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Hi everyone I recently bought an Epiphone Casino, and while I both absolutely love the looks of it (Pau Ferro looked amazing), the acoustic sound and its playability/feel (the edges of the binding were nicely rolled and I love the slimtaper D neck, reminds me of my old spanish guitar), I was having a few issues both with some rattling from the bridge/hardware (including the bridge pickup vibrating) when strumming, the pickup toggle switch being loose, but most importantly the sound of the pickups. I found them to be very hot and muddy, especially the neck pickup, with rumbling noises coming out of the amp when playing the bass strings. I tried to adjust the EQ on the amp, but it didn't help significantly. I have a cheap 20w Harley Benton amp, but my fender Strat sounds clean with every setting. I have heard complaints about the pickups in the casinos being overwound, but didn't expect them to be this muddy. It's a shame because I really bonded with the guitar, but I think I might have to return it and get an Epiphone ES-335 that came out a few months ago. I know they are 2 completely different guitars, but I've heard the humbuckers are lower output compared to the casino p90s. Would you also have returned the casino if you didn't bond with the pickups even though the playability was perfect? And has anyone had any experience with the new ES-335's? Thank you for taking the time!
I know there are some very knowledgeable folks here regarding Casinos so I wanted to share my recent acquisition. I believe it to be around 1975. It has made in Japan stamped blue label without “union made”. Six digit serial. 3 piece maple neck that joins body at 16th fret. Looks like lacquer finish, and knob pointers.
Hi, I wanted an easy guitar playing unpluged too so I bought a vintage sunburst Casino. The guitar is great, nice finish, the feeling is not the same than playing anES-330 Gibson but for the price it' s OK. The only part I upgraded is the pickguard. the case is a cheap tweed from Spider uk. I order the long version tailpiece , same on the US Model for more precision in the sound.