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Item Reviews for: Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino with Case  -  EPI ETJL LIST

Amazing guitar, instant favorite.
By: Joe from Beaumont, TX      Submitted: 7/1/2014

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General 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. Quality 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. Feel 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. Tone 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. Finish 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. Value 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! Playability 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.
My Tele and acoustic guitars are going to collect some dust for awhile
By: Scooter from Crystal River, Florida      Submitted: 12/27/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? Came out of the case in almost perfect condition. A little rough edge around the F holes but otherwise perfect. Sound was really nice, can hit some harmonics that will give you a chill. Very light guitar , nice tapered neck. Very easy to play and hard to put down. This is guitar # 7 for me and I think the others are going to collect some dust for awhile. Even sounds nice unplugged. Cannot beat it for the price. Seems a lot better then the base model Casino. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? For the price I think it is made very well. Can work for rock, pop and jazz. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Very and I mean very light. Neck is fast with a slight taper .Controls are easy to get to and I do not accidentally hit the toggle which happens all the time with my strat. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Rings like a bell and smooth as butter. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Really nice, perfect paint job. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I think it sounds and feels like guitars twice he price. Liked it better then a comparable Gibson that was more then twice the price. Playability How was the action out of the box? Action is good. Strings are set a little high for me but I plan to have it set up soon.
I Didn't Go Wrong
By: Steve from Minnesota, anonmyous47370      Submitted: 10/18/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I've looked this over from top to bottom and cannot find anything to complain about. It appears to be well built and has quality workmanship. Those who say not to buy a China made guitar appearantly never picked up one of these. I see no reason why it will not last for years and years. General Your general opinion of this product. I've had this guitar for a couple of weeks now and I really can't find a fault with it. The sound, playability, finish and build all are better than anticipated and worthy of a higher price tag. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Experiment with the settings and you will find that you can get most any sound you may desire. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish is awesome. I have the Vintage Sunburst and it is beautiful.
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