Epiphone Casino E-230TDC Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967)

Epiphone  Casino E-230TDC Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1967)

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Epiphone Casino E-230TDC Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 893534, cherry lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

The 1960s Epiphone Casino and its Gibson twin the ES-330TD are great-sounding, highly versatile guitars -- one of Kalamazoo's most original and adaptable designs. Both versions of this model were featured in countless '60s British invasion bands, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Manfred Mann, and many more, as well as many blues, jazz, and pop situations since their introduction.

This particular Casino has typical features for 1967. It sports a bound, pearloid-trapezoid inlaid rosewood fingerboard and chrome-plated hardware including the pickup covers, standard trapeze tailpiece and Tune-o-Matic bridge. The thin, double-cutaway, single-bound body is fully hollow-there is no center block as in the ES-335-and the neck joins at the 16th fret. The finish is a deep and vibrant cherry red lacquer-a rarer option than the more common sunburst although not "Beatle spec". The neck has the typical narrower 1 5/8" nut of the era, but with a fairly substantial back-to-front profile, not as thin as some from this period.

This particular guitar still carries the older style metal-capped plastic knobs, which were generally replaced this same year by the newer less aesthetic "amp style" fittings. The 3-ply white plastic pickguard carries a silver "E" epsilon logo. The Casino represents one of the few examples of an Epiphone guitar considered more collectible and desired than its Gibson equivalent, as the model is remembered primarily as a "Beatle" instrument. Individual Casinos were used extensively by John, George, and Paul from 1965-70, but beyond that specific identification the model remains an exceptionally fine-playing and sounding instrument for any era or style!
 
Overall length is 41 1/8 in. (104.5 cm.), 16 1/8 in. (41 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This is a very clean and nicely original example, with some light checking, dings dents and play wear but no notable issues. The plating is worn of some of the bridge saddles but otherwise has only minor corrosion. This Casino is a fine player with the expected sound that ranges from jazzy to "Beatle-y" at the flip of a switch. Includes a newer HSC. Excellent Condition.