They say ‘bigger is better’, but this is not always the case, and the Epiphone Casino Coupe is a great example. In the past few years, one of Gibson and Epiphone’s biggest success stories has been the ES-339, which shrunk the classic Dot to a smaller size, whilst keeping all of the good stuff. The Casino Coupe does exactly the same thing with (you guessed it) a Casino. Whereas the 339 kept the semi-hollow design of the Dot, the Coupe is entirely hollow, just like its big brother.
The Casino Coupe is built with a laminated maple body, complete with vintage-style ‘F’ holes. This is of similar size to the 339. Attached to this is a mahogany, set-neck that is shaped to a SlimTaper profile. A rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays provides another classic touch.
The onboard pickups are another aspect of the Coupe that it shares with the larger Casino. Two Dog-ear P90s are fitted, with a P90R at the neck position delivering rhythm oriented sounds, and a P90T at the bridge with a more lead-oriented tone. The wide, single-coil design of the P90 creates a tone that is richer and warmer than a narrower single-coil.
Equipped here on the Coupe, with a 3-way selector switch and individual tone and volume controls for each pickup, they provide the potential for silky, warm clean tones through to punky, overdriven tones, and everything between. This is a surprisingly versatile guitar…
In terms of hardware, the Casino Coupe is fitted with a Locktone bridge, which lends the guitar stable tuning and plenty of sustain. Behind this, a trapeze tailpiece adds another, vintage oriented detail.
The Epiphone Casino Coupe is another great guitar that draws on an illustrious heritage to create something that is unique. Though smaller than its older brother, it punches well above its weight…
Manufacturer Epiphone Model Casino Coupe Body Material Laminated Maple Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile Slimtaper Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration SS Bridge Hard Tail No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Trapezoid Pickguard White Bridge/Tailpiece Locktone bridge with trapeze tailpiece Active/Passive Passive Pickups Bridge: P90T, Neck: P90R Controls Volume 1, Volume 2, Tone 1, Tone 2 Pickup Switching 3-Way Finish Natural
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