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

  1. jefhatfield

    jefhatfield TDPRI Member

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    That was the most used guitar of John Lennon from his Beatles days. During his solo years he used a number of different guitars from an acoustic electric Ovation to the iconic Casino to a red Fender strat to a Gibson Les Paul to an Ovation Breadwinner.

    Outside of the Casino which started out brown sunburst but was modified by John into a blonde with satin finish used from mid Beatles era to the end of the band, John had a Rickenbacker 323 Capri in blonde but later repainted black, a 12 string version called a 325, a Gibson acoustic-electric (EJ160E), and a sonic blue (or surf green) Fender Stratocaster.
     
  2. ianasdfg

    ianasdfg Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes and no ... I bought my Casino because the tone on the Revolver sessions is incredible ... but I don't have a Beatle hair cut and shrine to them in the Garden shed. Casinos are great sounding guitars.

    I think the appeal of Casinos is similar to Teles, they have a classic vibe and a rawness you wouldn't get from a PRS, LP or Strat.
     
  3. Booman

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    Love the raw jazzy tone I get out of my '67. The neck pup is the sweetest sounding pick-up I ever owned.

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  4. jefhatfield

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    That is such a great guitar. I like them even better than the Gibson 330s and that's saying a lot because the 330 is an amazing guitar in its own right.

    Sometimes Epi gets an idea out and it works well and then Gibson makes a version later on, both before Gibson owned them and after. I liked the "goth" Epis that were around a lot in the 1990s and due to their popularity, I saw Gibson making a ton of their own. I do know Gibson's custom shop had some flat black guitars, as did Fender, but as far as I have seen, the big thing with flat black guitars started first with Epiphone.
     
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    Telarkaster Friend of Leo's

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    No, I wasn't aware of the Beatles connection when I picked mine up in the store. All I knew is that it had the sweetest neck pickup sound ever and a fantastic neck. It was only when I put it back on the wall that the salesman said in passing that John Lennon played one. I went home and looked up it's history. I went back the next day and saw an old jazzer playing it in the store. When he put it back on the shelf I asked if he was going to buy it. When he said no I took it home myself. I couldn't bear thinking that it might belong to someone else, it was MY guitar.

    As much as I like the Beatles, I think of Grant Green and Emily Remler more than George, Paul and John when I play it. I've been playing a lot of jazz recently (or trying to) and it's the perfect sound for me. I hardly use the bridge pup at home. Sounds like a dream through my Twin. I've taken it to band practice several times and it can handle the loud volume too if held properly. More versatile than people would think, it has a lot of sounds in it if you treat it right. Sounded great with my country band the other night and it obviously does pop and blues just fine as well.

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  6. lexx9

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    I can't wait to get mine should be here in the next 2 weeks. I got one rented from the dealer till mine gets here. The one I got rented is sweet!!!but they just want way too much for it. It has been in rental since 08 and they want $597. a brand new one is $625. The rental is sunburst and I have a natural ordered. Now sure what to do if when mine gets here its not as good as the one I have rented.
     
  7. Psyclone

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    A 1999 MIK Casino followed me home tonight. What a pleasure it is. I'll post a pic tomorrow.
    Thanks for the feedback. It was helpful
     
  8. Telarkaster

    Telarkaster Friend of Leo's

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    Congratulations, I'm really happy for you, hope you love it!
     
  9. Tele-Belly

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    When I was looking, only wanted a used one, MIK, from the Peerless factory. Great quality build.

    Picked one up just after christmas, under $400, shipped on the Bay!

    The P-90's are killer and this guitar just feels right in your hands!
     
  10. jefhatfield

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    Gotta check out a Vox dealer and play it through one of those. They are usually fairly low wattage and probably not likely to feedback (at least my Vox didn't have that issue). I think you may find a great voice in that bridge pickup with a little distortion. ;)
     
  11. bynapkinart

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    Go for the Vox! My number one is my Casino, and I play it through a wonderful AC4....it is an amazing combo, it can do anything from Beatles chime to BB King.

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  12. jefhatfield

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    I love Vox tones. I had a very old 30 watt transistor Vox and it didn't sound stale like new transistor amps of the 1980s. I think mine was from the 1960s and with an Aria 335 copy with original Gibson PAF, stock six position Gibson L6-S, and a couple of vintage Telecasters, the thing sounded resoundingly British invasion. With that Vox sounding so much like the Beatles, I can only wonder how an AC-30 or AC-15 with tubes would sound.
     
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    They're amazing. I'm in kind of a split over my favorite amp tones....Fender cleans are fantastic, but I am absolutely in love with a Vox on the edge of breakup. P90s + a Vox is one of the best combos you can possibly get for rock and blues.

    The Casino is the perfect platform for P90s, too. The body drives the pickups and gives them a nice snarl, and that combined with the already meaty yet articulate sound of the pickup you get one of the best sounds out there. I love my Tele, but my Casino is and probably always will be the love of my musical life.
     
  14. jefhatfield

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    This guitar transitioned from early Brit pop to the experimental sounds during the Beatles later work.
     

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    I've seen them cheaper than Casinos. If you're gonna buy an Epi, get a Gibson. I wasn't even considering the import cheap models.
     
  17. BradL

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    The build quality of my Epi Elitist is amazing (Gibson take note) and even more so when the 1/3 price tag is factored in. I would say it's a bit sensitive amp/room wise but since it sounds so darn good with the right amp that's not necessarily a bad thing. As others have mentioned it goes really nicely with a Vox (in my case an AC30). All I need is the sharp suit and a Scally accent and I'll be well sorted.

    This Epi Casino was the last guitar I bought and months later I'm still having much too much fun with it to want to source another style of guitar. Puts a big smile on my face every time.
     
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    Just a note on volume, the beatles played these things at stadium shows plugged into cranked 100w tube amps and clearly they managed just fine. Feedback is more a function of how much total gain you have and the Beatles were a clean, low gain sound. If you want to play loud AND gainy, okay skip the casino, but loud itself isn't a big problem.
     
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    Picked up a 50th Anniversary with Tremotone a couple of weeks ago. It's the only one I've picked up since (except for builds in progress). Feedback isn't a problem with the right settings. Looks and sounds great.
     
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    I gotta give a :rolleyes: to that.

    Find me a standard Gibson 330 cheaper than a standard Epi Casino and I'll buy 10 of 'em and sell 'em for a nice little profit.

    The Casino is a great guitar. I have Gibsons and Gretsches and Fenders and my Casino hangs with any of them. Period.
     
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