Blue Casino

4. April 2013

Casino blue

Thinline taster

5. Mai 2010

Right now I’m checking out these two thinline beauties – the Gibson ES-330L and the Epiphone „Inspired by John Lennon“ Revolution Casino.

My review will be published in the near future in Riffi-magazine.

Semis with P-90s and humbuckers – a comparison

9. Dezember 2009

I thought you guys and girls might be interested in a real-world, no-nonsense sound comparison between the P-90 pickup and the humbucker using gear a mere mortal can afford.

I’m using my Japanese Kasuga 335-copy from the late 70s/early 80s, which has very nice moderate level humbuckers, and my Korean Epiphone Casino (c. 2002) which Sebastian equipped with Göldo P-90s.

The guitars were recorded using a Roland Micro-Cube straight via the Digidesign M-Box 2 into Garageband.

All clips have the Casino going first panned slightly left and the Kasuga second placed slightly to the right.

Here are the neck pickups: Front Master

Next up both guitars with the selector switch in the middle position: Both Master

This is what the bridge pickups sound like: Bridge Master

And finally the rhythm guitars in the middle position with bluesy solos on top; first the Casino, then the Kasuga, both with their bridge pickups engaged: Both plus Solo Master

By the way (thanks Hannu):

Have you seen this video featuring two rather talented young guitarists, who play very similar looking guitars?

Zwei coole – und vor allem erschwingliche – Instrumente für Beatles-Fans

28. August 2009


Epiphone haut richtig zu mit zwei Instrumenten der mittleren Preisklasse, die für Beatles-Fans fast schon ein Muss sind:

Auf der Akustikgitarrenseite haben wir eine Neuauflage der Epiphone Texan, auf der Paul unter anderem Yesterday komponiert und eingespielt hat.

Inspired by Texan

Die Texan kommt mit einem eingebauten Tonabnehmer des deutschen Herstellers Shadow; ein Koffer ist auch im Preis inbegriffen.

Als zweites Schmankerl bietet man uns jetzt eine günstige Alternative zur teuren USA-Lennon-Casino.


Die „Inspired by“ Casino gibt es sowohl als 1965 Version in Sunburst, als auch als RevolutionCasino in Natur. Auch hier gibt es gleich einen Koffer mit.

Mehr Infos zu meiner eigenen Casino findet ihr hier und hier.

Casino Porn

30. Dezember 2008

To close the year on a high note, here’s some serious guitar porn   😛

One of my all-time favourite guitars is the Epiphone Casino. It is the ultimate Beatle-guitar – all three guitar-playing Beatles have owned and played this model. Paul McCartney still rates the Casino as his personal favourite.


Originally called the Epiphone Casino ES-230TD it was the sister model to Gibson’s ES-330. Gibson had bought (the then US-firm) in the mid 1950s and produced Epiphone models alongside their own line in Kalamazoo (Michigan). Nowadays the Epi brand serves as Gibson’s cost-conscious line and the production has long been moved to the Far East (mostly China).


My Casino is an early Noughties Korean-manufactured guitar. Originally a natural (gloss) finished model, it has been Lennon-ised by my friend Sebastian Bunge of Soundhaus Lübeck (Germany). He dulled down the finish (at which point the serial number went missing) and installed higher quality P-90 pickups made by Göldo.


Although the Casino shares the double-cutaway thinline body of Gibson’s ES-335/-345/-355, it is nonetheless a completely hollow bodied model (like the ES-330). There is no maple centre block running the length of the plywood maple body, which is why the neck joint is at the 16th fret.


While the originals had one-piece mahogany necks, my guitar comes with a three-piece neck. Basically, the neck is one piece, save for an added bit to make up the height of the neck heel, as well as the headstock, which is joined to the rest north of the saddle/wrist area (not scarf-joined beneath the 2nd fret!).


While the first Casinos from the late 1950s/early 60s feature (rather ugly) wide Gibson-type headstocks, all post-65 models come with the much more distinctive Epi-hourglass design.

This guitar plays like a dream and sounds like it should. Sebastian pulled it out of its case and said „I think you might be interested in this!“ – damn right I was. He plugged the guitar into a Fender ’65 Deluxe reissue, and it sounded exactly like John on the Apple-building roof in January 1969.

I love this guitar. One example of myself playing the Epiphone Casino can be found here.

One of Frank’s most beautiful lyrics

31. Oktober 2008

Nothing To Fear

I simply love Frank’s lyrics in this song – beautiful and warm. Thank you!

The slide solo was played using an Epiphone Casino.