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1980 Epiphone Casino Vintage Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Japan Matsumoku Pre-Elitist w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1980 Epiphone Casino in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory, this Casino features a dark Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish. A rare and early Epiphone reissue produced decades before the "Elitist" line was introduced, this Casino has a smooth and lively acoustic tone. Translating well through the original pair of Maxon-made P-90 pickups, the guitar delivers the rich midrange bark and percussive cut associated with a P-90, with a dynamic, glassy snap in the top end and a broad bass register growl when overdriven. Offering a refinement far beyond most modern Casino reissues, this vintage Japanese iteration is simply a compelling, easy-playing guitar, weighing a mere 6lbs 5oz and balancing well on a strap. We've had this Casino professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in for optimal action and intonation with fresh 11-49 roundwound strings.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, growing appreciably rounder and fuller in the higher registers of the fretboard with generous shoulder. The profile measures .785" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to .985" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut which features pearl trapezoid inlay and original medium jumbo frets that have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted, with low action all the way to the last fret. The hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features original Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well, along with a 0-prefix serial for 1980 and the original Epiphone transparent dealer sticker.

The electronics are untouched, with nickel pickup covers on the P-90s and a hardware complement rounded out by a Nashville-style Tune-o-Matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece which show light surface patina. The original square blue label is visible through the F hole. Plastic parts include a quartet of original gold reflector cap knobs and the elevated multi-ply pickguard with silkscreened "E" graphic. The Sunburst gloss finish is particularly dark and saturated, and cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the guard, a few spots of isolated ambering of the body binding on the cutaways, and a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

Extremely well-kept, this Epiphone Casino is professionally setup and a rare, discontinued iteration made in Japan to standards that equal (and in some cases exceed) the modern Elitist reissues.

The original brown tolex Lifton-style hardshell case with pink interior is included.