Epiphone E-230TDV Casino Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Epiphone  E-230TDV Casino Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1965)
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Epiphone E-230TDV Casino Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 282973, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

The 1960's Epiphone Casino is structurally excellent but has had some fairly dubious work done to the finish on the back and sides; it looks a bit funky from some angles (though not from the front!) but still plays and sounds as it should. The Casino and its Gibson twin the ES-330TD are great sounding, highly versatile guitars, one of Kalamazoo's most original and adaptable designs. Both versions of this model were featured in countless '60's British invasion bands, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Manfred Mann and many more, as well as many blues, jazz and pop situations since their introduction.

This particular style Casino is an instrument most associated with the Beatles, with typical features for early 1965. It sports a bound, pearloid-trapezoid inlaid rosewood fingerboard and all nickel plated hardware including the pickup covers, Tremotone vibrato tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge. The thin, double-cutaway single-bound body is fully hollow and the neck joins at the 16th fret. The finish is a very nice light "teaburst" sunburst on the top with shaded back and sides. The nut width is the slimmer 1 5/8", introduced right around this time. It has the older style 60's style clear back-painted plastic "bonnet" metal-capped tone and volume knobs that were phased out in 1966, and the white plastic pickguard with the silver "E" epsilon logo.

Only 305 sunburst/vibrato Casinos shipped 1965; although not considered a rare guitar these are not all that common either. This guitar has the exact correct "Beatle" look (closest to George's personal instrument, which was identical except it fitted a British-pattern Bigsby tremolo) and represents one of the few examples of an Epiphone guitar that is considered more collectible and desired than its Gibson equivalent. This is cool period "Beatle" guitar and despite its adventures in amateur finishing a fine playing and sounding instrument for any era or style!
Overall length is 41 1/16 in. (104.3 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar has a bit of a Janus situation; it looks great from the front, but the back, not so much! At some point someone apparently decided to strip the back, then changed their mind and stopped. Some of the finish was sanded down to the stained wood, then the effort was abandoned. The back, sides and neck have been buffed to remove an obtrusive overspray; fortunately the top escaped this treatment and retains the original patina, with some checking and light scuffing marks overall. There are light scuff marks on the nickel pickup covers as well.

The hardware remains original; The Trem-O-Tone vibrato has had the arm mounting post surgically removed, so now only functions as a tailpiece. The truss rod cover has a very thick plasticky overfinish, and part of the blue label is scraped away. All other original hardware is intact. The guitar was neatly refretted some time back and is an excellent player, with a good neck angle and better balance between the pickups than many of these. While not a prime collector's specimen this is a great gigging Casino, with the sound of the '60s intact and a fantastic feel. It is housed in a modern HSC. Overall Very Good Condition.