U2 performed on the Later...With Jools Holland show on BBC America & BBC2 on 10/21/2014. During the performance of the song "Volcano", The Edge was playing an Epiphone Casino Custom with Bigsby. You can see The Edge using it starting at 0:04, with the first upclose shot at 0:12. Throughout the rest of the video there are multiple up-close shots of the guitar. According to this [article](http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/2014/The-Epiphone-Casino.aspx) from Epiphone.com, "the Casino was discontinued throughout the 70s and when Epiphone got back into action in the 90s, both vintage and new Casinos enjoyed a renaissance thanks to Paul Weller The Epiphone Casino, Lenny Kravitz, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, U2's the Edge, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs, instrumentalist William Tyler, and of course, Dwight Yoakam who has carried the flag for the Casino for years before designing his Dwight Trash Signature model." This statement leads this moderator to believe that this is the re-issue.more
In this live performance of "Paperback Writer*, Paul says "the reason I changed guitars because this was the original guitar I played in the 60s right here". Three of The Beatles members bought this guitar. Secondary sources can be found at [*Vintage Guitars*](http://www.vintageguitar.com/5485/the-beatles%E2%80%99-casinos/) and [Gibson](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/beatles-casino-0414.aspx).more
In [this interview](http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-paul-weller-discusses-danelectros-rickenbackers-and-his-new-album-sonik-kicks), the interviewer mentions Paul Weller's Epiphone Casino: "When I think of the quintessential Paul Weller guitar, I can't help but picture your sunburst Epiphone Casino with the trapeze tailpiece. Yeah, I tend to use that more live. In the studio, it’s been the Danelectro lately."more
From 1964, acquired by Ed in May, 2007. Used live for Where I End and You Begin, Go Slowly from 2008-2010, Talk Show Host in 2008, and Weird Fishes/Arpeggi in 2010. Thom also borrowed the guitar live, in addition to using his own Casino, for some songs in 2012. Thom may have bought the guitar from Ed, as Thom also used it for the 2013 Atoms for Peace tour.more
Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr115.html) states, about the Epiphone Casino used by Lee Ranaldo: "Used by Lee: 2002-2005 2002 -- F#F#AAEE (Shadow of a Doubt) 2003 -- F#F#AAEE (Shadow of a Doubt) 2004 -- F#F#AAEE (Shadow of a Doubt) 2005 -- F#F#AAEE (Shadow of a Doubt) NOTES: New Epiphone Casino used for "Shadow" on the North American Murray Street tour and beyond. Headstock broke off eventually. Red body 2 pickups Rosewood fretboard 2 f-holes Bigsby trem bar 4 knobs 1 toggle"more
In an interiew for Epiphone, Kaplan says : "I used the Casino for slide guitar. It was tuned to open E. James (McNew, Yo La Tengo’s bassist) played guitar on the last song and we tuned the Casino back to standard tuning. It came from my friend Bruce Bennett, who I play with in the A-Bones. He said: ‘Well if you want the authentic John Lennon guitar sound for slide…’ So I said, ‘ok, that would be something fun to try.’"more
This is a beauty that - screams The Spirit of Rock and Roll. - if you wanna get your T-rex on .. great with distortion
"And there’s the practicality. I have a lovely 1964 Epiphone Casino that I used on the album, but I bash guitars very hard – I have terrible technique where I hit the guitar as much as the strings! So I wouldn’t take my Casino on the road – I’d probably punch a hole straight through it. So I’ll always be a Les Paul man, live," says Dan Hawkins, in [this interview](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/darkness-and-jimmy-page-black-beauty-0823-2012.aspx).more
By looking at the trapezoid inlays of this guitar you can guess that Jimmy McCulloch uses an Epiphone Casino in this picture. I don't think that he is playing a Gibson ES or something like that in the picture because the E-sticker often comes off of the pickguard and there is no such an sticker on the pickguard in the picture. Also the Casino has not a Bigsby like in the profile picture of the guitar and also has not a white pickguard.more
"I grew up playing fully hollow Gibson ES’s--my dad’s 175, a 330, even my beloved Epiphone Casino." - excerpt from his Gibson interview > When I was about fourteen, I got an Epiphone Casino. I still have that guitar and play it all the time. This is what Luther said for Epiphone's interview. First one is also seen in his rig rundown, and is coloured the same as Nick Olivieri's Casino. [Here is the photo of him playing this Casino.](http://www.epiphone.com/News-Features/News/2005/An-Interview-With-Luther-Dickinson-Of-The-North-Mi.aspx). Second guitar is featured on Epiphone's website. [Here is the photo.](http://images.epiphone.com.s3.amazonaws.com/News/2005/N_lutherint3.jpg)more
When I finished my exams six years ago I wanted a new guitar. I thought that a Casino was the best bet, because Lennon. Ignorant as I was I thought that the Casino had humbuckers. I didn't play a similar model before I ordered it online, which was a bit stupid. It arrived and then I realized it had p90 pick ups. I fell in love with it anyway. It's so light and the stock pick ups sound great.
