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1967 Cherry Epiphone Casino - E230TDC
A vintage Epiphone Casino from 1967, Cherry finish - E230TDC.
Photo 2007 Andy Brauer
Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue1961 full line catalog
The 1961 description mentions humbuckers rather than the single coil P90s more usually associated with the Casino. This anomaly is corrected for the 1962 catalogue
Powerful humbucking pickups with individually adjustable polepieces provide clear tone and wonderful sustain
Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue1962 full line catalog

Brilliant new guitars in a wide range of finishes - dramatic in appearance and tonal qualities. Ultra-modern, thin-body, double cutaway styling in single and double pickup models - with or without trem-o-tone vibrato
Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue1964 full line catalogue

This is the first catalogue to show the Casino in colour
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue1966 full line catalog

Today the electric Spanish guitar is found everywhere... orchestras, combos, jazz bands and as a featured solo instrument. Epiphone electric Spanish guitars suit the need of every player, from the top professional, to the semi-pro, to the amateur
ModelCasino E230TCasino E230TD
PickupsOne single coil dog-ear P90Two single coil dog-ear P90s
Scale24 3/4"
BodyMaple top sides, bound. 16" wide (lower bout), 19" long, 1 3/4" thick
NeckOne-piece set mahogany with binding, rosewood fingerboard with pearloid inlays. 22 frets.
Hardware1 volume and 1 tone control. Tune-o-matic bridge. Tailpiece is either a trapeze, Frequensator or Tremotone vibrola.2 volume and 2s tone control. Tune-o-matic bridge. Tailpiece is either a trapeze, Frequensator or Tremotone vibrola.
FinishesShaded/Sunburst, Royal Tan, Cherry from 1967

The Epiphone range of the 1960s closely followed the Gibson guitars of the same time; they were both made in the same fatory in Kalamazoo, MI, USA. The Casino corresponds to the Gibson ES330 having the same dimensions and construction, but with different headstock shape and (sometimes) tailpiece. The 1961 models came equipped with the Tremotone vibrato, which was optional by 1962. The Frequensator tailpiece was used on a number of models - the point being that it would lengthen either the three thickest or three thinest strings, maximising treble and bass response.

1964 advertisement for the Epiphone Casino, Sorrento, Sheraton and Rivoli bassThe most famous Casino users were Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles, who were given a pair of Casinos in 1965. Both had a sunburst finish, Georges had a Bigsby vibrato, whilst John's had a stop tailpiece. It was Lennons of course that had the most use; he was widely pictured with it, and used it extensively live and in the studio. He also had it stripped down in 1968. Epiphone make two John Lennon signature Epiphone Casinos - one based on the unstripped 1965 model, and one, the 'Revolution' Casino based on the stripped instrument. Epiphone engineers studied the original guitar to get these signature instruments as exact as possible

 double pickupsingle pickup 
1961176153   110 439
1962113211   4512381
1963140169   5215376
1964384235   9715731
1965392305   12828853
1966899456   218821655
19681861297770 6 468
19697829 33   140

Shipping figures for 1960s Epiphone Casinos The earliest Epiphone catalogue to feature the Casino (1961) lists just the single (E230T) and double (E230TD) pickup models - with vibrola as standard. These shipping figures suggest that non-vibrola models were shipped later in the same year. Early finishes were Royal Tan and Shaded (sunburst), and figures do not differentiate between the two. From 1967 Cherry became available (C), and Royal Tan was given the designation RT. From '67 models with no colour code were Shaded

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johnny lightyear Comment left 21st September 2012 05:05:03
hey vintage guitar website 1962 Epiphone Casino Kalamazoo Gibson made one pickup version E230T I need a valuation by email are you a dealer?
Pat Comment left 12th November 2012 21:09:17
I've got a 1970s Epiphone Casino in fair condition. Anyone know what thesr guitars typically go for?
Murray Comment left 10th December 2016 18:06:56
I have a Epiphone Casino 230 TD. In cherry No. 830000. I cannot remember what year it was made. I am thinking of selling it. I hurt my left hand and can't play anymore. Can you tel me what year it was made and what it might be worth. Thanks Murray

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