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  1. I dunno, have you played a vintage Casino? I've played two...one was a junker, a very beat up 68 Casino on its last legs, didn't play nice at all. It had nice pickups though! The other was a 65 in great condition, and sounded just about the same volumewise...again, nice pickups. Also, one of my closest friends has a 1966 ES 330 which sounds and plays great, virtually identical to the Casino. Interesting note: every single one of these guitars had a soundpost in it. The crap Casino had a post made out of a wooden dowel, and the other Casino and 330 both had a small block of wood under the bridge. Do some research on soundposts...they are used in nearly all hollow string instruments to improve balance and resonance. Violins from the 1600s were made with them. I agree with you that they feel very different and are not entirely vintage spec. I wouldn't say they're not authentic...hell, you could say any Fender or Gibson made today is not authentic because the companies aren't owned by the same people they used to be in the 60s. Personally, when I was shopping for my Casino, I tried out the Elitist and A/B'd it with a couple of standards and an IBJL. I found the Elitist excessively muddy and I had trouble with how narrow the neck was at the nut. The standard just felt better, played better, and most importantly sounded better. Plus, it came in cherry red After much modding and fine tuning, it is very much my dream guitar: And now for the artsy, faux vintage pic:
  2. I'd have to see the price of one, but I'm really glad they're remaking the Epiphone Trem. I always loved the look of those.
  3. +1 on the Hagstrom....really freakin cool guitar!! Honestly, when I first was looking to get an ES335 style guitar with humbuckers, I started playing every guitar that I could find in that kind of mold. I was looking for something inexpensive that felt great to play, regardless of brand. Played sooooo many...Dots, Vikings, Schecters, Rivs, felt like I played everything till I stumbled into this ES-type guitar at a local dealer. It was an Arbor (instantly recognizable brand name, I know ), and it played like butter. Amazing playability. I just couldn't get over how nice it felt. I was really surprised that the shop was selling it for $150. Bought it that day, and went online to order a Gibson 57 classic and a DiMarzio 36th aniv PAF reissue. I put the Gibson in the neck, the DiMarzio in the bridge, put CTS pots and orange drops in, switchcraft jack and switch, and voila! Amazing 335 tones at almost the price of a brand new Dot!!!! Highly recommend it to anyone...just find something that feels amazing and go from there. You can upgrade everything else but the feel of the guitar. Here's the Arbor:
  4. I have the Gator vintage ES style one with the pink inner lining, works fantastic and has tons of mojo!
  5. There is a huge difference in sound between the two. The metal covers act as a magnetic shield, muffling the sound quite a bit. The plastic covers don't have any effect whatsoever on the magnet coil, and therefore it makes the pickup sound very open, powerful and chimey all at the same time...the classic P90 sound. A Casino/330 with plastic-covered P90 is a beautiful and versatile guitar. I was inspired to make my change based on a friend's 1967 ES330. He originally had chrome covers on when he got it used, and we both played it and weren't too impressed. The guitar sounded very muted and muffled. Not sexy at all . He switched out the chrome for the plastic to make it more vintage-correct, and the guitar came to life again. It sounded more resonant and woody with the volume rolled off a bit, and when you crank the knobs to 10 the P90s just had so much kick and power behind them it blew us all away. They made the guitar sound massive and open. That night I ordered all the necessary parts and when I installed them, I got the same results. My suggestion is, if you like the sound you have right now then don't change anything!! If you don't, that's definitely something that I would have done first if I had the benefit of foresight. Very cool and very cheap, probably makes a bigger difference then changing the pickup out entirely.
  6. Awesome!!! I bet it sounds as nice as it looks! Reminds me what mine used to look like...
  7. That headstock looks soooooo much nicer with the real Epi logo. Looks a lot classier than even Gibson. I think you guys should seriously consider going with the Nighthawk/Casino/Riviera logo on all of your guitars. I think the Epi LP and SG headstocks are so ugly....maybe all it is is the Gibsonized Epi logo. These look really nice. My $.02.
  8. Oh no, I think I might have something that might get your GAS going.... It's my modded Casino which I just spent 4 hours playing some blues out live, along with some Beatles covers and Radiohead covers. You will not be disappointed at all in your choice! Good luck!!
