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Epiphone Vintage 1988 Casino Electric Guitar Antique Sunburst Pre-Elitist w/ Cas

Epiphone Vintage 1988 Casino Electric Guitar Antique Sunburst Pre-Elitist w/ Cas


Up for grabs is this all original 1988 Japanese Terada-built Epiphone Casino with hard shell case. Built in Japan at the Terada factory this is a beautiful dark rich sunburst, not a finish we see too often on these Terada built Casinos. It’s one of the essential rock & roll hollowbodies. These are the guitars that precede the modern Elitist line. Japanese Epiphone Casinos are consistently superb in our opinion, we have never had one we didn't love. The build quality is exceptional and to us, the Terada models feel like no other casinos. The modern Korean and Chinese guitars can't touch them. Anyway this is a real old warrior. It’s nice and light at 2.9kg with a very comfortable slender c profile maple neck. Some nice malpe grain and a little birdseye on the maple top. The condition is good for a 1980’s Japanese Casino. It is all original. The electronics are all untouched, with nickel pickup covers on the P-90s and the gold reflector cap knobs on the Volume and Tone controls are all original. The nickel ABR-1 bridge has the correct "Made in Japan" text on the underside, and the orange oval label visible through the F hole has the correct five digit serial for Terada factory production (8 for year, 5 for the Casino model, and three digits for the production number). This one still has its original white E branded 3-ply pickguard fitted. The guitar is a stunner and is ageing very gracefully, with uniform surface patina on the pickup covers, bridge, and trapeze tailpiece. There have been no breaks or repairs. It’s all original with no modifications. Neck is dead straight truss rod checked and functioning fine, plenty of life left in the frets. It’s also a very smooth player and those original dog ear P90s sound immense as usual. There is some playwear as you'd expect with some light surface scratches over the body and neck. A couple of feelable marks on the neck and some paint nicks. Please don't expect a mint sterile guitar. There are plenty of cheap souless Chinese Casinos if that's what you want. It comes with a Japanese HSC which is functioning fine with all latches working. I’ll let the pics tell the rest of the story, this is a very cool old Casino and like all these old Japanese Terada models; a superb investment. 


At Gas Station Guitars we carefully hand-select all our guitars and refuse a lot more than we accept, if they don’t blow us away on all fronts, we just don’t put them in our shop; if it’s for sale by Gas Station Guitars, you know it’d gonna be pretty special.  All pictures are of actual guitars, all guitars are in hand and we do not use stock photos. NOT FOR TRADE or part exchange, thanks. We ship worldwide to the USA, E.U, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and of course the UK.

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