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Casino GAS

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Psyclone, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Psyclone

    Psyclone Tele-Meister

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    I'm currently suffering from horrible Casino GAS. It will not seem to go away. The question is, regular Casino, Lennon Casino, or the high-fallootin' Elite Casino.

    My leanings and budget suggest the regular, off the shelf model Casino would serve my needs. My grandiosity wants me to go top shelf.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Tele-Monster

    Tele-Monster Friend of Leo's

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    Just saw Dwight play and he was playin a Casino....I feel your gas pain.
     
  3. romo

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    I got the regular casino for christmas and I am really liking it. It has a lot of tone, plays well, feels nice, and had a nice setup that didn't require a lot of tweaking for me to get it right. For the price, you can't really go wrong, and I am certainly very happy with mine. I am also a bit snobby about my guitars as I have been playing Gibson and AVRI Fenders for several years now and I really didn't think I could like an Epiphone as much as I like the Casino. I have not played the other models, but the Lennon seems like it might be a nice upgrade, but the Elitist seems a bit overpriced for what it is.
     
  4. Danocaster

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    lemme FEED that GAS.. here's my '67 Casino

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  5. mbennettbrown

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    I was looking for a guitar with P90's and a Bigsby - I walked into Rudy's on 48th Christmas Eve 2009 - and Rudy had a "Rudy's Hot Rod" Casino - Lollar pups, spretzel tuners...I bought it on the spot. I love it! Call Rudy...
     
  6. Josh Davis

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    I've always preferred the Gibson ES-330. They're still reasonable price wise.
     
  7. caliban335

    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted

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    If you are buying new and the width of the neck is an issue for you (as it is for me), the base model, "Inspired by" models and Elitist model are all 1.68" at the nut. The "John Lennon 1965 Casino" and "John Lennon 1965 Revolution Casino" are both 1.62". If you are buying used and the width of the neck is an issue, best of luck. Specifications varied and documentation is sparse.
     
  8. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Since no one has commented thus far on your beautiful Casino, let me be the first: It's awesome.
     
  9. getbent

    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    buy USED! the resale on the epi's are very low... I love Casinos!
     
  10. J. Hayes

    J. Hayes Friend of Leo's

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    I've had mine for a few years now and............

    I love the dang thing! It doesn't weigh as much as my Telecaster and is very easy to play. I love extremely low action and this baby is set up like that. Since I've mostly always been a Fender player I've never liked two volume controls so I had mine rewired so just the two top knobs are master volume and tone controls and the bottom two are unhooked. Also since I like to play a lot of "bender" guitar, I installed a Bigsby Palm Pedal on my Casino to raise the pitch of the B and G strings a whole tone. Here's a shot of it.....JH in Va.
     

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  11. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Everyone - Josh is buyin' the pizza!!! :D

    330's are nice Instruments but i'd never EVER bring one to an event.
    i could never justify owning one - i'm done with that.
    I'm down to four like that and hopefully it'll be three in a coupla more days.

    Everything i get from here on is a grand or less, i've spent more on one Gretsch 6120TM than my last two rides combined - it was worth it and i love it but even if i strike gold i'm through with that.

    Gimmee an Epi and a pigfoot!!! :cool:
     
  12. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    With the exception of one Strat i no longer own any double cuts but if i did my first three targeted buys would be Sheraton, Casino, Riviera in that order.
    All USED. :cool:
     
  13. bowman

    bowman Friend of Leo's

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    I've got a newer one in the natural finish - love it. Very easy to play, looks good, and sounds good. Just used it Saturday with our band and it sounded great in the mix with the other Casino our lead player uses. He uses lots of effects and a guitar synth on his, and mine is just guitar > Janglebox > amp, so they are distinct in the mix.
     
  14. garymaddox

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    +1 GetBent is correct. They are great guitars and you can pick them up used way cheaper than they should be.
     
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    I bought a Casino copy recently that I will review when it gets here. I have a newer Sheraton II which is just a fancy Dot. I really like it and don't use the tremolo that comes on a Casino, so I opted for the Sheraton, which has a little more body reinforcement and is considered a semi-hollow. I do like the looks of the Bigsby's, but just never used one. I'd never spend the extra for a 335 after playing both. To me, IMO, old Gibson's and Fenders are overpriced and overrated. YMMV
     
  16. jefhatfield

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    A few years ago, I played the Lennon special edition Casino for over three grand, and that has to be the best guitar I have ever played of that style and certainly at the time it better be since it cost more than a standard Gibson 335 dot or a flamed top Heritage.

    That being said, for the money, the standard Casino off the shelf is a very good instrument. I pined for a long time between that or an Ibanez Artcore semi-hollowbody where it was vintage tone vs. higher volume with Marshalls.

    Truly, the only guitar I would want more than the special edition Lennon Casino is an original 1952 Telecaster.

    I have had over 60 guitars over the years when I was a mostly non-playing collector. Well, I played like any collector, but y'all know what I mean. You tend to get a lot better when time is spent playing one guitar and having the other item in the room be sheet music while you have a Gordon Ramsay type of teacher making sure you know the notes like your long lost best friends. ;)
     
  17. kingfish

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    I have a 2005 MIK standard Natural and a 2001 NOS Elitist Sunburst.

    Both are fine guitars and I would be satisfied with either, if I could only have one of them.

    But since I do have both, I'd choose the Elitist in a heartbeat. It is much nicer than the standard and has finer features, better hardware, and is closer to the original specs.

    I disclaim this by admitting that the MIK standard is my go to guitar between the two.

    Easily identifiable differences are the size, shape, and angle of the headstocks. The quality of the tuners. The detail and size of the trapeze nuts. 5 ply laminate vs 3 ply on the Standard, and the general feel of the Elitist. It practically vibrates just by being picked up. It feels, well... high strung. Sounds brighter and cleaner, too.

    One thing I really like about the Elitist is the neck. The wood is visible (unlike on the standard version sunburst) and the side of the headstock on mine is gorgeous as you look down on it while playing.

    The only mod I did on the Elitist was replacing the 'bailing-wire' Poop-O-Matic Bridge with a TonePros.

    I've been planning to do a side-by-side comparison for a while, but am waiting a bit to get to know both guitars better before doing so.

    Both guitars weigh exactly the same - 6 lbs. 5 oz.

    I must admit that I would love to have an ES-330 but I probably won't develop GAS for one. I've heard that the 330 was actually modeled after the Casino and not the other way around, so I 'believe' I have as close to the original '65 Casino as I'll ever be able to afford.

    I dressed my Natural with creme pickup covers, pickguards and truss rod covers, and tulip tuners. I LOVE my pimped out Blondie, and basically keep the Elitist back for 'special occasions' at this point.

    Shown: Original MIK Natural, Elitist Sonny Boy, Both with a couple other family members, and my sweet Blondie
     

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  18. Psyclone

    Psyclone Tele-Meister

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    I found a 1999 MIK Casino locallY Gonna check it out tonight.
     
  19. kingfish

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    Prepare to fall in love...
     
  20. Mike Eskimo

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    Couldn't agree more.

    If you regularly play in a high-volume situation then skip the Casino and get one of the semi-hollows.

    There are some awfully nice used MIK Sheratons and Rivieras floating around.

    A buddy has a Casino that he swapped out the stock nickel covers on and substituted black plastic ala an early 330. He says it's quieter and the pickups sound better.


    Wait a minute - all you guys w/ Casino's - is it a Beatles thing ?

    I never thought about that.

    That's a dumb question isn't it...:oops:
     
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