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1998 Epiphone Casino Hollowbody Electric Guitar Manchester City Blue w/ Case & Bigsby, Peerless


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Up for sale, a 1998 Epiphone Casino in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Manchester City Blue gloss finish, complete with a hardshell case. Crafted at the Peerless factory in Korea, this uncommon and discontinued iteration of the Casino stacks up well against the Elitist line, outfitted with a USA-made B12 Bigsby vibrato and an upgraded bridge pickup.

Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has a particularly broad and authoritative natural acoustic bark and cut, capturing both the clear note attack of maple as a tonewood and the warmth of the hollow construction. The P-90 pickups include the stock neck pickup and an upgraded bridge pickup of unknown origin.The bridge pickup really shines here, with the glassy articulation, treble sparkle, and thick midrange growl when overdriven emblematic of a great P-90. The neck pickup is smooth and sweet-sounding, offering plenty of body while still being clear. The guitar is featherweight at only 6lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation with 10-46 roundwound strings.

The neck has a very slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle, almost imperceptible increase in overall heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .870" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood, featuring pearloid parallelogram inlay and flawless original medium jumbo frets. The frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, playing cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain, and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The electronics comprise the original neck pickup and upgraded bridge pickup wired to the original harness with dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each P-90. Hardware includes a nickel-plated ABR-1 bridge and Bigsby B12 USA-made vibrato tailpiece which is responsive and smooth for quick warbles and modestly deep dives. The orange oval label is visible through the F hole, dating the instrument's production to 1998.

The Manchester City Blue gloss finish is a shade virtually indistinguishable from an icy Pelham Blue, with just a touch of greening in the clear coat, framed by ivory binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to some faint finish scratches in the clear coat central to the lower bout on the back, light pick scuffing across the pickguard, and a ding in the mahogany on the back of the headstock. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A premium tweed hardshell case is included.