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  1. I have it on good authority that the Casino, along with Mr. McCartney is currently in seclusion at his farm and studio in Sussex along with his daughter and her family but yes, he does use it on the road...are you aware that he has tour back ups for his 500/1, his Texan, his Casino and even his '60 LPS Burst? Ostensibly for "back up" but I also have a feeling they're used as "decoys" The video was made for Russia but is in English. I want Keith Smith's job. This has been ten years so maybe his tech is someone else.
  2. I'm not going to go into a thorough history of Epiphone manufacturing as there has been some good information already offered in this thread. Quickly though, the original Epiphone company made guitars first in New York starting c.1927 and then in about 1953 production was in Philadelphia for a few years until Epiphone was sold to Gibson in a sale which Gibson announced on May 10, 1957 for the princely sum of $20,000. The purchase was ostensibly made to provide the jigs and equipment to make a line of stand up basses. but when completed it was discovered that there was a considerable stock of component parts and electronics included as well as a stock of wood . Some of which was burned in protest by former Epiphone employees who weren't happy with the sale. Gibson decided to put use of the parts by creating a second sales line, Epiphone. besides Leo Fender's Precision Bass pretty much killed the stand up bass market in popular music. This also allowed them to expand their sales network by being able to offer a Gibson-made product without infringing upon the exclusivity arrangements they had with their Gibson dealers. This was the birth of the Gibson iteration of Epiphone. In 1959 Gibson decided to replace their entry-level electric archtop, the ES-225 with a new model, the ES-330. Which was also fully hollow like the ES-225 but resembled the newer trend of thinline guitars like the ES-335, ES-345 and ES-355 although these models were "semi hollow" having a solid block down the middle of the body. In 1961 Gibson decided to issue an Epiphone version of the ES-330. This was the 230-E casino. The very first year the ES-330 and the Casino were nearly identical but as was Gibson's practice the following year changes were made to establish the differences between Gibsons and Epiphones in the sales market.. In fact 1962 there were changes through out nearly the entire Gibson product line. For the Casino the big changes came in 1963 when the headstock logo became a pearloid inlay (previously a metal plate), the fret board markers went from white pearloid dots to white pearloid trapezoids and the P-90 pickups went from having black plastic covers to nickel-plated covers. Paul McCartney's Casino was of this type being a 1962 model shipped from Kalamazoo on November 1, 1962 (serial number: 84075). McCartney obtained the Casino (along with his Epiphone Texan) at Christmas time of 1964. McCartney bought the Casino possibly on the advice of British Blues legend John Mayall after Mayall exposed McCartney to the sounds of American blues players such as B.B. King during their late night record listening sessions. Also in 1963 the headstock shape of the Casino went from a short, squat moustache type to a long, elongated shape. John and George were apparently impressed by the Casino (Though George had previously played a borrowed ES-345 on tour) so at the very beginning of the "Revolver " sessions in early 1966 they both obtained Kalamazoo-made Casinos. John's with a stop tail piece and George's with a Bigsby Vibrato. In summer of 1968 they both stripped their Casinos down to bare wood and applied a thin coat of clear lacquer for protection. The stated reason for this was because they'd heard that guitars without finishes had better acoustic resonance. In 1970 (though some models were shipped into 1971) Gibson ceased Kalamazoo production of all Epiphones and with few and rare exceptions there's been no USA Epiphone production (although I understand Gibson intends to market a custom shop-made Casino later in 2020 ($$$) All three kept their Casinos, John and George until their deaths and beyond (George's is kept at his Friar Park mansion and John's at the John Lennon museum in Tokyo). Paul still has his and it's kept at his Hog Hill Mill recording studio in Icklesham, Sussex England. Didn't intend to write a book but maybe someone found this useful or interesting. Hey, I gotta do whatever I can to get and keep that reputation thing out of the red. lol.
  3. Gralst-I was looking on Sweetwater's website, today, and saw the Spruce topped Epiphone Caballero Artist guitar that you spoke about in your January 2020 post.  Did you end up purchasing it?  Or, finding out if it was X braced or ladder braced?

