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Looking to replace the stock pickups with something less hot and more 'authentic' or old school sounding. So far the only ones I know of that will drop in with no mods are the Kent Armstrong P90 set. Still a tad hot at 8.2k, but still better than stock and the price is right (about $106 for the pair. Made overseas yes, but guessing they are am improvement over the stockers!)

 

Are there any other pickups out there that are a direct drop in? I guess the bridge pickup isn't much of a problem and it's the neck pickup that has different dimensions and causes problems fitting aftermarket pickups?

 

Any experience with Fralins or Lollars?

 

Any advice from others that have replaced the pickups in their Casinos would be greatly appreciated! Mine is a new, 2014 limited run that was for GC/Musician's Friend in the metallic gold, made in China.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Looking to replace the stock pickups with something less hot and more 'authentic' or old school sounding. So far the only ones I know of that will drop in with no mods are the Kent Armstrong P90 set. Still a tad hot at 8.2k, but still better than stock and the price is right (about $106 for the pair. Made overseas yes, but guessing they are am improvement over the stockers!)

 

Are there any other pickups out there that are a direct drop in? I guess the bridge pickup isn't much of a problem and it's the neck pickup that has different dimensions and causes problems fitting aftermarket pickups?

 

Any experience with Fralins or Lollars?

 

Any advice from others that have replaced the pickups in their Casinos would be greatly appreciated! Mine is a new, 2014 limited run that was for GC/Musician's Friend in the metallic gold, made in China.

 

Thanks in advance!

I'm on my 3rd set of p-90s , on my Casino. Currently, Lollars. My favorite, so far. Before that, Biltoft Vintage Vibes. I liked them for what I was using the Casino for, Jazz. But they reside in my Zephyr Blues Deluxe now. The Lollars are a great rock-n-roll pick up on the Casino. Warm, backed off a little, nasty when pushed. You may need to play with shims a little, if installing them, but THEY ARE WORTH IT. KAs are great pickups, for the money. I've purchased 7 different sets of p-90s, in the last 4 years, for 3 different guitars. I'd put them towards the top of the mid-priced PUs. But if you can find a used set of Lollars (like I did), they're the mutt's nuts, as far as I'm concerned. Jason will rebuild your stock ones, if you are partial to chrome. Funny thing is, that costs more than if he started from scratch. Go figure.

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Jason will rebuild your stock ones, if you are partial to chrome. Funny thing is, that costs more than if he started from scratch. Go figure.

 

Hey Everyone,

 

Due to my tremendous backlog of repairs, and the overwhelming demand for our pickups (not complaining!), I am not taking on any more repairs or rewinds at this time. If things loosen up in the future, I may be able to work in a few jobs, but for now I need to focus on the manufacturing side of the business.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued enthusiasm and support! We appreciate it.

 

Jason Lollar

 

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Do you really feel you need to replace the pickups in your Casino? I haven't listened to a Chinese-made Casino myself, but have heard it said that the pickups are better than the ones in the Casinos that were built in Korea and are very good.

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Looking to replace the stock pickups with something less hot and more 'authentic' or old school sounding. So far the only ones I know of that will drop in with no mods are the Kent Armstrong P90 set. Still a tad hot at 8.2k, but still better than stock and the price is right (about $106 for the pair. Made overseas yes, but guessing they are am improvement over the stockers!)

 

Are there any other pickups out there that are a direct drop in? I guess the bridge pickup isn't much of a problem and it's the neck pickup that has different dimensions and causes problems fitting aftermarket pickups?

 

Any experience with Fralins or Lollars?

 

Any advice from others that have replaced the pickups in their Casinos would be greatly appreciated! Mine is a new, 2014 limited run that was for GC/Musician's Friend in the metallic gold, made in China.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

If you have an Epiphone dealer you can get a set of Lennon IB P90s........I have ordered several sets in the past.

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My MIC casino sounds pretty good with stock pups. I love the tone

 

 

I want something more old school/vintage sounding. The stock pickups are just way to hot for my liking.

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Hey Everyone,

 

Due to my tremendous backlog of repairs, and the overwhelming demand for our pickups (not complaining!), I am not taking on any more repairs or rewinds at this time. If things loosen up in the future, I may be able to work in a few jobs, but for now I need to focus on the manufacturing side of the business.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued enthusiasm and support! We appreciate it.

 

Jason Lollar

 

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Do you really feel you need to replace the pickups in your Casino? I haven't listened to a Chinese-made Casino myself, but have heard it said that the pickups are better than the ones in the Casinos that were built in Korea and are very good.

 

 

Yes, I really need to replace the pickups. They sound way too hot. With some dirt on them you lose a lot of clarity and not separation. I get more definition from my '57 Classics in my SG Standard. The super hot pickups just mud up too much and you lose the hollow body sound . Trust me< i don't want to put new pickups in the guitar, I just don't think the stock pickups work for the style of music I play, which is old school country, americana, alt-country type stuff.

 

Thats funny, because I spoke to Lollar 2 days ago and said they'd rewind my Casino pickups for me. Guess I'll be sending them to Lindy Fralin then!

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A potential downside to having the pickups rewound is that your guitar may be out of action longer than you like. If that is important to you, find out the estimated turnaround time before you send the pickups in.

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A potential downside to having the pickups rewound is that your guitar may be out of action longer than you like. If that is important to you, find out the estimated turnaround time before you send the pickups in.

 

Yep, Fralin was about 4 weeks, Lollar about 2 weeks for a rewind.

 

I actually end up going with a Fralin set. Standard bridge and -10% neck. It's the 'short neck' version, so it will seamlessly drop into the Casino. Only reason to get the stockers rewound would be to keep the chrome covers. I'm cool with black covers, and if I ever sold the guitar down the road I could put the stockers back in and keep the Fralins.

 

Once I get the pickups I'll drop them in and a new 50's style wiring harness and will be out of commission for a day, not weeks.

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