Re issue model. I wanted a hollow body and decided on John Lennon's guitar. I used to have a GH Telecaster, and regret giving it away to a friend. This casino, though not the top of theline, but is an excellent guitar. Medium action and playablilty. I could not get a better guitar for <400. It is original to the manufacturer. Perfect shape.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: owner
P-90's, 2 PU, Rosewood Frets, Maply Ply body. Cherry Finish. Semi Hollow, Own the guitar for amost 1 year. Very good decision, but not my ultimate. I'm just finding out it's tome range and sound. So much to learn again after 12 years off, and playing acoustic. This guitar is at the low $$ range but rock with great sound for the money. Added9/05: Had it set up and pro adjucted. Much better. I love this guitar. Though no 335 or Gibson, it is a great value.
Smooth and sweet. Not as soft as a LP or other high end guitars, but still nice. After setup it plays much faster and smother. The guy who set it up said it is a good guitar.
Just a practice amp (Line 6 Spiider II), as modeling effects. I play R&R and blues from 60 till now. Not much Metal with this guitar, but it still can give a good wack. Nice clean sound but has some rounch and grind, but not like a SG or Humbucker pickups, but it does play. Not for leads in Heavy Rock.
So far little tuning after I change to a medium guage string. Kept inside so far.
For the price normal street price this is an excellent guitar and a good value in a hollowbody. It's even betted reduced as a refurb. The intermittant/failing switch seems to be a common complain and could stand upgrading, and the P-90's need to be well potted to reduce the tendancy to feed back. I intend to do some occasional amateur giggin with this ax and have no reservations.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $380.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
I believe this Epi was made in Korea. I bought it at a reduced price as a "factory refurb," but the back of the headstock is stamped "2nd". In either case, I can find no flaws in the fit, finish, or sound. It features 2 P-90 single-coil pickups, select maple body and spruce top with F-holes, trapeze bridge, fitted mahogany neck (24.75" scale), neck and body binding, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, 3-way selector switch and parallelogram inlays. This is the non-tremolo model and has a plain harp tailpiece. Finish is a beautiful translucent cherry stain. Tuners are standard economy variety, but work smoothly and hold pitch. (I rate it 4 for overall quality of the hardware)
In a previous life I owned an ES-335 (63 model)which looked nearly identical to the Casino, so my expectations were high. This guitar has the old Gibson thin style neck and close string spacing. My fingers are a bit thicker than they used to be, so I had to clean up my fretting act. I am more used to the thicker, wider strat neck these days, but it only took a few hours to make the adjustment. This is a fast neck with very low action. Setup was a little off out of the box but required only an adjustment to the low E saddle to remove a bit of buzz on the higher frets.
Played through a Marshall MG-50RCD amp, I get dreamy clean, jazzy tones. On the OD channel through a Marshal blues overdrive pedal, it gives me some good B.B.-like sounds. Like all hollowbodies, it produces feedback at fairly low volume levels. Tone is good and consistent down to a setting of about 3 on the volume controls, and rolling back the tone about half way really mellows it out. Controls are quiet.
I wouldn't drop this ax - it's a hollow-body - but the construction is good and solid. I have heard complaints about slipping tuners, but I havent had this problem, and I have replaced the .009's that came on it with .010's, and do a lot of bending. Once the strings are stretched, it stays dead on through several hours of playing.
For me, it has two minor problems - the pickups are somewhat microphonic, adding to the feedback problem, but I am thinking of potting (or repotting) them as the case may be. I love the sound of P-90's. The other is that the selector switch is intermittent in the center "both" position.