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The "Inspired by" 1965 Casino

During the recording of Revolver in 1966, John Lennon and George Harrison both acquired 1965 Epiphone Casinos. Representing the original state of this instrument, Epiphone's "Inspired by" 1965 John Lennon Casino retains its original vintage sunburst finish and all original hardware and appointments. Period-correct appointments on this model include the correct "burst" pattern on front and back, an accurate neck joint at the 16th fret (rather than the 17th fret), vintage Kluson-style tuners with small metal keys, a black plastic washer around the toggle switch, and the historically accurate rectangular blue label inside the upper f-hole.

The "Inspired by" Revolution Casino

Amid a growing trend for stripped "natural" guitars, John Lennon sanded down his Casino's original finish in 1968 and covered it with a thin, satin finish to create a natural (aka blond) look on the guitar. Around the same time, he also removed the pickguard and replaced the original Kluson tuners with gold Grovers, a popular upgrade of the era. Lennon first used his stripped "natural" Casino during recording sessions for The White Album in 1968, and this is how the guitar exists today. This instrument is represented by Epiphone's "Inspired by" Revolution Casino, supplied complete with gold Grover replacement tuners and removed pickguard and bracket (which are included in the case).

Get the Complete Package, and Support Music Education Too!

Both versions of the "Inspired by" John Lennon Casino come protected in plush-lined hardshell cases, and are covered by Epiphone's renowned Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service to keep you confident. In addition, as with all Epiphone Lennon guitars, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each model goes to the BMI Foundation for the John Lennon Scholarship Fund, which supports music education. Get your hands on a guitar that captures the look and sound of The Beatles in the late '60s, and support a great cause at the same time.

Body and Finish
The "Inspired by" John Lennon Casino has a fully hollow thinline body with an arched top crafted from laminated maple, in the image of the original Epiphone Casino of the 1960s. It comes in your choice of two accurate Lennon-era colors: vintage sunburst on the 1965 model, and stripped "natural" with a thin coat of transparent finish on the Revolution model. The top and back are trimmed in a single-ply cream binding.
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Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
Just like the original Casinos of the 1960s, the "Inspired by" John Lennon Casino is made with a mahogany neck that is carved to a fast SlimTaperâ„¢ profile. It is glued in at the 16th fret for superior resonance and sustain, and its gently back-angled headstock is carved to Epiphone's traditional shape.
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Neck and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
The "Inspired by" John Lennon Casino carries a pair of Gibson U.S.A. P-90 pickups, beloved for years by rock and roll players particular for their meaty, slightly gritty tone and aggressive, mid-forward performance. These are routed through Epiphone's traditional four-knob control section, with individual Volume and Tone potentiometers for each pickup, and a three-way toggle-style pickup selector switch.
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Hardware & Electronics
The "Inspired by" 1965 Casino is equipped with period-correct hardware, representing the look of the stock guitar acquired by John Lennon in 1965. The "Inspired by" Revolution Casino has had its pickguard removed (which is included, along with the mounting bracket, in the guitar's case) and its Kluson-style tuners have been upgraded with gold Grover tuners, all replicating the look of Lennon's "stripped" Casino circa 1968.
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