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Thinline hollowbodies with p-90

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I heard James Bay the other day and while I couldn't stand his voice I loved the sound of his guitar. Found out that he plays a 60ies Epiphone with p-90 (and though I know now that tone has all to do with guitar straps and knobs, or even more thought provoking - the fingers of the guitarist), I would love to try out a hollowbody with p90.

 

I spotted these two on a web shop: "Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino" and the "Epiphone Gary Clark Jr". Both seems like very good guitars and the Gary Clark Blak and Blue have a price I like.

 

Anyone with experiences with these guitars? Other options on p-90 thinline hollowbodies?

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can't go wrong with a Casino. both guitars you mentioned have the Gibson P-90's which are great. I wouldn't worry about the knobs and strap.

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I heard James Bay the other day and while I couldn't stand his voice I loved the sound of his guitar. Found out that he plays a 60ies Epiphone with p-90 (and though I know now that tone has all to do with guitar straps and knobs, or even more thought provoking - the fingers of the guitarist), I would love to try out a hollowbody with p90.

 

I spotted these two on a web shop: "Epiphone Elitist 1965 Casino" and the "Epiphone Gary Clark Jr". Both seems like very good guitars and the Gary Clark Blak and Blue have a price I like.

 

Anyone with experiences with these guitars? Other options on p-90 thinline hollowbodies?

 

Casinos are great guitars. I have yet to play the Casino Coupe, but they look really neat too. May want to look into the new Blueshawk Deluxe. I just bought one and I am floored at the amount of classic P90 tones plus the versatility of the Varitone switch. I can get all the goodness of P90s, semihollow goodness plus a pretty convincing HB thickness and tele twang out of it. I have owned 3 Nighthawks in the past (1 Gibson and 2 Epis) - they are great guitars, but the Blueshawk blows them away tonally.

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I've had an Elitist Casino (see avatar) for a few years now. It's basically my "go to" guitar, followed closely by my Dot. The Gary Clark BnB is pretty close to Elitist spec as I understand it, but doesn't come with a case. You do however, get a choice of Bigsby or not. If I didn't already own my Elitist, I think I'd be getting a GC BnB model.

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Thanks! Didn't know these Epiphones existed until now. A new guitar world for me. Would love one of these in addition to my es 335. I have heard this guitar played clean, but a hollowbody with p-90 might be able to produce some raw tones as well as the clean tones?

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I have had a Casino Coupe for a few days now. I cant compare it to a regular Casino (I haven't got one or used one), but it has a sweet acoustic sound and a proper semi-acoustic tone amplified.

 

It is massively different from my ES-339 in the way it sounds. The ES-339 has a center block & 57 HBs.

 

The Casino Coupe is a true hollowbody with P90s. Of course it has less air in it than a full sized Casino, so I would expect differences.

 

This demo sounds pretty true to the sound I think

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Thanks! Didn't know these Epiphones existed until now. A new guitar world for me. Would love one of these in addition to my es 335. I have heard this guitar played clean, but a hollowbody with p-90 might be able to produce some raw tones as well as the clean tones?

 

Casino MIC 2014 owner here, raws all you'll get, you may struggle to get a clean tone out of the Epi P90's, depending on your amp, I found them to be well overwound and was well pleased to swap them out for something half the output, more in keeping with a 60's P90 spec.

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Casino MIC 2014 owner here, raws all you'll get, you may struggle to get a clean tone out of the Epi P90's, depending on your amp, I found them to be well overwound and was well pleased to swap them out for something half the output, more in keeping with a 60's P90 spec.

 

Which P90s did you swap to?

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A thinline hollowbody with P-90's (in the form of the Epiphone Casino or Gibson ES-330) is one of the most versatile and widely used guitars for many styles of music. Jazz guitarist Grant Green used a Gibson ES-330 for much of his career. Check out the Beatles' "I Want You - She's So Heavy" on Abbey Road --- John Lennon uses both warm clean neck tones and raw bridge pickup from his Casino on it. And the Rolling Stones' classic "Satisfaction" features Keith Richards playing his Casino through a fuzz box for that well-known riff.

 

The Epiphone Sorrento reissue from the 90's is another alternative for a thinline with P-90's.

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Casino MIC 2014 owner here, raws all you'll get, you may struggle to get a clean tone out of the Epi P90's, depending on your amp, I found them to be well overwound and was well pleased to swap them out for something half the output, more in keeping with a 60's P90 spec.

 

That's curious. I get pure cleans on my 2015 model through a Fender Stage 112 SE.

 

What amp are/were you using?

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