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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by charlie chitlin, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Dang!
    I could hardly be more impressed.
    It sounds exactly like my '68 ES330 unplugged (BIG shock!) and VERY similar plugged it.
    The bridge pickup actually sounds fatter than the Gibson (but is lower output).
    Plays like a dream.
    Check the flamey neck!
     

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  2. VWAmTele

    VWAmTele Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome to the Casino club! They are uniquely great guitars -hollow bodies and P90's are a great combo.
     
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    I had one that was built in 2013. The feel was incredible and the sound was rather close to my mental (aural) image of a Casino. The tuning machines were what let it down.
     
  4. Zender

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    Congrats. Love the color.
    How much?
     
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    Very nice. I used to have a Dot in the same color but let it get away...One I'd like to have back. Epi's are mostly very good fit and finish and play way better than you might expect.

    You may not always get a cool flamey looking neck like this but you'll get a piece that will likely exceed your expectations in quality and playability. Dwight Yoakum plays one in natural so...
     
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    Change tuners. I had bought a set of vintage Gibson tuners for my 2014 Casino before it arrived.
    Lennon swapped to Grovers for his Casino.
     
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    I've heard Epiphones back then were supposedly the upper market Gibsons.

    I change tuners on nearly every stock guitar I buy. Alas, I moved the Casino on for other gear.
     
  8. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Also...1 piece neck.
    No Epi scarf joint.
     
  9. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    275 with hard case.
    Craigslist!
     
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    Amazing deal! VERY nice score!
     
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    Wow, so much guitar for so little money. Congrats!

    Looks great.
     
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    Looks great, congrats. I had an ES-330 for a while back in the 60s, but I guess our amps were louder then, because I couldn't sustain a note or a chord without it howling like a coyote. It was just unplayable. :confused: But I bet today it would make a great jazz axe. :cool: Anyway, congrats on your Casino. CS
     
  13. Zender

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    I am curious if you have measured both pickup heights yet?
     
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    Gibson initially bought Epiphone to get their hands on the upright bass business that Epi were far better established in. They initially took on the existing guitar line as an afterthought to the bass business. The idea of issuing the most popular Gibson semis as Epiphone models was most likely a way to get round the fact that Gibson traditionally gave one dealer brand exclusivity in a given territory and, as the electric guitar market began to take off in earnest, they wanted guitars they could offer to competitors in the same territory to maximise their opportunities to sell Gibson made product.

    The Casino, Riviera, Sheraton, Sorrento and Granada were the resulting models, replicating the Gibson ES330, 335, 345/355, 125C and 120T respectively with a few cosmetic tweaks to give them a recognisable look of their own, notably using inlay variants from older non-Gibson designs.
     
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    Nice score! Congrats.
     
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    Nice deep color. great price.enjoy
     
  17. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I didn't intend to.
    But if you'd like those measurements, I could take them for you.
     
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    I would appreciate those measurements to compare with my Casino Coupe.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Not sure what the desire for pickup height is, but...
    Neck pickup, 3/8" from body to top of PU
    Bridge, 9/16"
     
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    The height from the top of the pickup to the strings I mean. The reason I was asking is I have had archtops that had fallen and the pickup was too far from the strings. Picture a cake that fell. This can be solved with shims. Casino PUs aren't adjustable like PUs on Teles or LPs so if the arch isn't proper you don't get the sound you'll want. Some arches don't retain their proper shape..
    P90s like to be very close to the strings. Humbuckers can sit a little further away. Set the string action first in your setup procedures to check PU height.

    Have you intonated and done the setup yet? Yours may already done since it is used but that isn't always the case.
    You got an unheard of price. I got mine $391 w/case and was thrilled at the price. You hit the mother load at $275 w/case. Heck that still is a good price w/no case. A new Casino is $599 w/o case.
     
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