Epiphone is known for producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments in popular music over the last 100 years. While models such as Masterbilts, Broadways, Wilshires, Coronets, Emperors, and Texans are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably the most famous due to its close association with The Beatles. Now, Epiphone brings back the very first Casino in celebration of its 50th anniversary - the "1961" Casino.
The new 1961 Anniversary Casino has many features that were discontinued after the first year of production. The 1961 50th Anniversary is a classic that will be both familiar and totally new even to Casino lovers like Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Gary Clark, Jr. and Keith Richards.
As with every Epiphone, the '61 Casino also comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments famous 24/7/365 Customer Service.
The Casino Story
The Casino was a breakthrough for Epiphone in 1961. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, a new era of music had arrived and the Casino was a modern design that merged Epiphone’s history with the best of Gibson electronics. Though from a distance the Casino had the look of an ES-335, the Casino was a true hollowbody giving players a clear, ringing tone that could also be pushed into overdrive. It was an ideal guitar for stage and studio and can be heard on many landmark recordings including The Beatles’ “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”
and The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds.”
Maybe it’s purely coincidence that at the same time that the Casino was in its planning stages at Epiphone's headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, The Beatles were starting their historic run at Hamburg's Star Club. By 1964, the Beatles were stars and when Paul McCartney went shopping for a new guitar that would feedback like his favorite blues records, he reached for a Casino. John Lennon and George Harrison soon bought their own and used their Casinos on stage and at Abbey Road throughout the rest of the band’s career. Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Paul Weller of the Jam, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis are just a few of the players who have made great records with Casinos.
Production records indicate that only 176 Casino TD's (trapeze) and 153 Casino TDV's (Tremotone™) were made in 1961 so if you happen to have an original, you not only have a very rare instrument but a valuable one as well. Today, original 1961 Casinos sell for $5,000 or more. So if you don't own one, now's your chance! But don't wait too long. Epiphone is only making a total of 1,961 Anniversary Casinos and once they're gone... they're gone!