#1
so i am looking for a new guitar and i am really in to the semi hollow body ones and i was just wondering

is the Epiphone casino really as good as its hyped up to be or am i only aware of this guitar because of the beatles cause it looks really nice but i just want to know if the reason this thing is $200 more than most of the other epi and ibanez ones i have been looking at is because john lennon at one point used the model
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#3
I've heard good things about the casino as well, although I've never heard of John Lennon saying he hated it. You may want to check out the epiphone sheraton as well.
#4
John just said it was crippling while recording. And it's a great guitar. I've got one.
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John just said it was crippling while recording. And it's a great guitar. I've got one.



is it worth the extra money compared to the Epi Dot
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John Lennon hated the guitar. He said it was crap or something.

Actually he really liked the thing. He got one in the early 60's and played it until he died. He even repainted it when the Beatles went through their acid stage and sanded it down to the natural wood during his solo career.

Anyway, you might also want to look into an epi riviera.
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is it worth the extra money compared to the Epi Dot


I got an Epi Dot Studio and it's great but they are a bit different. The Epi Casino has no central solid block. While the Epi Dots do as the Gibson ES-335 does. The Epi Casino is like the cheaper version of a Gibson ES-330 but unlike the 335 and the Dots the Casinos ended up becoming more famous and successful adn thus better respected. So what does no central block do? Well it provides a jazzier tone with probably less sustain and greater feedback, which is great if you want the jazzier tone. You can use it for rock but if your going to like playing with a distorted tone alot you may want to get something with a central block. Of course you can get a great distorted tone (presumably I don't have one) from the Casino it just may be less optimal. All I have heard about the Casino has been positive.
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#8
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is it worth the extra money compared to the Epi Dot


i just bought an epi dot deluxe and i cant put it down. i haven't played any casinos tho....

the dot is a tad bassy so it might not suit everyone. but then again it might just be my amp...
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#9
1- A Casino is a hollowbody, not a semi-hollow

2- The old ones are an ES-330 with a different headstock

3- The new ones suck. The old ones are great
#10
If you're talking about the normal Epi production Casino, it's alright but nothing special. For the money it's a fine instrument but that is only a relative thing. There are other brands that make similar guitars a bit cheaper that will be just as good.

However, Epiphone elso have the Elitisit Casino (the last guitar in the Elitist line they still make), and that is fantastic. I had the pleasure of playing one just last week and it was the best full hollowbody I've ever laid my hands on (and that's saying something - I've played an actual 1960 Gibson ES-330). However depending on where you live, these Elitist Casinos can be nearly impossible to get hold of, and they cost a lot more than the usual Epiphone models.
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#11
I own a 1964 ES-330 and I have owned a Casino Elitist.

Casino Elitist is still better then the import but it's kind of like saying a Stagg is better then a Memphis - the both are not that good.

The old 330/Casinos are great. Avoid the new stuff.
#12
Well firstly, there's no reason to "ignore the new stuff". The Elitist Casino's are Gibson production quality - arguably better - and certainly as good as (in fact damn well the same as) the many other high-end guitars coming out of Japan right now, that many people love and will pick over American-made instruments.

Secondly, considering that most people will never even see a ''real' Casino or ES-330 in their lives, let alone afford one, it's not like there's much choice either.
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#13
Epiphone Casinos are nice guitars. I'm saving up for an Elitist one myself.
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