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MIC Epiphone Casinos

Kmaz

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I'd like to hear from owners of the latest Made in China Epiphone Casinos. I'm hearing that the quality of these MIC guitars is getting better and better which is great news.

However, please share your experiences with the Casino model and the upgrades you made to make it a better guitar. Thanks
 

PunkKitty

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I don't have a Casino. But I recently acquired a MIC Epi Les Paul Ultra Pro and a Epi Dot Royale.

The LP is an amazing instrument. The stock pickups sound great and the guitar feels great. I replaced the pickups in the Dot with a Gibson Burstbucker 1&2 set. I really like that guitar. Considering what they cost, I don't mind beating them up a bit. They are really well made compared to the Epis I was seeing just 5 or 10 years ago.

I won't say that they are as good as my Heritages. But they are damn nice.
 

StratoCraig

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I bought a standard Casino last year. It's quite nice, actually. When I bought it, I had it in mind to upgrade the pickups, but I find the stock pickups actually sound pretty good. The bridge pup can do that Beatles "Taxman"/"Revolution" sound quite well, and the two pickups together sound really good clean.
 
M

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I had a '61 Casino 50th anniversary reissue that was MIC. Gibson pickups and Switchcraft jack, flawless finish, great tone, and just an awesome version of the model. Unfortunately, the fretwork was an absolute mess, with high frets all over the place, especially above the 12th. I refuse to budget for a fret leveling when buying a new guitar, so back it went. But if they had gotten that right, it would have been a keeper. I hear nothing but great things about the MIC Inspired by John Lennon models, as well.

 

Kmaz

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Thanks for your comments here, guys. I thought that there may be issue with the fretwork but still some encouraging experiences.

As for the Beatle music, I'd love to play a guitar that could nail the vibe of the 'Day Tripper' riff. I'm assuming that it was played on a Casino and what an awesome tone!
 

A-Bone

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I have one of those Elitist '65 Casinos (I know, not Chinese made), and the Casino model absolutely nails the "Day Tripper" vibe (and "Paperback Writer", etc.). I put flatwound strings on it, and after a set up, I absolutely love it.
 

StratoCraig

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"Day Tripper" may be a little early for the Casino sound. I think George and John play the guitars on that song, and neither of them had a Casino until the following year. And they couldn't have played Paul's, because his was left-handed. Then again, the riff in that song doesn't sound like John's old Rickenbacker either; I'm not sure what it is.
 

jonahboo

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I can honestly say my MIC Epiphones have better fret edges than the lower end USA Gibsons

MIC is now pretty good (Squier CV are included in the goodness)
 
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"Day Tripper" may be a little early for the Casino sound. I think George and John play the guitars on that song, and neither of them had a Casino until the following year. And they couldn't have played Paul's, because his was left-handed. Then again, the riff in that song doesn't sound like John's old Rickenbacker either; I'm not sure what it is.


Maybe they re-strung it right handed? (Or re-re-strung perhaps.)
 

StratoCraig

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Well, when I say "left-handed Casino", I mean a standard Casino (I don't think they made left-handed ones, and in any case Paul's was originally right-handed) modified for a left-handed player. At minimum, I think this would involve replacing the nut to put the wider grooves for the wound strings on top. So it seems to me that you'd have to do more than just re-string it to play it right-handed again.

I've searched for information on what guitars were used on "Day Tripper". No one seems to really know (I wonder if anyone's asked Paul!), but the best guess seems to be that George is playing the main riff on either a Gretsch Tennessean or a Gibson ES-345 (both of which he is known to have used in the studio at around that time) while John plays rhythm chords on his Rickenbacker 325 and Paul plays his Hofner bass. However, the riff is double-tracked, and I think "Day Tripper" pre-dates the tape-machine "automatic double tracking" invented by the Abbey Road engineers (I think that was first used for the Revolver sessions). So it's possible that a different guitar, possibly even Paul on his Casino, is playing along. The solo in the middle is said to be John, but it sounds more like Paul's style to me (compare it to the lead fills on "Ticket to Ride" and other songs from '65 on which Paul is known to have played lead).
 