  9. My experience with the P93 is limited to playing 3 different ones 3 different times whilst expecting to be impressed. It didn't get my attention at all. With any new guitar I'm GASing over (and trust me, a beautiful red Riviera with P90s and a Bigsby was extremely GAS inducing), I try to pick one up and test it with a Vox AC15CC1 or something of the sort. Usually I can work something out but with the P93 the P90s were so....un-P90-like. They didn't react and breakup like a good P90 should, they didn't impress me at all...I was very disappointed because the stock P90s in my Casino were incredible. Granted, those could be switched out for something else, but the gold hardware was already flaking off and the Bigsby was meh. Now, the Casino on the other hand....is probably the best guitar I've ever played. I've modded mine quite a bit, but even stock it blew me out of the water. It would be easy enough to install a Bigsby on a stock cherry Casino. Either way, play both and decide for yourself. Maybe the P93 would be great with a little help! Maybe I'm just hard to please . Hey, it keeps me from buying stuff! Kind of.
  10. Well I'm glad it is working out for you right now...I'm just very surprised that someone willing to shell out $3k+ for Elitist Epiphones doesn't make an amplifier a number 1 priority. A good amplifier makes a good guitar sound great. A great tube amp makes a Casino sound like heaven. Just my 2 cents...
  11. Fingers, I don't want this to come across the wrong way, but why spend $1000 on a nice electric guitar and then not get any amp? Plugging your headphones in doesn't do anything, you can probably barely hear a signal coming out and it's mostly the acoustic sound anyways. If you want good sound/tone/volume, you need to get some sort of amplifier. You don't even need a tube amp, although I highly recommend it. You should get something...anything at all really. The poly finish will not significantly effect the tone of the guitar. Both are roughly the same thickness even, so not even a nitro nut can tell you differently. The big thing with any electric guitar is how the amplifier takes the guitar's naked signal and alters both the volume and tone in very unique ways. It makes no sense at all to have an electric guitar like the Casino, with its great P90 pickups and the relationship between those pickups and the hollowbody construction, and not have an amp. I would do yourself a huge favor and go out and buy an amp. You say you don't need one, I'm assuming cause you're not out playing live gigs all the time...that's fine!! There are plenty of low volume practice amplifiers that sound killer and will help you with your tone. If you want cheap, you can pick up a Vox Pathfinder 15r for just a little over $100 and still get that awesome Beatle chime. If you want a quality practice tube amp, you can get a phenomenal Vox AC4TV for $250. I don't mean to offend in any way. Having an amplifier changes everything, and you really owe it to yourself to get something to play a killer Elitist Casino through!! Hope that helps.
  12. Well the stock P90s are fantastic, just fyi. I liked them before I did the chrome to plastic conversion, too, I just had to crank the treble on my amp. They were very one dimensional, and they didn't really have the P90 punch I was expecting them too. With the chrome covers on, and the hollowbody construction, you end up losing all that chimey high end that you would expect out of a Casino. With the plastic covers, though, you get that high end back, along with a fuller low end and bright mids. With the plastic they just sound so much fuller and stronger, with more chime. Modding is a pain though and it took forever to get it to where it is right now. Along with the plastic stuff and the TRC I put Kluson tuners on it (which are now Grover Super Rotomatics), vintage trapeze bridge, CTS and Switchcraft electronics and Mojo caps, TUSQ nut and saddles...took a while but now I have a guitar that I hopefully will love for the rest of my life. I know that now I'm constantly disappointed by anything else, at least. Apparently an amazing, thoroughly self-modified number 1 guitar is a GAS cure. Well, it delays the symptoms. Kind of. Now I just drool over amps.
  13. Thanks!! It is actually a custom pickguard done by TWANG, another forum member. He did a great job and communicated great to get it to fit perfectly. The pickups are actually the stock Epiphone...kind of. I cut off the chrome covers and decided to try my hand at unwinding the pickups a bit. Messy, but it turned out great! I just replaced the covers with black plastic, which sounds leaps and bounds better than the chrome (the chrome always sounded muddy and dull to me). Also, I like the Cherry/Black combo...always have! I'm thinking about popping a GFS P90 in the neck for kicks, but beyond that it is all modded to completion.
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