Epiphone "Elitist" Casino & Fender Hotrod Deluxe

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  1. 68goldtop

    68goldtop Senior Member

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    Hi guys!

    I did a sound-sample with my new/old Casino "Elitist"...

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    ... and the more-than-well-known Fender Hotrod Deluxe.

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    My main goal was to show that this amp CAN sound good at very low volumes - and the Casino turned out to be a nice choice (imho) ;)

    Here´s the sound file with all three "channels" (clean, drive, more-drive) from the amp and the Casino at very low volume - enjoy!

    https://soundcloud.com/diekleins/hotrod-deluxe-jam


    cheers - 68.
     
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  2. kevinpaul

    kevinpaul Premium Member

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    IMG_4036.JPG I like your guitar very much. I bought an Epiphone Casino and I play it much more than I ever thought. I love the Beatles and this guitar nails their music.
     
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  3. 68goldtop

    68goldtop Senior Member

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    Hi kevinpaul!

    Yeah, I like it too, and, of course, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Beatles - especially the mid-60´s "Casino-period" ;)

    Yours looks nice too!

    cheers - 68.
     
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    I've wanted an Elitist or JDM Casino for a long time now. Very nice choice! You did a nice job on the track. Sounds so muck like a CSN track! :thumb:
     
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    With a low output Casino I would definitely go more with the Princeton Reverb over the Hotrod Deluxe.
    Depends on what you're going for.
     
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    Buzzin_Cousin Senior Member

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    I would love to get an elitist hollow body like the 335 or Sheraton but dont know if I want that much coin tied up in a guitar that's not an LP or strat.

    Those Casinos look amazing.
     
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    I have a Natural '65 Elitist Casino and I think they're worth it if you're not obsessed with nitro finishes. Same as a 330 at half the price. I like it through some old hifi amps and the clean channel of a Blues Deluxe. Pretty cool through modelers too. I also have a Wildkat and they do sound different.
    They're light as a feather, acoustically loud for unplugged practice...look good, and rock out if you tweak your amp and watch your treble. That toggle select switch benefits from a rubber washer too as some buzz in the middle position. Then you've got a John Lennon! Minus the thin nitro.
     
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    tolm Bigsby Junkie Premium Member

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    That's a Casino Coupe, right? Have you played the full size one as well to compare? I'm gassing for a semi-hollow / hollow-body with P90s to complement by (humbucker equipped) 335 as I think finally decided not to P90 the 355 itself and since P90 335s are basically non-existent over here, the Casino, Casino Coupe or Riveria P93 are looking pretty appealing. Do you find the smaller body resonates less or impacts the tone vs the full sized Casino? Obviously the fret access looks pretty appealing!!
     
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    You should get a used standard 335 or Sheraton for $300-$450 and see if you like that style guitar before making a bigger commitment. I have a 1997 MIK Sheraton that is a great guitar. I would love to have one of the earlier MIJ models.

    For me, a nice semi-hollow is worth more than any LP or Strat. And for the record, 335's and Sheratons are semi hollow, not full hollow. :p
     
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  10. 68goldtop

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    Hi!

    Thank you very much - yes, I was thinking of old Neil (another soft spot in my heart) when I did the recording ;)

    Hi!

    Actually, I do own a Princeton Reverb - but this time I wanted to do a demo of the HR Deluxe!

    On Casinos in general...

    I had a BOATLOAD of Casinos over about a year´s time. I bought them, tried them, and re-sold them if I didn´t like them - just to find one (or two) I really like.

    I ended up with a recent MIC in natural and the Elitist in sunburst.
    Both are very nice, yet still a bit different.

    Unfortunately, used Elitists are quite rare...
    You can call me old-fashioned, but I wasn´t going to shell out close to 2 grand for a MIJ-guitar ;)
    If you can find one for reasonable money, I recommend it.
    The $400 MIC does a good job if you find one that suits you!

    cheers - 68.
     
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  11. kevinpaul

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    Hi, yes that is the coupe and a full hollow body. The 339 body size is novel in some ways and perfect in other ways. I bought the Casino Coupe and the correct case from Amazon with little thought given.
    I knew I would like it. I played the larger full size Casino and it was great. I just blindly went with the small one. I have no problem going up the fret board and the guitar is very light. Really fun to play.
    The Casino Coupe is one of the guitars I just leave out, the tone and everything about it has me hooked. You can't go,wrong with the 335 or 339, I am sure you will be pleased.
     
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