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Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino with Case

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The Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casinos offer the professional musician the same key features of Epiphone's acclaimed John Lennon signature U.S.A. Casinos but at a more affordable price. Also based upon the 1965 Casino and the Revolution Casino, these two Inspired by versions combine the cost-effective workmanship of Epiphone's own factory in Asia with original Gibson U.S.A. electronics including classic P90 pickups with dog-ear, nickel plated covers and a Switchcraft made toggle and output jack.

Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino Electric Guitar Features

  • Laminated Maple Body with Mahogany SlimTaper Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard with Pearloid Parallelogram Inlays
  • Body and Fingerboard Binding
  • Gibson USA P-90T and P-90R Pickups
  • Switchcraft 3-way toggle and 1/4 inch output
  • Includes Hardshell Case and Epiphone Limited Lifetime Warranty
The Inspired by 1965 Lennon Casino
In 1966, during the recording of Revolver, John Lennon and George Harrison each acquired vintage sunburst Epiphone Casino guitars. The 1965 Casino is a reproduction of the original guitar John purchased with its sunburst finish and stock hardware. Attention to detail includes the correct burst pattern and front and back, neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), vintage style tuners with small metal buttons, black washer around the toggle switch and the historically accurate rectangle blue label inside the sound hole.

The Inspired by Revolution Casino
In 1968, John had his Casino sanded down to the bare wood and covered with a thin, dull finish. During that time, he also replaced the tuners with Gold Grovers and removed the pickguard. He first used this natural Casino during The White Album sessions in 1968. The Inspired by Revolution Casino is a reproduction of this stripped guitar and as it also remains today.

The Complete Package
Both Inspired by Casinos include a hard case while the Revolution version also includes the unattached pickguard and mounting bracket.

Support Music Education
As with all Epiphone Lennon guitars, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each goes to the BMI Foundation for the John Lennon Scholarship Fund which supports music education. Backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 day Customer Service, these new Inspired by Casinos capture the essence of the 1960's and the Beatles with their authentic looks, specifications and one-of-kind sound and feel that only a Casino has. Pickup one today and start a Revolution!

Product Specifications
Epiphone Inspired By John Lennon Casino Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Laminated Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
    • Shape: SlimTaper
    • Joint: Glued-In; 16th fret
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 inches
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75 inches
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Inlay: Pearloid Parallelogram
    • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
    • Radius: 14 inches
  • Binding: Body and Fingerboard
  • Pickups: Gibson USA P-90T and P-90R
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Pickup Switch: Switchcraft 3-way toggle
  • Output Jack: Switchcraft 1/4 inch Jack
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Hardware: Black
  • Machine Heads:
    • 1965: Vintage-style; 14:1 ratio with small metal buttons
    • Revolution: Gold Grovers 
  • Includes: Unattached Pickguard/Mounting Hardware (Revolution ONLY)
  • Case: Includes Hardshell Case
  • Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Joe from Beaumont, TX
Amazing guitar, instant favorite.
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I just bought this guitar 2 weeks ago, and I can't put it down. These are now OOP, and AMS is the only place that has them. Not only that, their price is lower than anybody else's old advertised price. I've tried a few sets of strings on it, and the Slinky 9-42 sound, and feel the best. This model, is the closest to an Elitest (which I've played). To be fair, there's not a huge difference between the two. This Casino suits me fine, and is the only Casino I'll ever need.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The quality is outstanding. It's as close as one can get to the Elitest, without breaking the bank. Epiphone had the right idea, of building their own factory for guitar production, and not relying on a company that would build their competitor's units right alongside them. Based on this quality, I've also got an ES295 Epi in lay-a-way.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Controls work smoothly, as they should, and I love the pointers. The neck is no where near as slim as the vintage Casinos I was playing 26 years ago, and has taken me a while to get used to it.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
What can I say? Nothing else has this sound. The USA P90s really give you a tone unlike any other, combined with the full hollow body. My Gibson 60s tribute Les Paul Goldtop also sports those famous P90s, but it's a completely different sound.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Sunburst us my favorite finish of all, whether on my 2 custom ordered Rickenbackers, from 1984, or Alvarez 5051 acoustic, my 2 Gretsch 1967 Double Anniversaries, 1967 Hofner 500/1 bass, etc. there are only two smudges where the neck meets the body, and they're pretty well hidden. I'd thought of sending them back to Epi Nashville, but I'm not sure id get my same Epi back.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
This IBJL Casino is incredible value for money. For example, I have a 2008 Gretsch 5122, which I won online. The fit/finish, and just plain quality overall was a tremendous disappointment. Even after modding it out, the Casino is streaks ahead, and it even comes with a case!
How was the action out of the box?
The action was ok right out of the box, but the only downside for this Casino, are the nut and bridge. Both seem like inferior Asian quality. So I'm looking into Schaller bridge, and the replacement nut with a zero fret.
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