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  •  SOLD  1988 Epiphone Casino
    Casino made by Terada Gakki
The Japan-made Casino, dated in 1991, is waiting for her new owner. Casino from Japan has a few unique aspects: the neck joins the body at the 17th fret, not the 16th of other models. This enables you to play higher position frets with less stress. Also the serials numbers are 5 digits, where the 1st letter indicates the year of 198x or 199x, 2nd telling the model (2:EMPEROR, 3:RIVIERA, 4:SHERATON, 5:CASINO) and the rests being the production number of that year.

Casino is often compared to its parent model Gibson ES-330 in that they have the same full hollow thinline body, two P-90 pickups and parallelogram tailpiece. These full hollow body models are easily distinguishable from the others as it gives players a clear and ringing tone that could be pushed into overdrive when needed. It also characterizes the sound light and loud when played without an amplifier.

Over nearly 3 decades, this guitar stays in fairly well condition. Moderate oxidation on the way, pickguard missing, and some traces of previous tuners left after they were replaced by Gotoh tuners. Apart from those cosmetics, she plays gracefully and lovely. Please let me know what else you want to know before you claim the next owner of this guitar.