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Played a new Casino Elitist today at my local retail store and really loved it. A bit more than I wanted to spend so I am considering looking on the used market. Does anybody know if the neck profiles (the current model is listed as having a 'Slim Taper D') have been consistent throughout the years of Elitist production? I have emailed Gibson the question as well. BTW, I'm an acoustic player and a big Beatles fan and I had a trip into the electric world a few years ago when I bought a used MIC Casino off of a guy on the BeatGear forum. I never really bonded with it and ended up selling it but to me the Casino Elitist (at least the one that I played today) is a much different animal than the MIC (I played one of those today as well). The other guitar that I really loved today was a Gibson ES-339.

 

Thanks. Rob

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Played a new Casino Elitist today at my local retail store and really loved it. A bit more than I wanted to spend so I am considering looking on the used market. Does anybody know if the neck profiles (the current model is listed as having a 'Slim Taper D') have been consistent throughout the years of Elitist production? I have emailed Gibson the question as well. BTW, I'm an acoustic player and a big Beatles fan and I had a trip into the electric world a few years ago when I bought a used MIC Casino off of a guy on the BeatGear forum. I never really bonded with it and ended up selling it but to me the Casino Elitist (at least the one that I played today) is a much different animal than the MIC (I played one of those today as well). The other guitar that I really loved today was a Gibson ES-339.

 

Thanks. Rob

 

the Elitist Casinos have always been made at the Terada factory in Japan. I would imagine the neck profile hasn't changed since they've been in production.

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the Elitist Casinos have always been made at the Terada factory in Japan. I would imagine the neck profile hasn't changed since they've been in production.

 

Thanks, Gibson confirmed as much with the caveat, and I quote "However, every neck is hand shaped and sanded, so you will notice slight variations on each individual neck."

 

Rob

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Thanks, Gibson confirmed as much with the caveat, and I quote "However, every neck is hand shaped and sanded, so you will notice slight variations on each individual neck."

 

Rob

All I can say is that my Elitist is my "go to" and is just a joy to play. See avatar.

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All I can say is that my Elitist is my "go to" and is just a joy to play. See avatar.

Hi Dennis, I can understand. I have been playing tons of electric guitars in the last two weeks trying to find the one that speaks to me and so far it has been the one Casino Elitist (I believe that it is an 2013 or 2014) that I have found to play that feels right so far. Gorgeous sunburst like yours and plays nice and easy. I know that there are used ones available here and online but I'm just hesitant to buy a guitar that I have not played. I'm going to do a bit more looking but my willpower is fading.

 

Rob

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I would recommend that you buy the guitar in hand that truly clicks with you.

 

When I purchased my Elitist Casino in '09, I compared three side by side. Playability was quite similar, but only one had the tone I was after.

 

That Casino remains with me, but even given how good it is overall, I was completely blown away by an ES-330 that came along three years later - again having the opportunity to compare three side-by-side, and finding one that stood head & shoulders above the others.

 

There is no substitute for an in-hand evaluation, and direct comparisons if you're lucky enough to be able to make them.

 

The old cliché is absolutely true: No two guitars are the same.

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