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Paul McCartney was the first Beatle to acquire a Casino. Influenced to purchase it by his friend, blues musician John Mayall, McCartney said, “You’d go back to his place and he’d sit you down, give you a drink, and say, ‘Just check this out.’ He’d go over to his [tape] deck, and for hours blast you with B.B. King, Eric Clapton… he was sort of showing me where all of Eric’s stuff was from. He gave me a little evening’s education. I was turned on after that, and [bought] an Epiphone.” Mayall recalls the late-night record sessions. “I showed him my hollowbody guitar that I’d bought when I was in the army in Japan in 1955. When people get together and listen to records, they talk about all kinds of things related to the music, so obviously we must have touched upon the instruments and it struck home. He got a hollowbody after to get that tone.”
The Epiphone Casino ES-230TD that McCartney purchased at the end of ’64 has an early-style Gibson-design headstock rather than Epiphone’s later hourglass-shaped headstock. Photographs taken in December of ’64, during rehearsals for the Beatles’ Christmas performances at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, show Paul playing a new Epiphone Casino still strung right-handed. Another picture shows McCartney and Harrison examining the right-handed Casino, evidently discussing how they would alter the guitar so the left-handed McCartney could use it.
McCartney’s sunburst Casino has serial number 84075, and according to Gibson’s records shipped November 1, 1962. McCartney altered it for playing left-handed, turning the guitar upside down, re-stringing it, and modifying the bridge for correct intonation. A strap button was added to now-inverted upper treble bout. McCartney used his Casino extensively in the studio with The Beatles, including the memorable lead-guitar break on “Ticket To Ride.” He also used it throughout his solo career, and still owns the guitar.
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Paul McCartney's and John Lennon's Epiphone Casino Guitars
Perhaps the most famous Epiphone model, the Casino is still going strong. This thin-line full-hollowbody archtop is constructed with traditional Maple Laminate with a Mahogany neck and gives its classic sparkle tone through a pair of authentic Dog Ear P-90 Classic pickups. Timeless six-string electric guitar famous for its sparkling sound heard on classic tunes made by bands like the Beatles. It has a Cherry Red finish, Natural Finish or Vintage Sunburst Finish (like the one George Harrison plays in the video for 'Hello Goodbye') It features thin-line full-hollow construction, twin P-90 pickups, and streamlined neck. It is made with a select maple body and top with f-holes, trapeze tailpiece, mahogany neck.
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