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1984 Epiphone Casino Vintage Guitar Sunburst w/ Bigsby, Japan Matsumoku Pre-Elitist


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Up for sale, a 1984 Epiphone Casino in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory, this rare and early Epiphone reissue features a rich two-tone Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish and original USA-made Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece.

Made 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 8oz and balancing well on a strap. We've had this Casino professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in for low action and accurate intonation with fresh 10-46 roundwound strings.

The three-piece maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more shoulder and overall roundness further up the fretboard, measuring .745" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid parallelogram inlay and original flawless medium jumbo frets that have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the gold silkscreen serial number has a 4-prefix for 1984.

The electronics are untouched, with a hardware complement that includes an ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge and Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece. There is notable patina across the nickel P-90 covers and to a lesser extent on the Bigsby. All original plastics comprise a quartet of gold reflector cap knobs, and the gently aged parchment pickguard which shows some pick scuffing, complete with “E” epsilon sticker. The original square white label is visible through the F hole.

The Tobacco Sunburst gloss finish is framed by ambered binding which exhibits some checking and minor chipping through the clear coat on the body horns and at the bass-side waist. There is a singular filled strap button hole on the bass-side body horn, and cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to just a few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, with one small ding just to the bass-side of the fretboard extension on top. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A form fit faux leather padded gigbag is included.