Epiphone have decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first 1961 Casino,with the introduction of the sassy new, limited-edition 1961 Anniversary Casino.
The new model incorporates some of the original features of the guitar that were discontinued after it's first year.
Here at Guitar & Bass we're big Casino fans but Epiphone has only produced a total of 1,961 Anniversary Casinos, (with numbered Certificate of Authenticity) so you'll have to get your skates on to bag one of these beautiful guitars.
PRESS RELEASE: Introduced in 1961, the original Casino had a combination of unique features that ultimately were never offered beyond that first year.
These include the triangle metal logo badge on the headstock, “Dot” fingerboard inlays, a blank two-ply “bullet” trussrod 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 features include the correct “burst” patterns on front and back, a neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), Wilkinson™ vintage-style tuners with small plastic buttons, and the historically accurate rectangle “blue label” inside the sound hole.
No detail of the original 1961 Casino has been missed. Epiphone has recreated the original U.S.A. made black P90s, which offer a stellar combination of high output and biting treble response.
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 Casino is completely hollow, which contributes to its unique, signature sound made most famous by The Beatles. The body is made of five-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.
Hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge and the choice of either a Trapeze tailpiece or Epiphone’s new reissue of the original Tremotone™ vibrato. Each 1961 Casino also features an original-style hard case with gray exterior and blue plush interior.