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1964 Epiphone Casino E-230TD Vintage Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1964 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-plated hardware and a particularly unique Sunburst gradient, this guitar is 100% original save for a replica ABR-1 bridge and carved bone nut

An extremely well-kept and lively-sounding 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 is very responsive to player inputs, with a dynamic, glassy treble cut. Percussive, woody and with a textured midrange bark and muscle, this Casino covers significant tonal ground. 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 6oz, 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 with moderate shoulders, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 9th. On the Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets have been lightly leveled and crowned with good meat remaining, showing no wear. This Casino plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. An upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1.650" in width. The headstock retains the original set of Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines.

The electronics are completely stock, with untouched solder joints, original pots which date to the 20th week of '64 and Sprague Black Beauty tone caps. Hardware includes a very faithfully replicated vintage ABR-1-style bridge (made in Japan), complete with nylon saddles and with patina on the nickel plating that perfectly matches the original pickup covers. The original chrome-plated trapeze tailpiece is also present, representing the nickel/chrome pairing seen on Gibson and Epiphone hardware from 1964-65 as the company transitioned from nickel to chrome plating. Plastics comprise the original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs and the original white multi-ply pickguard with "E" epsilon badge.

The gloss nitro lacquer Sunburst finish is an exceedingly rare variant, presenting similar to Argentine Grey and with no red in the burst (distinct from both Epiphone's ubiquitous "Sunburst" and the rarer Royal Tan). The finish is virtually unfaded with some concentrated lacquer checking on the lower bout edge and at the bass-side waist on the back, and even fainter, tighter checking extending across the body. Extremely well-kept, wear is limited to some minor marks and light finish scratches from careful use. There is similarly restrained wear on the neck profile carve, with a few very shallow marks, largely clustered on the bass side of the carve behind frets 10-11.

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