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A sister to Gibson’s “thinline” ES-330 model, the Epiphone Casino has always been a fully-hollowbodied electric guitar, rather than a “semi-hollow” like the Gibson ES-335, and contains no solid wood within its body. This construction, with five-ply maple top, back, and sides, makes for a lively instrument with much of the bite and attack of a semi-acoustic electric, and the warmth and depth of a bigger “jazzbox” archtop. A three-piece mahogany neck just like that of the original 1965 Casino is glued into the body at the correct 16th fret, and carved to the SlimTaper™ profile that originated in the ’60s. A bound rosewood fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets, along with the pearloid parallelogram inlays that are one of several elements that distinguished the Casino from the Gibson ES-330.

Added to these, however, is a subtle tribute to John Lennon in the form of the artist’s date of birth (Oct. 9, 1940) engraved in the position marker at the 12th fret. Taking this unique thinline tonal signature to your amp of choice is a pair of Gibson U.S.A. “dog ear” P-90 single-coil pickups with nickel covers, as used by Epiphone on the original Casino guitars of the ’60s. Made with genuine Alnico V magnets and period-correct turns of 42 AWG wire, these are among the most accurate reproduction P-90s available today, and supply all the midrange punch, low-end thump and slightly grainy high-end sizzle that have made the P-90 beloved of countless rock’n’roll and blues players for six decades. The pickups are routed through high-quality potentiometers and a Switchcraft three-way switch and output jack for longevity and flawless performance.

Hardware follows the original specs of the 1965 Casino, including nickel plated trapeze tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge with hard nylon saddles; the Vintage Sunburst model carries nickel-plated Kluson™-style tuners, while the Natural Revolution Casino has gold-plated Grovers™, as per Lennon’s own upgrade of his guitar. Tellingly, however, the Natural model retains the black switch ring that was original equipment on the Vintage Sunburst model ( removed pickguard included in the case)—details that further bring home this tribute to one of the world’s all-time greatest music makers. In addition to all internal labels and Certificates of Authenticity being hand signed by Yoko Ono, the guitars will be sequentially hand numbered so that Natural models bear odd numbers (1 of 70, 3 of 70, etc.), while Vintage Sunburst examples bear even numbers. Join in the celebration of a musical legend, and reserve your own John Lennon 70th Anniversary Casino today.

Made exclusively for the Japanese market, these extraordinary instruments are available at your authorized Epiphone Japan dealer. Only 35 of each of the two models will ever be produced, and they are sure to go fast.
Body and Finish
The body of each John Lennon 70th Anniversary Casinos has a fully hollow thinline body with an arched top crafted from laminated maple, in the image of the original Epiphone Casino of the 1960s. They come in your choice of Vintage Sunburst and stripped “Natural” with a thin coat of transparent finish on the Revolution model. The top and back are trimmed in a single-ply cream binding.
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Body
Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
Just like the original Epiphone Casinos of the mid ’60s, the John Lennon 70th Anniversary Casinos are made with a mahogany neck that is carved to a fast SlimTaper™ profile. It is glued in at the 16th fret for superior resonance and sustain and topped with a rosewood fretboard with parallelogram inlays, and its gently back-angled headstock is carved to Epiphone’s traditional shape.
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Neck and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
The John Lennon 70th Anniversary Casinos carry a pair of Gibson U.S.A. P-90 pickups, beloved for years by rock and roll players in particular for their meaty, slightly gritty tone and aggressive, mid-forward performance. These are routed through a Gibson U.S.A wiring harness, with individual Volume and Tone potentiometers for each pickup, and a three-way Switchcraft toggle-style pickup selector switch.
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Hardware & Electronics
Hardware
The John Lennon 70th Anniversary Casinos are equipped with period-correct hardware. The Vintage Sunburst 1965 Casino model represents the look of the stock guitar acquired by John Lennon in 1966, while the Revolution Casino has had its pickguard removed (which is included, along with the mounting bracket, in the guitar’s case) and its Kluson-style tuners have been upgraded with gold Grover™ tuners.
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Hardware