NGD - Epiphone Casino Coupe review & pics

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  1. Victek

    Victek Senior Member

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    I picked up my Casino Coupe a couple of days ago. What with my day job, etc, I only got around to removing the stickers, changing the strings and taking pictures.
     

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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Happy New CC Day

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    Seems to be the FIRST here...:hmm:

    Waiting for the review :wave:
     
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  3. Victek

    Victek Senior Member

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    Here are a few more pictures. The strings are very easy to change because the tailpiece has a slot - no need to thread the string through a hole. I included a shot of the pickup sticker :)
     

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    Nice ! First impressions ?
     
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    Victek Senior Member

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    The guitar came strung with 10s I think. I restrung it with EB Super Slinky 9s and played it for a while unplugged. As I was hoping the Coupe has a lot of natural volume. I like to play/practice unplugged. I often reached for the Dot instead of my PRS solid body for that reason, but now the Coupe will be my first choice. I lowered the action just a little, but the neck is very straight so I don't think I'll adjust it.

    The guitar is light. I put on a slippery strap to check the balance and it's a little neck heavy, so I'll use a strap with some friction as I did with the Dot.

    I'm not a fan of the look of the chrome button tuners. I'd prefer vintage keystone tuners, so I may replace them at some point. The stock tuners may be fine for keeping the guitar in tune though - I'll a need some time to assess that.

    I like the Natural finish just fine - "fit and finish" are excellent. If I look really close I can see very small imperfections around the F-holes, but that's really picking nits :naughty:

    It was easy to remove the "E" from the pick guard (I used a little Goo Gone to get off the sticky residue). I may eventually replace the white guard with a black or tortoise shell.

    I've got visitors at the house at the moment so have to wait until later to plug in. I'm curious to see how the P90s sound through the MXR SBA Distortion :thumb:

    PS thanks for the "happy CC day" wishes :) It really is a nice guitar for a very affordable price. I would encourage others to give it a look. I'll post again after I've played it through the amp for a bit.
     
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    FIFY, congrats.

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    Drooling...... Ahhhhhhhh..... HNCCD!!!!! (Man as more of these show up, it's gonna be difficult to fight the urge. I'm already on the edge, but I already have a casino. )
     
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    Wow, nice axe. Thinking of buying a new axe within a few months, how do you think the neck is? Quite thick is what i hope?
    Enjoy it.
     
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    I haven't used a tape measure, but the neck on the Coupe looks and feels just like the Dot - definitely thicker than my PRS SE CU24.


    And thanks, I am enjoying it. It was worth the wait.
     
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    That would be a wide thin profile on your prs se i think, anyway i'll try these when they hit the stores in europe.
     
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    Here's the specs for the Coupe:

    Epiphone Casino Coupe

    The neck is described as "1960s Slim Taper". I looked at many of the Epi Archtops and the necks had the same scale length, radius and nut width. I don't know if there's a difference between the 1960s Slim Taper and the Slim Taper D profile though (?) Paruwi and Brians Evil Twin may know :hmm:

    Yes, my PRS SE has a "wide thin" neck. That works for me too, but definitely a different feel.
     
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    I finally had some time to play the Coupe plugged into my Mustang 2 SS amp. I was immediately impressed with how rich and clear the P90s sound. The neck pickup in particular is warm without being muddy. The pups have a nice sound with overdrive kicked in too. It does feedback more easily than my humbucker guitars with OD active but it was easy to control, at least at bedroom levels. Next time I'm going to line up my guitars and switch back and forth between solid, semi hollow and hollow bodies for clearer comparisons.
     
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    HNCCD!!! Looks Killers:wow:
     
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    I ordered one of these from GC with a 15% off coupon some weeks ago, but so far all I've received is a sequence of "backorder notification" emails. grrrrrrr.......
     
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    Damned, I had successfully suppressed my GAS for the coupe, when I noticed the poor higher fret access on a regular casino, but now I see that the coupe looks more like a Riviera in this respect.

    Drat, I need more room to store guitars
     
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    Victek Senior Member

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    Having any luck getting your Coupe? Which finish did you order? :hmm:
     
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    Yes! That was my main reason for getting the Coupe instead of the standard Casino. On the Coupe you can easily play on the 20th and 21st frets, and the 22nd is not out of reach. It's nice to have the access for the occasional high note :)
     
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    When you say easy...Easier than a Les Paul ? Thx
     
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    I've put in very little playing time on Les Pauls so can't say from experience. Looking at a number of pictures of LPs it appears the neck joins the body at the 17th fret, but the cutaway is quite deep so reaching the top frets may not be a problem. Perhaps other LP players can comment?
     
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    Ok, I know you folks have been really waiting on pictures of the case :)


    1. Epiphone ES 339 Hard Shell Case
    2. ES 339 and 335 Cases side by side
    3. Coupe in case (nice that the strap fits inside)
     

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