In honor of the new JAN/FEB 2015 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine (pictured above), our guitar-centric sister publication, Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado and Epiphone are giving away a brand-new Epiphone Elitist Casino guitar!
For more than 135 years, Epiphone has made its reputation producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments in popular music. While models such as the Broadway, Wilshire, Coronet, Emperor and Texan are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably the company's most famous due to its close association with the Beatles.
The Epiphone Elitist Casino is the ultimate Casino featuring the classic look, sound and features that have made it the go-to guitar for two generations of rock artists including Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards and Gary Clark Jr. And let's not forget the Beatles' John Lennon, who is pictured with his Casino on the cover of Guitar Aficionado above.
For the Epiphone company of 1961, the Casino was a small breakthrough. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, Epiphone no longer made jazz archtops. A new era of music had arrived. The introduction of the Casino was a modern design that announced that Epiphone was ready to begin a new chapter in its long and unique history.
Though from a distance the Casino had the look of an ES-335, the Casino was a true hollowbody that gave players a clear, ringing tone that could be pushed into overdrive when needed. The Casino was an ideal guitar for stage and studio and can be heard on many landmark recordings including the Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.
For more about the Epiphone Elitist Casino, including specs and additional photos, visit epiphone.com and watch the demo video below.