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  1. On 7/31/2019 at 11:40 PM, M.E. Baird said:

    Hi Mihcmac, 

    Wow!!  thank you. I thought it looked older than an 80s casino.  Will have to get a flight case now for touring.  Cheers M.E. 


    Sorry, that is NOT a 1960 Gibson-made Epiphone.

    Gibson-made Epiphones were NOT using labels like that in 1960. The label would have been blue, as the labels on much of the Gibson-made Epiphones in the 1960s were.

    Here's a 1961 Casino:


    Hard to see, but this is the label it should have if it were truly a 1960:


    Enjoy it nonetheless.

  2. Hi all,

    Looking to acquire the new Epiphone Wilshire.

    I basically am interested in modding it to use Gibson parts wherever possible and short of major surgery. I am hoping for "plug and play" and am mainly concerned about sizing of the various parts and what is available from third-party vendors.

    Just wanted to preface by saying I've never had a post-1970 Epiphone before and I've been trying to do research on these Asian Epiphones but different recent eras have different details about them and it gets difficult to keep everything straight. So I appreciate your time and knowledge.

    I want to have an ABR like an original Wilshire would have had and yes I know that the ABR post would go straight into the wood. I thought I saw a conversion post that will screw into the metric bushing and provide the skinny ABR post? I can't seem to find the vendor that provided this, anyone know?

    Also want to confirm the holes are distanced the same as a Gibson ABR bridge?

    Furthermore, I would suspect the tailpiece is going to have a similar issue where Gibson studs will not retrofit but that someone makes a conversion stud OR a bushing to fit, where I can then fit the Gibson stop and studs. I can't seem to find anyone that has such for sale? Also want to confirm the distance between the studs/bushings would be different than that of the Gibson?


    Again, I'd rather not drill/dowel the guitar to get Gibson parts to fit. Hoping there's a third-party making stuff to retrofit these Gibson components.

    Finally, I have been looking online at the pics of the new Wilshire and was wondering if there was any scarf joints on these? I heard a rumor that the Chinese factory would do away with them if they can get the tooling to do the neck all "in one pass" but not sure if its true. The pictures I have seen make it a little difficult to see (and I know that some models indeed had a different type of scarf than the more obvious ones of the past) but I can't really see it?!? Maybe it's just wishful thinking? What say you?




  3. OK, I did some research and the evidence is pretty clear. 

    Gibson shipping records for June 1962 J160E's:


    George and John received 73157 and 73161.

    As typical with Gibson and other manufacturers, Gibson made guitars in batches. They had a whole batch of J160E's made, at least 10 that shipped 6/27/62 with one shipping 7/20/62.

    So, I was interested to see if others in that batch that had the one-screw truss rod cover.

    Sure enough, I found at least one from that batch with photos that are clear enough to show the one-screw truss rod cover, serial 73153:

    headstock front:


    headstock back:


    serial detail:


    Still is a little screwy (sorry) to me that they would use only one screw on the TRC. Live and learn!


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  4. Hi,

    I have always wondered why the truss rod cover on the 2017 run of the 1962 J160E has only one top screw securing the truss rod cover. Anyone know? Was Lennon's/Harrison's like this? I never noticed this on any (vintage) Gibson, ever.

    Was it an error of the particular run?

    If I were to put on a two-screw truss rod cover, would it have wood there for the lower screw to bite into?




  5. On 2/25/2020 at 8:07 AM, mihcmac said:

    The article I read on the Epiphone site said the Casino was "designed" before the acquisition in 57, the Link has strangely disappeared... It did not say it was released.. hmmm.


    I agree with bobouz.

    BTW, here's the link using the wayback machine:


    I don't see any evidence within that link of the Casino being designed pre-acquisition.


  6. On 2/1/2020 at 9:23 AM, mihcmac said:

    Later, in Germany, he found a R-H Hofner Violin Bass that was fairly symmetrical making it easier to setup for L-H, then Hofner eventually provided a left hand version.


    Source of info on this? His original '61 "Cavern" bass was a factory lefty AFAIK, and not a converted RH.

