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Nine Elitist Casinos (natural) in stock at Sweetwater


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Yes, you read that right. Sweetwater have 9 of these in stock...$1500 a piece...

 

Here's the link: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ELCSNANH/

 

I'm flat broke, so (regretfully) I'll have to let the chance to buy one of these pass. But I thought I'd mention it in case anyone here is interested.

 

For them to get 9 in stock at once seems very unusual...Is this the end-of-the line clear out, do you think? I guess with the regard these guitars are held in, and the fact that there is nothing comparable (Casino wise) in terms of quality in that kind of price-range, they can price them at that figure and wait til they sell.

 

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For them to get 9 in stock at once seems very unusual...Is this the end-of-the line clear out' date=' do you think? I guess with the regard these guitars are held in, and the fact that there is nothing comparable (Casino wise) in terms of quality in that kind of price-range, they can price them at that figure and wait til they sell.

 

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I just bought myself a combo b'day/Christmas present in December (Gibby 339, woohoo!) but have decided that my next guitar is going to be an Elitist Casino, but not until next Christmas unless they are being dropped. I emailed my SW rep a couple of days ago asking him to keep an eye out for a) when they might be in stock and [confused] if he hears anything about them being discontinued, cause I'd pull the trigger now if that were the case.

 

He emailed me yesterday that they were now in stock and he said they usually come in "every now and then" but he hasn't heard anything about them being dropped.

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I just bought myself a combo b'day/Christmas present in December (Gibby 339' date=' woohoo!)[/quote']

 

Argghhh....you lucky so-and-so....I'm incredibly envious. ill-violated-dead-smiley-9665.gif I crave an ES-339 in light caramel burst...kind of like this one:

 

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Seriously though, congratulations!

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The Elitist is surely be the most underrated guitar of the Casino line?! My new 'Inspired by' Lennon Casino is a great guitar but isn't close in looks or build quality to my previous Natural Elitist Casino (oh, why did I sell it?!). If you don't have the dough for a vintage Casino I suggest you immediately pick yourself up an Elitist Casino at Sweetwater while stocks last (great, great price) and hold on to it for dear life (I wish I did). Wonder if Sweetwater ship to the UK? Please, oh please...

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Argghhh....you lucky so-and-so....I'm incredibly envious. ill-violated-dead-smiley-9665.gif I crave an ES-339 in light caramel burst...

 

Seriously though' date=' congratulations!

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Thx Johnny. It is an awesome guitar. I played one at GC over a year ago and fell in love. Finally got one in Cherry red & couldn't be happier. I was also looking at the Caramel burst and it was a tough decision because I liked them both!

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guys this is a stupid question' date=' im young and new to this forum, but i was reading up on elitists, as i was looking for an elitist les paul, but werent they discontinued in 2008?

someone please explain this to me [biggrin !

 

thanks.

c.

 

All Elitists except the Casino were discontinued in 2008. I immediately plopped my credit card down for an Elitist Sheraton in vintage sunburst and sweated for 2 months. It finally arrived, but the Elitist brand has all but evaporated by now. Don't know what to recommend as the other Epiphones are now made in China. I guess if you want a quality Les Paul, you need to save up for a Gibby.

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Elitists seem to be all over ebay lately. There's a SB Casino ending in 19 hours, up to about $850 (but the seller has zero feedback). Two Casinos, a SB and a natural, sold in the last couple of days for around $1150. A SB Riviera Elitist (damn I wanted that) sold for $888 !!!!!! There are LP's, Byrdlands and SG's lurking out there as well. I imagine as long as there are guitarists with GAS and a house rule that new guitars must be compensated by releasing older ones, Elitists will be available for a decent price. It'll be most interesting to see if they climb in price over the decade.

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The ES-330 is also only $1999 now. It's slightly different than the Casino' date=' but mostly the same. I believe it's based on a 1959 model.[/quote']

Where for $1999. GC and MF both have it at $2499. As Jeffrey said, 1999 is almost Elitist like and a worthy alternative if the Casino gets dumped.

