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EPIPHONE | ELECTRIC ACOUSTIC GUITARS | CASINO | TIMELINE

Epiphone Casino Timeline

Chronology of Epiphone's best known thinline

1960s Casino | 1980s Casino | Casino timeline
Keith Richards and his Epiphone Casino

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones with his Epiphone in 1964

Paul McCartney playing his right handed Casino strung lefty

Paul McCartney playing his right-handed Casino strung lefty in the studio with the Beatles

Epiphone 1961 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalog

1961 Casino launched, Tremotone vibrato as standard. The earliest examples, and the guitar shown in this catalogue have dot neck marker inlays and black plastic pickup covers. See the 1961 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue.




Epiphone 1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalog

1962 Tremotone now optional. The dot position markers are upgraded to pearl parallelogram inlays, and by late '62 the Casino also had nickel pickup covers. See the example pictured in the 1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

1962 US prices are as follows:
single pickup E230T $230; dual pickup E230TD $275; with tremotone vibrato E230TV $269.50; E230TDV $314.50


1963 1963 US prices are as follows:
E230T $230; E230TD $275; E230TV $269.50; E230TDV $314.50


1964 advertisement for the Epiphone Casino, Sorrento, Sheraton and Rivoli bass

1964 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones acquired a 1962 Epiphone Casino in May, shortly before the first US tour. His Casino is an early model with black plastic pickup covers and Tremotone vibrola, but with the parallelogram inlays; E230TDV.

It was a great guitar for studio work and clubs. But once we got into theatres and bigger gigs. I found the the feedback and howl of these Epiphones uncontrollable, and I started to go for solid bodies, like the Les Paul

Epiphone 1964 full line catalog

See the 1964 full line catalogue

1964 US prices are as follows:
E230T $260; E230TD $310; E230TV $299.50; E230TDV $349.50


1965 George Harrison and John Lennon are given Epiphone Casinos

1965 US prices are unchanged from 1964:
E230T $260; E230TD $310; E230TV $299.50; E230TDV $349.50


Epiphone 1966 full line catalog

1966 See the Epiphone Casino in the 1966 Epiphone catalogue

In late 1966 Cherry finish was listed as available for order on two pickup Casinos, at $15 extra
1966 US prices are as follows - note the single pickup vibrato model is no longer listed, with the last shipping in 1967:
E230T $285; E230TD/E230TDC $335/350; E230TDV/E230TDVC $375/390


1967 Cherry finished Casinos shipped for the first time. 1967 price lists now list Cherry and Sunburst finishes at the same price.

Peak production of over 1800 instruments shipped.

1967 US prices:
E230T $295; E230TD/E230TDC $365; E230TDV/E230TDVC $395


1968 The single pickup Casino is no longer listed in price lists, and the final 6 are shipped this year.

1968 US prices:
E230TD/E230TDC $395; E230TDV/E230TDVC $425


1969 Lowest number of instruments shipped since the models launch in 1961 - the Casino was discontinued

Norlin took over ownership of CMI (and Epiphone) in December, moving production to Japan.


Epiphone 1976 Casino

1976 The reissue Epiphone Casino was first advertised in Japan as early as 1976





Epiphone 1982 Casino

1982 Reissue available in Antique Sunburst and Wine Red finishes. Japanese made





1997 Current reissue available in Cherry, Ebony, Natural and Cherry Sunburst. Korean made


1999 Two John Lennon signature models released - the 1965 Casino - based on Lennon's original guitars, and the Revolution Casino - based on the same guitar Lennon stripped fin the late 1960s


2003 Current reissue Elitist Casino - available in Vintage Sunburst and natural

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Epiphone USA Collection John Lennon Signature 1965 Casino - Sunburst w HSC, COA

Epiphone USA Collection John Lennon Signature 1965 Casino - Sunburst w HSC, COA

San Fernando, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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1981 Epiphone Casino AS Sunburst  - MIJ Made In Japan w /  Gibson Case - Matsumoku

