Thoughts on the Epiphone Elitist Casino

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  1. TwoToneGreen

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    I've long been considering a new guitar purchase and the Elitist Casino has been high up on my list for about seven years.

    I have a Terada Gretsch and I love it. I also have a Korina-bodied P90 ASAT, which is wonderful, so it seems like a winning combination of Terada and P90s

    I've heard that the neck is relatively skinny. Can anyone confirm this? That would be ideal for me.

    Finally, would you consider paying close to full price for one? A couple of shops in Europe have them for about €1,490, which is $1,750. That compares very favourably, given that it's a Europe and consumer goods are so much more expensive. They are $2,000 on Sweetwater, though a few years ago you could get them for around $1,110 new on ebay. Times seem to have changed.
     
  2. readymade

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    They are great. I've gone through a few of them but I have another on the way that I plan to hold on to. Fit, finish, and playability have always been consistently fantastic. Slim neck for sure though not the slimmest I've ever played. I've owned a number of Korean Casinos and while they're typically very good, the Elitist is in another league.
     
  3. SPROING!

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    Yep. The elitist is the Real Deal. Excellent guitars.
     
  4. TwoToneGreen

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    This is excellent to hear. I think I might have tracked down a slightly cheaper one for €1,400 ($1,650) new. Any kind of discount on the American price is an achievement.

    They seem to be cheapest in Japan, where they are made. I presume this is a result of not having to pay import duties and the like. I contacted Ishibashi about getting one but they can't sell them outside Japan.
     
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    I love mine! Skinnier neck than I'm used to, but it's still comfortable and easy to adjust to. Great sounding and very high quality craftsmanship.
     
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    They are excellent guitars. The necks *are* on the skinny side, but not horribly so.

    I currently own a reissue Gibson ES-330 which is better in some ways, but the Elitist was very, very close to being just as nice of a guitar -- the main difference being the neck thickness, which is mostly a subjective preference. I'll admit you get wayyy more guitar for the money going the Elitist Casino route, but the ES-330 was a guitar I've been wanting for a long time.

    If you can, see if you can find one used in good condition to save even more money. I've played a handful of them over the years and all were very consistent in construction.
     
  7. Bossanova

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    I own one, great guitar! Mine has a Bigsby and Seymour Duncan antiquities pick ups, which I highly recommend! I think I read somewhere that they are now making them using nitro, is this right? If that is the case, you may want to purchase new, if you care about this sort of thing. Mine has Poly
     
  8. TwoToneGreen

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    The nitro models are available in Japan only. There's also a charming Riviera, but they won't sell that outside Japan either. Or if they do, it's considerably more expensive.
     
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    I just found out about this model Riviera. They're calling it the "Ltd. Ed. Custom 1966 Riviera Outfit". It has a stop tail instead of the frequensator. I'm guessing they won't be available here.
     
  10. TwoToneGreen

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    No, primarily in Japan. You might find a dealer that's willing to ship elsewhere. I thought about this but I would be destroyed by the currency conversion.
     
  11. lobsterinmotion

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    Like others, I find the Elitist to be a fantastic guitar, especially for the price. Swapping the pickups is really unnecessary IMO as the stock Gibbys play just great, just make sure you have it set up properly and it's one hell of a player, surprisingly versatile. As for the neck, I wouldn't say it's supper skinny it's just really comfortable and doesn't take more than a minute to get used to.

    In short, go for it. :)
     
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    Does anybody know if the current elitist casino differs from the past production?

    Especially if they still have this glass-like feeling?
     

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