I Just picked up an Epiphone Casino Coupe

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  1. shardy53

    shardy53 Active Member

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    I went to my local music store on Saturday with no intention of buying a guitar. I have been eyeing the Gibson ES339's for about a year but I just can't justify the $3000 price. I tried out an Epi 339 a while back and liked it but I put it back. Then on Saturday I saw a sunburst Epi Casino Coupe Hollowbody hanging up and decided to try it out. I was impressed and liked the sound of the P90's so the owner of the store told me to take it home for the weekend. He knows that the first thing I will do is reset the truss rod, action and intonation. Now this thing really plays and sounds great. It has fantastic access to the upper frets and feels a lot like my SG's even though the neck is a bit thicker. This one is a keeper and the price at $385 with tax is worth every penny. Now I almost can't wait to go back to the store and pay for it today! I left the truss rod cover off untill I decide what strings I want to use. I usually use 11's but I might just keep 10's on for a while.
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    A test ride at home....That's a huge bonus.

    Sounds like a good deal. The ES339 would be great too, but you just saved $2615....for Now.

    How about some pics of the new ride?
     
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    Congrats. I've been wanting one of those for quite a while.
     
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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
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    Small body casino with a reasonable neck joint = PERFECT!

    To me, the full sized casino is a bit of a beast to wrestle...and I always hated that 14th fret neck joint. Clunky.

    I'm surprised that this guitar hasn't ported over to Gibson. Super cool.
     
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    That's an incredible price you've paid for what is an incredible guitar. I don't have the Coupe, but I have two Casinos (a Standard and a Lennon). The Casino is the only guitar on Earth that is so good I actually wanted another. Have fun with yours, it may soon become your favorite guitar.

    Here's my two:

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    Those full size casinos look great!
    I like the upper fret accessibility with the neck attached at the 19th fret on the coup. It's almost like my SG'S.
    I have one question. Should I shim the pickups up or just leave it alone? It sounds great to me like it is but some people on the net swear by shimming them to improve the sound.
     
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    I've heard of people shimming those pickups, but I've never done it. The polepieces are adjustable...I monkeyed with them to get a nice even sound.

    I have flatwounds on the burst so I definitely needed to adjust that G string polepiece...the wound G that comes with flats could not compete with the volume of the plain B and E. I raised that G polepiece and all is well. Monkey with the polepieces, but you say you are happy with the sound, so why not just leave as is. Only mods I did on my Casinos were cosmetic mods on my burst to make it look more like John Lennon's. Those Casinos really do sound great right out of the box.
     
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    I am finding out quickly that the Hollowbody guitar takes a lighter touch for rhythm than my SG's. Maybe I should buy thinner picks. Or would that be just covering up a playing problem?
     
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    welcome to the archtop appreciation group...
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    this size body is a fine and very handy size to play. It inspires loyalty.
    The full size Casinos have inspired players for decades... McCartney still plays
    his I believe. And he is the one who notably said, " If I could only have one guitar,
    it would be this..."

    Pretty cool. love the sunburst. And you got a very good price IMHO.
    I'm using 11s on the blonde.
     
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    I first began seeing the ES 339 advertised by Gibson about eight or nine years ago.
    I remember the original price for a Gibbie with a pair of '57 Classics was
    just under $2000. I've always been attracted by this concept, which is actually
    a little weird. An electric guitar that looks like a hollow body but ain't.

    But is compact and handy, well balanced and with a sound all its own.
    Wrap that up with an Epiphone price tag and I couldn't resist.
    The Casino Coupe also attracted my attention in a very fetching way. I've always
    loved the sound that comes from the originals, and wondered whether the modernistic
    versions could have the same soul. I'd call the sound "distinctive" in 2000 effing 17...

    There is really no substitute for an original Epiphone made in Kalamazoo in the early sixties
    by the same crew of luthiers and craftsmen who built all of the "holy Grail" Gibsons.
    But for those of us who might actually never even get to see one of those, let alone
    handle it or play it, the new ones will have to do.

    I don't think there is any sense in trying to sound like somebody else...
    We might as well use what we have available now and play as well as we know how.
    I've been fascinated by the P-90 thing, ever since I brought my Epi home. She
    really likes to play through this rig:
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    Didn't know Gibson made a 390. Cool.

    2014? Possibly concurrent release with the epiphone coupes?

    I suppose the Gibson buyer at $xK...leans a little more toward traditional, or tried and true guitar forms.

    But to me...the casino coupe has a ton of merit as a model. Humbuckers/p90 whatever. Small hollow body? So versatile.
     
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    For the extra thousands, you get the Gibson name on the headstock, and lacquer finish
    instead of Chi-com polyurethane and (just maybe) a little more elegance when it's resale
    time again. You also get the same plywood top, maybe back and sides. I dunno what
    the worth of a used Gibson ES-339 is, as opposed to the worth of a vintage Gibson ES-335.
    But I'm not a 'person of faith'... so I don't automatically believe what I'm told.

    For the low low price quoted by the OP, or the even lower price of $339.00 which I paid
    M/F for my Epi ES-339 P-90 pro, you get the same plywood top, maybe back and sides...
    You get "fret-over" binding (which I like: no nibs, no problem)... you get the dumb Epiphone
    emblem which peels off quickly from the P/G (shuck that)... you get "Epiphone" hardware instead of "Gibson" hardware... but I ask you, me droogies... How much difference might
    there be? To this day, I dunno.

    What if all the "CTS" pots and "Switchcraft" jacks and switches were just more
    Chinese junk? What if all Gibbie and Epi guitar hardware, including famous Gibson pickups...
    were now made in Gibson's Epiphone factory in Tsingtao...

    I don't know this (like if I had "fax" to bolster me rich imagination)...
    I'm just cynical enough to imagine this... especially when I'm reading posts by
    purists of one stripe or another. I give no respect to purists. ...and I like to see
    them disconcerted by the realities of corporate greed.

    But to me, it doesn't matter. I yanked out my "Epiphone" P-90s and installed
    a set of Rose Pickups P-90s... which I like extremely well. Rose Pickups are articulate
    and accurate. Personally, I demand no more from any electronic rig. Articulation and
    Accuracy are my ideals... I have to do the rest.

    The Epiphone pickups were fine, and got the job done. But I swapped them out for a set
    of P-90s made by Ken Rose, in California... So, a Chinese made guitar (shell) with pickups and wiring harness made in USA... hard to beat. What would a purist say?
    I dunno. But for me, this works. AND it was fun to do. AND I got exactly what I was
    hoping I would. For me, that says worlds.
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    Did somebody say Tsingtao? Man that's some smooth chinese beer!
     
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