1981 Epiphone Casino AS Sunburst - MIJ Made In Japan w / Gibson Case - Matsumoku

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2395

Here's a 1981 Epiphone Casino in a factory original Antique Sunburst in very good condition.
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1964 Epiphone Casino Royal Tan

1964 Epiphone Casino Royal Tan

Farmingdale, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Vintage 1965 Epiphone Casino ES230T USA Kalamazoo Factory Electric Guitar ES-330

Vintage 1965 Epiphone Casino ES230T USA Kalamazoo Factory Electric Guitar ES-330

Whitestown, Indiana, 460**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500

Selling my Epiphone 1965 Casino. Same year as Lennons! This guitar has ZERO breaks and is in beautiful vintage condition. Weighs 6lb 3oz. Was purchased from The Music Emporium for 4800 +Tax. Guitar is all original except the frets (originals included) and the tuners (originals included). There is a nice new case, but OG Chipboard case is long gone as most are. This guitar has great checking, worn in feel, and sounds amazing. This is a good one as The Emporium also states in their ... more
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Vintage 1967 Epiphone e230td Casino

Vintage 1967 Epiphone e230td Casino

Beaumont, Texas, 777**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10000

57 year old vintage electric guitar. Amazing condition considering it??s age. Everything works including the knobs, the electronics, and the hardware. Original case and whammy bar. Sure to exceed all expectations.
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1961 Epiphone Casino E-230TD Vintage Electric Guitar Royal Tan, First-Year, Case

1961 Epiphone Casino E-230TD Vintage Electric Guitar Royal Tan, First-Year, Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$14000

Up for sale, a 1961 Epiphone Casino E-230TD in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, finished in custom color Royal Tan and complete with a vintage hardshell case. A notably early Casino from the first year of production, features include black plastic pickup covers, dot inlay, nickel-plated hardware, and a full 1 11 / 16" wide nut
Featherweight at 5lbs 7oz, this Casino is an extremely soulful and lively instrument. A single strum yields a broad, relaxed natural acoustic ... more
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Epiphone Elitist Casino 1965 VS Gitarre

Epiphone Elitist Casino 1965 VS Gitarre

Iserlohn, 58***, GERMANY

€2290

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1984 Epiphone Japan Matsumoku Casino in Natural w /  Original Hardcase

1984 Epiphone Japan Matsumoku Casino in Natural w / Original Hardcase

Norwich, NR2***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1450

Selling a beautiful 1984 Epiphone Casino made in Matsumoku, Japan with it's original hardcase! These hardcases so rarely survive because they're quite thin and can be weak but this one is in fantastic shape and still offers good protection
You can instantly tell a Matsumoku Casino by it's wide "hips" and this is the best example of an 80s MIJ Casino that I've ever seen - the body has some beautiful grain and birdseye maple showing through. It is in excellent shape with no repairs or damage. ... more
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Epiphone USA Collection John Lennon Signature 1965 Casino Limited Edition

Epiphone USA Collection John Lennon Signature 1965 Casino Limited Edition

Schomberg, Ontario, L0G***, CANADA

C $6000

This guitar is used and in excellent condition. It has a limited 1965 total units produced. Yoko allowed Gibson to measure and document John Lennon's actual Casino that he used with the Beatles and his solo career. The result is this very Limited Edition and historically accurate reproduction. The guitar a deluxe Lennon Signature hard-shell case and Certificate of Authenticity. Vintage Sunburst with a double white binding. The neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. The back of the ... more
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Pre-Owned Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino, Vintage Sunburst

Pre-Owned Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino, Vintage Sunburst

Liverpool, L24***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2299

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1999 Epiphone - Revolution Casino JL - John Lennon - #488 of 1965 - ID 3158

1999 Epiphone - Revolution Casino JL - John Lennon - #488 of 1965 - ID 3158

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY

€5105


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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional