Es 330 or Casino alternative

Beavan4441

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I love the size and feel of Epi Casinos and ES-330s but find the feedback issues a problem. Is there an alternative with a centre block. Realise a 335 is the obvious answer, but I like the compact neck on a Casino.
 

56Tweed

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What kind of music are you playing, how loud and through what amp? I've been putting my 330 through a JTM45 all weekend without any issues even with it set on the dirty side of edge of breakup.
 

Jayyj

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Would an Epiphone Wildkat be of any interest? More compact feel, chambered body but still in the P90 club.

Another option is a soundpost in a Casino/330 - it's possible to put a fairly substantial block into a 330 under the bridge area via the bridge pickup rout which will noticeably cut down on feedback. I think the current Chinese Casinos have something in there already but I've seen blocks an inch thick and the width of the pickup rout in 330s and they do make a difference.

I got with a 330 a fair bit, I just watch where I stand relative to the amp and if I feel like a howl is coming ride the volume control a bit. There's a few high profile players who hammer archtop guitars through far bigger rigs than most of us guys (think Ted Nugent and his Byrdlands for example) and being quick on the volume control goes a long way in those situations.
 

BigDoug1053

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+1 on the Epi Wildkat and the Eastman line. Ibanez makes really nice semi-hollow models as well. My budget version of the ES-330 is my Ibanez Artcore ASF75T that I modded with Harmonic Design Z-90 single coils.

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Beavan4441

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What kind of music are you playing, how loud and through what amp? I've been putting my 330 through a JTM45 all weekend without any issues even with it set on the dirty side of edge of breakup.
Mostly Americana and the odd 60s/70s rock tune. Nothing massively heavy. Using a Fender Deluxe Reverb for larger gigs and Tone King Gremlin for smaller ones. When I had a Casino briefly I was using a Vox AC15.
 

Beavan4441

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Would an Epiphone Wildkat be of any interest? More compact feel, chambered body but still in the P90 club.

Another option is a soundpost in a Casino/330 - it's possible to put a fairly substantial block into a 330 under the bridge area via the bridge pickup rout which will noticeably cut down on feedback. I think the current Chinese Casinos have something in there already but I've seen blocks an inch thick and the width of the pickup rout in 330s and they do make a difference.

I got with a 330 a fair bit, I just watch where I stand relative to the amp and if I feel like a howl is coming ride the volume control a bit. There's a few high profile players who hammer archtop guitars through far bigger rigs than most of us guys (think Ted Nugent and his Byrdlands for example) and being quick on the volume control goes a long way in those situations.
Positioning in relation to the amp is probably the best advice, unfortunately it’s not always possible in smaller places. Has anyone used Doug’s Plugs? Seem like an option.
 

OM Flyer

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These look great, but I was under the impression they were fully hollow? If not, that’s exactly the type of thing I’m after
My bad -- turns out it is fully hollow; I misinterpreted their use of the term "thinline" in the description.

This thread has some other ideas to consider.
 

MIke MM

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I'm just amazed how cheap Casinos are now, $449?

 




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