Elitist Casino owners

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  1. Teleking

    Teleking Supporting Member

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    I have two Casinos but haven't tried the new Elitist Casinos. Worth the extra bucks? Pickups better? How is the guitar better than a regular Casino? Thanks
     
  2. jeffcoop

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    The Elitist pickups are definitely better--airier and more articulate. The other electronics are also better. Beyond that, I've found the differences pretty minor (I have both an Elitist and a regular limited edition with Bigsby). The necks feel a bit different, but that's a matter of personal taste, and I actually like both. And the woods on the Elitist are no doubt better. But really they're both very nice instruments.
     
  3. Teleking

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    Thanks, Jeff.

    I love both my Casinos. I'll see if I can find an Elitist to play. Appreciate the help.
     
  4. Robert1950

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    I don't have a Casino, but I can give a short opinion. One of favourite past times is going into music stores and noodling on guitars in Toronto. I have tried hundreds. There have only been about ten that I have played for less than 10 seconds in which my reaction, "I want this!" An Elitist Casino was one of them. Of course, I have only had the money to do this once ( even then I held off until I was 101% sure). Alas, it was not the Casino.
     
  5. 808Beat

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    jeffcoop nailed it. I bought the MIK first and really enjoyed gigging with it. Tried the Elitist and had to move on up. Sold the MIK and bought the Elitist.
     
  6. mainsale

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    I went straight for the Elitist Casino because it's made in Japan and has Gibson USA pickups. I'm very pleased with it and it does sound wonderful. The only modification I made was to put a spacer under the bridge pickup to get it closer to the strings but that is it. I think it is a very good value for money!

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  7. Teleking

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    That's the exact one I want. Guess I'll have to get one.

    Thanks guys
     
  8. jeffcoop

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    Well, if we're posting pictures...

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    I really wanted a natural Elitist, but I stumbled across a deal on a used vintage sunburst that was too good to pass up.
     
  9. stratavarious

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    Does Gibson sell the chrome-covered P90 pickups individually? To me, the only weak link with MIC/MIK Casinos is the electronics.
     
  10. mvsr990

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    Not sure about Gibson, but Kent Armstrong sells Casino P90s (for ~$90 apiece).
     
  11. fuzzface71

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    I used to own a MIK Casino. I love and miss that damn guitar! It's true, that there's a few mods and parts replacements, that you have to do, just for the MIK Casino to be really workable for gigs. The sound is great, though the PUPS squeals a lot specially with dirt pedals on top! And the major factor for me was the weight!! Damn, that guitar felt like a toy!

    I sold it a few years ago, after deciding, not to do any mods. I said to myself, I'll either get the John Lennon version or a real vintage one. Then now we have this Elitist version. I personally haven't tried or played either the Elitist or the JL version.
     
  12. MrMunky

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    I used to have an MIK Casino, and I currently have an Elitist. I am not certain if they changed the design of the MIK Casino, but it was significantly different from the Elitist, not just in terms of hardware/woods/craftsmanship.

    The Korean version has a soundpost that I think is a significant part of the structure of the instrument. It gave the instrument a good amount of sustain and took away some of the dynamics, making it a lot more like a semi-hollow. I remember when I had the Korean Casino I thought it really didn't sound or feel anything like the fully hollow ES-330s and vintage Casinos that I'd played.

    The Elitist has no soundpost, and I think its bracing is structured in an entirely different way. The first time I played one I definitely felt it captured the vibe of the vintage ones. I'm very impressed with mine, and I agree that its a steal for the price they sell for new. Compare it to a Japanese made Ibanez hollowbody; they start at about 1k more.
     
  13. telewacker

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    Interesting. I just bought a MIK, circa 99 and it sure sounds like a fully hollow body. It's in the shop now getting an RS electronics kit installed and I'll ask the luthier about the soundpost. Soon I plan to have Jason Lollar rewind the pups. It will still be cheaper than an Elitist. I'll AB it with one when it's done. It does play really nice. It's almost criminally easy to play after being used to a big necked Strat.
     
  14. fuzzface71

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    I'm with you on this one. True the MIK Casino's do have the greatest feel. The neck is almost perfect.
     
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    The Elitist Casinos are well worth the money. I played lots of MIKs and wasn't compelled to buy one until I played an Elitist.

    I made some spacers to get my P-90s closer to the strings as well.

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