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Old 06-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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Epiphone Casino VS Gretsch Electromatic

So I'm in a predicament..

Today I went with my dad just to try out some guitars and see which ones I liked. Basically I tried a Gretsch Electromatic and an Epiphone Casino.


Now I have a choice, the Electromatic for $750 or the Casino for $650.

When I went and tried them I absolutely LOVED the Beatles tone the electro produced.
The way the neck felt was just gorgeous. So this produced basically the early beatles sound I love.

Now with the Casino , I didn't get a chance to plug it into an amp but from what i've heard on youtube and seen, it's got a great sound and it too produces a Beatles sound but late beatles. Does anyone know if it can sound like the early beatles stuff too?

So what would be a good choice? And what are some pros and cons of each guitar?
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Casinos CAN pull off the early Beatles stuff too.

I prefer Electromatics, but it's your choice!
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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Casinos CAN pull off the early Beatles stuff too.

I prefer Electromatics, but it's your choice!



well I've heard about the intonation problems and whatnot cause of the floating bridge...
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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Don't know where you've heard that, you can adjust the intonation.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:48 PM   #5
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Don't know where you've heard that, you can adjust the intonation.



hmmm.. okay but I've heard the casino is more "versatile" in being able to create a broader range of sounds like genres .
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:55 PM   #6
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casino's are great if you want tone which every guitarist should, but the only draw backs i found were my hands were to big to reach the top frets cause the wings were'nt deep enough and to much gain will cause the p-90's to sqeal uncontrolably.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:12 PM   #7
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okay well I've heard that the Chinese made casinos are garbage. Could anyone maybe deduce if this casino is chinese made? : http://www.long-mcquade.com/product...o_-_Natural.htm
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #8
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I'd vote Gretsch.

Generally, they are better made and retain their resale value much longer than Epiphone hollowbodies. If you're someone who hasn't played a floating bridge instrument, it can be a little bit frustrating getting used to it. Although the floating bridge shouldn't be you're only reason for not getting the Gretsch, it's really not that hard to get used to. The Gretsch, unlike the Casino, also comes standard with a Bigsby Vibrato (a B3 if I'm not mistaken) which more than covers the extra cost. The Gretsch also has these things called Dual-Coil Humbuckers, which are constructed differently than your run-of-the-mill PAF copy. They are rather bright for Humbuckers and because they're humbuckers, will reduce some of the feedback you get because of the hollowbody (however, neither will produce uncontrollable feedback). Plus, the Gretsch comes in Black, which looks amazing!
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:33 AM   #9
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I'd save about $350 more and get a Epiphone Elitist Casino It is every bit as good as the Gibson 333 and 1/2 the price. All USA made electronics and tone woods, but made in Japan. And everyone here knows that Japan is just as good quality as most american companys.
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okay well I've heard that the Chinese made casinos are garbage. Could anyone maybe deduce if this casino is chinese made? : http://www.long-mcquade.com/product...o_-_Natural.htm


Its Chinese, mine was made in china and the only thing that suffered was the pickups.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:03 PM   #11
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The current Gretschs and Epiphones in that price range are Made in China and have about the same quality. Both are quite nice and MIC from these 2 brands aren't garbage.

Look for a used G5120, from 2009, awesome necks and MIK. Same with the Epis, look for older models in the used market ... better Bang for the $$$.

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The current Gretschs and Epiphones in that price range are Made in China and have about the same quality. Both are quite nice and MIC from these 2 brands aren't garbage.

Look for a used G5120, from 2009, awesome necks and MIK. Same with the Epis, look for older models in the used market ... better Bang for the $$$.



actually I found at my store a korean made gretsch for that price
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The current Gretschs. . .in that price range are Made in China


Umm... what?

Electromatics are made in Korea, except for the Junior Jet (which sucks!). "Normal" Gretschs are made in Japan, and "custom shop" Gretschs are made in the USA.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:31 AM   #15
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Umm... what?

Electromatics are made in Korea, except for the Junior Jet (which sucks!). "Normal" Gretschs are made in Japan, and "custom shop" Gretschs are made in the USA.


yeah like I said my shop has all korean gretsches so that's great!
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Is it true that some of the lower market gretchs have really varying quality? I have been told by a local guitar maker not to bother with the cheaper ones as the can be very poor at times. Still want one though
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Is it true that some of the lower market gretchs have really varying quality? I have been told by a local guitar maker not to bother with the cheaper ones as the can be very poor at times. Still want one though

play befor you buy, thats the only way to know if a cheap guitar is a lemon or not.
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