The Epiphone Casino earned widespread praise during the 1960s as the guitar of choice for The Beatles, prized for its tonal versatility. In the hands of Paul McCartney, the Casino produced the bell-like main riff to "Ticket to Ride" and the fuzzy attitude of "Taxman." John Lennon coaxed tones out of the Casino ranging from the fingerpicked lullaby "Good Night" to the distorted shuffle of "Revolution" [1]. George Harrison's best known performance on with a Casino may be "Hello, Goodbye."

Its thinline, fully-hollow body separates the Epiphone Casino from other electric guitars. While a number of jazz guitarists have used the Casino as their main instrument, notably Grant Green, the the guitar is more widely known for its contribution to the sonic palette of The Beatles. While Gibson, Ephiphone's parent company, offered a premium thinline, hollowbody electric guitar in its ES-330, the Casino reached the budget-conscious youth market buying Beatles records during the 1960s. 

The signature sound of American guitars on many of the biggest hits from British Invasion groups illustrates the truly Atlantic nature of British domination of US music charts during the 1960s - the Brits were repackaging American music and selling it back to American audiences. The British groups relied, too, on American instruments to craft their sounds.

[1] Andy Babiuk, Beatle Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio, 218-19.

Epiphone Casino 

Mahogany neck, 5-ply maple with basswood top bracing body

White binding, parallelogram inlays, nickel small button tuners, white pickguard

2 P90 single coil pickups

Qingdao, China

2015

© 2017 by Greg A. Beaman

gregabeaman@gmail.com

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