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The Epiphone Casino is a hollow body electric guitar that has been in production by Epiphone since 1958. The Epiphone Casino features a laminated maple body, back and sides with two dog eared Alnico P-90 pickups, 25 1/2" scale length and parallelogram inlays on a rosewood fretboard.

Unlike the Gibson ES-335 and other similar semi-hollow bodies, the Epiphone Casino is a true hollow-body guitar without the normal center block usually found in thin-line guitars. The hollow body does tend to feedback more, but some musicians consider this more of a feature of the guitar than a drawback.

The Epiphone Casino gained prominence when in 1964 The Beatles began using the Casino on their records and in live concerts. Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison all used the Epiphone Casino guitar.

The standard version currently produced by Epiphone is considered to be very near to the original Casinos produced during the 1950s and 1960s in terms of construction. Early versions of the Casino had five laminated layers of maple, birch, maple, birch, and maple. Today they are produced with five layer all maple laminated wood. Production of the Epiphone Casino shifted to Japan in 1969 where some say quality suffered. In 1983 production moved to Korea where production was contracted to other companies like Samick, who produced the guitar for Epiphone. Up until recently most Epiphone Casinos came out of Korea, however recently production has shift again to China where Epiphone owns a factory. The current pricing does make the Epiphone Casino an affordable guitar for the aspiring musician.

Epiphone also produces a higher quality version called the Epiphone Elitist Casino and a John Lennon version called the Epiphone John Lennon 1965 Casino. For a brief time in 2006 Epiphone released a limited edition Epiphone Casino with a Bigsby Vibrato.

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Street Price: $599.00 / MSRP: $1,042.00

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  • Great P90 Tones in a Hollowbody Guitar

  • By Brian on Jun 10, 2009 | 23 out of 24 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Affordable price for a hollowbody, decent fit and finish
  • Cons: Cheaper parts, tuners tend to slip - can be a little tone thick
  • Experience: I own it
  • I bought a used Epiphone Casino off Craigslist for $425. It came in excellent shape and after ch...

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Hardware: Chrome
Scale: 25.5"
Nut Width: 1.68"
Neck: Mahogany
Neck Joint: Set
Fretboard and Inlay: Rosewood, Parallelogram
Binding: On the body and neck
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Top: Laminated Maple
Finishes: Cherry, Natural, Vintage Sunburst
Neck Pickup: Alnico V P-90
Bridge Pickup: Alnico V P-90
Tailpiece: Trapeze
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