Epiphone Casino TQ

Electric Guitar

  • Cult casino with ES-339 body
  • Hollow body
  • Laminated maple body
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Slim taper neck profile
  • Parallelogram inlays
  • Scale 628 mm
  • 22 x Frets
  • Nut width: 42.65 mm
  • 2 x Dogear P-90T Classic Pickups
  • 2 x Volume, 2 x tone
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • LockTone Tune-o-Matic bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Turquoise finish

Further Information

Colour Blue
Body Maple
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups P90, P90
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
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A great guitar, which unfortunately is not good for schlepping
Georgi M, 16.12.2020
I love the Casino! It was a fairly spontaneous purchase after around 1 month of research in which time this model caught my attention. I started checking out players of this model and was especially influenced by Gary Clarke Jr whose main red Casino is exactly a model like this with all stock parts.

I really like the chimey quality of this guitar, it is perfect for soft jazz and blues, however the P90s need to be adjusted properly tone and volume wise to get a good sound, at least for my fingerstyle playing. I found the pickups not that usable on maxed out tone/volume, but luckily the adjustability of both is pretty flexible.

One note which was disappointing for the stock pickups is that their height CANNOT be adjusted up or down. This is an issue I think, since there is a significantl difference between the volume of the neck and bridge pickup. The neck pickup is very hot and overpowers the bridge pickup quite a bit. This can be quite cool, as the pickups have a similar sound, but the neck is just more pumped with lows and mids, whilst the bridge is thinner and chimey-er. If you are willing to compromise with the volume difference, this actually is quite powerful. I found the middle position to be the most useful with the neck at around 5 volume and 5 tone and the bridge with around 7 volume and 5 tone. This also allowed for quickly switching to a more lead tone by going to the neck and to a more thin sound by switching to the neck.

Nevertheless, being able to adjust the height to your liking would definitely be a plus, so consider installing soapbar P90s - I find that a vintage yellow or plain white colour also definitely suits the sweet paintjob of the guitar.

In terms of noise issues with the notorious P90s: I played this guitar both at home and at a venue with a fair amount of lights and other electrical interference. Even when being close to the drumset and the bass guitar booming right into the guitar, when I was playing with a relatively low gain sound I had no feedback issues and the tone was not compromised at all.

That being said, I live in Amsterdam, where older buildings often have electricity shielding problems, so when playing this guitar I noticed a light popping sound every time a metal part was touched. This was ok if you constantly held your hand on the strings or bridge, but definitely not a nice thing. To address the issue I brough the guitar to a tech with suspitions of grounding issues. He went on to explain this electrical feature of the Dutch capital and said that neither the amp nor grounding was an issue. A way to solve this is to tie a small wire or something else metal either to your radiator or to your arm. I guess this would be fine if I was to record something or pay at home, but it seems like a silly thing to have to compromise for. In a live setting I did not experience this, but I imagine it could be annoying in an older venue with the same issue.

Surprisingly though, upon expecting the electronics, the tech identified an issue with the output jack and suggested a replacementa which I have requested from him. This was also a suspition of mine as the output jack actually fell in the body of the guitar and I had to get it out with some wires and magnets.

This brings me to my main pros/cons point about the technical features of this guitar.

PROS: The setup of the bridge, nut, tuners and overall action was very good - low and playable. I fit it with D'addario Chrome Flatwounds which nicely melllowed out the chimeyness a bit much to my liking. The neck, laquered at the back, but not sticky, is wider than a Fender which I came to prefer as it suits my fingerstyle. The guitar is comfortable to play and chording is perfect, until you reach the upper frets of course, where the Casino has less fret access way up high. That is fine with me and I quite enjoyed playing the guitar and composing several songs on it.

The body looks and feels great, with the guitar being incredibly light and very comfortable to play standing up. The hollow body also allows for a very playable volume completely unplugged.

CONS:

The lack of adjustability and volume differences which I mentioned when discussing the P90s is definitely a negative, alongside the minor electrical issues. Bringing this to a tech or switching parts yourself is something you could consider if these are important things for you.

The main issue I had with the guitar is simply the size and the fact that I was always nervous about how fragile it is. The fact that it is hollow always made me worry about leaving it somewhere at the gig, and lugging it around amongst audience members or tight corridors is a chore. I have a good suitcase for this, which is fine, but it is deffinitely more difficult to transport this guitar. The size of the body is comfortable when played sitting down in certain positions, but you are not going to have the same comfortable experience with for example a Strat with which you can lie down on your couch and still play.

