NGD - 1966 Epiphone Casino E230TD

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by 6124Bassman, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

    May 20, 2018
    Tempe, Arizona
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to pick up this gorgeous 1966 Epiphone Casino. This is definitely a special guitar. The way it feels, sounds, everything is perfect. Parallelogram inlays, tremotone tailpiece, and two P90s. My first guitar with P90 pickups and I’m pretty amazed. Overall the guitar is in pretty great shape, with some wear. The binding has aged into a deep yellow, which compliments the dark stain on the back of the guitar. This is the version with the 19th fret neck joint “long neck” it’s called.

    The guy I got it from also had a Gibson ES-330 Custom Shop for sale as well, and I got to play both to compare. The 330 and Casino are supposed to be equivalents, but I’ve heard the vintage casino is more desirable than Gibson 330s. But that’s not why I chose the casino. The casino just really spoke to me and I felt so comfortable playing it, and it had a totally different sound and feel than the modern custom shop 330.

    It goes without saying that I can get the perfect Beatles tones out of this thing into a Blackface Fender amp. This is the first guitar I’ve owned that I actually liked using the bridge pickup by itself, I can’t find a tone from this guitar I don’t enjoy!

    Overall I’m extremely excited about this one, I can’t belive I got my hands on it!

    I have already ordered a pickguard for it. It is black, and should fit (es-330 long neck guard). I’ll see how I like the black but I may end up painting it white.
    The color on the back of the guitar has to be my favorite part!

    Laquer checking all throughout the guitar.

    Binding has turned a yellow color!
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  2. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Very cool! Enjoy it.
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  3. 64ChevSS

    64ChevSS Electromatic

    Dec 24, 2016
    Innisfil, Ontario
    Bravo - THAT is a beauty!!
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  4. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
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  5. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Always wanted a '60s Casino, never quite had opportunity and means coincide.
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  6. rze99

    rze99 Electromatic

    Aug 8, 2017
    London, England
    Congratulations what a stunner
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  7. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    That is veery sweet, congrats!
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  8. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    A true classic. Gorgous guitar.
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  9. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Sweet . She's a beauty and a nice set up I might add also . Enjoy
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  10. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

    May 20, 2018
    Tempe, Arizona
    I have been wanting an ES guitar for a long time now, when this one came up on my local Craigslist I was freaking out. Then, when I went to text the seller, I realized it was a guy who I had traded with many times before, and he’s into the same gear I am. I had an amp and a guitar I was willing to let go and luckily he was willing to trade! Got to bring this killer guitar home!

    Thank you! Can’t beat a nice Bassman
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  11. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats ,that is a beauty !:cool:
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  12. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    May 13, 2018
  13. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2012
    I like that one!
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  14. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Congrats on the Casino! Beautiful finish!
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  15. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

    May 20, 2018
    Tempe, Arizona
    I seriously can’t get over the finish on the back! My fav part for sure
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  16. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

    May 20, 2018
    Tempe, Arizona
    I have to say that I feel I’ve been missing out on P90s my entire life. I’ve always been a single coil guy, but not much experience with humbuckers to be honest. Just always gravitated to guitars with single coils. But after having P90s for a couple days I feel like they are better for what I play. Thick warm clean tones and nice output to drive your amp a little more than single coils.

    What’s everyone’s opinion on P90s?
  17. stiv

    stiv Synchromatic

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    What I think about P90s? I have at list one of them in every guitar I own but one (ok, two, now that I put the Chinasonics on my Jet Club...). :)
    For me they're the perfect pickup. Now that you can have them noiseless, they're unbeatable, although I still prefere the noise of my 64' soapbars.
    If I ever have to design my dream guitar, a single Dogear P90 on bridge position would be in there.
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  18. CatTones

    CatTones Gretschie

    Jul 28, 2017
    Wow, stunning guitar, Nice REAL checking, Takes a little stress off the Holiday season : )
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  19. 6124Bassman

    6124Bassman Gretschie

    May 20, 2018
    Tempe, Arizona
    Thank you! And yes, for me it actually takes the stress out of FINALS season! Wrapping up my semester in school right now, so when I’m not playing this, I’m studying :(

    Off to take two (out of four) of my finals in about 2 hours!
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  20. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Good news, P 90s are single coils;)
    Big ass single coils! I love them myself.
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