A $12,500.00 Epiphone Casino - Really?

ewheel

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Guys,
I've been looking around for a Casino and noticed these special runs on the Epiphone website which are limited to the Japan market only. Cool, I thought - just like the limited edition Lennon and Revolution Casinos from a few years back.

One popped up on Ebay and I was astounded at the price the guy is asking.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Epiphone-70th-Anniv-Commemorative-John-Lennon-casino-/180617846929?pt=Guitar&hash=item2a0da9a091

I decided to check out some Japanese guitar sites and found that they are advertising the price at 770,000 yen, which converts to roughly $9500.00. Seeing this makes me realize that a used '65 or Revolution from the first limited run would be a steal if I could find one. I've played an Elitist Casino and aside from the dipped in plastic feel, it was a really nice playing and sounding guitar. Even those are pushing $1800 though! :dunno
 

danelectro

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Why the hell would you buy one of those when you can get the real thing for $5K???? That's like spending $800,000 on a commemorative 'Burst replica.
 

DGDGBD

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For that much it should come with a fur coat.
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Guys,
I've been looking around for a Casino and noticed these special runs on the Epiphone website which are limited to the Japan market only. Cool, I thought - just like the limited edition Lennon and Revolution Casinos from a few years back.

One popped up on Ebay and I was astounded at the price the guy is asking.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Epiphone-70th-Anniv-Commemorative-John-Lennon-casino-/180617846929?pt=Guitar&hash=item2a0da9a091

I decided to check out some Japanese guitar sites and found that they are advertising the price at 770,000 yen, which converts to roughly $9500.00. Seeing this makes me realize that a used '65 or Revolution from the first limited run would be a steal if I could find one. I've played an Elitist Casino and aside from the dipped in plastic feel, it was a really nice playing and sounding guitar. Even those are pushing $1800 though! :dunno
 
M

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Crazy. The Elitists are all the Casino anyone needs, IMO, but I don't much go for signature models, anyway.
 

seth3

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Best part is that price is that, in a video on Youtube, he called his own Casino "bloody crippling" when he screwed up a take.
 

bluegrif

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It never ceases to amaze me when people will spend way, way too much just because the guitar is associated with a famous musician. Come on. It's a guitar. If you have 4 figures to spend on a Casino, buy a vintage original. Or if it were me, I'd spend way less and buy the nearly identical Gibson ES-330 from the same period. Either guitar is very nice, but since John and Paul had Casinos, the prices are higher. So if I wanted a fully hollow thinline with P90s, built in the 60s by Gibson, I'd only choose the Casino over the 330 if I ran across a great deal on one.
 

iluvfender

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for that price you should get an authentic autograph and a paid trip to NYC and a tour through the Dakota with a chance to bitchslap Yoko!!
 

Shake

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For $12.5k, you get the guitar, and Yoko comes to your rehearsal and breaks up your band.
 

bluegrif

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It's funny because when I first read the title I assumed someone wanted that much for maybe an early and possibly rare vintage original (maybe a rare finish, mint condition, who knows). And even though I've never seen a vintage Casino anywhere near that price, that would have made far more sense.
 

SGNick

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Best part is that price is that, in a video on Youtube, he called his own Casino "bloody crippling" when he screwed up a take.

Considering John didn't take care of his guitars very well (if at all) and he had had it for over 5 years at that point, I'm gonna assume that it was "Crippling" due to poor setup/upkeep and not based on the design of the guitar.

Remember, this is the guy who had his Rickenbacker strung with rounds, flats, bronze, all of different gauges near the time of his death.
 

bluegrif

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Considering John didn't take care of his guitars very well (if at all) and he had had it for over 5 years at that point, I'm gonna assume that it was "Crippling" due to poor setup/upkeep and not based on the design of the guitar.

I'm sure this is 100% on the money. Vintage Epiphones are wonderful guitars. The mid 60s models necks are often a little too skinny for me. But the same goes for the Gibsons made after 64. And, other than the Casino, they're usually priced less than comparable Gibsons, even though they were built with the same quality by the same people. If you like the sound of Gibson's P90s or mini-buckers they're the best value in a vintage Gibson-made guitar.
 

pacomc79

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This is not really a guitar for people who really want to play it.

There are plenty of those available. This is made specifically for collectors who will pay more for it.
 

bluegrif

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This is not really a guitar for people who really want to play it.

There are plenty of those available. This is made specifically for collectors who will pay more for it.

Obviously. And if someone has the money and desire that's great. Just because I can't see it doesn't make it bad. People collect cars they never drive too. Again, I can't see it. To me it's like collecting art and locking it away in a vault where it's never seen.
 




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