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1984 Epiphone Casino Vintage Guitar Antique Violin w/ Gibson Case, Japan Matsumoku Pre-Elitist


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Up for sale, a 1984 Epiphone Casino in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage Gibson hardshell case. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory, this early Epiphone reissue faithfully captures pre-1964 Casino specs with a full 1 11/16” nut width.

An Epiphone produced decades before the “Elitist” line was introduced, this Casino has a smooth and lively acoustic tone with plenty of warmth faithfully captured by the stock Maxon-made dogear P-90 pickups. The pickups have the midrange bark and percussive cut associated with P-90s; a dynamic, glassy snap in the top end; and a broad bass register when overdriven. Featherweight at 6lbs 6oz, this Casino has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple, three-piece, flame figuring on bass-side third
-Shape: Very slender C at nut, more heft in upper registers, measuring .785” 1st fret, .999” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, bound, parallelogram inlays
-Frets: Medium jumbo, very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, bone
-Tuners: Epiphone “E”-branded, chrome-plated
-Serialization: 4-prefix translates to 1984 build date

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: Maxon-made P-90 x2 (both meter at 8.3k ohms)
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, trapeze tailpiece, nickel-plated pickup covers
-Plastics: Gold reflector cap knobs, replacement three-ply white pickguard, aftermarket "E" epsilon

The gloss Antique Sunburst (Antique Violin) finish highlights subtle birdseye figuring in the maple, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of faint scratches on the back and a few tiny marks on the rims. There are also a few minor reglued splits in the binding at the cutaways. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A vintage Gibson black tolex hardshell case is included.