The Epiphone Casino is a thinline hollow body electric guitar manufactured by Epiphone, a branch of Gibson. It is Epiphone's version of the Gibson ES-330, but because of its association with guitarists such as George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ryan Ross and Noel Gallagher, the Casino may be better known than the ES-330.
The Casino is a thinline hollow-bodied guitar with two Gibson P-90 pick-ups, and although generally come with a trapezoid tailpiece, often a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece is used in its place (either as a factory-direct feature and as an aftermarket upgrade). Unlike semi-hollow body guitars such as the Gibson ES-335, which have a center block to promote sustain and reduce feedback, the Casino and the Gibson ES-330 are true hollow-bodied guitars. This makes it lighter and louder when played without an amplifier, but much more prone to feedback than semi-hollow or solid-body electrics.
Early versions of the Casino had a spruce top. Through 1970, the Casino headstock was set at a 17-degree angle and the top was made of five laminated layers of maple, birch, maple, birch, and maple. With the exception of the John Lennon models, subsequent Casinos have been made...