Beautiful, wide nut, early 1963 Epiphone Casino with original case at a bargain price anyone?
This guitar looks the part, there is no doubt. Classic 60s Epiphone burst that seems to scream summertime, setting it apart from its ES-330 stablemates. The colour has faded a little but again this is not too extensive.
In a past life this guitar was modified and fitted with a middle humbucker. The modification also extended to include controls for this pickup. Yuki McClure of Player Grade Vintage purchased the guitar and restored it, filling in the hole and matching the grain as well as refinishing the new sections, leaving the original finish untouched.
The neck is in superb condition with almost no wear. It has been refretted. The headstock is in good shape with a few minor chips and best part of all, this is a highly desired 43mm nut width Casino.
The hardware shows some discoloration and some very slight pitting. The Bigsby is an early 60’s example that replaced the Epiphone tremolo which is included in the sale.
The pickguard is a reproduction as the original was lost.
Electrically everything seems to be correct with some signs of solder joints being disturbed.
The guitar comes in a hardshell case.
Acoustically this guitar has a pleasantly warm tone that certainly tips the hat to Gibson’s archtop heritage. Plugged in the guitar runs the gamut from warm neck pickup to a more honky, biting bridge pickup tone.
These Casinos have a worthy place in the electric guitar cannon and example would make a fantastic addition to any collection.