John Lennon played almost exclusively on a Epiphone Casino semi-acoustic from about '65 with the Beatles. Originally, the guitar had the present-day Sunburst finish when in 1967, during the course of the psychedelic fashion heyday, it was completely psyched out, only to be then freed from all colour only one year later. The result was the 'Natural Finish', which can be admired in the film 'Let It Be', and later on in 'Imagine'.
In contrast to most current semi-acoustics, the Casino does not have a sustain block, so the top can resonate much more freely. This makes the Casino more susceptible to feedback, with distorted lead sounds being rather more delicate, and the clean or crunch sounds are unique at that: Fabulous dynamics with a good and proper piece of wood. Simple Beatles sounds are easy (even George Harrison often played a Casino), but also for blues guitarists, the Casino could be their guitar for life!
- Type: 335 with F-Holes
- Laminated maple body
- Glued mahogany neck
- Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia)
- Parallelogram fretboard inlays
- Pickup: 2 AlNiCo P90 single coils
- 2 Volume controls and 2 tone controls
- Chrome-plated hardware
- Colour: Vintage Sunburst