Kmaz

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Strato, I agree. The Day Tripper solo does sound similar to Paul's style. It is said that John wrote the main riff which is certainly something to be proud of. Not that he didn't enjoy a few other notable achievements in his career! ;)

I've got an Epiphone Casino (MIC) on order so I'm happy to hear some positive reviews.
 

Psyfuzz

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Was bought a MIC Standard Casino new in 2012, very good guitar. Tuning stability is a bit rubbish but a few cheap upgrades would solve that. If you're after the classic Casino vibe it has it in spades.

Oh and the finish is amazing, the sunburst I have is deep and rich, lovely.
 
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Flatwound strings will help nail the earlier Beatles guitar tone. They sound great on a Casino.
 

StratoCraig

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Was bought a MIC Standard Casino new in 2012, very good guitar. Tuning stability is a bit rubbish but a few cheap upgrades would solve that.
Interesting. My Casino has no tuning problems, and I do a lot of half- and whole-step bends. It's as stable as any guitar I own.

Oh and the finish is amazing, the sunburst I have is deep and rich, lovely.
I would have liked sunburst, but I prefer not to mail-order guitars and I've never seen a sunburst Casino locally, so I ended up with natural blond.

The one thing I would be wary of with any guitar from the Far East is the soldering (which, for that matter, can be a problem with USA Gibsons too). The former tech at my local GC told me a while back that they had received one Casino that didn't work out of the box (no sound). He had to rewire it.
 

Psyfuzz

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Interesting. My Casino has no tuning problems, and I do a lot of half- and whole-step bends. It's as stable as any guitar I own.



I would have liked sunburst, but I prefer not to mail-order guitars and I've never seen a sunburst Casino locally, so I ended up with natural blond.

The one thing I would be wary of with any guitar from the Far East is the soldering (which, for that matter, can be a problem with USA Gibsons too). The former tech at my local GC told me a while back that they had received one Casino that didn't work out of the box (no sound). He had to rewire it.
The burst's really nice.

As far as tuning goes, it's literally just the G and B strings that can be a pain. I've heard many say it's usually the nut that causes the issue so a cheap fix.
 

Kmaz

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Interesting. My Casino has no tuning problems, and I do a lot of half- and whole-step bends. It's as stable as any guitar I own.



I would have liked sunburst, but I prefer not to mail-order guitars and I've never seen a sunburst Casino locally, so I ended up with natural blond.

The one thing I would be wary of with any guitar from the Far East is the soldering (which, for that matter, can be a problem with USA Gibsons too). The former tech at my local GC told me a while back that they had received one Casino that didn't work out of the box (no sound). He had to rewire it.

Mine should be taken care of before I see it. Southpaw guitars is going to set it up along with their 52-Point Inspection. LOL!

My finish will be sunburst.
 

nosignal

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I'm really tempted to put a down payment on one of the leftys from southpaw. I've had no dealings with them before. I've read mixed reviews. But those casinos look SO COOL!
 

Kmaz

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nosignal, I ordered from Southpaw a few days ago because I was under the impression that the Lefty Run of Casinos was for them exclusively. I know now that other dealers are selling as well. In fact, I was quoted the same amount that SP is selling for from another dealer.

I'm not exactly sure why, but the SP store has a poor reputation with some. This will be my first transaction with them.
 
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I bought a MIC Casino used last year. I believe it is from 2012. It has the hottest pickups out of the 10 or so electrics I own. I've thought about switching PUs, but I believe Lollar is the only game in town, and I don't want to spend that much right now. I put a Bigsby on the guitar last summer, and the guitar really came alive. I love it. No problem with electronics (wish I could say the save about a recent Gretsch Electromatic purchase), no tuning issues, fret issues. I play in three bands fairly regularly, and this has become my number one for two of those bands.
 






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