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Epiphone Dot vs Casino

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Tassytele, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. kjb0419

    kjb0419 TDPRI Member

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    Aug 18, 2012
    Sacramento, Ca
    I have a Casino and love it. It plays amazing and you can get sounds like the black keys pretty easily with it. I use a variety of pedals with it and they all sound amazing! Would highly recommend! :D
     

  2. idjster

    idjster Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter


    An opinion which I just happen to concur with! I've got the satin burgundy red version (her name is Minnie) and it is all those things you say about yours. I think it's a great guitar.
     

  3. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Did this thread spark a slew of Dot/Casino purchases? Seeing a good number of NGD threads.
     

  4. knetz

    knetz NEW MEMBER!

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    Aug 23, 2012
    dallas
    joined the Dot and Casino club

    got a natural Epi Dot new from GC last XMAS, very musical guitar

    this week I returned a Ric 620/12 (neck too narrow, sound too specialized) and while waiting the 40 minutes for GC to process the return, I tried a bunch of 335s, a 339, and about 10 others Gibs and Fenders and nothing was grabbing me...until I saw a used Epi Casino natural on the wall...and it was sweet and wonderful. Bought it on the spot.

    ...then Googsearch ensued and I learned about the other Casino models...found a used Casino Elitist 1965 natural at the AZ GC and got it shipped in last night for sightly more than a new Inspired By...and it's fantastic. Articulate treble, snappy bass, great action all the way up and down (it makes the MIC Casino seem muddy.) Amazing fun to play, and yes lots of cool feedback.

    So if I wanted to upgrade the Dot, what's the "Elitist" version of an Epi Dot?
     

  5. echale iii

    echale iii Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Jun 15, 2007
    Roanoke, VA
    I have the Casino in natural, and I slapped a Bigsby B70 on it. It's got "it", that's for sure...

    I've played lots of Dots, and honestly, I like the Dot Studios a whole lot. Not as much as I like my Casino, but the Dot Studios I've played for some reason always played and sounded better than the standard Dots.

    The Ibanez Artcore guitars are every bit as nice as the Dots, too, so they'd be worth checking out if you decide to go with a semi-hollowbody. I hear that Godin makes some nice guitars, too.
     

  6. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

    Jun 27, 2005
    Montclair, NJ
    IMO, you can do better than the Dot in terms of 335 class. The Epi Riviera with full size hums is one such. (Mine was Peerless made) Another excellent choice is the Samick made Epiphone Sheraton.

    But there is indeed something special about the Casino. Mine is a '94, and is slowly but surely winning me over. It's not a 335, very different. Lighter, woody sounding, on the edge of feedback when you get it loud enough. Totally different feel and vibe. Both guitar types - 335 and Casino - seem indispensable to me. It's just a question of which one to get.
    MD
     

  7. elargentino

    elargentino TDPRI Member

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    Oct 10, 2010
    Toronto

  8. knetz

    knetz NEW MEMBER!

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    Aug 23, 2012
    dallas
    staying with stock DOT for now

    in hindsight it does what does very smooth and buttery, esp for the price, so the current rack is below. A good year - new Strat, Tele, and Elitist. Now just gotta buckle down on the software (playin') part ;)

    [​IMG]
     

  9. BradL

    BradL Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Feb 9, 2009
    Sussex, UK
    Another thumbs up for the Casino. I own 2 335s but the Epi is just grin inducing wonderfulness.
     

  10. grandstick

    grandstick Tele-Holic

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    Oct 10, 2010
    Virginia, US
    I brought a Dot home this week. Loved it - then discovered it had a cracked neck that had gone unnoticed by myself, the salesman, and the guitar tech at GC. I returned it, and came home with another, identical Dot (without the cracked neck, of course ;)).

    I am amazed by the versatility of this instrument. It plays like a dream, I love the tones I can get. I pretty happy with the stock pickups in it, but I might look into changing things up in the future.
     

