weight. No neck dive on this baby! Gibson P-90s are the real deal and they sound sublime in a fully hollow guitar. The neck is chunkier than other Casinos, and the 16-fret neck join is unique as well. I can't say enough good things about this guitar, especially at the price. It simply blows the standard Casino out of the water.
It is an extremely fair price when you compare it to anything else like it. Name-brand USA pickups and electronics with a hardshell case? The Inspired by John Lennon has these features, but costs a more.

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A great guitar!

Overall this guitar will be played regularly in my lineup. Fulfills the tone that is craved on so many levels.
The features are what was expected. Versatile tone with a nice light...Read complete review

Overall this guitar will be played regularly in my lineup. Fulfills the tone that is craved on so many levels.
The features are what was expected. Versatile tone with a nice light weight.
The finish is awesome. The truss rod cover was tightened down at the factory with a small piece of debris under it so it was raised a bit on the edge, upon removing the small piece of debris, the truss rod cover, has for the most part, flattened out. I may ask for a replacement cover but really now it's barely noticeable. The intonation needed adjustment (as I found with most new guitars, very rare to get one that doesnt need adjusting) I had to reverse saddle on the G string to get to the correct string length but now it is spot on! The guitar stays in tune very very well and I bend strings a lot and has such a sweet musical sound. Overall the guitar is just gorgeous to look at and the neck is very easy to play, very smooth!
The case if great, not just a cheapo one to get by.
It would be a great value without the included hardshell case. It is one of the best values out there today!

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5.0

flashback in 61 with the 50's feel

By joe moe

from saguenay

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        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        this axe is my main guitar for 2 years now and the more i play it the more i love it ....its a serious blues machine period....i used to own all the popular axes vintage and not....and yes it is a beautiful guitar but the tone is over the top ......5 STARS

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Elegantly Retro

        By Rockin' DB

        from Warrenton, VA

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        This Casino is straight out of a time capsule, like you went to visit old Aunt Minnie, and she pulls this case from under the bed that hasn't seen daylight in 50 years. The finish is beautiful, from the Royal Tan top to the deep brown sides and back. Gold hardware and knobs, black P90s, and the tortoiseshell pickguard add to the aged look. Normally, I'm not a fan of the standard Epi headstock, but with the metal plaque on this one, it looks right. It feels right in my hands, too. It's light, but has good balance. The shape of the body feels good when I play sitting. The neck is just thin enough, but not too thin. Plays easily up to the 17th fret. Sounds great plugged in - P90s are just the best pickups. A true hollowbody, this guitar will feed back more easily than other guitars, but that's a useful effect in the right hands. I see myself playing rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, country, and jazz tunes on this guitar. I'll even try it with songs I would normally reserve for a dreadnaught acoustic. Ultimately, while it harkens back to 1961, this Casino is a keeper until 2061.
        The features of this guitar were set in 1961, but it's still a fantastic guitar today, too. Beautiful woods and finish. Quality hardware from the tuners to the trapeze. P90s are awesome pickups.
        If I held my hand over the headstock, you might think it was an American-made Gibson. Sorry, bud. This proves they're making quality guitars in China now, too. The craftsmanship is excellent. It came out of the case with low action, good intonation, and no fret buzz. The P90s sound great. The tuners are fine. Outside of a setup with heavier strings, this guitar was perfectly playable right from the start.
        I prefer value guitars, which is why I'm a fan of Epiphone. This is my sixth Epi, and easily the nicest one. Epi consistently makes guitars that play better than their price point, and this one is no exception.

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        (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Epiphone Casino 61' Reissue

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        I don't know if I got lucky, but this Casino is better than my elitist and inspired by lennon casino's. Buy this guitar fast before they are gone!
        What a great guitar! The guitar perfect in every way! The workmanship is perfect, the action is incredible, and the intonation is spot on! This guitar is better than the two gibsons I received last month!
        The guitar is perfect in every way!
        The best guitar I have ever owned, and I had many Gibsons & Fenders!

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Unlike any other Casino!

        By OM Flyer

        from Austin, Texas

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        Honestly, there just isn't anything to complain about here. I lowered the action and did a truss adjustment, but that's just routine for any new guitar. After buying and selling several guitars over the last year or two, I can say with great confidence that this one will be sticking around. With only 1,961 of these made, I'm glad I didn't miss out. Epiphone's best offering yet.
        Two Gibson P-90s, two volume, two tone pots, Switchcraft toggle and jack, beautiful grey hardshell case. All your upgrades have been done - it's one of those rare out-of-the-box guitars that just works.
        Top notch quality on this one. Beautiful Royal Tan finish, excellent frets, solid construction, with everything screwed down tight and no rattles. 5-ply body feels solid and substantial without excess weight. No neck dive on this baby! Gibson P-90s are the real deal and they sound sublime in a fully hollow guitar. The neck is chunkier than other Casinos, and the 16-fret neck join is unique as well. I can't say enough good things about this guitar, especially at the price. It simply blows the standard Casino out of the water.
        It is an extremely fair price when you compare it to anything else like it. Name-brand USA pickups and electronics with a hardshell case? The Inspired by John Lennon has these features, but costs a more.

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        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best deal on the web!

