The Casino Story For the Epiphone Company of 1961, the Casino was a small breakthrough. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, Epiphone no longer made jazz archtops. A new era of music had arrived. Epiphone has made a name for itself by producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments for over 135 years. Nashville, TN (June 14, 2011) - Epiphone is bringing back the first Casino in celebration of it's 50th anniversary - the '1961' Casino. Introduced in 1961, the original Casino had unique features that ultimately were never offered beyond that first year. Epiphone Casino 1960's Nicks Guitars. Unsubscribe from Nicks Guitars? Epiphone '61 Reissue Casino 50th Anniversary - Duration: 4:23. Guitar World 96,255 views.more... New Gear • Daily News
Royal Tan with Trapeze TailpieceNashville, TN(June 14, 2011) -- Epiphone is bringing back the first Casino in celebration of it's 50th anniversary - the '1961' Casino. Introduced in 1961, the original Casino had unique features that ultimately were never offered beyond that first year. These include the pre-Gibson era triangle metal logo badge on the headstock, 'Dot' fingerboard inlays, a blank two-ply 'bullet' truss rod cover, a tortoise-colored pickguard with foil 'E', and black dog-ear P-90 pickups. Epiphone has faithfully reproduced these features for a one-of-a-kind retro look not found on Casinos produced after 1961. Other attention to detail includes the correct 'burst' patterns on front and back, a neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), Wilkinson Vintage-Style tuners with white buttons, and the historically accurate rectangle 'blue label' inside the sound hole.
Vintage Sunburst with Trapeze TailpieceSince the original Casinos incorporated parts and electronics from the Gibson factory, the 1961 Anniversary Casino has followed the same philosophy. Epiphone has recreated the original black P90s using a Gibson USA P-90R dog-ear pickup for rhythm and a Gibson USA P-90T at the bridge. They also feature vintage two-conductor, braided, shielded wiring and black plastic covers. Other electronics faithful to the original Casino include a Switchcraft 3-way toggle and 1/4' output jack.
Epiphone Casino 61 Reissue For Sale GunbrokerThe body is made of 5-layer Maple/Birch with a solid Mahogany SlimTaper neck attached using the traditional mortise and tenon neck joint hand-fitted and glued to the body using TiteBond glue. Hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge and your choice of either a Trapeze tailpiece or Epiphone's new reissue of the original Tremotone vibrato. Epiphone is only making a total of 1,961 Anniversary Casinos.
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Vintage Sunburst with Tremotone
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- 5-layer Maple/Birch body with correct 'burst' patterns on front and back
- Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
- Gibson USA P-90R dog-ear rhythm and Gibson USA P-90T bridge pickups
- Locktone Tune-o-matic bridge with Trapeze tailpiece or Epiphone's new reissue of the original Tremotone vibrato
- Wilkinson Vintage-Style tuners
- MSRP: $1332 (Royal Tan with Trapeze Tailpiece), $1332 (Vintage Sunburst with Trapeze Tailpiece), $1415 (Vintage Sunburst with Tremotone)
GibsonSource: Gibson's website
The Epiphone Casino is an absolutely iconic model, perhaps the best-known Epiphone model ever shipped. It was first produced in 1961, at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant; it was based on the Gibson ES-330TD, which was also built there. The vast majority were dual-pickup instruments, however some early examples were fitted with just one P90 pickup. It's legendary status was cemented in the mid-1960s by the patronage of members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks and many more. John Lennon, in particular was often pictured with his Casino, most notably in his Apple rooftop performance of 1969.
Original Kalamazoo-built Casinos are highly collectable, and much-loved as professional-grade instruments. Beyond 1969, Casino manufacture was moved to Japan, and later Korea and China. These guitars, although still adequate instruments, are not to the same standard as the real Casinos produced in the 1960s. The current Casinos are good entry-level and intermediate instruments and are still one of Epiphones best-selling guitar models.