Lastly, the hollowness also means that some parts may buzz, such as the pickup covers or the strings stretching from the bridge saddles to the trapeze tailpiece. This means that if recording with a mic next to the amplifier, but sitting close to it, the buzz if unintentionally caught. From what I read around the internet on reviews, this is a common problem with Casinos and as they say "the good ones aways rattle". Ways to address these issues is by putting some dampening cloth under the trapeze, such as even a sock, and putting some rubber or cloth under the pickup covers to absorb those vibrations. This shouldn't compromise the sound of the guitar if done right. Although I didn't experience feedback issues, if there are any, the internet suggests cloth is there to help you once more as sticking socks or T-Shirts in the f-holes is the most popular amateur way of solving this in a loud setting.


Having seen the good and the bad, I still really love this guitar and surely see the appeal it has. Its unique look makes it an eye-catcher that brings flair to any performance and the sound is there to back it up. Nevertheless I decided to sell this guitar as the difficulties with moving it around are not something I wish to deal with. I invested the money of this guitar into upgrades to my stratocaster and a new Fender Super Champ X2 amp, which is was a great decision. I love my Stratocaster and in a gig scenario I would always prefer to be able to cycle to my gig as a proper Amsterdammer.

I hope my guitar brings joy to its new owner and I am sure such a model could bring much happiness to you as well. If you are in the market for semi/hollowbody electric guitars, the Casino has a vibe of its own that will satisfy your needs.
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Una chitarra che ti da quello che paghi....o no?
palantine9131, 27.11.2019
Piccoli particolari che rendono questa chitarra un prodotto decisamente cheap.
SET UP di fabbrica inesistente, fatto in 5 minuti; corde altissime, tasti montati in maniera orribile con dislivelli anche notevoli e, di conseguenza, ponte alto e truss rod molto 'lasco' (se mi passate il termine), così da dare idea che i tasti non 'buzzano' .......e vorrei ben vedere!! ma la chitarra fuori dalla scatola non è suonabile.
I pickups sono assolutamente economici e neanche RW/RP così che la chitarra ronza ANCHE in posizione intermedia.
TUTTO l'hardware è cheap al massimo. Capotasto di plastica.
Risultato: minima spesa/massimo guadagno (per Epiphone) ed una qualità costruttiva decisamente a picco.
Epiphone forse è una delle pochissime ditte a non aver fatto il salto di qualità di altre case costruttrici sulla fascia 'economica' (penso alle SQUIER Classic Vibe che, per NELLA STESSA FASCIA DI PREZZO, sono a dir poco fantastiche).
Io sono fortunato perché (per passione) certi lavori me li faccio da solo, ma chi non sa livellare una tastiera può spendere anche 100€ per un lavoro ben fatto da un liutaio (vero).
Passando delicatamente un RADIUS BLOCK da 12" sulla tastiera ho portato via tanta segatura di nickel - tutta sul colmo dei tasti - quanta non ne avevo MAI ottenuta da nessuna chitarra (di fascia economica...G&L, Gretsch, SQUIER, Fender Messico, Vintage di Wilkinson).
Le rifiniture non sono eccellenti ma sono cose a cui bado meno; quello su cui non transigo è la suonabilità dello strumento.
Non l'ho restituita perché dopo un paio d'ore di lavoro posso dire che 'suona' decentemente.
A mio parere questa chitarra funziona così: la compri - meglio se B-Stock - e butti tutto ciò che non è legno; rifai la tastiera e piano piano compri pickups decenti e tutto l'hardware nuovo (magari mettendo un tremolo).
Conviene? Sì, se hai la passione dell'upgrading come me.
No, se vuoi subito una chitarra ready to go; in questo caso un semplice set up non basta (cioè senza la lima).
Non nel mio caso almeno.
Non la consiglio.
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Hält was sie verspricht – sehr gutes Preis/Leistungsverhältnis
AndyNW, 20.11.2019
die grüne Farbe muss man haben wollen – sie sieht damit aber optisch sehr ansprechend aus. Auch als Gitarreneinsteiger ist sie sehr gut zu handeln und macht auch ohne Verstärker richtig laut Musik! ich würde sie jederzeit wieder kaufen
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