As part of Epiphone's Inspired by Gibson range – first unveiled in January 2020 – it was announced that, along with new, low-cost Epiphone versions of classic Gibson models, a couple of classic Epiphones in turn would be given a premium, American-made treatment.
Over a year later, Epiphone has announced the second of these American-made models (following the Texan acoustic), the USA Collection Casino.
The gorgeous hollowbody features a three-ply maple and poplar body, and a solid mahogany rounded C-shaped neck boasting a 12”-radius Indian rosewood fingerboard fitted with a Graph Tech nut.
Most notably, this American-made Casino boasts a pair of dogear Gibson USA P-90 pickups, featuring vintage, braided two-conductor wiring and wax potting, and hand-wired to Orange Drop capacitors. The P-90s come in either black or nickel, depending on which finish you choose for the Casino – Royal Tan comes with nickel P-90s, Vintage Sunburst with black P-90s.
Other appointments on the guitar include Vintage Deluxe tuning machines, a Thinline Trapeze tailpiece, and an ABR-1 bridge.
The Epiphone USA Collection Casino is available now for $2,699, not too far off what your standard American-made Gibson would set you back.
For more info on the guitar, stop by epiphone.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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