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        Best deal on the web!
        Got one of these and it exceeded my expectations in every way. The first thing you will notice is the beautiful case.I put it next to my Gibson Custom Shop case and it blows it away not only in appearance but also the fit and the smoothness of the latches. When you pick it up, you won't believe how light it is.It ways less than my Guild acoustic. Also the neck is much more substantial than the other Casinos. It feels about the same width as my Gibson 335 dot board, maybe not quite as deep, but it's 1 11/16s at the nut.I plugged it in and I was glad I didn't have to upgrade to pro electronics, they're already there! The Gibson P-90s are great sounding and reverse wound in the middle position to eliminate hum. Nice fret job and the finish is superb. Mine is the rare Royal Tan. It's a little less tangerine in person then it looks in the pictures, more of honey burst. Also the yellow in the middle is not to bright or too amber, it almost looks like a 50 year old closet classic. Great deal for a working musician like me!

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Close enough to perfect for me

        By Paul Gabert

        from Sumter , SC

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        No, it's not perfect but, this 61 casino is a great guitar for the sound I've learned I always loved (P90s). It was a no brainer decision to buy this axe over other similarly equipped instruments. It's light, sounds great, looks awesome and is a limited edition with a certificate of authenticity and a well made vintage grey case. The only thing that doesn't come with it unfortunately is skill.
        My royal tan 61 has everything I wanted in a P90 equipped guitar. It's a true hollowbody which is a pleasure to play for extended sessions being less than six pounds. The neck is very playable for someone like me with short stubby fingers. The Gibson P90s sound great even through a little Fender GDEC amp. It has a Switchcraft jack and pickup switch and leaves very little to the imagination for upgrades (maybe a white pickguard or nickel pickup covers). The royal tan finish is really beautiful.
        No guitar is ever perfect and this casino is no exception. One of the f-holes could have been a little cleaner. It appears to have a miniscule piece of debris that was not removed before the finish was applied. The fretboard appears to be unevenly finished in color but is very smooth and all fret work is superb. These are minor quibbles. Everything else on this axe is top notch. This is definitely a keeper.
        These 61 casino reissues are excellent instruments and well worth the price.

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Royal Tan

        By Daniel Roth

        from Arizona

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        Very happy.
        Great features on this product, from the guitar itself to the case. The guitar is different than the normal casino in sound and feel, and I like it. Wider neck, hotter pickups, and seemingly a little lighter. Love that new guitar smell.
        The quality of construction is very good. The only part I would critique is the inside of the f holes are a bit unfinished and the nexk joint is a little ugly. Very small, unseen parts though.
        I think this is a really great value for the money. The casino is a great guitar already and for a little more, guts to have the special electronics and case, it's a bargain.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a great value for the money!

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        A+
        I have the Royal Tan or as I like to refer to it as "Iced Tea Burst" version. I saw both ahead of time and this is just such a cool looking instrument. There are many tobacco sunburst ones out there, you just don't see this finish. It is flawless too! just a beauty to look at upon opening the case. Speaking of the case, wow! A top quality case with great protection, lots of latches and that vintage blue plush liner. The cheap epiphone cases sell for a lot alone and this is way nicer! Cool certificate of authenticity too, hand numbered/1961 made. Think about that too... only 1/3 of the 1961 were Royal Tan... only 653 prodcued in this color!!! True vintage! then holy cow, Gibson USA pickups, the original Epiphone name plate, vintage blue label in the soundhole, accurate color of the back, real electronics, great tuners....on and on I go.
        cant say enough...you should hear her play!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        High Quality Guitar

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

        I'm very pleased with this guitar, I was looking for a high quality hollowbody that is affordable. This hits the mark, very playable, beautiful tone, very light and comfortable to hold. I'm getting some really nice Tom Petty and Beatles tones from this guitar. Mine was numbered in the 1400s out of 1961, so you better grab one now if you want one.
        It's a limited edition reissue hollowbody with Gibson P-90s. It looks different then the other Casinos you can buy. Black pickups, tortoise, shell pick guard, dot inlays, and the old Epiphone logo on the headstock.
        It's very well put together. Nice thin finish, beautiful sunburst color, made in China, but it was clearly made with care, I'm very impressed. It seemed to have decent strings on it, and it was perfectly set up and intonated out of the box. I changed the strings to Gibson reissue 10s and had to re-intonate, and I'll have to reverse the saddle on the G like another reviewer mentioned. Beautiful tone, P-90s are my favorite sounding pickup, they just sound so true and natural, it feels like they bring out the natural character of the guitar.
        Great value for money, it's got the American electrics, and a hard shell case, and it's a limited run of these beautiful guitars. I tried the regular Casino at the local store, but it was missing the solid, well built feeling that this has, and also I would have wanted to change to Gibson P-90s, and would have needed to buy a case too, so right there you're beyond the price differential between this and the regular Casino.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Huge bang for your buck on this one.

        Comments about Epiphone Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 Casino Electric Guitar:

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        I just got mine yesterday and have been playing it quite a bit. I was struck by the care taken in building the instrument. It is made in China but if I were to put it side by side with my Gibson 335 ice tea burst, you could not tell a bit of difference that would justify the difference between them,. The Casino however is a full hollow body and will feedback like a microphone if placed in front of a loud amp but there are also benefits to the sound of a full hollow body. I would have to give this one an A+. It comes with a very nice hard shell case and a very well made guitar for this price. I am glad that I chose to get it. Mine is the Royal Tan color and is really beautiful.

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