Up for sale, a 2001 Epiphone Casino in excellent, 100% original 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 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-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 5lbs 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 slender C-shaped profile carve with good shoulder in every register, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay and original flawless medium jumbo frets. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures a full 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 retains the original Kluson-style tuners, turning smoothly and holding pitch well.
The electronics are untouched, and the chrome plated hardware is positively gleaming. Stock plastics include the quartet of reflector cap knobs and pickguard with raised "E" epsilon that shows some requisite light pick wear. The orange oval label is visible through the F hole, dating the instrument's production to 2001. The Sunburst finish is vibrant and glossy, and cosmetic wear is limited to one touched-up finish chip on the treble-side edge on top just beyond the knobs, a few light finish scratches clustered on the back of the bass-side body horn, and a few additional faint marks in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
This Epiphone Casino is professionally setup, and a rare, discontinued iteration made at the Peerless factory to exacting standards.
The original black tolex hardshell case with Epiphone "E" gold silkscreen on the lid is included.