Famous ever since the Fab Four started using it in the '60s, the Epiphone Casino's fully-hollow, laminated maple body brings a familiar jangle to rhythm playing, while its P-90 pickups give it plenty of bite for leads. The basis on which Gibson built their ES Series of guitars -- some of the most enduring instruments in the development of rock'n'roll -- the Epiphone Casino Archtop is truly a guitarist's guitar, rich in tradition, tone, and history. Two P-90 pickups allow you to dial in a huge range of tasty tones with one versatile axe. And at this price, it's the only Casino you can really ever trust not to break the bank.
Classic Construction, Classic Tone
The Epiphone Casino's combination of a laminated maple arched top and hollow maple body offers the discerning tone junkie a veritable smorgasbord of complex tones, rich harmonics and pleasing overtones. Unlike the ES-335 or other semi-hollow instruments of this shape, the Epiphone Casino is a fully hollow instrument. Though slightly more prone to high-gain feedback, an all-hollow guitar is offers richer resonance -- true tone aficionados gladly make the tradeoff. The Epiphone Casino's set mahogany neck and array of dual P-90 dog-ear pickups deliver everything from singing sustain to chimey rhythm jangle, all at the flip of a switch or the stomp of a box. The combination of a pau ferro fretboard with the rest of these carefully selected tonewoods make the Epiphone Casino a wonderfully balanced instrument, both in sound and feel. The four top-mounted control knobs (volume and tone for each of the rhythm and lead pickups) allows for even further tweaking and tonal exploration, presenting a palette rich enough for even the most demanding six-string Centurion.
Like Shaking Hands with an Old Friend
Featuring the tried-and-true Gibson 24.75-inch scale length and 1.68-inch nut width, the Epiphone Casino immediately feels as comfortable as a your favorite pair of jeans or a perfectly broken-in pair of boots. The Casino's neck profile is at once substantial and quick, capable of digging in for some open position chording or slithering around for snakey runs, double-stops, and pull-offs. The bound fretboard edges only add to the Epiphone Casino's comfort, especially for all of you thumb-over-the-top players out there.
Finishes Fit for a Prince
The Epiphone Casino has enough looks to keep up with whatever number of costume changes you happen to throw into your set. Alternately, you can take the John Lennon approach by pulling off the pickguard and sanding off the finish down to the bare wood -- heck, if it helps you write a song half as good as one of his, it would be well worth the effort. Tasteful appointments on the Epiphone Casino Archtop include a classic trapeze style bridge tailpiece, bound pau ferro fretboard with handsome parallelogram inlays, bound body, chrome hardware, and oversized "open book" Epiphone headstock. The Casino Archtop is not an instrument that screams garish pomp; instead, it gently exudes a sense of refined class and taste.