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1966 Epiphone Casino E-230TDC

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Serial #: 853693

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 9/16" Neck depth, 1st/12th frets: .83/.97

Materials: Arched figured slab cut maple body; solid Honduras mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard

Hardware: Original chrome hardware includes twin P-90 pickups, ABR-1 Tuneomatic bridge with nylon saddles and retaining wire; Trem-O-Tone vibrola tailpiece with vintage correct handle; black bonnet tone and volume knobs, original control pots, harness and Sprague 'Black Beauty' tone capacitors. Vintage correct Grover Deluxe tuners and wide-bevel 3 ply white pickguard with epsilon logo.

Notes: John, Paul and George all treasured their Casinos, and the rest is history. A true child of the '60's, the Epiphone Casino (E-230T) debuted in 1961, and came to an early end in 1970. Half a century later, the Casino remains one of Gibson/Epiphone's most popular guitars, with original examples highly coveted by players and collectors alike.

The all-hollow thinline profile and absence of superfluous hardware resulted in one of the most lightweight electric guitars ever produced, as well as producing a distinctively warm and woody tone. Combined with it's super fast sixties neck profile, and excellent pro fretwork, at just 6lb 9oz, this guitar is incomparably comfortable to hold, and just plain fun to play.

This fine example has been maintained in simply gleaming condition, with all original electronics, and just a scattering of light checking and a few random nicks over its lustrous all-original cherry nitro lacquer finish. The slab-cut arched maple body is handsomely figured, and the instrument is fitted with the signature Epi Trem-O-Tone Vibrola tailpiece, with vintage correct aged nickel tuners, and wide-beveled 3-ply epsilon logo pickguard.

The original chrome P-90 pickups are clear and detailed, with excellent bite and balance, and show remarkable fidelity to the acoustic voice of the lightweight, fully hollow thinline body. Action is smooth and low, with a fresh high precision setup over the famously easy mid-60's neck. Epi thinlines found favor with a number of jazzers, including Al Caiola, but it's the Fab Four who really put the Casino on the map.

Let this one slip away, and the one gently weeping may be you. One only: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Case: Deluxe black plush lined hardshell case.






















































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