A review & demo of the Epiphone Inspired By John Lennon Casino. As the Beatles rose in popularity their stage persona used Rickenbacker, Gretsch and Hofner guitars with Vox amplifiers. Away from the stage they used several different guitars especially as their touring days ended and musical explorations developed.
One of the early ‘other’ guitars was the Epiphone Casino. Paul McCartney was the first Beatle to get a Casino in 1964 and his guitar is shown in the Gibson records to have shipped in November 1962 and featured the smaller Epiphone, ‘Gibson’ like headstock. Both John Lennon and George Harrison got their Casino's later around 1966 and they were almost identical. John’s Casino had a trapeze tailpiece and George’s had a Bigsby tailpiece. Both of these Beatles can be seen using the Casino’s in the Paperback Writer and Rain videos. Lennon later had the sunburst finish removed from his Casino and can be seen playing the now natural finished Casino in the Beatles final public live performance on the roof of the Apple building in 1970. George also scrapped off the sunburst finish on his guitar.
Epiphone have released a couple of Casino's with the inspiration from Lennon. The Inspired By Casino 'Revolution' was issued in 2009. On the back of the headstock is Lennon's signature and drawing.
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