Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue. Page 6. Details of the Epiphone Windsor (E352T) and Epiphone Casino (E230T); possibly 1960s Epiphone's best and least known guitars on one page.
The Windsor was a very short-lived guitar, in some ways analagous to the far better-selling Gibson ES-125 TC, having a short scale and single pickup. But although seemingly a student guitar, it actually had gold-plated hardware. These contradictory features no doubt aided it's quick deletion from the Epiphone range. Epiphone excellence in a graceful thin-body guitar of Florentine cutaway design with single pickup, offering amazing tonal range and handling ease.
By contrast, the Epiphone Casino was to become the guitar famously chosen by members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and many more influential bands of the 1960s. It sold well and still does to this day. The Casino pictured here has typical early sixties features: black plastic covers, and tremotone vibrato.
The Epiphone Casino was only available at this time (at least according to this catalogue) fitted with the Tremotone vibrato, however the next catalogue, the 1962, pictures it with the more familiar trapeze tailpiece, listing the Tremotone as optional.
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