Epiphone Casino Archtop - 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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Capture classic Beatle guitar tones with the Casino!

The Epiphone Casino hollowbody electric guitar is most famous for the time it spent in the hands of the Beatles. The band used it to great success on many of their hits, and now, later generations are discovering the allure of the Casino. The hollow maple body gives you a sound that's warm yet snappy, and the slim mahogany neck is comfortable for anything from riffing to rhythm. But the real magic happens in the iconic dog ear P-90 pickups. They offer up classic jangle when you pick clean, but have an unmistakable bark when you hit them hard. Conjure classic Beatle sound and a whole lot more with the Epiphone Casino!

Epiphone Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Incredible hollowbody tone
  • Classic electronics provide a remarkable, versatile tone
  • 1960s SlimTaper "D" neck profile for smooth playability
Incredible hollowbody tone

With its maple back, top, and sides, the Casino is primed for any style of music. From blues to jazz to rock and beyond, the maple body offers tones that are bright and snappy, but not harsh. Pair that with the set mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard - which bring a touch of thickness and warmth to the tone - and you've got a well-balanced instrument for any genre.

Classic P-90 pickups deliver tonal versatility

A pair of single-coil P-90 pickups are the engine that drives the power of the Casino. P-90 pickups are unique, as they sparkle and shimmer when you pick gently, but they can get mean when you really lean into them. This puts you a myriad of tones at your disposal, including the patented Beatles jangle that was so prevalent across many of their classic tunes.

1960s SlimTaper "D" neck profile for smooth playability

The 1960s SlimTaper "D" neck profile is designed for fast and smooth playability. Thinner than '50s-style necks, this neck profile stays out of the way for fast leads while still being comfortable for rhythm playing. These are just a couple of reasons that the SlimTaper neck is still a favorite with many guitarists, including many here at Sweetwater.

Epiphone Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Maple body and mahogany neck provide incredible hollowbody tone
  • P-90 pickups provide a wide variety of tones
  • 1960s SlimTaper "D" neck profile provides fast and smooth playability
Beatles tones and much more with Epiphone's Casino hollowbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Casino
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple
Top Material Laminated Maple
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Parallelograms
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.68"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic/Trapeze
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup AlNiCo V P-90 Single-coil
Bridge Pickup AlNiCo V P-90 Single-coil
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way switch
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number ETCAVSCH1

Customer Reviews

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An Inexpernsive Gem!

As a beginning guitarist, I waited for a bit to see if I was going to stick with the program. When I decided that I wanted to continue, I was told to go ahead and get a good guitar that plays well. I have been a Gretsch fan ever since I saw George Harrison on the Ed Sullivan Show, and I started looking at them. In fact, I went as far as to purchase a G5420T from a competitor. It was a nice guitar at a decent price, abut the sales staff and the service left a lot to be desired. The only good thing about them was they gave me no hassle when I took it back. When I did, I picked up a Casino off the rack and started playing around with it. I really started liking it and almost told them I'd take it, but then I remembered the dealings I had with Ben Stokes at Sweetwater and decided it was time to drive to Ft. Wayne and meet him. We met, and in a few minutes he had what was to become MY Casino from the warehouse, not off the rack. It had obviously been set up to a great extent and polished and ready to go. The guitar played like butter, and yet had a sharpness to it when I desired. After a tour (well worth the time) and lunch (Again, worth it) from Ben, I headed home and plugged her in. I'm at the point right now where I'm working very hard on sixth-string barre chords, and this guitar is making things a lot easier. Every day I play this thing, it just gets better and better! It is hard for me to realize that this this cost under $600. A total bargain in my book! But what really sold this was the sales and service from Sweetwater. For as long as I play, they will have my business.
Music background: Still learning, maybe ready for a church song or two.

Four Years Later, a Second Review

So I've had the Casino now for four years and have performed some key mods: I switched out the pots for a wider range tone on the neck pickup, and then dropped a Lollar gold foil for dogear route. I also needed to tweak the switch to eliminate some fuzzy mischief in the middle and bridge positions. All of this to say I made the guitar mine. Keep in mind that these are fairly routine adjustments that any guitar could probably use (excepting the $200 pickup mod!). This has become my go to, every day, every gig guitar. Special loves: pushing an amp just slightly past breakup; also comping with rolled back tone. Single note lines can range from sparkle to grunge. I should say that stock pickups in this are more than fine, but the gold foil makes this thing sound like a $5000 axe--except I'm not afraid of taking it out of the case. For the price point, this is just a great guitar.

That sound I've been wanting

I have owned (or still own) Gibson, Fender, G&L, and Ibanez electric guitars. This is my first Epiphone electric and I glad I tried this hollow body. It just sounds great immediately. The fit and finish is great and the guitar plays like a dream. The tones I get out of this guitar right out of the box is amazing. It likes my Vox AC-15C1 which isn't true of all my guitars. I have been pleased with the Masterbuit acoustic series and I am tickled that the quality of this Casino is excellent.

My favorite electric guitar

Paul McCartney once said that if he had to chose just one electric guitar, he would choose The Epiphone Casino and now that I own one, I can clearly see why.This is the most versatile guitar I have ever played and the sounds you can get from it are truly amazing. I defy anyone to find a better made guitar for under six hundred bucks; I feel that strongly about it. Sweetwater does a great job with the setup as well, unlike some other retailers who ship you a virtually unplayable instrument right out of the box. But this guitar, but it from Sweetwater, and you will be one happy guitarist!

Epiphone Casino VS

I recently purchased an Epiphone Casino VS from Sweetwater and I am extremely happy with the guitar and Sweetwater.Alex at Sweetwater was very helpful and knowledgeable when assisting me in the purchase. My Casino arrived on time as promised and I was impressed by the extra care and packaging Sweetwater used to insure that the guitar arrived safe and in perfect condition. Now the Guitar.On inspection I was impressed by the overall quality of the guitar. It has the fit and feel of a more expensive instrument and I would compare it to the quality of many of the Gibson’s and other high end guitars I have owned. Out of the box the action and set up was good. The guitar’s neck needed no adjustment, the frets were perfectly polished and seated with no sharp corners or overhang and there was no string buzzing or dead spots down the length of the fretboard. The sunburst finish was evenly applied with no imperfections that I could find. The tuning keys offered accurate and smooth tuning with no string slippage. Unplugged the guitar had a nice even sound and plugged in the P90’s did not disappoint. I chose the Casino for several reasons. First I wanted a lighter weight hollow body guitar. The natural resonance of this instrument provides a fuller more robust sound when amplified. The P90’s single coil pickups offer a more dynamic sound than the hum bucker style and provide more natural tones. I did own a Casino previously a 1995 model. (Which I regret ever selling.) However I feel this new reincarnation of the Casino model offers better quality then my 95. Also the new slim D neck profile and wider nut make this instrument even more playable. The guitar came with D’Addario 10’s gauge strings on it, which are a little light for my taste. I changed them to D’Addario 11’s and lowered the action. I did have to tweak the intonation and truss rod a bit but after those small adjustments the guitar is a perfect fit for my style of playing. I my opinion The Epiphone Casino is a great investment for any working musician who is looking for a quality and versatile instrument
Music background: Working Musician
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