Epiphone Casino Archtop '65 Elitist - Vintage Sunburst

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Go Epi Like the Beatles Did!

In 1964, The Beatles go Epi when George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney buy Epiphone Casinos (the Epiphone Casino is mostly associated with John Lennon). Paul uses his for the guitar solos on "Ticket To Ride." George's Casino, the only one of the three equipped with a Bigsby vibrato, plays the major-scale runs in "Hello Goodbye." All three Casinos are used on "All You Need Is Love."

The Epiphone Elitist '65 Casino, with its clarity and high level of responsiveness, will satisfy precision players who demand well-defined low and high tones. Designed for the professional musician, the Elitist '65 Casino from Epiphone combines over 125 years of instrument building experience and expertise with the finest materials. The result is an instrument of impeccable quality and beauty.

The Elitist '65 Casino Wood
At the heart of every great instrument is the wood itself. That's why every piece of wood used in the Elitist '65 Casino line is hand-selected. It is then slowly and painstakingly dried to perfection in custom kilns until it is at the ideal moisture content. The Elitist '65 Casino features 5-ply maple top, back, and sides.

The Elitist '65 Casino Neck
All Elitist necks are cut at a 14o grain orientation from one piece of wood for optimum strength, stability and tonal response. As with all great instruments, the necks are then carefully and individually fitted to the body using a hand-glued, dovetail neck joint. The Elitist '65 Casino has a 22 fret, 1-piece mahogany set neck with an rosewood fingerboard, which imparts a warm midrange sound.

The Elitist Pickups
All Elitist instruments are equipped with custom-wound pickups made exclusively for Epiphone by Gibson Musical Instruments and feature such uncompromising features as:

- High Quality Cover Materials - All pickup covers use quality German silver with vintage Nickel

- Vintage Braided, Shielded Wire - For authentic vintage look and tone with no noise.

- Full Wax Potting - Every pickup is potted in a special wax bath to insure that microphonic feedback due to internal vibration is eliminated. All covered models receive a second wax bath to further protect the pickup.

- Specially Made Magnets - All magnets are magnetized by Gibson to ensure the total reliability of each magnet's performance. Critical magnetic flux is maintained for the perfect combination of output without sacrificing tonal characteristics.

The Elitist Hardware
All Elitist instruments feature the finest hardware including precision Grover machine heads for precise tuning accuracy
and stability

The Art is in the Elitist Details
The Epiphone Elitist '65 Casino's appointments are nothing but the finest including real abalone and pearl Inlays, bone nuts and saddles, hand-rubbed finishes, USA strings, and goes through a meticulous adjustment and set-up.

Epiphone Elitist '65 Casino Features:
  • Color: Vintage Sunburst finish
  • Body Wood: 5-ply maple back and sides
  • Top Wood: 5-ply maple
  • Neck Wood: 1-piece mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Joint set, 16th fret, 1-5/8" bone nut
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24 3/4
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Pickups: 2 PU P90 (USA single-coil)
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-way selector
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grover
  • Case: Hardshell

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Casino
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminate Maple
Top Material Laminate Maple
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Parallelograms
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.625"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic, Trapeze
Tuners Nickel Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup P90R Single-coil
Bridge Pickup P90T Single-coil
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way switch
Strings (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number ELCSVSNH1

Customer Reviews

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Great Guitar

I love this guitar. It is perfectly finished... binding, fret dressing, finish. I've been using it for swing jazz gigs -- you can get a great fat tone. Also, for quieter country gigs -- like any good hollow body, you just can't play too loud before feedback. The weight is perfect for my aching back. I have ZERO complaints. Did I mention that I love this guitar? I do.
Music background: Professional player


A very beautiful guitar, with a neck that's like butter! But, just wait 'til you hear the sound of the P-90 Gibson USA pickups! Upon your firstminute of playing some chords, you will immediately hear the sounds of The Beatles, Stones, Kinks, etc.! I fell in love with this guitar instantly! As I've cited many times in my reviews, Mike Soper is definitely the guy to ask for when you buy from Sweetwater! He will treat you right, & will answer all your questions with great patience, knowledge, & super-friendliness! Take my advice, & you will see.
Music background: Long-time guitar player

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Randy Akins

This just may be the coolest rock electric guitar ever. It seems like for all the trouble the other guitar styles take to "get it right," the Casino already got it right! The archtop fully hollow body produces a tight, yet extremely open sound, and the P90 dogears capture that sound perfectly. With its superior dynamic range to solidbodies, you will find yourself using less distortion at your amp and yet geting a bigger, fatter, more responsive tone anyway.
See also: Hollowbodies, Epiphone, Epiphone Hollowbody Guitars