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Other Casino/330-style guitars?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by micpoc, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    ... and by "style", I am referring more to construction than to aesthetics, i.e., thin, fully-hollow bodies with P90 pickups. They do not have to be clones, just others that use the same approach (though visual similarity is ok as well).

    Know of any others? I really like the Eastman Romeo guitars, but they currently are humbucker only.
     
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  2. Mike M

    Mike M Tele-Meister

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    Been thinking of a 330 for a while, tempted by the Epiphones made in China, the price is unbelievable

    https://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/products/epiphone-casino-coupe-vintage-sunburst
     
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    Yeah, like that one. Should have mentioned that I am looking for something SLIGHTLY smaller than the Casino/330, and I THINK the T64 is identical, but maybe not.

    The size is my only problem with Casinos/330s; love them otherwise.
     
  5. DougM

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    Epiphone has the Casino Coupe, which is a 339 size Casino, and they also have the Wildkat.
    N_050114C15.jpg epiphone-limited-edition-wildkat-wine-red-351302.jpg
     
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    Not double cut, but guild t100d’s had the franz style p90s, dynasonic style and mini hums. Starfires i-iii were the same. Both can be had vintage sub 2000, often sub 1500, and sometimes stupid low. And they’re excellent instruments. The recent reissues are made in Korea and can be had below 1000 used. I haven’t played any of the reissues though.

    an es-125tdc would be lovely, but they are rare birds, and prices went up when people realized how much less of them there were than the non cutaways. ES-135s were semi-hollow, very nice under appreciated guitars, but the center block is like balsa or something soft. As a result I find that they get much much closer to hollow body tones than a 335. Of course no p90, but you could get a retrofit.
     
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    Gotcha. I think they are slightly smaller, i do know their T386 is slightly smaller than a 335, but not as small as a 339/Casino Coupe
     
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    Was wondering why you weren't already mentioning them haha! They do look quite amazing. Big fan of this colour
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    Looks like the T64 and T386 are both 16'', same as the Casino.
     
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    i could go for that... not usually a fan of green guitars.. but that is just right. My ‘64 vintage Casino still gigs but it shouldn’t.
     
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    Got a Epi ES-339 in Pelham Blue on sale during Black Friday - looks beautiful. Pots and switches feel like crap and the frets really need a polish. No imperfections I could detect on the body, no fret sprout and the P90s sound real damn good. I'll probably switch the pickuguard and PU covers over to cream, swap out the electronics and put a new nut on it and then it should be killer.
     
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    Looks like I was mistaken there!
     
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    Another member here (forget his name, sorry) made the same mods, looks killer!
     
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    Gibson ES-125 (TD or TDC), and its Epiphone "equivalent", the Sorrento.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the Gibson Crest, a little known late 60s model that was essentially a super upmarket 330 with Johnny Smith mini humbuckers and Brazilian rosewood rather than maple top, back and sides. They were marketed as a jazz guitar and for jazz they're not ideal, but they have a wonderful strident, punchy tone that's almost like a Filtertron Gretsch. I use mine for Americana type stuff and it's the best guitar I've come across for that genre.

    Here it is with a pair of 330s - I'll admit to having a soft spot for hollow body ESs!

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    One of the Epi sorrentos with P90s might feel a little smaller than the ES-330 types. Not really sure. Just my opinion here: if quality counts most, try a couple of those Eastman T64v models. Not all are equally good. But if you find a good one, it's REALLY good. I've owned 3 peerless made Epi Casinos, one Epi Elitist casino (MIJ) and a much pricier Heritage H525. The T64v is the one that stays. Sounds and feels better than any other comparable P90 guitars.
     
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    An Epiphone Casino Coupe might check a lot of your boxes- fully hollow, 2 P90s and about the size of a Les Paul without the backache.

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    Epiphone Casino Coupe, 335 Dot Royale & WildKat Studio.
     
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