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1961 Epiphone Casino Vintage Electric Guitar, Royal Tan, First Year w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1961 Epiphone Casino E-230TD in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, finished in custom color Royal Tan and complete with the original gray hardshell case. A notably early Casino from the first year of production, features include black plastic pickup covers, dot inlay, nickel-plated hardware, and a full 1 11/16" wide nut.

Featherweight at 5lbs 8oz, this Casino is an extremely soulful and lively instrument. A single strum yields a broad, relaxed natural acoustic tone that retains the articulation of maple as a tonewood. The original black bobbin P-90 pickup pair delivers glassy sparkle and percussive cut, with a rich, textured midrange character and plenty of bark and muscle when digging in. Very dynamically responsive to player inputs, each position on the three-way switch is distinctive and vital. We've had this Casino professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a slender, effortless C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. On the extremely dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the guitar features pearloid dot inlay and original medium jumbo frets which have been leveled and crowned, still retaining enough meat and currently showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has the shorter, open book shape seen on early Casinos, and is one of the first inlaid with the Epiphone logo after the previous "bikini" badge was retired. The early five-digit serial embossed on the back of the headstock also matches the rectangular blue Epiphone label visible through the F hole. The original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact, functioning as intended with moderate surface patina and original white buttons.

The electronics are completely stock, with untouched solder joints and original pots and tone caps visible through the F hole. Hardware includes an original Gibson no-wire ABR-1 bridge with foundry stamp on the bottom, and the nickel trapeze tailpiece. Plastics comprise the original quartet of black reflector cap knobs, the original black plastic dogear pickup cover pair, and a modern vintage-spec multi-ply aged pickguard, complete with silver foil "E" epsilon.

The gloss nitro lacquer Royal Tan finish is a rare and desirable Epiphone-exclusive iteration of Sunburst, more akin to Ice Tea in its presentation with an ambered center and ruddy red edges and back. The finish highlights the dynamic grain in the maple across the back, framed by binding that also shows gentle yellowing.

There is extremely tight "shattered glass" lacquer checking across the body, with a couple targeted areas of very light buckle wear central to the back, and some additional small dings and finish scuffs from careful use on the body. There is one new piece of neck binding on the bass side from frets 1-2 and there are some small, shallow marks on the neck profile, worn smooth through play and not distracting to the palm in the slightest while fretting.

The original gray hardshell case with blue plush interior is included. The case retains its functional, original latches, and the handle is no longer present.