Vintage 1966 Epiphone E230TD Casino Sunburst


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What makes this guitar special: A fantastic player’s grade Casino with a dynamic feel and superb tone. All the right pieces are there-golden era Epiphone construction, with no cracks or breaks, a smooth Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, and fabulous hollow body resonance. At some point, the body was routed for humbuckers, which have since been replaced with a pair of terrific sounding Kent Armstrong P90’s. The black surrounds cover the routs nicely, preserving much of the vintage look & aesthetic. A previous owner also mounted a Bigsby, which adds a lot in terms of dynamic & versatility. This guitar has been professionally inspected and setup by our expert in-house luthier. It sounds fantastic & plays great!

Cosmetic condition: Some good honest wear for a used guitar, with various scratches, dents, dings, nicks, chips, and scuffs present, with areas of finish wear & finish checking throughout. There is visible binding shrinkage along the fingerboard edges, most notably on the bass side of the 1st fret, and the side dot for the 3rd fret is missing. The body was routed for humbuckers at some point, and there are black surrounds affixed to the top with adhesive to cover these routs. The Bigsby tailpiece is unoriginal, and there are holes from a previous tailpiece near the rear strap button. The pickguard is a modern reproduction. The neck has been professionally refretted as well. Overall, this one has a great look to it, with an honest patina.   

Body: Double bound hollow maple body in sunburst finish with dual f-holes. ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby tremolo tailpiece. Unoriginal 3-ply white pickguard and replacement Kent Armstrong P-90s with chrome covers & black surrounds.

Weight: 6 lb, 4.4 oz

Neck: Comfortable C-shaped solid mahogany neck with bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, dark side dots, and pearl trapezoid inlays. 1 9/16” nut width, 24 3/4" scale length. Black headstock overlay with pearl Epiphone logo & Kluson Deluxe tuners in perfect working order. Due to the break angle of the bridge with the unoriginal Bigsby, there is some very minor fret buzz present on the treble side between the 4th & 6th frets with standard low action. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is functional.

Electronics: Replacement Kent Armstrong P90 single coil pickups (Bridge-9.78k ohms, Neck-8.51k ohms) with 3-way pickup selector switch & black witch hat knobs, 2x tone, 2x volume.

Case: Vintage Epiphone hard shell case included.