Royal Tan with Trapeze Tailpiece
(June 14, 2011) -- Epiphone is bringing back the first Casino in celebration of it's 50th anniversary - the "1961" Casino. Introduced in 1961, the original Casino had unique features that ultimately were never offered beyond that first year. These include the pre-Gibson era triangle metal logo badge on the headstock, "Dot" fingerboard inlays, a blank two-ply "bullet" truss rod cover, a tortoise-colored pickguard with foil "E", and black dog-ear P-90 pickups. Epiphone has faithfully reproduced these features for a one-of-a-kind retro look not found on Casinos produced after 1961. Other attention to detail includes the correct "burst" patterns on front and back, a neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), Wilkinson Vintage-Style tuners with white buttons, and the historically accurate rectangle "blue label" inside the sound hole.
Vintage Sunburst with Trapeze Tailpiece
Since the original Casinos incorporated parts and electronics from the Gibson factory, the 1961 Anniversary Casino has followed the same philosophy. Epiphone has recreated the original black P90s using a Gibson USA P-90R dog-ear pickup for rhythm and a Gibson USA P-90T at the bridge. They also feature vintage two-conductor, braided, shielded wiring and black plastic covers. Other electronics faithful to the original Casino include a Switchcraft 3-way toggle and 1/4" output jack.
The body is made of 5-layer Maple/Birch with a solid Mahogany SlimTaper neck attached using the traditional mortise and tenon neck joint hand-fitted and glued to the body using TiteBond glue. Hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge and your choice of either a Trapeze tailpiece or Epiphone's new reissue of the original Tremotone vibrato. Epiphone is only making a total of 1,961 Anniversary Casinos.
Vintage Sunburst with Tremotone
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Source: Gibson's website
- 5-layer Maple/Birch body with correct "burst" patterns on front and back
- Mahogany neck with SlimTaper profile
- Gibson USA P-90R dog-ear rhythm and Gibson USA P-90T bridge pickups
- Locktone Tune-o-matic bridge with Trapeze tailpiece or Epiphone's new reissue of the original Tremotone vibrato
- Wilkinson Vintage-Style tuners
- MSRP: $1332 (Royal Tan with Trapeze Tailpiece), $1332 (Vintage Sunburst with Trapeze Tailpiece), $1415 (Vintage Sunburst with Tremotone)