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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by markw51, Aug 10, 2014.
Sam, we need a picture of your brother's oddball japanese Epi.
The Beatles basically played Epiphone`s because they were easier to find in the U.K than Gibson in the early to mid 60s. Dave Davies (Kinks) and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) also had Casino`s around that time. Graham Nash of the Hollies had a 62 Texan. From the mid 60s onwards Gibson, and Martin, along with Fender were available in the U.K. market in larger numbers.
As for the post 1970 imports, I`ve got this 1983 made in Japan (Matsumoku), that is about the best Casino I`ve yet played, either vintage (I used to own a 1964 cherry red Kalamazoo made Gibson ES-330) or modern (Japan/China/Korea).
It has the widest, palm filling & most comfortable neck of any Casino, which is 44mm wide at the top nut.
Mods include Gibson USA P-90 pickups (Although the originals were pretty decent), an original 64 Gibson 330 trapeze tailpiece, Kluson non-wire bridge with Nylon saddles, foil "E" pickguard logo, Gold Grover tuners, and an original 1966 Epiphone truss rod cover.
A good looking hollow body guitar with P-90s, what more could you want (Besides a Tele) .
It wasn't until I bought a set of dog ear P90's ..then looked for the available test pilot guitar ... in my stash of mainly US Fenders...
mmm... OK X Squire it's you!... bought on a whim and not played that often with real teles in the house... sorry..
routed them in.. made a control panel from a Parlophone 45... such fun..
plugged it in.... AND!.. from the very first chords... there it was... THAT guitar sound I was always hearing in my head..... mostly trying to get it on strats and teles and other HB/s....
I blame the Beatles... and their damn P90 Casinos......
don't forget, that the Beatles also put Hofner and Rickenbacker on the map too. Gretsch had a good hold in the USA for country players and George loved the country guitar licks at the time and bought a Gretsch to get that sound in their tunes.
Nowhere Man was recorded using Stratocasters.
The real star of the early Beatles success are the Epiphone J160E acoustics, easily the most listened to guitars, ever.
And other guitars as well. Predominantely, George and John used the Sonic Bue Strats in unison for the solo. I imagine they were strung with flat wounds back then too.
Here's my 1966 Epi Riviera that I bought NOS from Dean Markley Music in Santa Clara, CA in 1972. I named her "Emmylou." The stop tailpiece replaced the double trapeze that came with the guitar. It made the tuning a lot more stable.
First off, those guitars are MUCH better than the Asian copies today. Second, they were guys with working class mindsets buying guitars to tour with. Good choices were made, I'd say.
I have a Joe Pass Model from 1993... an excellent guitar. Pickups are ok, but they could be replaced with better ones. IMO.
Paul.....If you ever come down to the jam please bring that baby. What a beauty.
er, um, them is Gibsons.
And the brand they used the most was...Rickenbacker.
1. John's 325 '58
2. John's 325 '64
3. John's 325 12 string
4. George's 360 12 string
5. George's second 360 12 string
6. George's 425
7. Paul's 4001 bass
Seven Rickenbackers in their arsenal.
Just so you know how that stands against other brands, they used...
- six Gibsons
- six Fenders
- five Gretsches
- four Epiphones
Pretty sure that's accurate.
When he's a little more famous, maybe they can get him a guitar with a left-handed vibrato.