Here is a mint condition replica of John Lennon’s Epiphone “Revolution” Casino made to the 1965 specifications. It is #225 of 1965 made. This single owner guitar was purchased in 2007, but was supposedly made in 1999, according to the sales tag from the store it was purchased from, and is included with the guitar. This is not the “Inspired by” or the “Elite” reissue of Lennon’s Casino. There are no issues with this instrument. It has a straight neck nice playability, and no fret wear. It is in like new condition with the exception of a two minor scuffs on the back of the neck that cannot be felt when playing the guitar. A photo is included. The John Lennon ditty bag is included along with it’s pickguard and all the case candy including the John Lennon Ltd Ed. pick.. The COA is included with this Revolution. The case is also in mint condition.
From the brochure included with this guitar which includes the research done by Andy Babiuk and excerpted from his book “Beatles Guitars and Other Fab Gear, I quote: ”The Epiphone Casino stands out as one of the most significant electric guitars used by John Lennon and the Beatles. The Casino can be heard on many of the most memorable Beatle recordings. By the mid-point of Lennon's career as a Beatle, when guitar manufacturers of the day would have done anything to get their instruments into his hands, Lennon often chose the Epiphone Casino over all other guitars for recordings, live performances, television appearances and films. This preference for the Casino carried on into his years as a solo artist as well. In the vintage guitar collecting community, an original Epiphone Casino such as the one Lennon used, is considered a prized find. As a result, the Epiphone Casino remains one of the most sought after electric guitars that Epiphone has ever produced.
Paul McCartney was actually the first Beatle to acquire an Epiphone Casino. He purchased one, together with an Epiphone Texan in December 1964. This was Lennon's first brush with the Epiphone guitar. Soon after, on February 15, 1965 at EMI Abbey Road Studio Two London, McCartney used the Epiphone Casino, now strung left-handed, to play the memorable lead on the Beatles classic "Ticket to Ride".
By the end of 1965, during the Beatles recording sessions for the "Rubber Soul" album, John Lennon and George Harrison both started to explore the sounds of various new electric guitars. It was in the spring of 1966 during the recording sessions for "Revolver" that both John Lennon and George Harrison acquired a pair of sunburst Casinos.
The John Lennon "1965" Casino is a faithful reproduction of John's beloved Vintage Sunburst Casino as he purchased it in 1966. In 1968, Lennon decided to "strip" the finish off his Casino. The John Lennon "Revolution" Casino is a faithful reproduction of his Casino with a "stripped" natural finish as it was then and as it remains today”.
• Original Body Shape - Mid '60's Kalamazoo, Michigan tooling specs
• Body Materials - 5-layer (Maple/Birch/Maple/Birch/Maple)
• Top Contour Bracing - Spruce with original relief spacing and depth
• One-piece Mahogany neck with 14 degree grain orientation
• Rosewood fingerboard with .062" thick pearloid, parallelogram fret markers
• Original Fingerboard support spacer height, .071"
• Neck shape (elliptical - Neck joint at 16th fret)
• Neck binding covers fret-ends
• Scale - 24.750"
• Original Nut material "Corian" - 1.62" width
• Headstock Logo, mother of pearl - inlay thickness, .062"
• Larger original style headstock - 17 degree pitch
• "Gibson-Factory" electronics
• Nickel-Plated, "dog-earred" P-90 Pickup Covers with original pole spacing
• Switchcraft, 3-way toggle with old style black washer
• Nickel ABR Bridge with nylon saddles
• Nickel "Gibson-Factory Hardware
• Vintage style case with shroud
• Stamped with John's original serial number
• Hand-numbered inside label with "1 of xxx"
• "Revolution" stripped Natural, Nitro Cellulose sealer finish over white body binding
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