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Pimping the Casino (MIC-MIK)


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I just love my Casino, but lately (since the inspired by Lennon Casino announcement) i've been GASsing for a new Casino,

Since i dont have the money for now, i was wondering how to pimp my Casino.

What you would do? or have done to your Casino?

Change the tuners? Change the pickup? What modification you did or would do?

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I don't really want to pimp mine, I love it. But I have been wondering about changing the tuners. A lot of people have complained that the stock ones don't hold their tune very well with any amount of bending. As yet I haven't experienced a problem, but we'll see.

 

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the bridge too? Could be useful to fit a wider Gotoh bridge or something for better intonation. Again, I don't have any problem with intonation, just curious. I seem to recall that the archtop bridges are not the same as those on solid body guitars.

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I put a Gotoh bridge on mine, but the string spacing is wider and the low E string kept popping out. I filed the notch, but later decided to go back to the the original bridge as I didn't have any problems with it.

 

The stock tuners aren't terrible, but I bought some Gotoh Vintage tuners that I have yet to install.

 

Had a bone nut installed, that was a very good upgrade over the plastic one.

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I'm not sure I'm brave enough to attempt wiring a new jack and switch into a hollowbody! Besides, mine is brand spanking new, no real need to go changing things. I might look into some new tuners though, but I'm not sure what style, vintage oval, Kluson type, imperial, I dunno!

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My next purchase will be a cherry Casino.

 

If I were to modify anything, I would replace the tailpiece from a trapeze to a frequensator (like the late 60's Casino's) and replace the volume / tone pots (similar to the picture below).

 

Would possibly replace the stock pickguard with a black pickguard with white / cream outline.

 

1967EpiphoneCasino.jpg

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AldoMcD1 said

If I were to modify anything, I would replace the tailpiece from a trapeze to a frequensator (like the late 60's Casino's) and replace the volume / tone pots (similar to the picture below).

 

As far as I know, the Casino never had a frequensator tailpiece, it always had the straight trapeze. The Matsumoku abominations of the 70's (EA-250 and their ilk) sometimes had them, but they also had bolt-on necks, a different body shape, and humbuckers or other goofy pickups, so I don't consider them to be true Casinos as we know them.

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Personally I wouldn't do anything at all to alter the sound of my Casinos('65 John Lennon,'08 MIC natural)the only thing I would ever consider doing is changing the tuners and doing the slight esthetic mods to make the natural look more like a Revolution.Changing the sound of a Casino is desecration.

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Changing the crappish electronics is nothing like desecration. It's gonna fail on you at some point. Better to put in some USA made stuff before it craps out on a gig. Plus the sound is much better. Same with the pups.

 

 

Yep, changing to switchcraft and Gibson USA P90s basically makes it a DIY 65 or Revolution (at least the electronics).

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Since I got it used, it already came with the Bigsby and the black witchhats. Got the black pickguard from pickguards.us and the E badge from the 'bay. Swapped the Kluson-styles with Grovers I cannibalized from my Epi LP. Replaced the bridge with a roller, switched out the switch (original was too loose in the middle position) and put in out-of-phase and series push-pulls in the tone knobs a la Jimmy Page. Lastly, put in Dunlop straplocks.

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casino.jpg

 

Since I got it used' date=' it already came with the Bigsby and the black witchhats. Got the black pickguard from pickguards.us and the E badge from the 'bay. Swapped the Kluson-styles with Grovers I cannibalized from my Epi LP. Replaced the bridge with a roller, switched out the switch (original was too loose in the middle position) and put in out-of-phase and series push-pulls in the tone knobs a la Jimmy Page. Lastly, put in Dunlop straplocks.[/quote']

You're almost to what I want with mine.

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