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Ltd. Ed. Elitist "1965" Casino Vintage
Ltd. Ed. Elitist "1965" Casino Vintage Outfit
The new Ltd. Ed. Elitist “1965” Casino Vintage Outfit is an exquisite hand-made marvel that recreates one of rock and roll’s most legendary instruments. All Epiphone Elitist acoustic and electric guitars are made at our Epiphone factory in Japan that specializes in handmade, highly accurate reissues made with time honored methods and impeccable attention to vintage detail and quality, including period-correct USA pickups and electronics. Epiphone Elitist instruments also feature traditional hand rubbed nitrocellulose color finishes that enhances a guitar’s look over time with gradual shading and fading patterns that are as unique and personal as your own story. Today, Epiphone’s Elitist Series instruments are some of the most sought after by players of all styles, and the Elitist factory in Japan is considered one of the premier instrument factories in the world. And no guitar says “Epiphone” quality and history better than the new Ltd. Ed. Elitist “1965” Casino Vintage Outfit.

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For over 140 years, Epiphone has made its reputation producing some of the greatest and most innovative musical instruments in popular music. While models such as the Broadway, Wilshire, Coronet, Emperor and Texan are some of Epiphone's most memorable models, the Casino is arguably our most famous due to its close association with The Beatles.

The new Ltd. Ed. Elitist “1965” Casino Vintage Outfit is the ultimate Casino featuring the classic look, sound, and features of an off-the-shelf 1965 Casino, the exact same Casino that propelled hits by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and modern artists as diverse as Gary Clark, Jr. and Radiohead.

The Casino Story

For the Epiphone Company of 1961, the premier of the Casino was a small breakthrough. After the merger with Gibson in 1957, Epiphone had begun to move away from making traditional hollowbody jazz archtops. A new era of music had arrived and the introduction of the Casino was a modern design that announced that Epiphone was ready to begin a new chapter in its long and unique history. Though from a distance the Casino had the look of an ES-335, the Casino was a true hollowbody that gave players a clear, ringing tone that could be pushed into overdrive when needed. The Casino was an ideal guitar for stage and studio work and can be heard on many landmark recordings including The Beatles’ “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night,” and The Beach Boys’ landmark album “Pet Sounds.”

Maybe it’s purely coincidental that at the same time the Casino was in its planning stages at Epiphone headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Beatles were starting out, too. By 1965, the Beatles were the toast of London and when Paul McCartney went shopping for a new guitar that could give him the overdriven blues sound of artists like Otis Rush, he reached for a Casino. John Lennon and George Harrison soon bought Casinos as well and used them on stage and in the studio 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 made great records with Casinos. And now with the Ltd. Ed. Elitist “1965” Casino Vintage Outfit, you can, too!

As with every Epiphone, the Ltd. Ed. Elitist “1965” Casino Vintage Outfit also comes with the peace of mind of Epiphone’s Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments’ famous 24/7/365 day Customer Service. Make your own history today with the Ltd. Ed. Elitist “1965” Casino Vintage Outfit.
  • Made in Japan with USA pickups and electronics
  • Gotoh® "Deluxe" Machine Heads
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer and 60s style Hard Case
Made in Japan 
FinishNitrocellulose Lacquer; Gloss
Body3-ply Laminated Maple
Top3-ply Laminated Maple
PickguardWhite 3-Layer with metal "E" logo
Neck Shape1960's SlimTaper™
Neck Joint16th Fret; Glued-In, Dovetail
Truss RodAdjustable
Scale Length24.75”
Fingerboard InlaysPearloid "Parallelograms"
Fingerboard Radius12”
FretsMedium Jumbo
Nut Width1.64”
Nut MaterialDelrin®
Neck PickupGibson USA P-90T
Bridge PickupGibson USA P-90R
Controls2-volume, 2-tone
KnobsVintage-style Gold metal inserts with pointers
PotentiometersCTS® 250K Audio
CapacitorsOrange Drop 473
Pickup Selector3-way Switchcraft™ toggle
BindingBody-Single layer white binding
Neck-Single layer white binding
BridgeTune-o-matic with Delrin® Saddles
HeadstockSloped Dovewing
Truss Rod CoverWhite 3-Layer with metal "E" logo
Machine HeadsGotoh® "Deluxe" Machine Heads; 14:1 ratio
ColorVintage Sunburst, Nitrocellulose Lacquer; Gloss
Case1960s era Hard Case included
StringsD’Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46
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