Limited Quantity Of Highly Sought After Lennon Guitars Available
(Press Release | Posted 2008-05-26)
Epiphone has made available a very limited offering of the John Lennon 1965 and Revolution Casino electric guitars. These guitars, based on John Lennon's original Casino guitar, have been locked in a vault since 1999. The model soon became one of the top-selling Epiphone models of all time due to their direct tie-in with Lennon and highly collectible nature as well as their unique sound and performance.
In addition to the guitars, Epiphone commissioned renowned artist Peter Kellett to produce matching hand-signed limited edition anographic prints of John Lennon. Each is numbered and hand-signed. Kellett combines aluminum media with 30 years of anodizing experience to create one-of-a-kind works of art.
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. Nowhere else in the world can a collector or musician acquire a pure Epiphone Lennon Casino pair as those described here.
The Lennon Casinos feature the following specifications...
- 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 stroud
- Stamped with John's original serial number
- Hand-numbered inside label with "1 of xxx"
- "1965" Vintage Sunburst, Nitro Cellulose lacquer over white body binding
- "Revolution" stripped Natural, Nitro Cellulose sealer finish over white body binding
- "1965" Nickel Klusons
- "Revolution" Gold Grovers
A portion of each sale will go to support the BMI Foundation, John Lennon Scholarship Fund.
Available EXCLUSIVELY at...
Fuller's Vintage Guitar