HNGD to me......

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Wiz-ski, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Wiz-ski

    Wiz-ski Member

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    Here's my new Inspired by John Lennon Casino that I got for a steal due to a slight blemish on the headstock...so before you start with the "$1k for a Chinese made guitar?" posts, this cost me under $700!

    LOVE the guitar - quite a difference from the MIK Casino I just sold about 2 weeks ago. 5 Ply Body makes it feel so much more solid and balanced, and the finish is just awesome!

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  2. jackaroo

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    Congrats...is it a good guitar?
     
  3. Wiz-ski

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    It's a great guitar...let me cut and paste something I posted over at the epiphone forums:

    Now, I've loved my MIK, and it's been my #1 for some time...and I upgraded the hell out of it - new switch, jack, gold grovers - but there were just some "cheap guitar" things I could not get past - mainly the heavy amount of poly, and the 3-ply body. After playing a Revolution last year in a shop, the MIK suddenly just felt "toy-like" to me. No offense to the current MIK owners out there, like I said - I LOVED my MIK, but I just wasn't 100% there with it. With it being my favorite guitar, owning it felt like being an 18 year old kid driving a 6 cylinder Mustang, knowing all along that there is a v8 out there.

    OK, so enter the IBJL - All I gotta say is WOW.

    #1 - The Finish. Just like Telecoaster said in the past, you open the case, and your first thought is "man, they forgot to put finish on this"...it really does look and feel like bare wood. For somebody who disliked having all that poly, this finish is an absolute dream. The satin finish on the neck feels great too, almost like a nice worn neck...very smooth to the touch.

    #2 - Speaking of the neck....oh, no surprise here - Casino's are known for that sweet sweet neck, and this one is no different.

    #3 - The guitar just FEELS great - it's noticeably heavier than the MIK, due to the 5-ply body and this creates a great balance with the guitar. It's no longer SOO top heavy like my MIK was. It's very resonant unplugged and just sounds great!

    #4 - The pickups - The pickups were one thing I never even thought once about changing in the MIK - although maybe a tad bid hot for my tastes, especially when putting it down and pickup my 57 AVRI Stratocaster with some pretty underwound pickups in it, but they sounded so wonderful - Cleans like you've never heard. These pickups have the edge - they're seem like they aren't as hot, but still seem like they are hotter than your avg pickups. I played it on the bridge pickup last night, through a Menatone Top Boost in a can, and I got the perfect "Day Tripper" tone that made me say 'ohhhhh damn'....

    All in all, I'm in love....oh, and the case is pretty damn sweet today, much better than the standard Epi case I had for the MIK.
     
  4. nnick

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    That is a fine looking guitar. I bet it was set up from the factory better than most Gibsons.
     
  5. hippiebob

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    That looks great. I always loved Casinos and Rivieras.

    What's the deal with the ring around the pickup switch? Is that how they come?
     
  6. Wiz-ski

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    Yeah, being that it's a Lennon Tribute, it's modeled after his - story is his came from the factory with the ring, but it was non-standard at the time:

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