The Epiphone Casino was the guitar that launched the Epiphone company to new heights, despite popular models such as the Broadway, Coronet, Wilshire and Texan, it was the Casino and the favour it found with a little known band called The Beatles that really caused a stir. Discovered by Paul McCartney while looking for a guitar that could produce the rich overdriven tones of Otis Rush, it wasn't long before George Harrison and John Lennon were sporting Casinos on stages all over the world. It was the defining sound of that golden era, featuring heavily on both Sgt Pepper and Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys.
Similar in design to the Gibson ES-335, one difference is that the Epiphone Elitist Casino is fully hollow. This allows the 5 ply Maple top, back and sides to resonate like an acoustic and deliver that super distinctive Casino tone. The Mahogany neck features 22 medium jumbo frets, a 12" radius, 24.75" scale length and a classic SlimTaper D profile. Comfortable and well balanced it offers vintage feel and with the 16th fret neck join allows for good access up the fingerboard.
Just like the original Kalamazoo constructed Casinos, these Japanese Elitist models feature the famed Gibson P-90T and P-90R dogear pickups for the perfect blend of shimmer and growl. Considered by many to be the finest single coil around, they offer high output, crisp treble response and bell like clarity.
Take yourself back to the mid '60s with this absolute gem of a guitar, its slick, oozing with cool and ready to rock n roll.View Full Specs
Body: 5-ply maple with Spruce top bracing
Neck Joint: 16th fret, Glued-in
Fingerboard: Parallelogram inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets
Fingerboard Radius: 12", 24.75" scale
Nut Width: 1.625
Neck Profile: SlimTaper D
Pickups: Gibson P-90T and P-90R