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I've had mine for about three months now. I spent a year questioning how it could be better than my Peerless-made 2001 model, but it was obvious from the second I picked it up (before buying it).

The Gibson USA P-90s are smoother and more mellow than the Korean P-90s, but with more clarity. The neck is a round 60s profile that I've come to expect from my 60s-inspired Wilshire and actual 1964 Cortez, rather than the flat profile on my original and still on recent Qing Dao-made models.

I haven't been able to play it as much as I should, but I really enjoy it. It is absolutely a better instrument.

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7 minutes ago, pohatu771 said:


I've had mine for about three months now. I spent a year questioning how it could be better than my Peerless-made 2001 model, but it was obvious from the second I picked it up (before buying it).

The Gibson USA P-90s are smoother and more mellow than the Korean P-90s, but with more clarity. The neck is a round 60s profile that I've come to expect from my 60s-inspired Wilshire and actual 1964 Cortez, rather than the flat profile on my original and still on recent Qing Dao-made models.

I haven't been able to play it as much as I should, but I really enjoy it. It is absolutely a better instrument.

Wow, thanks. I'm super excited, the only quibble (and its small) is that I wish it had the larger headstock.

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3 minutes ago, Mike Manhost said:

Wow, thanks. I'm super excited, the only quibble (and its small) is that I wish it had the larger headstock.

I'm 50:50 on that. The most famous Casinos have an hourglass headstock, but I like that this one doesn't. It's only the second time (the first being the 2011 50th Anniversary model, which has many cosmetic differences) they've done that since 1963.

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1 minute ago, pohatu771 said:

I'm 50:50 on that. The most famous Casinos have an hourglass headstock, but I like that this one doesn't. It's only the second time (the first being the 2011 50th Anniversary model, which has many cosmetic differences) they've done that since 1963.

I am loving the black pick up covers on the Vintage Sunburst though. 

I feel like the chrome ones wash out on the Royal Tan version.

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1 minute ago, Mike Manhost said:

I am loving the black pick up covers on the Vintage Sunburst though. 

I feel like the chrome ones wash out on the Royal Tan version.

I'm very curious about the thought process in using different covers on different finishes.

My local store initially got one of each finish, with the Royal Tan pre-sold, then a week later got a second Royal Tan that had been ordered for me. None since then.

They have a waiting list of a dozen people, and almost everyone wants the Royal Tan. I'm curious if it's due to the finish itself or because of the pickups. Although in my case, it was both.

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5 minutes ago, pohatu771 said:

I'm very curious about the thought process in using different covers on different finishes.

My local store initially got one of each finish, with the Royal Tan pre-sold, then a week later got a second Royal Tan that had been ordered for me. None since then.

They have a waiting list of a dozen people, and almost everyone wants the Royal Tan. I'm curious if it's due to the finish itself or because of the pickups. Although in my case, it was both.

I did get an email from Gibson/Epiphone, and it seems they are in stock and available.

The Chrome pick up covers might be more historically accurate? Maybe that's why the higher demand? 

And BTW, I do not believe you have this beautiful  guitar until you post some amazing pics of it 🙂

I'll wait.....

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I'll chime in and say that I've enjoyed my Royal Tan Casino quite a bit.  MIK models I used to own (and MIC models I have played in stores) are mere toys compared to the USA model.

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Enjoy your new Casino!

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3 hours ago, LesB3 said:

I'll chime in and say that I've enjoyed my Royal Tan Casino quite a bit.  MIK models I used to own (and MIC models I have played in stores) are mere toys compared to the USA model.

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Enjoy your new Casino!

Gorgeous guitar you have there!

I am absolutely loving mine. First Casino and P90 guitar and I am absolutely in love.

I played the MIK ones a couple of months ago, so my memory is probably not that great, but what differences do you notice?

 

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The most obvious difference from my 2001 Peerless-made Korean Casino is the neck shape. The Korean model, and even recent Chinese versions I've played, have a thin neck with noticeable flat back. The USA model has a round 60s neck very similar to my actual 1964 Epiphone Cortez. The pickups are also more mellow and clearer than the Korean pickups, which can be harsh sometimes. I've almost always had the tone knobs set at 8 on that one.