I love my casino. I own the Gold Top special run one. It sounds great, fully hollow so great sustain with little natural feedback! Works well with most effect pedals, though it is hollow body, you can use and over drive such as Electro Harmonix Line Power Booster 1 without any actual feedback. Though it has P90 it is not super loud guitar, actually my LP with ceramic humbuckers is way louder. I would not recommend for players who like to move and be stage flexible, the guitar is little bit deeper and seems to "bigger" than an Epi Dot and of course the whole guitar's appear is way bigger than a SG or Tele player might know.
The epiphone casino has a long history of being used by the best. A relatively affordable guitar at around £400, you get a guitar with a lot of potential. The acoustics on it are wonderful and make it perfect for noodling when unplugged. There are few ES style full hollowbodies out there and this has to be the best value one. The P90 pickups blow me away, they have a huge amount of output and a very unique and powerful sound. The casino is good for lead but really shines on rhythm sections - switching to the bridge pickup offers a really powerful driving mid and bass. There is room for modification with these guitars, I recommend changing the tuners for grovers and adding a bigsby bar if you are so inclined.
Overall a really solid guitar that will look great on you, feel fantastic to play, and sound like no other.
Overall a really nice guiotar. The problem lies in the overly hot P90 pickups. At 12k? and 11k?, using 43/44GA wire they are just too hot and dark sounding. I had mine rewound by Buddha Pickups to 9k? & 8k? w/ 42GA wire for a more vintage jangle.
I have had the same Casino since 1996. Like many, I purchased it because of its connection to the Beatles, wanting that late era sound.
This is probably the best playing guitar I have ever owned. With its thin neck and poor sustain, I consider it a rhythm playing guitar. I am not saying to skip playing solo with it. A compression/sustain pedal should be sold with these, to help round them out.
Hopefully this will not matter to newer made Casinos, but those from the 90's weren't exactly well crafted. The "E" emblem on the pickguard well off just after a year and the electronics have needed work a few times. Also, keep a can-of-air around – this guitar gets a cold quite often.
Yes, behold, the British invasion guitar, the one that the Beatles made cool and that Mods everywhere use. Preferably through a Vox AC30. With lots of compression.
It's clanky, it's kind of workmanlike, it jangles, it's not subtle. But if it was good enough for John Lennon, it's good enough for me. Who needs one of those Paul Reed Smith guitars? They're only for people who can actually play the guitar properly anyway! If you're at the level of clanking out chords in a ham-fisted way (see: all early Beatles, all Oasis, me), then this is the guitar for me. Sorry, I mean, you.
I have a 2011, natural finish Epiphone casio. The action is perfect, the p90s sound incredible, and the feedback is really easy to manage. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a great mid 60s guitar tone.
Its a very solid hollowbody and is very reliable.It was definetely worth the price i payed for it. I have had my eyes on other guitars but for now this one works great, would definetlly recomennd.