Epiphone Elitist Casino vs Gibson ES330 vs Gibson ES390

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Shadow Puppets, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Shadow Puppets

    Shadow Puppets Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    A Village in England
    Looking to buy a p90 equipped hollow body guitar over the next few weeks and I've settled on one of these guitars...either the Epiphone Elitist Casino or Gibson 330, or the smaller sized 390.

    Looking for opinions on these guitars, what you would go for and why etc?
  2. Jazzydave

    Jazzydave Seeker Silver Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2008
  3. svenhoek

    svenhoek Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    West Coast USA/London UK
    Best to play the Gibsons, the first one I had was nice, but didn't rock my world. 2nd one I bought at a great price with a headstock repair, and it was amazing. Felt, played, and sounded like a bonafide vintage instrument. They are really nice guitars, super light, fun to play unplugged, sound amazing plugged in.

    The Epiphone Elitist will get you most of the way there at half the price. I quite like them as well, but I haven't played one yet that could be mistaken for a real vintage instrument.

    I enjoyed my Gibson ES135 until it was stolen. Also great guitars!
  4. Jayyj

    Jayyj Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2015
    Manchester, UK
    I have a pre-Elitist 90s Japanese Casino and a 1965 ES330. The Casino is beautifully built, easily the equal of any modern Gibson, but has a very skinny, shallow neck that is hard to cope with. The Elitists I've played are still skinny but significantly deeper than the guitar I own so they feel a lot better. I've not found a modern Casino from any factory where the pickups are as sweet as the ones in my 330, which has the nicest clean sounds of any guitar I've owned.

    Vintage 330s do seem to vary a lot so if that's the route you're looking at try to play a few to get an idea what to expect. I've only played a couple of the recent VOS reissue but they seem like great guitars.
  5. Jura

    Jura Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Czech Republic
    135 is not hollow (the recent one)

    I went with a Vintage Casino, but I still play my 335 much more so it is for sale at the moment ($3300).

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