    QM aka "Jazzman" Jeff 

  4. If I was a betting man I'd say you have a 6732E which is what they were called when they first came along in 1971. 6732E was the model number that Aria used on their version of the guitar and the initial Epiphone model was actually an Aria guitar with some superficial changes such as to the headstock. Both guitars were made by Matsumoku and in 1972 the Epiphone nomenclature was changed to FT-130. The guitar is a Grand Auditorium (000)-sized) all laminated mahogany body/spruce top/rosewood fret board guitar as i said, made by Matsumoku in Japan from 1971- ~1980. It had a bolt-on mahogany(?) neck and was the entry model of Epiphone's first Japanese imports. As i also said, it started out about 1969 as an Aria model but the design was also used by Epiphone with some changes. If I recall they listed for $99.99 and streeted for ~$79.99 in 1971. That's about all I can think of at present. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Accurately dating them is near to impossible but that appears to have the blue "Kalamazoo label" so it was made between 1971 and 1976. After 1976 Epiphone's business offices moved to Lincolnwood, Illinois and they changed the label to a more square white label that said "Another quality product from Norlin-Lincolnwood, Illinois.
  5. Looks to be a 1990 Terada (Japan) made standard Casino. To verify this remove the tune-a-matic bridge and if it says "Japan" there you go.
  6. No question about it. Your Casino is a standard production 1990 Terada.. My serial number is 65783...6=1996 5= standard Casino 783= production sequence.
  7. I've been getting a lot of notifications on Face Book about this model which is currently on sale at Sweetwater for $219 and I was wondering if anyone has bought one or has other insight to the model. I am very much a realist and have extremely small expectations but what say you? Is it a decent little sofa guitar I can strum on while watching TV or take out on the boat or to the beach or maybe camping? Is the sound respectable or thin and tinny? I'm just very curious because I didn't really buy myself anything for Christmas and this fits the bill price-wise and although I need another acoustic guitar like I need a STD it looks like it might be fun. Good or bad? Let's hear ya.
  8. I have this guitar but mine was a Christmas present in 1971 and one of the first Matsumoku-made Japanese imports so its model number is 6830E. It's down in my basement and hasn't been played in a very long time but remains an object of sentimentality. Strings-wise you might try some Martins or Ernie Ball Earthwoods in 12-53 gauge. Ernie Ball makes what they call "custom lights" with are 11-53 (I think). The lighter gauge/less tension might be kinder on your guitar since these do have a proclivity to having the neck pocket collapse from drying out after years of being subjected to changing environmental conditions. Good luck.
  9. 6732E was a model number used on Aria guitars 1969-1971 that were re-branded and sold as Epiphones when the first wave of imports appeared c. very late1970. Between 1970 and 1971 this was sold as an Epiphone model. In 1972 the 6732 became the FT-120. The FT-120 stuck around until about 1979. These instruments were completely laminated "000" bodies and were made by Matsumoku in Japan (Never in Kalamazoo). Today their valuation is ~$125-$150 condition dependent.
  10. I think I used to know this guy...
  11. There was also a limited run of USA Texans in 1993/1994 though they bore little similarity to the original or the later reissues for that matter For what I think the USA Texans will street for I might be inclined to go with a second hand (Gibson) Advanced Jumbo. Truth be told I haven't been impressed with what Gibson is flogging as their "modern" acoustics and I have a feeling the USA Epiphones will follow this trend. Gibson does in deed like to fire everyone up with these blasts from the past and get everyone's hopes up but at the end of the day it always ends up being pretty much same old same old nothing burger. We shall see. I already own a '66 and a 2018 Indonesian reissue that I've been quite pleased with so I'm not likely to be one of their prospective buyers but you never know.. Remember: Gibson isn't going to get too close with the minutiae of the reissues for the unwashed masses because they're always looking ahead to selling a very close clone for stupid money to the fanatics with fat wallets.
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  13. Judging by bridge, headstock logo and other details it's a Samick-made (Korean) model made between 1989 and 1994.
  14. I don't like pickguards on ES guitars (They cause static electrical interference).
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