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Other Casino/330-style guitars?

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

  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I love the Casino/330!

    However, I'm a fan of full 16inch thinline hollow guitars.. Id love to own a real 59 330, or an ES 125/225

    if you're looking for really good quality, Casinos that were made in Korean back in late 90's to early 2000's are one of the best bang for buck..

    Terada made Casinos were good, in fact, the best out of import models.. but the necks are thin, and the nut is also narrow..

    Both Terada and Korean made Casinos have 16th fret join to the body compared to the more traditional 17th fret join..

    Matsumoku Casinos were the earliest Japan made Casinos, early 80's to mid 90's.. they're good, but the necks are bolt on affairs, rather than set neck..

    I started my journey with a MIC Casino, which left me wanting for more quality. it's not a bad guitar, but the quality is just a bit lacking with my specific Casino..

    [​IMG]_DSC1206 by D Y, on Flickr

    [​IMG]_DSC1208 by D Y, on Flickr

    and that led me to getting a Gibson 330.. which replaced my teles as my number 1 guitar..

    [​IMG]Untitled by D Y, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by D Y, on Flickr

    Another one of my favorite is an Epiphone Sorrento, I love the MIK builds as it's the closest you can get to a vintage ES-225 TDC.. with electronics upgarde and pickups, you'll have one great guitar with quality build to boot!

    [​IMG]Untitled by D Y, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by D Y, on Flickr
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  2. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    I have a Gibson ES-390 which is fully hollow and 339 size. Mine has mini humbuckers but they made them with P90s for at least a couple of years. Memphis made in the 2000s as I recall.
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  3. MickM

    MickM Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Oct 13, 2006
    A steel guitar engagment.
    The Orange finish fits perfectly. I had a G&L ASAT that color and there's a guy on a Mando forum that had a handmade F5 style mandolin that was translucent orange. I like it on all of 'em.
  4. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2007
    I’ve heard lots of praise for the Eastmans and I really hope they expand their Romeo line to include a P90 model.
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