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I was in my local guitar center (do they have those in canada?) anyway, i was tryin the different guitars and got bored with the les pauls and Strats so i tryed a Casino. My god, that is an awesome guitar! That particular one was pefect in every way. The neck felt perfect, the semi-hollow and f-holes look awesome not to mention the p-90 pickups make it sound heavely! If I had the $500 USD on me I wouldve bouught it right there n then. I think very soon i'll hafto splurge and get that. Anyone who hasnt tried one really should, great guitar!(and the beatles used them too;) )
 

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I believe the Casino is a true hollow body. I don't think it has the centre block like the Dot, Sheraton or Riviera - the other 335 style guitars. Which means it may be a little more prone to feedback with P90s.

The QC in Korean Epiphones is not the greatest. Quality varies from axe to axe, If this one is as great as you say it is - grab it. The next one you try may not be the same. I experienced this with an Epi '56 Les Paul Gold top. I tried one a year ago and it was a dud. Two months ago I tried another and it was a totally different guitar - just like your Casino.

And as a last bit of info - the old Gibson equivalent was the ES330.

P.S. - No GCs up here. Long and McQuades is the only national chain of music stores. There are a lot of established locals and a few regional ones ( i.e. Steves in Toronto, Ottawa and MOntreal) and a bunch of mom and pop stores
 

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I think you're correct on the hollow body - I have a 330, I'm pretty sure the Casino is the same. Also correct on the feedback prone. But they can sound incredibly sweet and warm.
 

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I have one. I tried it out at a local store, and was pleasently suprized with how it sounded. I took it home to jam with some friends and quickly learned the joys of feedback. I guess you can fix it by taping in some thick cardstock into the f-holes, or you could take the other way, which is constantly adjusting the volume while playing. I personally went with volume control, and learned how to minimize feedback (hand placement also helped).

It only took a small bit to get the Casino to scream, and you could settle it right back in for rythem if thats what was neccessary. I love mine, it has been quite fun.
 

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I've got one and it's pretty great. Me and my friends jam in a small room every weekend and in that scenario it's utterly prone to microphonic (high pitched squeeling) feedback at moderate volumes. However, I've used it in bigger rooms at sound levels almost twice that and didnt have a feedback problem at all....unless I wanted it to feedback. So as far as that's concerned, it's just something to be a bit more concious of than with other guitars.

Apart from that, it's really a great guitar. Upper fret access is a bit difficult because of the lower neck/body joint, but its not impossible. Thankfully, It's not a Beatle one trick pony. I truly love the Beatles but I rarely play any of their music, or music like theirs. The pickups are not quite as powerful as other P-90s I've tried (the ones on my Les Paul Special for example) which along with the cumbersome high fret access would tend to make the Casino more of a rythym guitar, but hell, I use it for lead too. It can do anything. Just lay off the speed metal.

So yeah, i agree everybody should at least try one. They sound great, and feel great too. Light as a feather, but you still know you have a guitar around your neck.

Oh, and they look friggin' awesome :rockon:
 
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