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Vedt
10-01-2011, 12:28 PM
I've been a Tele player all my life, and owned a Epiphone Casino for a few months about 4 years ago. I'll never leave my Tele, but I've been wanting to add a semi-hollowbody guitar to my arsenal for a while. My dream guitar would be a Gibson ES-335, but I don't have that kind of money right now. So I'm looking for another option below $1,000.

Has anyone here owned both a Gretsch G5120 and Casino? If so, any advice on how they compare?

TunaNugget
10-01-2011, 12:31 PM
I've been a Tele player all my life, and owned a Epiphone Casino for a few months about 4 years ago. I'll never leave my Tele, but I've been wanting to add a semi-hollowbody guitar to my arsenal for a while. My dream guitar would be a Gibson ES-335, but I don't have that kind of money right now. So I'm looking for another option below $1,000.

Has anyone here owned both a Gretsch G5120 and Casino? If so, any advice on how they compare?

I don't have a Casino, but a 5120 is a full hollowbody, not semi.

BigPapiFan
10-01-2011, 12:51 PM
The more you spend on a guitar that you don't really want, the farther you are away from the one that you do.

Theo413
10-01-2011, 12:52 PM
Gretsch all the way! I had a 5120 and sold it....regret it every day. I've played the Epis and they just don't feel the same. Hard to explain, I guess you just have to play both and find out...

Git-fiddle guy
10-01-2011, 12:55 PM
Gretsch 5120 owner. I played the Epiphones and the Gretsch. Gretsch won hands dow. The 5120 is a full hollowbody! Good luck. Russ

OM Flyer
10-01-2011, 01:17 PM
I'm digging the 50th Anniversary '61 Casino a lot. You owe it to yourself to play one before you decide.

Waxhead
10-01-2011, 10:42 PM
I've been a Tele player all my life, and owned a Epiphone Casino for a few months about 4 years ago. I'll never leave my Tele, but I've been wanting to add a semi-hollowbody guitar to my arsenal for a while. My dream guitar would be a Gibson ES-335, but I don't have that kind of money right now. So I'm looking for another option below $1,000.

Has anyone here owned both a Gretsch G5120 and Casino? If so, any advice on how they compare?

I've played several of both - not even close.
No criticism of the casino inferred but .....
Electromatics are THE best value for money mid priced guitars available today ;)

John Thigpen
10-02-2011, 01:09 AM
I don't have a Casino, but a 5120 is a full hollowbody, not semi.

The Casino is a full hollowbody as well. It does not have a centerblock like a 335.

ballynally
10-02-2011, 03:33 AM
Gretsch all the way! I had a 5120 and sold it....regret it every day. I've played the Epis and they just don't feel the same. Hard to explain, I guess you just have to play both and find out...

I tried 4 different 5120s and didn't like them, even though they looked good and i really wanted to like them.As opposed to above poster i didn't get a good feel off it. Goes to show that yes, you really have to try yourself. I eventually went for an Epi ES295 with upgraded hardware. These are full hollow bodied guitars. The Epi Casino is a Gibson ES330 copy. I have one made in Japan in 1994 and it's very good (semi hollow). Other lower spec ones are not great imo. Overall, the Epi P90s are pretty good, contrary to their humbuckers. Have a listen to my Epi Casino on www.soundcloud.com/ballynally (http://www.soundcloud.com/ballynally), played through Fender Vibroverb 63RI and Traynor (DR clone). Other Epis to consider are the ES335 copies

ballynally
10-02-2011, 03:37 AM
The Casino is a full hollowbody as well. It does not have a centerblock like a 335.

No, it's about half as thick. No centreblock. it's based on a ES330

Joe L
10-02-2011, 04:33 AM
I tried 4 different 5120s and didn't like them, even though they looked good and i really wanted to like them.As opposed to above poster i didn't get a good feel off it. Goes to show that yes, you really have to try yourself. I eventually went for an Epi ES295 with upgraded hardware. These are full hollow bodied guitars. The Epi Casino is a Gibson ES330 copy. I have one made in Japan in 1994 and it's very good (semi hollow). Other lower spec ones are not great imo. Overall, the Epi P90s are pretty good, contrary to their humbuckers. Have a listen to my Epi Casino on www.soundcloud.com/ballynally (http://www.soundcloud.com/ballynally), played through Fender Vibroverb 63RI and Traynor (DR clone). Other Epis to consider are the ES335 copies

I own an Epi ES 295, in addition to high end guitars (Gibsons , Heritage & Fenders) . Great fit, finish, playbility and tone. I also made a couple of hardware uprades ( tuners, rollerbridge) and could not be happy. I also have a friend who bought an Epi Casino and think its a very nice guitar also. I did tried the newer 5120 Gretch which I could not bond with. In the end it all comes down to personal preference.

blind radish
10-02-2011, 06:21 AM
excellent advice for us ALL :bow

The more you spend on a guitar that you don't really want, the farther you are away from the one that you do.

TJNies
10-02-2011, 06:33 AM
Like the OP, I'm mainly a Tele player, but wanted something hollow (or semi), and would also love a reall 335, but couldn't spend the necessary dough.

I settled on a Korean-era Epi DOT. It had a couple of upgrades (bridge, pickups), and I later changed out the wiring harness. That last upgrade madea huge difference, sounds a pretty close to the real 335. Now, the feel of the guitar isn't quite there, but I'll certainly live with it!

Rhomco
10-02-2011, 03:23 PM
May I suggest the Gretsch Electromatic 5122. The thinline , double cutaway somewhat like the 5120. They share the same humbucker pickups and wiring harness and sound very good. Easy conversion to Gretsch Filtertrons and walla...... your in the old school Gretsch house for sure.
Rob
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losergeek
10-02-2011, 03:43 PM
I have the Gretsch g5122 dc double cutaway and my wife has a casino - the 5122 is closer to a casino than the 5120 because the body is a half inch thinner - still a little thicker than the casino, but it's close. Personally I prefer the Gretsch - fit and finish is a little higher in my opinion and the neck on the casino feels a little light and plasticky to me. Both really nice guitars though

Black Squirrel
10-02-2011, 03:46 PM
I have owned 2 of each, I found the Chinese Made casino to be a Better all around guitar. The Gretsch was slightly better then OK. and I found the pickups to be terrible. The stock epi pickups are ok but not great. I have an epiphone "Inspired" By John lennon casino it has USA p'ups and its better on all fronts.