Submitted June 16, 2018 by Mark R. Garner in Covington, LA
"The 'Sgt. Pepper' Guitar. BUY ONE!"
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For those of you who don't know, the Epiphone Casino was extensively used by The Beatles during the recording of 'Revolver' & 'Sgt. Pepper'. John, Paul & George were all attracted to the sound of this immensely versatile fully hollow bodied guitar. More recently, Gary Clark, Jr. has reinvigorated the sonic appeal of the Casino .
You can add me to the very long list of reviewers who absolutely love the sound of the Casino. My tastes run the gamut from Les Paul's jazz period (when Les was playing an Epiphone, btw) to the psychedelic excursions of the Beck & Page era Yardbirds, and early Pink Floyd. The Casino can do it all. If you're in a Megadeth tribute band, this isn't the guitar for you but for almost everything else, this guitar can do it. I prefer keeping my pickup selector in the middle position and adjusting the knobs to vary the sound. I'm not a fan of flat wound strings but I've seen reviews that said the Casino makes a killer "jazz box" when strung with flats.
The Casino has the standard two pup, dual volume & tone, three-way selector switch configuration. Simple but effective. The height of the dog ear P-90's is fixed and can't be adjusted but the pole pieces can be raised to accentuate individual string responses.
Ease of Use
The slim neck and lightweight body combine to make this a very comfortable guitar to play. 'Ease of Use' is the one category where I find fault with the Casino. The spot where the neck joins the body restricts access to the upper frets.
My Casino is of recent manufacture and it does nothing to diminish the Qingdao factory's reputation. I have several newer model Qingdao-produced Epiphones and they are superb instruments. For the price, they're among the best you can find anywhere.
Value? For the price, the new Epiphones simply cannot be beaten. And if you find a "blemished" model at a discounted price on zZounds' website, order with confidence. You're getting a great deal. The blemishes are often hard to find and are ALWAYS cosmetic in nature. I've ordered several and they all played perfectly.
I've owned a total of eight Epiphone guitars and I've never had a problem that required my contacting Epiphone.
The Wow Factor
Wow factor? What, are you kidding?! Google 'The Beatles Epiphone Casino'. You'll see photos of John, Paul & George using the Casino to record some of the greatest music ever recorded. The uber-groovy twin guitar lines played by George & Paul on 'And Your Bird Can Sing' were recorded using Casinos. ENOUGH SAID.
Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.
Rock, rock and rock.
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