Up for sale, a 1999 Epiphone Casino in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Crafted at the Peerless factory in Korea, this uncommon and discontinued iteration of the Casino stacks up well against the Elitist line.
Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has an articulate and airy tone, capturing both the clear note attack of maple as a tonewood and the warmth of the hollow construction. The P-90 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. Featherweight at 6lbs 3oz, this Casino has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation .
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid parallelogram inlay and practically perfect medium jumbo fretwire that shows only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width, consistent with spec for pre-1965 Casino models, and a feature that's surprisingly uncommon on Casino iterations. The headstock sports an “E” epsilon truss rod cover, and the Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with pristine chrome plating.
The electronics are untouched, and the chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming. Stock plastics include the quartet of gold reflector cap knobs and pickguard with raised "E" epsilon badge. The orange oval label is visible through the F hole, dating the instrument's production to 1999. The gloss Sunburst finish has a rich red central ring and highlights the dynamic grain across the maple top. This is an exceedingly well-kept guitar, with barely a scratch on the body. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is similarly flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags.