Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar Demo by Matt Stottmann
For as long as I’ve been playing guitar, I’ve always wanted a cherry red Gibson ES-330. There’s something about the history of that guitar, the awesome transparent finish that shows the wood grain, the vibe, and the killer tone!
But here on my channel, you know that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great-playing, pro-grade instrument — and that’s where the Epiphone Casino comes in.
Do these new, Chinese-made Epiphone Casino guitars live up to the hype, or are there better ways you can spend your hard-earned gear dollars? Let’s start with how the Epiphone Casino sounds clean, through my Fender Blues Junior amp.
The Epiphone Casino features a mahogany neck, fully-hollow maple ply body and 2 Alnico dogear P-90 pickups, which are really high output — 11.5k for the neck, 12.3k for the bridge. That’s crazy hot for what’s supposed to be a vintage P90. Right now I like ’em…but I doubt they’re gonna be in there forever.
The guitar is incredibly lightweight and plays fabulously — with super low action and no fret buzz. There’s one thing I’m noticing, however — with just 2 months of play, I’m already seeing some significant wear on the tops of the frets! Granted, I usually play for a couple hours every day, but I’ve noticed this on other recent China-made instruments, and I’m beginning to wonder if one of the cost-saving areas these factories are employing is cheaper, softer fretwire.
As for fit and finish, the guitar is flawless. Epiphone has always been known for their great semi-and fully hollow axes, and they really haven’t disappointed me here! This would be a stellar guitar for beginners or pros alike.
Overall, this guitar is for sure gonna be a keeper — it’s just too much fun. And I’m already looking forward to swapping these P90’s for something a little more classic, which means another gear demo coming soon.
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