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1983 Epiphone Casino Vintage Guitar Natural, 1 11/16" Nut, Japan Matsumoku Pre-Elitist


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Up for sale, a 1983 Epiphone Casino in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original padded Epiphone-branded gigbag. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory and featuring a full 1 11/16" wide nut (a feature not offered across all Matsumoku Casino production), this is one of the first Epiphone Casinos ever offered with a Natural gloss finish from the factory, replicating the iconic appearance of John Lennon's "Revolution" Casino.

A rare and early Epiphone reissue produced years before the "Elitist" line was introduced, this Casino has a smooth and lively acoustic tone which translates 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 10-46 roundwound strings.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with modest shoulder, gaining more heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 10th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid parallelogram inlay and original medium jumbo frets that have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The frets show only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The hand-carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, a feature in-line with pre-1965 Casino spec. The headstock features E-branded tuners with bright chrome buttons which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The back of the headstock has a 3-prefix serial for 1983, along with an "Epiphone Authorized Instrument - Japan" sticker.

The electronics are untouched, with a hardware complement includes an ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece. There is notable patina across the nickel P-90 covers and bridge saddles, with more restrained wear on the bridge base and trapeze. The original square white label is visible through the F hole. Plastic parts include the original quartet of gold reflector cap knobs and pickguard with silkscreened “E” Epsilon logo.

The Natural gloss finish is lightly ambered, underscoring some microscopic birdseye figuring in the maple on top. Cosmetic wear is limited to a small amount of buckle worming central to the back, and just a couple additional minor marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Epiphone branded faux leather padded gigbag is included.