Gibson’s revamping of the Epiphone brand continues. The Nashville-based guitar brand has started shipping USA-built Epiphone models that first showed up last year, making quite a stir. This P90-loaded hollow-body Casino is certainly going to turn heads, but it’s priced in a premium segment that’s been off-limits to Epiphone-branded guitars for many years. How do the specifications stack up against the new pricing?
Epiphone Made-in-USA Casino
Epiphone has finally unveiled the new made-in-USA version of the Casino. This hollow-bodied guitar is synonymous with The Beatles and hasn’t been available for quite some time, excepting instruments at a much lower price point built in east Asia. This new American-made version, of course, has some feature and material upgrades compared to the more wallet-friendly models we are used to seeing from Epiphone. Do they justify the price tag? Let’s take a closer look.
Made In America
The pair of Gibson USA dogear P-90 pickups use vintage, braided two-conductor wiring and wax potting to cut down on feedback. The wiring looms are hand-wired and use Orange Drop capacitors. This is nice upgrade, but it doesn’t really add that much to the overall cost, so where else is your money going?
A lot of that extra money will probably go on the three-ply maple and poplar body with quarter-sawn spruce bracing and cream binding, finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. This guitar has a solid mahogany neck with a rounded C profile and a 12”-radius Indian rosewood fingerboard housing 22 medium jumbo frets and a Graph Tech nut. You can opt for one of two finishes, either Vintage Sunburst with black P-90s or a Royal Tan with nickel covered P-90s. Hardware consists of a Thinline Trapeze tailpiece, an ABR-1 bridge and set of Vintage Deluxe tuners.
Will you pay the extra?
Let’s be clear: this looks like a great guitar. But I’m sure a lot of players will do a double take when they see the price tag. Epiphone has now published detailed specifications on the official product page.
Does the feature set correspond to the pricing on this model? Will this model be a success for Gibson/Epiphone? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
- Epiphone USA Casino in Royal Tan €2,699
- Epiphone USA Casino in Vintage Sunburst €2,699
- Epiphone Casino Vintage Sunburst (launched in 2004) €564
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