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I just heard from Sweetwater yesterday that the Sunburst Elitist Casino I ordered is in and is being shipped. They told me when I first ordered that I could probably get a natural sooner' date=' but I decided to wait on the SB. Hopefully it'll be an improvement over my Korean Peerless Casino that I use now.[/quote']

Congrats!

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The Elitist is surely be the most underrated guitar of the Casino line?! My new 'Inspired by' Lennon Casino is a great guitar but isn't close in looks or build quality to my previous Natural Elitist Casino (oh' date=' why did I sell it?!). If you don't have the dough for a vintage Casino I suggest you immediately pick yourself up an Elitist Casino at Sweetwater while stocks last (great, great price) and hold on to it for dear life (I wish I did). Wonder if Sweetwater ship to the UK? Please, oh please...[/quote']

 

Hey Peter - check out Coda Music in the UK who have Elitist Casino's in both colours for £999!!

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Elitists seem to be all over ebay lately. There's a SB Casino ending in 19 hours' date=' up to about $850 (but the seller has zero feedback). Two Casinos, a SB and a natural, sold in the last couple of days for around $1150. A SB Riviera Elitist (damn I wanted that) sold for $888 !!!!!! There are LP's, Byrdlands and SG's lurking out there as well. I imagine as long as there are guitarists with GAS and a house rule that new guitars must be compensated by releasing older ones, Elitists will be available for a decent price. It'll be most interesting to see if they climb in price over the decade.[/quote']

 

Teegar, were you bidding on the Riviera? I won it, and I was floored to win it for that price. I haven't seen an Elite/Elitist Riv go for less than a grand since I've been looking for one. I have seen them go for about $1200-1500 when they do come up for sale.

 

A question for the historians here. This is the first Elite Riviera I have seen with a Bigsby, and I am thinking this is an owner upgrade. I don't recall ever having seen one from Epiphone that didn't have a Frequensator on it, so does this add to or detract from the value of the instrument? EpiphoneEliteRiviera1.jpg

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Chefman wrote:

Teegar, were you bidding on the Riviera? I won it, and I was floored to win it for that price. I haven't seen an Elite/Elitist Riv go for less than a grand since I've been looking for one. I have seen them go for about $1200-1500 when they do come up for sale.

 

Chefman, what a score, that was a crazy good price. I watched it, but didn't bid, having just spent about 1500 on a "USA Series" Sheraton. The seller of that one made a profit off of me, but it's OK, I bought it with eyes open because I wanted it. But that Riviera, what a sweetheart, and at that price you should have ZERO buyer's remorse, it's probably half what it cost new, and rare as hen's teeth.

 

As for the Bigsby, my opinion is it doesn't affect value that much. These guitars at present are valued for what they are, really professional grade, great sounding instruments, not as rare vintage examples. Folks worry about altering vintage pieces because some future buyer would want it to be original. Hopefully you bought this to play, not store in a closet for a future sale, and if you like the Bigsby, ROCK IT!

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Chefman wrote:

 

 

Chefman' date=' what a score, that was a crazy good price. I watched it, but didn't bid, having just spent about 1500 on a "USA Series" Sheraton. The seller of that one made a profit off of me, but it's OK, I bought it with eyes open because I wanted it. But that Riviera, what a sweetheart, and at that price you should have ZERO buyer's remorse, it's probably half what it cost new, and rare as hen's teeth.

 

As for the Bigsby, my opinion is it doesn't affect value that much. These guitars at present are valued for what they are, really professional grade, great sounding instruments, not as rare vintage examples. Folks worry about altering vintage pieces because some future buyer would want it to be original. Hopefully you bought this to play, not store in a closet for a future sale, and if you like the Bigsby, ROCK IT![/quote']

 

I have no buyer's remorse at all, can't wait to get my hands on it. I just can't believe I am going to have one of these guitars that I have been looking for for quite some time. I did buy it to play it, but I've never had a Bigsby equipped guitar before. So, it will be a learning experience as well. #-o

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