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Possible NGD tomorrrow a Casino

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by lexx9, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. lexx9

    lexx9 Tele-Meister

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    I am thinking about picking up a Casino tomorrow if I can find one I like. Any advise on what to look for in a Casino and anything bad to stay away from? It will be the standard version. Not to worried about electronics 9 out of 10 chances that will all be changed anyway. Thanx lexx
     
  2. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

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    i love Casinos and wish i had one. i'd be torn between sunburst (early Beatles) and natural finish (later Beatles).

    they are hollow (not semi hollow) so watch out for feedback....just don't get too close to the amp
     
  3. superbadj

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    I love my Casino.

    Nothing about these sticks out as something to worry about. Just check the normal stuff: neck, action, relief, tuners, etc.

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  4. lexx9

    lexx9 Tele-Meister

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    Wanted a natural but the store had none instock. They had a Sunburst on their rental counter, so I rented that for a week to try it out while my natural was being shipped in. So far nice guitar but trying to get use to combating the feedback at band volumes:eek:
     
  5. Racer5

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    It feedbacks so nicely though, a very 'musical' feedback!
     
  6. ianasdfg

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    I got the limited edition with the bigsby because it seemed to play and sound better than the stock one. We're currently recording and it's getting 90% of the guitar parts ... it has it's own voice/character ... something different.

    It's a kick looking through the history of Beatles recordings and seeing how many classic tracks this guitar featured on.
     

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    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

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    I got one in red, they are awesome. Thye even sound great unplugged.
     
  8. romo

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    I have a standard Casino I got for Christmas. I really like it and fwiw, I have had no feedback issues at all when playing with my band at moderate volumes. It squeals a bit in my small practice room at home but out live I have not had any issue.
     
  9. dburns

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    I've been wanting a Casino for awhile now. Whenever I play one in any store, they seem to be pretty consistent. Maybe that's just me, I don't know, but they always play really nice...sound great too.

    I shouldn't have clicked on this thread, looking at these pics reminds me of how bad I want one.
     
  10. beep.click

    beep.click Poster Extraordinaire

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    Me too, I just got it on Saturday. Didn't know there was such a thing!

    I've been trying to find a good Casino for a few years now. Missed a nice one, and the others I've tried have been really disappointing. The Bigsby one, though, was good enough to take home!
     
  11. ianasdfg

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    Know what you mean.

    I don't use the wobble bar, but for me it seemed to have added cool.

    I think these bigsby ones have a 5 ply maple top as opposed to the other's spruce laminate. I think the originals were maple/birch/maple/birch/maple.

    The sticker says Epiphone Custom Shop ... I never knew there was such a thing?


    Sorry dburns ... look away now :)

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  12. bowman

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    Mine looks exactly like superbadj's. I really like it. Sounds good, looks good, easy to play. It's one of those guitars that you seem to like more and more as time goes on. I don't have much of the dreaded feedback problem, and our band is fairly loud at times.
     
  13. whitebread

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    I found one of those limited bigsby custom editions a couple years ago. It was in the sunburst and was awesome! Really nice build quality, and it sounded so unique. With the bigsby, the feedback was totally controllable in a musical way (if you know what I mean). It sounded like rawk heaven through a 18w Bluesbreaker clone!

    I left it at the shop to sleep on it, as I had three semi 335's at the time, and the wife wouldn't understand the semi vs hollow difference without some convincing. Went back and it was gone:( Haven't found one with that much vibe since.
     
  14. Supernova87

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    Probably the nicest guitar I've ever held in my hands:
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    Mine's a 7yr old Peerless (Korea) model. Dunno about the later Chinese-made ones. A good splashing of gain from the amp does wonders. I like to turn the volume down on the bridge for a good, subtle rhythm sound ala Lennon, or turn it up for a knockout punch.

    Only complaint is that it's slightly neck-heavy, but that's the story with most Gibson-type instruments anyway. It's actually a very light guitar. Easy to play, lovely neck, great sound, looks the part.... I wouldn't swap this thing for anything else.

    Also I'd love to be able to find one of these guitars in ebony/black. They don't seem to appear on eBay often...
     
  15. caliban335

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    Casinos are definitely cool guitars, but I think it's hard to find the "right" one. Between the production movement between Japan, Korea and China and the different (and poorly documented) neck profiles it's difficult to make an informed decision on build quality and a comfy neck.

    A few years ago I was on a Casino quest and bought two in quick succession. The 1997 Peerless made Casino was a turquoise beauty, but the neck was too narrow for me to play. I sold it and got a 2006 Chinese Casino in Lennon-style natural. The neck was better, but the build quality and the pickups were not very good, so I sold it as well.

    At present, I'm on the sidelines. I'll continue to do my research and hope something good shows up locally.
     
  16. cntry666

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    It's strange some of you can't find the right one. I bought mine sight unseen from my friend's music store. It was awesome right out of the box. It's beautiful too. I think the only thing I did was upgrade the tuners to Klusons to match my other guitars.
    Yeah, I'd love one in black and white too but as Supernova pointed out super rare. Ebay does have some cool ones from time to time.
     
  17. J. Hayes

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    I love my Casino and............

    use it quite a bit at some of my gigs. It's light weight compared to the 335 or Sheraton. Since I'm primarily a B-Bender Tele player I have my Casino wired up with just one volume and tone control. The bottom two knobs are still on there but unhooked. Also I have a Bigsby Palm Pedal on it to be able to do some of my B-Bender things if needed. The Casino tends to come out on a "dress up" gig whereas my Tele is more of a "jeans & T-Shirt" type of guitar. Here's a shot of it..........JH in Va.
     

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    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The Casino's are Epiphone's lasting legacy.
    They made some very nice guitars while they were in Kalamazoo.

    If it plays nice, sounds nice, feels right, buy it.
    Treat it with respect and you will have a nice guitar for decades to come.
     
  19. lexx9

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    The one I am renting till mine gets here is awesome! They just want way way too much for a used guitar. There is only $43.00 differance between the rental that is 2 yrs old and has some issues and a brand new one. I really really want the Casino but I am unsure due to the feedback issues. Have to wait and see what mine is like when it gets here.May buy it more for myself then a gigging guitar.
     
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