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1988 Epiphone Casino Vintage Electric Guitar Pre-Elitist, Violin Sunburst, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1988 Epiphone Casino in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory, this is an early Epiphone reissue which preceded the "Elitist" line, and this particular Casino sports an uncommon Violin Sunburst finish.

Acoustically, the fully hollow maple body has a smooth, bright tone, offering an ideal platform for the stock pair of P-90 pickups. The pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark, and a glassy, percussive quality. Offering a refinement far beyond most other modern Casino reissues, these pickups are sensitive to picking dynamics with an overarching sweetness and sparkling cut, equally suited to articulate cleans and rich overdrive. Featherweight at 6lbs 9oz, this Casino has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Very slender C, modest shoulder, measuring .760” 1st fret, .865” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, parallelogram inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 9/16”, bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, Gotoh

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple (three-piece)
-Pickups: P-90 x2
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, trapeze tailpiece
-Plastics: Reflector cap knobs, three-ply pickguard with “E” Epsilon silkscreen
-Serialization: Orange oval label dates to ‘88

The gloss Violin Sunburst highlights tight birdseye figuring in the maple on top. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the back. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.