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1991 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Natural Pre-Elitist Revolution, Japan Terada w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1991 Epiphone Casino in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Produced in Japan at the Terada factory and featuring a gloss Natural finish , this is an uncommon and early Epiphone reissue which preceded the current "Elitist" line. Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has a smooth, bright tone, providing an ideal platform for the original pair of P-90 pickups. These pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark, and a glassy, percussive quality. Whether you want articulate cleans or thick overdrive, these pickups can produce either with ease and with a refinement far beyond most other modern Casino reissues. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation with fresh 10-46 strings.

The three-piece maple neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder at the nut, gaining more roundness and heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .765" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid parallelogram inlay with original medium jumbo frets that show moderate wear, predominantly beneath the plain strings from frets 1-4, with fainter wear beneath the plains extending to fret 8. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

The electronics are untouched, with gold reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls. There's light surface patina on the nickel-plated hardware including the Nashville Tune-o-Matic bridge, dogear pickup covers, and trapeze tailpiece. The Natural gloss finish is accented by the original elevated pickguard with "E" epsilon badge, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches on the lower bout on the back, and sparingly little additional wear on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A black tolex hardshell case is included.