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1963 Epiphone Casino Vintage Electric Guitar, Royal Tan w/ Trem-o-Tone & Case


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Up for sale, a 1963 Epiphone Casino E-230TD in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An early example of the Casino with nickel hardware and the original custom color Royal Tan nitro lacquer finish, this guitar is 100% original save for a replica "low profile" ABR-1 bridge and a hand-carved bone nut.

An extremely well-kept and lively instrument, the natural acoustic tone of the instrument has the note attack and articulation inherent in maple as a tonewood, with the breadth and airy warmth of the hollowbody construction. The original black bobbin P-90 pickup pair delivers glassy sparkle and dynamic, percussive cut in every pickup position with a rich, textured midrange character and plenty of bark and muscle when you dig in. And while the bridge pickup has more chewy growl and treble-centric presence, the neck pickup is bold and thick, retaining the articulation necessary for complex chording. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 10oz, 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 very slender, effortless C-shaped profile carve at the nut with substantial heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. On the dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets show light, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-4, with wear extending beneath just the plain strings until fret 7. This Casino plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. An upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1.670" in width, just a hair shy of a full 1 11/16". The headstock is the shorter, more Gibson-esque variety seen pre-1965, complete with the original set of Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines which still turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The electronics are completely stock, with untouched solder joints and original pots and Sprague Black Beauty tone caps visible through the F hole. Hardware includes a very faithfully replicated modern genuine Gibson ABR-1 bridge with the correct "shaved" or "low profile" base paired with vibrato-equipped Gibson and Epiphone models. The bridge features vintage-spec nylon saddles as well, and the bridge works in concert with the original nickel-plated Trem-o-Tone tailpiece which features its original arm and Brazilian rosewood insert with "E" epsilon foil sticker. This unit has a smooth response for subtle shimmies and bends. Plastics comprise the original quartet of black reflector cap knobs and the original white multi-ply pickguard.

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 figuring in the maple across the back, and the lacquer is as bold and rich as the day it left the factory with no evidence of any finish fade. There are some light finish scratches on the lower bout on the back, and some minor cable worming on the treble-side lower bout on the back as well. Wear is otherwise limited to faint vertical lacquer checking and a few minor marks on the body as a whole, and the neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with just a few minor marks on the profile length.

The original dark gray hardshell case with blue plush interior is included. The case features functional latches and the original handle.