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I've had my IBJL Casino for about a month now and I'm still loving it. I have a few questions though.

 

1. What type and what gauge strings do these ship with? I haven't changed the strings yet and I'm curious what I'm using.

 

2. On a related note, what kind of strings have some of you had luck with? What types/brands/gauges would you recommend? For what it's worth I use light gauge nanoweb Elixir acoustic strings on my Taylor and I really like the feel and tone. They also last forever. I was thinking about trying out some Elixirs on my Casino too. I've also heard good things about flatwounds on Casinos too.

 

3. Do I need to worry about keeping the Casino humidified? I keep a damp sponge in my Taylor case and I was wondering if I need to do the same with my Casino. Not sure because the Casino is laminate.

 

4. Someday (not in the near future) I'd like to get a more vintage looking case for my Casino. Something kind of like the brown ones that come with the Lennon models. Have any of you had luck with other cases for your Casinos that you'd recommend? Again, I'd love something like a brown or grey case someday.

 

Thanks for all your help! If any of you are on the fence on these IBJL models, get off the fence and get yours now. They look fantastic, play very well, and the pickups are super sweet.

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The Casinos ship with 10-46 gauge strings. My regular Casino had round wound, I haven't played an IBJL.

 

http://www.epiphone.com/images/StringGauges.pdf

 

I like the D'Addario Half Round 10-46 set on my Casino. The Half Rounds are a compromise between round wound and flat wound and in this case, compromise is good. You get a brighter sound than flat wound and less finger noise than round wound. I leave the half rounds on for a long time.

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I have a 65 John Lennon and it came with 10-46 strings which I immediately replaced with D'Addario 8-38 I have used D'Addario 8-38s on all my electrics for as long as I can remember.D'Addarios stay new sounding longer than any other strinngs I've tried and stay in tune better when I do serious bending or on a Strat,vigorous vibrato use.The 65 has 5 plys on top maple/birch/maple/birch/maple and I believe the IBJL does too.As for humidifying the case,I don't but the humidity in my house is pretty constant.BTW John used super light strings,that was confirmed by the techs from Epiphone who took the specs of John's actual guitar so the 65 and revolution would have his exact specs.If you watch the footage of the "Rooftop"concert you can see the strings are extremely thin.

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Just put on the strings YOU love. It'll be just fine. Any adjustments needed, will be minor,

provided it has a good set-up and fret job, to begin with. I've played the IBJL Casino, in

storesl...great guitar! I own a vintage '66 Casino, myself. I've used 10's on it, for decades.

I do, personally, like the D'Addario's, and Elixir's, but there are other's that are just fine, too.

 

We need some photos, of your new Casino, too! Guitar Porn **** Junkies, that we are. ;>)

 

CB

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Thanks everyone for the reviews. I think I'm going to start with some Elixir 10s and then maybe try those half-wound strings afterwards. The nice thing about strings is that they're an easy, cheap, and non-permanent mod!

 

We need some photos' date=' of your new Casino, too![/quote']

 

You may remember (as I believe you posted on my thread) that I did a review of my Casino back when I got it. There's one pic with the review and a link to a few more. Here's a link to the thread for a second look [cool]http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=11835

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Thanks everyone for the reviews. I think I'm going to start with some Elixir 10s and then maybe try those half-wound strings afterwards. The nice thing about strings is that they're an easy' date=' cheap, and non-permanent mod!

 

 

 

[b']You may remember (as I believe you posted on my thread) that I did a review of my Casino back when I got it. There's one pic with the review and a link to a few more. Here's a link to the thread for a second look [cool] [/b]http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=11835

 

Yeah, we just love guitar photos, especially member's guitars. But, thanks, for the link.

 

CB

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