Ode to the Epiphone Casino!

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  1. sanrico

    sanrico Member

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    Three years ago, I found a great deal on a 61 Reissue Casino. Being a Gibson man, I had no interest in owning an Epiphone, but thought it would be a good guitar to flip. I was surprised by how playable it was and how great it sounded, so I kept it around longer than anticipated.

    I eventually sold it online during a lull in gigging. When I boxed it up, I pulled it out for one last round and thought, "WHY am I selling this?" I shipped it off and immediately started searching for another to replace it!

    Thankfully, I found another and snagged it!

    This weekend, I planned on gigging the Les Paul DC Special I recently bought. As much as I love the Gibson, it just didn't have the versatility and responsiveness of the Casino, so back in the case it went.

    The Casino has beautiful clean chime, but enough girth to make it punch hard. I love the sustain and controlled feedback I get from it. It's light, playable, and I've yet to find a bad tone from it. The natural sustain and response carry the sound, so I find I don't need much overdrive and compression. It sounds like heaven through a Deluxe Reverb or Vibrolux!

    My hat is off to the Casino. I don't know what their regular models are like, but this reissue is one of my favorite guitars ever.

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  2. mughead

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    beautiful guitars. soooooooon.

    only thing that puts me off is how far the neck sits in the body. minor niggle and probably just me.
     
  3. oldlefty

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    I'm really trying hard not to push the button on one and you're not helping one bit.....
     
  4. waltkh5

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    I love my '67 Casino.
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    I love that reddish-tinged finish. Paul Weller has one and the bloke out of Teenage Fanclub has one.

    Unless I'm mistaken that particular finish isn't available from Epiphone just now or else I'd have one double quick.
     
  6. Kmaz

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    What are the characteristics of a great Casino? Sound/playability?
     
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    Jep great guitar! Has become my no1 pretty fast!
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    Yes, all hail the Casino, a mighty fine guitar!
     
  9. omfg51

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    I recently bought one and it quickly became my favorite guitar. Very clean and articulate, but lots of body to its sound. Great axe.
     
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    Very photogenic guitar....Casino with other sunburst friends.
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  11. sanrico

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    Naw, it's not just you. I feel the same way. It's my ONLY complaint about it. Honestly, I don't use the guitar to solo the same way I would solo on a Strat, though.

    It is comfortable and playable enough to solo on, but I just don't bend and twist it the way I would a Strat. This weekend, I had some solos up in the 12-15 position and was fine.
     
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    I really can't speak to the regular models, as I'm not that familiar with them. I just know the '61 Reissue. I can tell you what I love about it...playability. Super low action and a comfortable neck. The guitar is VERY light, so I can wear it for really long periods without feeling like it's weighing heavily on my shoulder.

    And the pickups...the reissue has the Gibson p90s and they sound great. Very articulate, yet fat and punchy. In the bridge position with a little hair on the overdrive, it gets almost all the sparkle of a Strat, but with more thump to it. Not ice-picky at all, but really articulate. The neck position is throaty, but not muddy. Still plenty articulate (for the position).

    If you run a ton of volume or overdrive, you may have trouble controlling feedback. It's fully hollow, so it resonates like an acoustic guitar. If you take your hands off it while cranked, it will howl like a wolf. I happen to love that about it. I run pretty loud and just control the feedback with my hands muting the strings when necessary.

    The only time it gets a little sketchy is if I'm hitting a low bar chord that needs to resonate (say, a whole note). It wants to go into that howling territory, and I can always see the soundman reaching for a knob immediately. It always freaks them out.
     
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    I had a MIK Casino a few years ago that I sold and recently picked up a Casino Coupe in Natural. I can honestly say I like the Coupe better than my first Casino. Looks and sounds great, is comfortable to play and is light as hell.
     
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    And MIC this time around.
     
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    Thanks very much, sanrico. I wish those Gibson P90s were a drop-in replacement for the MIC Standard Casino, but I don't believe they are.
     
  16. mughead

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    whats different on them Kmaz? :huh
     
  17. omfg51

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    The MIC Casino has a very particular spacing measurment for the screw holes in the tabs of the pickup covers, so there are very, very few available direct drop in sets of pickups for the modern Casinos.

    Most of the time, you'll end up having to fill the previous screw holes in the top, and drill new holes for the replacement pickups.
     
  18. sanrico

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    Yeah, it is hard to find replacements. I needed a new pickup cover and that took FOREVER to find.

    The Lollar website has a lot of great information on replacing pickups in a Casino. They are also very good about answering questions.
     
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    thanks for the reply. im happy to fill and drill.


    nice one.
     

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