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Hi guys! I recently acquired this Epiphone Casino (Vintage, as is stated in the guitar sticker/stamp located inside the f-hole of the guitar) and I need help in getting the details for the guitar (like its year and where it was manufactured). I'd really appreciate the help guys! Loads of thanks in advance!

 

Here are the photos!

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Lovely guitar! Assuming it is in original condition...

 

1. From a first glance the guitar looks like most modern Casinos made in Korea or China in terms of wood, finish, parts etc.

2. The Orange label and modern pickguard means it is definitely late 80s at the earliest so made in Japan, Korea or China.

3. Korean or Chinese Casinos don't come with a 6 digit serial number or "Casino Vintage" so it's Made In Japan.

4. The hardware looks like it is Nickel and not Chrome, again another sign of it being MIJ.

5. Made in Japan Casinos available to USA and UK markets are 80s Matsumoku or Elitist/Elite. This is neither so probably this guitar was made by a Japanese factory for the Japanese market sometime in the 90s.

 

Conclusion: I would say it is a 1996 Epiphone Casino Made in Japan at the Terada factory for the japanese domestic market.

 

It is possible that it is from 1986 but generally all the 86 casinos I have seen have been Matsumoku which have a look of their own or they are proper 60s spec and that pickguard looks too modern. Could be a replacement though if it was 86 and 27 years old...

 

Does the truss rod cover have 2 or 3 screw holes?

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Lovely guitar! Assuming it is in original condition...

 

1. From a first glance the guitar looks like most modern Casinos made in Korea or China in terms of wood, finish, parts etc.

2. The Orange label and modern pickguard means it is definitely late 80s at the earliest so made in Japan, Korea or China.

3. Korean or Chinese Casinos don't come with a 6 digit serial number or "Casino Vintage" so it's Made In Japan.

4. The hardware looks like it is Nickel and not Chrome, again another sign of it being MIJ.

5. Made in Japan Casinos available to USA and UK markets are 80s Matsumoku or Elitist/Elite. This is neither so probably this guitar was made by a Japanese factory for the Japanese market sometime in the 90s.

 

Conclusion: I would say it is a 1996 Epiphone Casino Made in Japan at the Terada factory for the japanese domestic market.

 

It is possible that it is from 1986 but generally all the 86 casinos I have seen have been Matsumoku which have a look of their own or they are proper 60s spec and that pickguard looks too modern. Could be a replacement though if it was 86 and 27 years old...

 

Does the truss rod cover have 2 or 3 screw holes?

 

Wow, that's a whole lot of information. Thanks brother! :)

 

Anyway, yes, it's in original condition. As far as I know, there has been no modifications done on the guitar since it was first purchased. And the truss rod cover has 2 screws. Any idea how much it's worth? :)

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Looks like a lovely guitar.

 

In this case, I bet "Casino Vintage" indicates "Vintage Sunburst." If it were natural, I bet it would say "Casino Natural."

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Any pics of the back and rear headstock? Also have you looked under the truss rod cover for any additional holes? Only ask as the headtsock and body screams MIC/MIK whilst the 2 hole truss rod cover would be USA not MIJ, the nickle hardware and brown label say MIJ.

 

Does it have a walnut colour back, sides and neck?

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I still think it is Japanese. Neck join seems further up than MIK/MIC but if it was MIJ then it is doing a good job of impersonating a standard Casino.

 

A shot of the back would be interesting to see if it is in burst or walnut.

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I think this is a Terada made Casino, from just before the current Elite/Elitist line, and it is similar to their domestic market, "Casino 64" model, with classic features such as the 2 screw truss rod cover, and the 16th fret neck/body join. It certainly isn`t Matsumoku as the body outline is classic Gibson.

 

I would also be interested to see a photo of the back, although I expect it to have the classic walnut finish, but wonder if the neck is 3 ply maple or 1 piece mahogany?

 

It`s a very nice looking Casino, whatever it is.

 

Steve.

 

P.S. The Japanese made Casino`s usually have "Japan" stamped on the under side of the bridge, if that is of any help.

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