This press release just, to quote Spinal Tap‘s David St Hubbins, drifted through my transom. Thought the USA-made John Lennon signature Epiphone Casinos were freaken’ sweet but couldn’t stretch the wallet that far? Well check out these babies which are made in Asia but feature Gibson USA electronics. Neat!
EPIPHONE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE “INSPIRED BY’ JOHN LENNON CASINO AND REVOLUTION GUITARS
REPLICA OF THE BEATLES LEGEND’S SIGNATURE GUITAR
The “Inspired By” John Lennon Epiphone Casino and Revolution guitar is now an affordable luxury no guitar collector should be without
Nashville, Tennessee….December 18th, 2009…Epiphone Guitar announces the anticipated release of the Limited Edition and New “Inspired by” John Lennon Casino offering the professional musician the same key features of Epiphone’s acclaimed John Lennon signature U.S.A. Casinos but at a more affordable price. Also based upon the “1965” Casino and the “Revolution” Casino, these two “Inspired by” versions combine the cost-effective workmanship of Epiphone’s own factory in Asia with original Gibson U.S.A. electronics including classic P-90 pickups with dog-ear, nickel plated covers and a Switchcraft(tm) made toggle and output jack.
The Inspired by “1965” Lennon Casino: In 1966, during the recording of “Revolver,” John Lennon and George Harrison each acquired vintage sunburst Epiphone Casino guitars. The 1965 Casino is a reproduction of the original guitar John purchased with its sunburst finish and stock hardware. Attention to detail includes the correct “burst” pattern and front and back, neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), vintage style tuners with small metal buttons, black washer around the toggle switch and the historically accurate rectangle “blue label” inside the sound hole.
In 1968, John had his Casino sanded down to the bare wood and covered with a thin, dull finish. During that time, he also replaced the tuners with Gold Grovers and removed the pickguard. He first used this “natural” Casino during “The White Album” sessions in 1968. The “Inspired by” Revolution Casino is a reproduction of this stripped guitar and as it also remains today. Both “Inspired by” Casinos include a hard case while the Revolution version also includes the unattached pickguard and mounting bracket.
As with all Epiphone Lennon guitars, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each goes to the BMI Foundation for the John Lennon Scholarship Fund which supports music education. Backed by Epiphone’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 day Customer Service, these new “Inspired by” Casinos capture the essence of the 1960’s and the Beatles with their authentic looks, specifications and one-of-kind sound and feel that only a Casino has. Pickup one today and start a Revolution!