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Epiphone goes hog-wild…

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Wish they would make them with a silverfox finish. Wonder if the kind of wood they are using would allow for that pore-filler effect.

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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.

– Afire

RIght now I pretty much consider my 50th Anniversary 2011 Casino is my # 2 electric guitar behind my Gretsch Duo Jet. I am happy to pay premium for my #1 guitar which I did with my Gretsch + all of the stuff I added to it. As it is my Casino has premium electronics, a great feeling neck and is a great sounding guitar. The only difference between it and a USA made Casino is most likely the nitro finish on the USA. If I didn't own this one I would possibly want to save up for one of these new ones. However, when I bought mine used off of Craig's List I was really looking for a Gretsch G5422.

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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.

– Tsar Nicholas

They're the rounded off version of the slightly earlier (first) version that had a slab body. And those are literally a double cutaway telecaster - not just similar, the same. They traced half a tele, mirrored it, done. I like these a lot, but the slab body ones are even cooler.

A good friend of mine has exactly the Coronet they reissued now, a '60. And it's pretty unique, it's a slghtly ballsier SG junior, but not quite a Les Paul Junior either - really sounds and feels in between those two. Great little guitar.

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Well it is a big price for what I'd think of as a garage rock guitar. No criticism intended with that. Live the school desk vibe

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Well it is a big price for what I'd think of as a garage rock guitar. No criticism intended with that. Live the school desk vibe

– Vince_Ray

Big price? They're around 400 €..?

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They're the rounded off version of the slightly earlier (first) version that had a slab body. And those are literally a double cutaway telecaster - not just similar, the same. They traced half a tele, mirrored it, done. I like these a lot, but the slab body ones are even cooler.

A good friend of mine has exactly the Coronet they reissued now, a '60. And it's pretty unique, it's a slghtly ballsier SG junior, but not quite a Les Paul Junior either - really sounds and feels in between those two. Great little guitar.

– WB

Like Don and Dewey!

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And who can forget Steve Marriot rocking his Epiphone built Dwight...

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Big price? They're around 400 €..?

– WB

Cheap as chips.

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Big price? They're around 400 €..?

– WB

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That'll teach me! I just glanced at the posts earlier referring to 2,699 and ass-umed they were about the Wiltshire etc. Now I feel like a knob

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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

Well, I do prefer the smaller treble horn on some of the vintage models, and if Epiphone ever did reissue that, I would be tempted.

The pickguard shape sucks across the board, though, you'll get no argument from me on that.

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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 had the same sort of reaction. I was seriously looking at a Gibson SG Junior or Special being interested in mahogany with P90s. Then here comes this at 1/3rd the price of the USA made one.

I like the Wiltshire because of Marriott and the sheer simplicity.

Are the P90s on these models any good?

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I think I'd prefer a tremotone with P90s though. K

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I think $2700 for a US built Casino sounds alright. I just wish I could find one - have they been on sale anywhere yet? I can't afford one now but one day I would love one if it's as good as the Gibson RI 330.

In the meantime I guess I'll just have to make do with my RI ES-225.

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I'm just waiting to get a Firebird, but they've been on order for MONTHS. Good luck!

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The pickguard shape sucks across the board, though, you'll get no argument from me on that. -Lacking Talent

I don't mind the shape of the guards, but those clear wings on the Crestwood guards are weird looking.

I think $2700 for a US built Casino sounds alright. I just wish I could find one - have they been on sale anywhere yet? I can't afford one now but one day I would love one if it's as good as the Gibson RI 330. - JimmyR

Everybody seems to have them on pre-order status at the moment. But I think that's a step closer to fulfillment than they were not too long ago. They do look delicious. Maybe it's my mind playing tricks on me, or just good photography/editing, but from what I've seen, it does appear that these will be more like the 330s in terms of finish than the imported Casinos. They look great.

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I'm just waiting to get a Firebird, but they've been on order for MONTHS. Good luck!

– Threadkiller

I have a Firebird from 20 years ago from Epiphone, really great guitar. Put a Seymour Duncan mini in the bridge, not sure how much it needed it though. A hell of a lot of guitar

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Good looking solid body. I wouldn’t mind one.


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