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Epiphone goes hog-wild…

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...and brings back the Crestwood/Wiltshire/Coronet.

Because what the world needs is more copies of 50s & 60s mahogany-bodied, mahogany-necked, 24.whatever-scale solidbody guitars.

Nah, that's alright...you guys can go ahead and cut in line ahead of me.

Read all about it: https://reverb.com/news/epi...

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The USA Casino is the new Epiphone that gets my attention.

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But at 2,699.00, not my money.

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Just watched the YT vid of the dudes from Anderton's looking at them.

5

I don’t yet have a mahogany p90 slab.

I kinda like it.

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Imma continue to "make do" with this pre-owned but NM mahogany P-90 slab -- and at (literally) more than 11.5X fewer bucks, to boot. Not to mention -- though I'll do it anyway, just for fun -- that the preceding multiple would be even higher were I to factor in the sales tax added to the actual cost of purchasing any of the new slabs above at retail!

They sure do look nice, I'll give 'em that.

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They sure do look nice, I'll give 'em that.

Well, except for the ugly body shape proving that perfect symmetry is only desirable when the basic design is attractive in the first place.

Which, I realize, is a matter of taste. I'm pretty tolerant of double-cut designs, but Epiphone managed to strike out completely on this one.

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One of the best guitars I've ever heard in my life was vintage Epiphone Coronet, it had a "speaks in tongues" P90 that I will never forget. It was a howling rock machine!

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I’ve always liked the shape, it looks like a child saw a double cut guitar and tried to recreate it.

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They're the first solibody epiphones in years that have my full attention. They're proud Epiphones, reissues of early Kalamazoo made ones, and not tacky wanna-be Gibsons that scream "I really wanted a Gibson, but I couldn't afford one".

I like the looks of these a lot, and will probably try them once they hit our shores.

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in 1991 I had an NOS new in case early 60s one of those

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I can't wait until these start hitting the used market at $250. I'll scoop up any one of them, but the wilshire is definitely the one I want. The only thing I hesitate on is the "medium C" neck. To me that sounds like louisville slugger.

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it seems like Epiphone definitely took their Geritol before working up the current product line. the Uptown Kat is a terriffic guitar i got to try out recently; the demos are terrible fake jazz, but in real life the pickups are closer to Firebird pickups than you'd expect. slap a B3 on there and Bob's your uncle. and can there really be too many mahogany slab guitars in the world? (answer: no.) i'm definitely interested...Steve Marriott used Epiphones in Humble Pie and sounded fantastic, better tone than Frampton IMO.

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Seems a bit scary paying Gibson prices for an Epiphone.

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But at 2,699.00, not my money.

– Proteus

Yes I agree. I plan to admire them from afar.

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Boltz with a Coronet.

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They sure do look nice, I'll give 'em that.

Well, except for the ugly body shape proving that perfect symmetry is only desirable when the basic design is attractive in the first place.

Which, I realize, is a matter of taste. I'm pretty tolerant of double-cut designs, but Epiphone managed to strike out completely on this one.

– Proteus

And the headline says "Epiphone Reissues Three Classic Body Shapes." Um, no, they're all the same exact shape. So for truth in advertising, how about "Epiphone Tries to Cash In by Reissuing Three Configurations of One Body Shape."

I haz a buncha Epiphones, and love 'em all, but I don't see how these are gonna impress enough people to keep 'em in production.

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The Coronet is £350 - $399

The Wilshire is £399 - $449

The Crestwood is £489 - $549

I'd like a chance to at least try them. . . mumble, grumble, covid, grumble. . .

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...and brings back the Crestwood/Wiltshire/Coronet.

Because what the world needs is more copies of 50s & 60s mahogany-bodied, mahogany-necked, 24.whatever-scale solidbody guitars.

Nah, that's alright...you guys can go ahead and cut in line ahead of me.

Read all about it: https://reverb.com/news/epi...

– Proteus

I got to see X when Billy wasn't with them, (Thanksgiving 1993 perhaps?)but Dave Alvin and Tony Gilkyson were there in his place.

Tony had one of those slender models and I can't for the life of me remember what exact model it was, I only recall it sounding fantastic.

Bring 'em on!

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I got to see X when Billy wasn't with them, (Thanksgiving 1993 perhaps?)but Dave Alvin and Tony Gilkyson were there in his place.

Tony had one of those slender models and I can't for the life of me remember what exact model it was, I only recall it sounding fantastic.

Bring 'em on!

– crowbone

Here's Billy's Epiphone

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it looks like a child saw a double cut guitar and tried to recreate it.

That's a very good way of putting it. One can certainly see a surprising degree of design innocence in the shape.

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Good enough for Wayne Kraemer and the Mc5 RULE! I just wanted the movie so I know

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But at 2,699.00, not my money.

– Proteus

I don't quite get why so many people are taken aback by this price. Plenty of people on this forum shell out as much or more for comparably appointed MIJ Gretsches. I don't know why anybody would expect a MIA hollowbody like a Casino to be much less than the this price. They're priced significantly lower than the Gibson equivalent ES-330. Maybe we've just gotten so accustomed to the low prices of the imported Epiphones that the notion of a proud American made Epiphone just can't resonate anymore. I don't quite see myself buying one, being as attached to Gretsch as I am, but I don't have any issue with the price and am more sorely tempted by them than I have been by anything coming out of Gibson in many years.

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The MC5 do rule.


To be clear, I don't object to the price of the USA Casino per se - as too high a price for an American-made guitar, or even a premium-quality guitar made anywhere for that matter.

Just that it's more than I'm motivated to spend right now on a guitar, wonderful though it is, which would be neither a primary player nor a pride of my pile-o-guitars. If I lived and died Beatle or the Casino was my favorite platform ever, I'm sure I'd be over it.

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They're the first solibody epiphones in years that have my full attention. They're proud Epiphones, reissues of early Kalamazoo made ones, and not tacky wanna-be Gibsons that scream "I really wanted a Gibson, but I couldn't afford one".

I like the looks of these a lot, and will probably try them once they hit our shores.

– WB

I feel the same. And at these prices, it seems like a good opportunity to get into some models that have always kind of intrigued me, but not nearly enough to pay for an original.


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