NGD: I'm Acknowledging it, I have a GAS problem. Something RED.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by dreamingtele, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    I've been hit with gas for this guitar for a while now.. Ive had, and have used the iconic guitars that most of us have/had used/tried/owned.. but the only thing I havent had any experience in playing is these type of guitars..

    Honestly, I was really scared to take the plunge because;
    1. wasnt sure it'll fit my rig and the type of music I play.
    2. I vowed to buy the high end models so as not to waste money (buy once, cry once), but I thought I'm just getting my feet wet..
    3. Also, I'm quite unsure if I want this one or the other more famous brother.. but once I saw this one for sale, for a good price, in immaculate condition, along with the case, I bit, and crossed my fingers.
    4. Upgrading pickups isnt as straightforward in case I dont like it, and there's limited options available.. but with all my guitars, I find that the stock pickups are okay, sometimes great, just needed a bit of tweaking but I never had to replace any pickups.. and again, I like to have a lot of options open in case, but this one might be problematic..

    It was shipped to me, and that was the anxious moment of my life, I have no problems buying sight unseen, it was dealing with a stranger halfway across the country and giving him the money, and trusting he would ship, but he did came through.. a gentleman in his senior years just trying to trim down his collection as he doesnt play that much anymore.. It was sitting in its case for ages, because all he plays are Rickenbackers, and he has a lot of it..

    One thing to note is one of the reasons I pulled the trigger is, this is an older model, so it has settled in a bit, also Rosewood board, and not the newer models with Pau Ferro.. so thats a win for me, I love my rosewoods!

    Here it is.. 2014 Epiphone Casino..

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    But oh well. it got delivered here in my office, I opened it up and played it in a boardroom, made sure no one is watching.. LOL, acoustic tones are far out nice!

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    One tone knob has been replaced, and three more spares has been given, but its not the same reflector knobs as the stock ones, it has the Les Paul type knob.. I kind of like it, but I wont change for now..

    Unfortunately Im in the office and cant take better photos, once I get home, I'll set this up, re-string it with 11's and take better photos!
     
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    Beautiful. Congrats man
     
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    Sweet!!
     
  4. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    thanks guys.. I want to go home.. LOL
     
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    Love it! I'm a recent convert to full hollows. Nothing else gets that sound. Love the red as well.
     
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    This is exactly the reason why I got this.. I had a Gretsch G5420T.. that full hollow sound is so different and awesome at the same time.. I cannot replicate that tone with my solid body teles..

    I already had a G5420T, so I want something different and went for this instead.. I was also torn between this and the 335.. Thats for another day I guess.. If I like how this fits into my rig, It'll stay!

    I know I will eat these words very soon, but Im planning to make this as my last purchase as I want to save up all my money and get a White Falcon.. I already have my dream avri62 tele that was a holy grail that I chased for 10 years, nows the time to get the other holy grail.. hopefully I wont have to wait 10 years..
     
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    Casinos are cool! Congrats. I have a black one and love it.
     
  8. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Im just starting to realize that now!!
     
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    That looks great, enjoy!
     
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    Casinos are cool. A red casino is way cool! Always liked it, congrats!
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Thank you!

    I know that these iconic Casinos are most loved in natural color (Beatles), natural isnt my preferred color on electric guitars.. I believe that the 335, and 335 shapes (Casinos, etc etc) are most beautiful in cherry red with body and neck binding...
     
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    Congrats; it’s beautiful.
     
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    I totally agree with you :)
     
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    Coolio!
     
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    Nice! I searched for a few years trying to track down a 90's Sorrento because a poor man's ES125TDC is all I can afford. I traded a Les Paul Studio for it that I did a headstock repair and refinish on. Just to let you know that if you plan on putting a Bigsby on it you would have to go to heavier strings because of the shallow break angle over the bridge causes the higher strings to want to slip out of the saddles. Here's mine...
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    Lovely!
     
  17. dreamingtele

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    Better Photos!

    Here are my observations!
    The BAD
    1. If I bought this bnew, I wouldve been pissed. The strap button is not centered. I’m very OC and this gets my blood boiling. To add to that, there are a few tooling marks on the rosewood board, its just a good thing that its somewhere past 15th fret and i wont be able to access it anyway.

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    2. It feels cheap. I dont know if its just very light, or it just feels like a toy, and I equate that to cheapness. This is the first time I had a Casino, and I never really knew what to expect.

    I had a Gretsch G5420T, Korean-made, all hollow too, and that one feels super solidly built. It didnt feel like a toy, but felt like it can take on a beating. This Casino is going to explode into pieces if I happen to look at it the wrong way.

    3. Tune-O-Crapmatic bridge. I need to replace this, but it works for now. No rattle or buzz.

    4. Thin neck! Its a good thing they’re almost the same thickness with my AVRI62, because I can stand it. I love my Fat necks, but this one is just a tootpick glued onto a body.

    The GOOD
    1. The pickups sounded great to my ears! I did adjust some pole pieces to even out the volume across the string. Really made the difference! volume across three positions are all even. So thats good.

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    2. Wood grain is really nice, front and back, even the neck has some figuring. I love that the cherry red color is just a touch transparent for the grain to come through.

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    3. I dont know why, but I had the easiest and fastest time spent to set up the string action, truss rod tweaks and overall playability of this guitar. I had a difficult time with my AVRI62, and it needs a pro-set up, full level and bone nut to get the playability to where it is now, but this one was a breeze. My AVRI62 and this one has the same action yet this one never buzzed my 62 does a bit.

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    I’m shocked. For a guitar that I think feels so cheap and about to break apart just by looking at it, to be honest, it is my best playing guitar! I dont know what to make of it. It just is. Despite of all the flaws I found, im shocked at how I was able to look past the flaws and enjoy the guitar as it is. Its definitely a fun guitar to play. I never had so much fun on exploring a new (to me) guitar.

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    My conclusion is that even this might have some aesthetic flaws, it was not something I had an issue with. I was more concerned on how it played, and sounded. I passed up on more guitars I can think of that are not so perfect looking but sounded and played great. I think a Gibson ES330 is in my immediate future.

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    Bravo! That's a beauty. Congratulations!
     
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  19. charlie chitlin

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    They're light because they're fully hollow...different from a Gretsch.
    If the bridge doesn't rattle or buzz, what's wrong with it?
    I think the perceived flaws are just typical of the model.
    I had one that hung with my '69 ES330 in every way...including acoustically.
    I still haven't owned a 16-fret 330, though...the 2 longnecks I had just weren't great.
    My Casino has been replaced by a Sorrento, which I love and has already seen a bunch of gigs.
     
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  20. Piggy Stu

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    A Casino can be magic if you let it. Don't sweat about what it is not and love what it is

    You know John Lennon would have got an amazing sound out of it and yours is better finished than his

    I love my Casino
     
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