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Biggest complaints I would have with the MIK models (older ones) would be with the electronics, followed by the body feeling too "plastic-y."  The MIC ones are a bit better w/r/t fit and finish but still had cheap sounding pickups.

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It's really hard to put the guitar down. 
 
I have been playing guitar for about 40 years. Own a 335, Tele, and Strat, (owned a Les Paul years ago), and love them all. This is the first P90 and hollow body electric guitar I have ever owned, so a lot is new here for me. 
 
The P90's completely blow me away. I know my way around single coil and humbuckers pretty well, but I am  totally ignorant about the P90, and cannot believe I have not crossed its path before. 
 
Its the perfect pickup, a almost perfect cross of the two. Has the dynamic range and touch sensitivity I like in single coils, but a little more heft of the humbucker. There is no bad setting between the 3 pickup combinations, but the middle setting with both pickups is just outstanding. 
 
That combined with the hollow body gives it one of the most rounded pleasant tones I have ever heard, no matter what amp I play it through. It takes every pedal I can throw at it. 
 
The Guitar feels balsa wood light, it barely feels like it's there, almost like a toy guitar. Playing it involves almost no work, it has to be the easiest instrument I have ever played. 
 
Will give more later, but I have to get back to it.
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On 7/24/2021 at 1:50 PM, Mike Manhost said:
It's really hard to put the guitar down. 
 
I have been playing guitar for about 40 years. Own a 335, Tele, and Strat, (owned a Les Paul years ago), and love them all. This is the first P90 and hollow body electric guitar I have ever owned, so a lot is new here for me. 
 
The P90's completely blow me away. I know my way around single coil and humbuckers pretty well, but I am  totally ignorant about the P90, and cannot believe I have not crossed its path before. 
 
Its the perfect pickup, a almost perfect cross of the two. Has the dynamic range and touch sensitivity I like in single coils, but a little more heft of the humbucker. There is no bad setting between the 3 pickup combinations, but the middle setting with both pickups is just outstanding. 
 
That combined with the hollow body gives it one of the most rounded pleasant tones I have ever heard, no matter what amp I play it through. It takes every pedal I can throw at it. 
 
The Guitar feels balsa wood light, it barely feels like it's there, almost like a toy guitar. Playing it involves almost no work, it has to be the easiest instrument I have ever played. 
 
Will give more later, but I have to get back to it.

I am a P90 freak, sounds like we have another convert.... 🙂

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2 minutes ago, Mike Manhost said:

Yes, just amazed in my 40 years of playing I have never encountered them before.  But now I am a total convert!

Hmm, fast reaction, maybe you like this one too...

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12 hours ago, Mike Manhost said:

For those looking for a comparison to the Chinese made one

 

 

I own 3 Casinos. 2 with USA Pickups & Components & 1 MIK Peerless which is also superior Casino to the MIC’s in build quality & Sound.

I found this Video laughable.. While I agree about the new USA is not a 100% 1965 Beatle Tribute Spec Guitar it is a far better Guitar than the Entry level MIC Casinos. Just the difference between MIC P90’s & Gibson P90’s in a real life comparison renders a huge difference in sound quality… Forget all the other far superior Materials, Construction & high quality USA Components..  That was the worst Comparison Video I think I’ve ever seen.. Plus the Guy can’t tune a Guitar or play for Beans! Thru a Marshall no less? He made Casinos sound absolutely horrible! Nothing could be further than the truth. He even makes the MIC’s sound worse than they really do……

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8 hours ago, Larsongs said:

I own 3 Casinos. 2 with USA Pickups & Components & 1 MIK Peerless which is also superior Casino to the MIC’s in build quality & Sound.

I found this Video laughable.. While I agree about the new USA is not a 100% 1965 Beatle Tribute Spec Guitar it is a far better Guitar than the Entry level MIC Casinos. Just the difference between MIC P90’s & Gibson P90’s in a real life comparison renders a huge difference in sound quality… Forget all the other far superior Materials, Construction & high quality USA Components..  That was the worst Comparison Video I think I’ve ever seen.. Plus the Guy can’t tune a Guitar or play for Beans! Thru a Marshall no less? He made Casinos sound absolutely horrible! Nothing could be further than the truth. He even makes the MIC’s sound worse than they really do……

Was thinking the same thing, and I get a ton of sustain from my USA one, its sounded nothing like mine.

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