The Casino Story
When it was first introduced in 1961, the Casino was just one of several new thinline archtops designed and produced at the company’s adopted new factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan that it shared with one-time competitor and new partner, Gibson. With the merger came a flurry of new models—many, like the Riviera, Sheraton, and Texan, that are still made today. But just a few years after its introduction, the Casino would arguably become the most world’s most recognized electric guitar in the world and a symbol of the new “British Invasion” of musical acts that took over the pop music airwaves in 1964. The Casino was first adopted by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones who used a Casino to record the demo for “Satisfaction” at Chess Records in Chicago. Howling Wolf took a Casino on his first tour of the UK, appearing on Thank Your Lucky Stars with the Stones. Shortly afterwards, John Lennon and George Harrison bought Casinos for the Beatles 1966 world tour. Behind the scenes, Paul McCartney had also purchased a Casino (along with an Epiphone Texan) which he still tours with today. The Casino would eventually be a featured instrument on every Beatles album for the remainder of their career. And today, the Casino is still the symbol of classic British rock and has powered classic hits by The Kinks, The Beach Boys, as well as Oasis, Paul Weller, U2s the Edge, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and Epiphone Signature artists Gary Clark Jr. and honky tonk hero Dwight Yoakam.
- Classic Hollowbody “thin-line” archtop, a rock staple since 1961!
- Featuring new vintage voiced Dogear P-90T Classic™ single coil pickups
- Mahogany Neck and 5-ply Laminated Maple Body
- Body Material: Laminated Maple
- Top Material: 5-ply Laminated Maple with Basswood bracing
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: SlimTaper™; D-Profile
- Neck Joint: Glued-In, Set Neck 16th Fret neck joint
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard Material: "Pau Ferro" with Pearloid "Parallelogram" inlays
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Nut Width: 1.68"
- Hardware: Chrome
- Machine Heads: Vintage-style Epiphone
- Neck Pickup: Dogear P-90T Classic™
- Bridge Pickup: Dogear P-90R Classic™
- Controls: 2- Volume, 2- Tone
- Knobs: Vintage-style Gold metal inserts with pointers
- Pickup Selector: 3-way Epiphone toggle
- Headstock: Small sloped dovewing with beveled sides; 14 degree angle
- Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
- Tailpiece: Traditional Trapeze
- Pickguard: 3-ply; White/Black/White with metal "E"
- Binding: Top - 1-ply; Cream, Back - 1-ply; Cream, Fingerboard - 1-ply; Cream, Headstock - None
- Strings: D'Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46
- Typical Weight: 6.6 lbs