#1
Been dreaming for quite a while about getting a "Beatles" instrument, e.g. the Epiphone Casino. Back in the 60s these instruments were good craftsmanship, but what about today? Made in China! I'm currently drooling over the new Casino Coupe. Haven't held one yet and there are now decent reviews available. Is this poison or should I dare buy one?
#2
Opinions differ on who you ask. Beatles fans love them, most everyone else owns a Sheraton or DOT.
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#3
Being a huge fan of The Beatles, Gary Clark Jr., & P90s in general, a couple of years ago I had Casino fever like crazy. I went to Chicago Music Exchange & played all the ones they had in stock. I played a ton of them, and from that experience I'd say it depends on which model you're getting. The MIJ Elitist models were absolutely sublime, but out of my price range. The Chinese Casinos were by no means bad, but I wasn't as thrilled with any of them as I'd hoped I'd be. The impression that I got playing them was that with a little tweaking & modification (a few hardware upgrades, a proper setup, etc.) they could be what I was after, but I still just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger.

I couldn't help but laugh at what JustRooster said, because I ended up playing & buying a superb Korean-made Sheraton-II that day. My reasoning was that (in addition to its superior build-quality & being very nearly the same price as the Chinese Casinos) I didn't own a hollow or semi-hollow at the time & so I felt one with humbuckers would ultimately be more versatile. I've never had any regrets about that guitar. I still play it equally as much as my LP & my Tele, and it'll still get ridiculously 60s & chimey through my TA-30.

I'm still lusting after a Casino, though. I've not played the Casino Coupe so I can't comment on it (though I will say it looks good and is well-priced), but I do know that if I were to get a Casino now, I would save up my money & buy an Elitist model. The difference in cost is pretty big but honestly, the difference in quality is profound and they're totally worth saving the money for.
#4
Who actually can review a guitar (Epi Casino Coupe) that is not yet in stock ???
Last edited by paruwi at Jul 14, 2014,
#5
People who get paid to review instruments, usually.
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#6
Quote by dannyalcatraz
People who get paid to review instruments, usually.


Paid reviews are worthless......IMO of course
#7
Quote by ARom22
Being a huge fan of The Beatles, Gary Clark Jr., & P90s in general, a couple of years ago I had Casino fever like crazy. I went to Chicago Music Exchange & played all the ones they had in stock. I played a ton of them, and from that experience I'd say it depends on which model you're getting. The MIJ Elitist models were absolutely sublime, but out of my price range. The Chinese Casinos were by no means bad, but I wasn't as thrilled with any of them as I'd hoped I'd be. The impression that I got playing them was that with a little tweaking & modification (a few hardware upgrades, a proper setup, etc.) they could be what I was after, but I still just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger.

I couldn't help but laugh at what JustRooster said, because I ended up playing & buying a superb Korean-made Sheraton-II that day. My reasoning was that (in addition to its superior build-quality & being very nearly the same price as the Chinese Casinos) I didn't own a hollow or semi-hollow at the time & so I felt one with humbuckers would ultimately be more versatile. I've never had any regrets about that guitar. I still play it equally as much as my LP & my Tele, and it'll still get ridiculously 60s & chimey through my TA-30.

I'm still lusting after a Casino, though. I've not played the Casino Coupe so I can't comment on it (though I will say it looks good and is well-priced), but I do know that if I were to get a Casino now, I would save up my money & buy an Elitist model. The difference in cost is pretty big but honestly, the difference in quality is profound and they're totally worth saving the money for.



A Sheraton and a TA-30 sounds like fun! I'm not a huge mesa fan, but the TA series is definitely one they got right.
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#8
Quote by paruwi
Paid reviews are worthless......IMO of course

Maybe si, maybe no, but they're the ones who have pre-release access to the instruments for any length of time.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#10
Thank you for yuor thoughts on this! Those of you who have tried out many of the Epiphone semi-hollows, I have a follow-up question related to my wish to buy a "Beatles guitar". The Epi Casino Coupe is not yet in the shops, I belive, but assume it's pretty much as the standard Casino. What would be the verdict if we compare the assumed Coupe with a 339 Pro. The later has coiltapping. How will the 339 in single coil mode sound, compared to the assumed Coupe? I suspect (wrongly?) that the 339 is a more versatile instrumet.
Last edited by kolerisk at Jul 16, 2014,
#11
I've had a 339 Pro at the shop for a while now. It's a solid guitar. The coil-taps sound like every other Epiphone coil tap; weak and lacking definition. That's not all a bad thing, because if you're a huge fan of folks like The Strokes or Vampire Weekend, it'll absolutely nail those sounds.

I haven't been the biggest Epiphone fan the last couple years, but this 2014 fun we're starting to see has improved drastically. Get your hands on them all, buy whichever feels the best. They're all very similar in terms of sound.

If you like the P90 sound and the Casino body shape, I actually quite like the Epiphone Riviera.
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