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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Tarkus60, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. Tarkus60

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    97BF405A-7A25-4040-AAE3-5EE0D919E63D.jpeg Love mine! Sounds and plays great, get compliments on it whenever I rock it!
     
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    Did you change anything or is it all stock?
     
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    I love my Casino. I'm a member of the "P90s are the best sounding pickups on the market" club, and the Casino is a perfect platform for them.

    Most Casinos in current production have pretty small necks, so that's the only "con," in my opinion. I like a beefy neck, and when I pick up my Casino after playing, say, my Sheraton or my Tele, the neck on the Casino feels almost "dainty."

    As far as mods, I'm a modding fool. I replaced the tuners with Grovers, replaced the nut with a bone nut, had Lollar rewind the pickups, had RS Guitarworks install a vintage wiring kit, and replaced the bridge with a Nashville-style tune-o-matic.

    Only the bridge replacement was necessary. I'm not sure if this is a recurring problem with all current-production Casinos, but I could not get the guitar intonated with the stock bridge. There just wasn't enough range on the stock bridge to intonate a couple of strings.

    I hope that this helps.
     
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    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I love the idea of casinos but every one that I have played had a (for me) terrible neck. Too skinny and weirdly squared off.
     
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    Actually the only change I made was, the day I got it I noticed the little “E” logo sticker on the pick guard was unstuck so I stuck it to the headstock and it stuck real good there, been there since.
    I did have Sweetwater set it up before delivery and since have changed the strings a few times, still plays and sounds great.
    I prefer a bigger neck but this one’s fine for me, I switch guitars often so I get used to whatever neck I’m playing within fifteen minutes or so.
     
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    Dang it thanks guys I hate skinny necks. I have a classic vibe thinline with a skinny neck.
    I really wanted P90's in my hollow body.
    How skinny? Pics anyone?

    My american standard strat and tele necks are perfect for me.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    There are like 4 versions of Casinos, I think some have different necks.
     
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    E90965E1-51D6-4D82-A7E6-5E79875F3EDD.jpeg Not sure if this helps
    This neck reminds me a lot of my danelectro 59m
    Bought approx a year and a half ago from Sweetwater made in China
     
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    I have an MIC Casino Coupe (14" body, smaller than a full Casino) The factory bridge was buzzy, clanky mess that never intonated properly. I replaced it with a GOTOH GE103B-N-BS, which was a tremendous improvement. The heavy brass saddles seem a good match, and have a wider intonation adjustment. The instrument is now resonant and sweet; the small size and hollow body make it a great couch guitar.
     
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    Dang skinny.
     
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    Thank you sir....yes that is skinny for sure.
     
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    So my search continues. So maybe a 335?
     
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    I just bought an Epi Sheraton, and I love it. It's a bit heavier than my Casino, because it's not a true hollow body (neither is a 335, for that matter). It's got a solid block running the full length of the guitar, with acoustic "wings" on either side of the block.

    The tones are considerably different, with the Sheraton having humbuckers, and the Casino having the glorious P90s I talked about earlier. But the build of the guitar is considerably more substantial, and the neck is nice and beefy.

    Of course, a full-blown Gibson 335 would be an amazing guitar, but those things are EXPENSIVE!!! The Sheraton, with a quality set-up and some few tweaks, makes for a nice, affordable substitute. At this point, I am curious to know what tones you're going for. Not all hollowbodies are the same sonically, by any stretch of the imagination.
     
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    How close to Louisville are you?
    I want a P90 tone in a hollow body. I am a new player 2 years and a old Marine who loves guitar.
     
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    I recently did some set up work on a 90s Sorrento. It had a greenish gold burst paint job. Pretty decent axe, and the neck was not a toothpick.
     
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    I have the '61 Reissue limited edition Casino and it does not have a skinny neck. They call it a "slim taper" but, nah. I'd characterize it as a chunky D shape. You might look into finding one of those. It's got Gibson electronics and really hot (probably too hot) Gibson P90s. Nice guitar.
     
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    I'm a couple of hours from Louisville, further east. About an hour south of Lexington.

    You've got three choices, it seems.

    1) Go with a Casino, and learn to live with the smaller neck. I'm a big Beatles fan, I love Gary Clark Jr., and I just wanted to have a Casino in my rotation. The neck is noticeably smaller than the necks on my other guitars, but it's not freakishly small. It's not like playing a mandolin or anything. You'd get used to it, it's a true hollowbody, and the tones are amazing.

    2) Get something like an Epi Dot or a Sheraton, and have a local guitar tech swap out the pickups with humbucker-sized P90s. The upside - you get the body style you want and the tones you want. The downside - neither are fully hollow, if that matters to you (both have the center block I referred to earlier). Also, this option can get into a bit of money, as "mod" expenses can add up quickly.

    3) Try to find another brand that captures everything that you're looking for. Just a quick search of "hollow body P90" on Google produces some interesting options, including this D'Angelico model:

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    Shopping for guitars is so much fun. Happy hunting!
     
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    I know you seem to be discussing semi-hollows, but do yourself a favor and consider the Godin line.

    The Montreal is a fantastic semi and my 5th Ave Kingpin II has become one of my absolute favorites to play....just perfect ergonomics.
     
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