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  11. dogfootblues

    dogfootblues Tele-Afflicted

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    Nov 6, 2011
    New Jersey
    Heres the pics
     

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  12. dogfootblues

    dogfootblues Tele-Afflicted

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    Nov 6, 2011
    New Jersey
    1998 peerles fac. Casino, Great guitar, a few thousand cheaper than a gibson es-330 and from what ive seen and heard, every bit as good.
     

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  13. mrobertson442

    mrobertson442 TDPRI Member

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    Oct 11, 2012
    Marysville,Washington
    I know this is an old thread, but gotta give my input. Just get both! I had a Dot, and got rid of it to get a Riviera. Hated the riviera(neck too skimpy). Dumped the riviera and picked up a Casino. Casino is my favorite out of my 10 guitars. The shorter neck makes it a blast to play, and the tone is fantastic! Just picked up another Dot with Duncans and American electronics. Can be alot cleaner sounding than the Casino, and has a different growl. And the 2 of the red beautys look cool sitting next to my red Dearmond Starfire special. So, I guess my point is that life is short. Try em all! I buy and sell alot of guitars, just to find out what I like. I'm lucky, my Wife understands!!!!!!!!!
     

  14. tedduddy

    tedduddy Tele-Meister

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    Aug 10, 2012
    Raleigh
    I like my Hamer Newport. The heck with those cheap imports.
     

  15. Tassytele

    Tassytele Tele-Meister

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    Oct 8, 2011
    Tasmania, Australia
    Well,i played a few Casinos and Dots.I preferred the feel of the Dots and was planning to get one until this showed up in the local online classifieds.She's a 2007 Riviera ,out of the Peerless factory.$500 AUD with hard case - i reckon it was a good buy.She plays nice and the bigsby is a nice bonus.
     

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  16. Tatercaster

    Tatercaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 28, 2013
    Rock Hill, SC
    Mini-humbuckers, nice.
     

  17. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Yea, that is cool, like to go a few rounds with that plugged in. ;)


    Casino / DOT.

    Had a 97 MIK DOT for years, stuck the T-Bobbins I pulled out of my LP in the 70s [in went Dimarzio SDHBs into the LP] 20+ years earlier. It was fair to good, sounded excellent. I liked it was a heritage burst, never saw another in person.

    I got a Lennon Revolution Casino, which was MIJ and so nicely built. As good as my 345 I had when in the 70s.

    Pulled my T-Bobbins and sold the 97 DOT with some zebra pickups. But learned the Casino neck and I did not get along very well. Someone who had to have it got it, and paid accordingly. Still cheaper than a Gibby though..

    Then an 88 335 mint Epiphone fell into my lap. B7, all rewired with Gibby level guts, original pickups are good, so they stayed in. I get along with the neck, and it is smack in the middle between the 97 DOT and the MIJ Casino in the build dept. It has something also I have never seen in pics or in person, a super nice headstock unlike the usual Epiphone one. My keeper 335, one day some SH-55 Seths may make there way into it.

    Which makes a/the point. A P90 Casino is WAY EASIER to change pickups in than a 335 or DOT. In fact it is a cake walk compared to changing pickups in a center block guitar...

    Pictures, 97 DOT, LenoRevo Casino, 88 335 Epiphone.
     

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  18. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I had a friend, now dead through heroin addiction, who had an early 60's Casino but with mini humbuckers and a Bigsby. It was truly a wonderful guitar, as he as a truly great guitar player by his late teens, a sad loss. If you can set that up you'd like the minis, JMHO, but I think SD would be the way to go.
     

  19. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    P.S The Casino with P-90s ( please, the chrome covered ones) would also give you the sound you want to emulate. Cheers from Downunder.
     

  20. Tatercaster

    Tatercaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 28, 2013
    Rock Hill, SC
    I never have really liked the tone I get from 335's, but man I really miss my Harmony Rocket. It had a 335 styled body but was totally hollow and had DeArmond gold foil pickups. Sweet but none too loud, which is why I sold it, like an idiot. It would feedback at bedroom volumes too. I should have just stuffed it with egg crate foam and cranked the volume. :(
     

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