  7. On 2/1/2020 at 5:50 AM, Larsongs said:

    But, I'm really looking forward to getting one of these USA Casinos & hope they are even better.... Like Custom Shop level..... 


    Well, they're not made in the custom shop but on the regular production line. But they will be fine, I'm sure.

  8. 11 hours ago, Larsongs said:

    I stand corrected... So, if they never refinished them they must have a natural matte finish?


    Also to be clear, when I replied that John's Casino was "never refinished after he stripped it" in response to your original comment you said about John painted it psychedelic after he sanded it, what I meant was that he never refinished it in a non-clear coat post the stripping. IOW, the events went like this: original sunburst finish->"psychedelic" spray paint on rear with paint runs on interior cutaway rims->stripped finish.

  9. 10 hours ago, Larsongs said:

    I stand corrected... So, if they never refinished them they must have a natural matte finish?


    I don't know if George clear-coated his after he stripped it. I presume so as I think George was savvy enough to know that unfinished wood would stain/discolor due to sweat/oils etc. from handling.

    John, on the other hand, probably could care less and was more about function, with aesthetics taking a back seat. Look at his original 325 Rick after it was refinished black. Detailed photos of the time show various nicks/dents in the finish. Hell, the vibrato arm on his second 325 is bent in an unusual way, as well. I think I remember reading that when the Gibson rep inspected his Casino in '97 that the body's surface (I'm paraphrasing here) was "porous". That indicates to me that if indeed it was finished, there wasn't much there at best. So yes, I suspect John's Casino's finish is closer to what you say. 

    In John's eyes, I suspect he considered his gear as mere tools. I think George took a little better care of his gear, relatively speaking.

  10. 5 hours ago, Larsongs said:

    Neither George or Paul sanded their Casinos finish off.. John did.. But, later painted it Psychedelic. 



    George indeed did scrape the finish off his Casino:


    John scraped/sanded the finish off his after his psychedelic finish attempt in '67 (I think this meant spraying the back?)



    Never was refinished after he stripped it. Here it is in '97 being measured for the 1999 reissue:


  11. 16 hours ago, Larsongs said:

    I've heard that too. It seems at this point nothing official has been released... 

    I hope someone here will keep us informed of official Price & Availability announcements.



    One thing pointing to a summer release... there was another rumor that these USA Casinos at NAMM served as a preview to the summer NAMM... ??? ...which, if true, is kinda like a preview to the preview. 😕 Would explain why the USA Casino is not shown/marketed on the Epiphone site. On the other hand, someone else on another site said their friend that was a dealer is going to be ordering some soon.

    Best thing we can do is just hang tight, I guess.

  12. There's a private forum I frequent that had a really great write up on the history of Epiphone in the '60s. It addresses especially the consideration of pricing and will be invaluable to those that weren't around or don't remember Gibson US-made Epiphones. I thought it was very well written and I wish I could just post a link to it. Failing that, here's the post:
    "That's why there WAS an Epiphone brand, so the parent company CMI could sell guitars to a second dealer when there was already a Gibson dealer in that territory. If a Gibson dealer had a territory, CMI could not sell Gibsons to another store within it. But they could sell Epiphones to the store next door without violating the letter of the agreement.

    Originally, CMI bought Epiphone in a sort of salvage sale, to gain access to its machines and parts for making basses. They soon realized that the brand name itself was valuable, because it gave the a way to get more sales in existing, protected territories by offering a line up that closely mirrored Gibson's to dealers that othwerwise had Gibson unavailable to them.

    Kalamazoo-made Epiphones were never less expensive, second class citizens. In the '60s they were the equivalent of Gibsons in both in price and quality and made in the same facilities, though there were minor price variances that reflected special features and ornamentation, as you'd expect. Some Epiphones were MORE EXPENSIVE than Gibsons, like the Excellente acoustic that has been recently reissued. Epiphone became a budget brand when manufacturing was outsourced to various offshore makers on the '70s to combat the rise of low-cost import brands."
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