Up for sale, a 2009 Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This now discontinued upscale model was produced in Japan at the Terada factory, loaded with the original pair of Gibson USA P-90 pickups.
Acoustically, the fully hollow all-maple body has an articulate and smooth tone, capturing both the clear note attack of maple as a tonewood and the warmth of the hollow construction. The Gibson P-90s pickups are wound to vintage spec with plenty of midrange bark and a glassy, percussive quality. These pickups can produce dynamic cleans or thick overdrive equally easily, and there’s great harmonic complexity on tap. Featherweight at 6lbs 5oz, this Casino has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders at the nut, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl parallelogram inlay and medium jumbo fretwire that has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650" in width. The headstock retains the original Grover Rotomatic tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the Epiphone Elitist insignia is present on the back of the peghead.
The electronics function as intended, with dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. Hardware includes the dogear pickup covers, ABR-1 bridge and trapeze tailpiece, and the nickel plating has plenty of shine. The oval label is visible through the F hole, with a serial matching the number stamped on the back of the headstock. Plastics include gold reflector cap knobs and the elevated pickguard with raised “E” Epsilon.
The gloss Natural finish highlights subtle birdseye figuring in the maple at the lower bout, and cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original hardshell case with black alligator exterior and purple plush interior is included, and is just as clean as the guitar.