Casino vs Casino Coupe

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  1. jpricewood

    jpricewood Tele-Meister

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    I know this has come up before, but can anyone describe the tonal differences between a Casino and Casino Coupe? I'd like the Coupe because of the streamlined size, but I don't want to lose too much of the hollow-body tone. The Coupe isn't available in my area to try out. They've been around a year now so hopefully someone has tried them both out by now.
     
  2. strateles

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    I really liked the idea of the coupe until I tried one, reminded me of all the reasons I don't like an LP. Only you will know if you like it or not.

    The tone actually seemed nice on the 2 different ones I tried, nice woody sound, definitely a hollow sound, very close to the full size.

    In the end, Im a picky sob and couldn't get over the fact I didn't like the way it sat in my lap or on a strap. The tones were nice though.
     
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    This is exactly the info I needed. Thanks. The size difference isn't worth losing the hollow, woody sound.
     
  4. Elias Graves

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    I dumped my full size casino because I couldn't stand the way it hung in a strap. The top kept flopping over.
    Recently picked up a 339, though, and it doesn't do it nearly as bad. I can live with it. Same size as the Coupe, I believe.
     
  5. 5ive1ne4our

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    I bought a Casino Coupe a few months ago. I tried many full sized and many coupes before I made the purchase.

    For my personal tastes, I prefer the Coupe size. It's super comfortable. A big deciding factor for me was where the neck joins the body. I play a lot past the 12th fret and there's a lot more access to the higher frets. I didn't notice a big loss of the hollow body sound really. Might just be my ears.

    I will probably be picking up a second one for back up, love the guitar. My only complaint was the set up was really terrible when I bought it, even after trying 3 of them. I think that's just an Epiphone widespread problem. 10 mins at home fixed that right up.
     
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    For those who own a Casino Coupe if have one question.

    Do fretted notes on the Coupe sound like a "thud" rather than ringing out?

    I ask because I couldn't find any local to play and ordered one on line. I had to return it because, being tactful, I was less than impressed.

    It had a few issues. One or two of the tuners had bad spots, the pups sounded dull and lifeless, the top had almost no grain and looked fake but the biggest issue was that even with new strings and swapping out the bridge with a Callaham I had fretted notes just sounded dull. Literally like a "thud" with not much sustain and no real "ring" to them. I've noticed at least one video on line that was the same. I'm talking clean, no OD, no effects. It just didn't seem right.

    Is this typical of the Casino Coupe?

    Thanks...
     
  7. 56strat

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    My Casino Coupe certainly has what I'd call a "dark" tone when compared to a Telecaster or Strat. It's never going to be bright like those. I wouldn't say it makes a "thud" though. I happen to like the fact that it's so different from my other guitars. Variety is the spice, as they say.
     
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    If you're talking about the wound strings I think that's the nature of the beast, whether coupe or full-sized. My Dot had a similar problem. Not what I'd call a thud, exactly, but a bit dead for my taste. A brand-new set of strings would sound OK when first fitted, but lifeless the next day. Elixir Nanowebs cured it. They start out too brash, mellow slightly after a couple of days and last for ages after that. YMMV, as they say.
     
  9. Gorquin

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    Thanks for the input.

    Even when I played the Coupe unplugged, fretted it sounded like "thud". LOL
    I had a Peerless Renaissance that rang clear. It's kind of like a cross between a 335 (humbuckers) and a 330/Casino hollow body with trapeze tailpiece. The chunky neck and larger body is the only reason I sold it, perhaps I shouldn't have.

    I wonder if it had more to do with the bridge studs being a very sloppy fit and not transferring more sustain to the body? When I swapped the bridge the studs were a very sloppy fit.

    The Renaissance also had a small dowel under the bridge to the back of the guitar so I doubt it was that.
     
  10. Zepfan

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    I have a Coupe/339 sized vintage guitar that is wonderful. It was my first guitar and I've had it now for 36 years. It's not going anywhere.
     
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    I got a Coupe in October, shimmed the bridge pickup by 1/8th " and put 10 - 52 half rounds (I may try nickel next time due to the P90s but these are nice to me). I have had no trouble with the sound unplugged and it has a nice bright sound. Plugged in the P90s are now close enough to the strings to sing well too.

    Still trying to decide if I like it better with or without the pickguard.
     
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    Smart assed answer of the day.

    A coupe is just like the full sized model, but it only has 2 doors.
     
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