Epiphone Casino, Sheraton and Broadway revealed
New Epiphone Archtop models announced
These Epiphone Casino, Sheraton and Broadway model archtops have just been officially announced. Offering classic styling at a price that makes them more accessible for many musicians. At great price points could these be the budget way to get classic tones with style?
Epiphone Casino: The Rock ‘n Roll Legend
Since the 1960s, the legendary Casino has been Epiphone’s best-selling archtop and an absolute rock’n’roll standard.
The Casino, which was first introduced in 1961, was just one of several new thinline archtops developed and produced in the company’s new factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which was shared with the former competitor and new partner Gibson.
The model was used by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who used it to record the demo for “Satisfaction” at Chess Records in Chicago. Howlin’ Wolf took a Casino with him on his first tour of the UK, where he appeared at Thank Your Lucky Stars. Shortly afterwards, John Lennon and George Harrison bought Casinos for the Beatles’ world tour in 1966.
It is equipped with Dogear PRO P-90 pickups and a body made of 5-layer maple. Available in Natural and Vintage Sunburst.
These models have no centre block and so that imparts tonally, helping that maple top resonate and helping to give the Casino its distinctive tone.
- Price: 799 Euro Epiphone Premium Gigbag included in the price
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The Sheraton, one of Epiphone’s most traditional guitars, is available in two finishes Vintage Sunburst and Natural. The stylish instrument has a semi-hollow body of layered maple with a maple middle block that helps well against feedback.
The neck is made of mahogany with 22 frets and has a bound fretboard made of Indian laurel with block mother-of-pearl and abalone triangle inserts. The headstock also has a binding and adorns a historical Epiphone logo as well as a Tree of Life inlay made of mother-of-pearl.
- Price: 1049 Euro* Epiphone Premium Gigbag included in the price
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Epiphone Sheraton Vintage Sunburst
Epiphone Sheraton Natural
For over 70 years, the classic Epiphone Broadway has been considered one of the outstanding hollow-body jazz guitars. But it is also great for roots rock and other genres.
This model includes an Alnico Classic PRO humbucker, a Frequensator Split Trapeze vintage-style bridge and fold-coloured hardware throughout. Details such as mother-of-pearl and abalone fretboard markers underline the discreet class and style of this versatile archtop.
Available in Vintage Burst and Wine Red.
- Price: 1149 Euro* Epiphone Premium Gigbag included in the price
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Epiphone Broadway Wine Red
Epiphone Broadway Vintage Sunburst
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What exactly is updated on these models ?
According to the Epiphone site “New Finishes” though looks to be a relaunch of the three models
The Sheraton is pretty different than how they’ve been making that model since at least the 90’s; it’s now styled after the 50s/60s version with mini humbuckers and the trapeze tailpiece.
The Casino looks exactly the same to me..?
For the money, I’d recommend finding a used Eastman instead, but to each their own.
So Epiphone is dropping lefties?
The Epiphone site lists both Right and Left-handed versions as before.
Lol they’re literally pushing people to other brands with these price hikes.