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Epiphone EA255

#1 User is offline   Shane16 

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 02:13 AM

Hi all,
My first post on this forum!
I have a Epiphone, what I thought was a casino, but having pulled it out of the loft and checking it out, the sticker inside the body is stamped Model Number - eA255, Serial Number - 366416, "Another quality product from the Norlin, Lincolnwood, Illinois 60646, Made in Japan".
I've tried to find out how old it is, is it worth keeping hold of?but can't find anything on it.
It's in okay condition, not brilliant but not bad either. i actually bought this off a bloke on a building site about 14 years ago for 50 and have never used it.
Have any of you guys got any ideas on what it is, age etc...
Cheers,
Shane

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 03:05 AM

If I don't miss my bet that's one of the Aria-made Epiphones from the seventies. Not very good guitars, worth about $150 or so these days (although, personally, I see them as worthless... I wouldn't buy one at any price). Some people think they are worth something because (a) they're Japanese and ([-o< they're thirty years old. However a thirty-year old Japanese piece of crap is still a piece of crap.

#3 User is offline   Shane16 

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 03:08 AM

Err, thanks, i think

#4 User is offline   RotcanX 

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 03:10 AM

Heh, relax, for 50 you didn't do too bad. Pity the bloke that pays 300 for one of those thinking it's some vintage masterpiece.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:20 AM

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Hi all,
My first post on this forum!
I have a Epiphone, what I thought was a casino, but having pulled it out of the loft and checking it out, the sticker inside the body is stamped Model Number - eA255, Serial Number - 366416, "Another quality product from the Norlin, Lincolnwood, Illinois 60646, Made in Japan".
I've tried to find out how old it is, is it worth keeping hold of?but can't find anything on it.
It's in okay condition, not brilliant but not bad either. i actually bought this off a bloke on a building site about 14 years ago for 50 and have never used it.
Have any of you guys got any ideas on what it is, age etc...
Cheers,
Shane

As Rotty said, it's an early Japanese import (Made by Matsumoku-same people who own Aria guitars 1974-1979) and not an especially good guitar and 50 is about the middle range of what they're worth. It may say 'Casino' on the label but it isn't even remotely close to an actual Casino. But that doesn't stop dream-filled, opportunity-seeking entrepreneurs from trying to get three times that on E Bay. If you can get it functioning and somewhat playable consider yourself fortunate and your money not lost. If not, have a boot sale and hope someone is less fortunate than you at choosing guitars..

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:24 AM

If there worth 150 bucks id gladly buy one. What makes them so worthless?
1993 Epiphone Sherry/ Fender twin/ P-bass/Strat

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:35 AM

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If there worth 150 bucks id gladly buy one. What makes them so worthless?


Bolt-on neck...in a cheap Japanese sort of way, not a Fender sort of way. Cheesy electronics and hardware and they're not particularly attractive-looking though that could be said to be subjective. They happen to be from the 70's which makes them 'old' which plays to the misconception that all things old are valuable and they happen to be made in Japan which plays to the myth that all Japanese products are of exceptional quality..which at the point in time of this guitar being made absolutely wasn't the case...in fact, it was this sort of guitar that gave Japanese products of that time a bad name. Any guitar that's playable is worth something but these models are often touted as being 'vintage collectibles' on places like E Bay and that isn't at all the case.. 50/$150 ? Yeah, maybe but when they start getting up past $300 you can get a far superior current Epiphone in that price range and these guitars don't have a single advantage over the current Epiphones and actually are greatly lacking in many areas.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:45 AM

I always stayed away from them simply because they're ugly. Looking at the pictures on eBay, I knew it wasn't a Casino. It may have been called a Casino, but it wasn't my Casino.

Reading about them now, I'm extra glad I didn't buy one... with their humbucker-shaped pickups.

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