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Hi I'm new to the forum, I am very interested in getting my hands on one of the japanese semi-hollows epiphones, and I need some help guys, I stumble across an epiphone from one of the japanese auction website, that ticks all the boxes in my little GAShead. But I am not sure whether it is a genuine japanese made casino epi, I asked the seller whether its a matsumoku made epi, and he said he's not sure but he's pretty positive that its a domestic (japanese) made epi casino. The guitar has been painted over so the I am not sure if the serial number that should b evident behind the headstock is painted over too, although he reckon its produced in 1986, and that serial number starts with 6093***.

 

Any help would be highly appreciated!

 

Cheers dudes!

 

 

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Hi,Khross.Yes that is Matsumoku made,from September 1986 if the serial is correct.This is one of those made specifically for the U.K.distributor J.H.S.(John Hornby Skewes).Usually the Matsumoku made Casino`s had a three piece laminated Maple neck,but the other JHS versions i`ve seen have a one piece Mahogany neck!!(so worth finding out).This guitar has all the Matsumoku traits of a 16th fret neck/body joint,two screw truss rod cover,Nickel pickup covers,and the Gretsch like body outline,with wider waist and smaller horns.According to the label this guitar was originally natural,so i don`t know the reason for any refinish,but i will say that i own three Matsumoku Casino`s and find them to be amongst the best Casino`s made!!.Hope this is of some use.

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Khross,this is my 1983 Matsumoku Casino,with three piece Maple neck,notice the details i mentioned in my previous reply which identify the Matsumoku Casino`s.The JHS ones are quite rare,and funnily enough there is another on ebay at the moment see auction number 170248046156 the seller being Koiz-guitar,check it out.Hopefully the one you are looking at is a lot cheaper!.

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The guitar would probably cost me around 800 usd in total plus shipping, do you think its worth it? cause my girlfriend is definetely going to kill me if I get another guitar, do you guys reckon its worth the probable 2 months or even more of nagging? My point is, Is this guitar THAT GOOD? cause I am willing to take the risk if it is.

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Hi Khross.That price is within reason as far as i can see,i once bought a messed around one from the U.S for $250,that the owner thought was Korean,i know i took a punt but it`s now my main guitar!.I think these Matsumoku`s are fabulous,on a par with Elite/Elitist,with really raunchy pickups,and a more vintage feel.The three i own all have slightly different feeling necks which is testament to the amount of hands on lutherie involved in these guitars,the wood is top notch(These Matsumoku`s were 60% hand built!!!).I personally see nothing wrong with it,the JHS version is rarer than the standard Matsumoku model.Is it definitely a refinish??only it looks factory to me(i once owned a Westone Rainbow I,also Matsumoku with the same finish and that was factory applied.The Casino you are looking at is one of the last Matsumoku ones made,and was a collaboration with Taniguchi,specifically to supply a higher end model (hence the one piece Mahogany neck)for John Hornby Skewes(JHS)the U.K based distributor(although we never seemed to get them in the U.K.).So it is a bit rarer,and i think $750-1250 is the price range for these with the normal Matsumoku being $600-1150.In fact i`m tempted to get it myself,and yes they are that good!!.Steve.

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