Up for sale, a 1996 Epiphone Casino in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Crafted at the Peerless factory in Korea, this uncommon and discontinued iteration of the Casino is fitted with a B7 Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Stacking up well against the Elitist line, this Casino is expertly crafted and extremely well-kept.
Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has an articulate airy tone, capturing both the clear note attack of maple as a tonewood and the warmth of the hollow construction. The P-90s pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark, and have a glassy, percussive quality. Whether you want dynamic cleans or thick overdrive, these pickups can produce either with ease and with a refinement beyond most other modern Casino reissues. The guitar is featherweight at only 7lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation with 11-49 roundwound strings.
The neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with a hair more heft and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The smooth gloss finish on the profile feels great on the palm, and the bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay. The original medium jumbo frets retain their full factory height, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale. The truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted, and the neck is straight, offering low action in every register and effortless playability. The bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock has a tiny bit of cloudiness in the gloss central to the face, and the original Kluson-style tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch well.
The electronics are untouched, with nickel pickup covers on the P-90s and gold reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls. The nickel Nashville Tune-o-Matic bridge works in concert with the Bigsby Licensed B7 vibrato, offering a very smooth, even response. The orange oval label is visible through the F hole, dating the instrument's production to 1996. The Sunburst finish is rich and glossy, with just a few faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole and a couple small, shallow dings in the gloss on the neck profile.
This Epiphone Casino is professionally setup, and a rare, discontinued iteration made at the Peerless factory to exacting standards with an upgraded Bigsby vibrato.
The original hardshell case is included.