1965 Epiphone Casino ES230TD

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In the Spring of 1966, during the Beatles performance on the British TV show “Top of the Pops,” John Lennon was seen playing a 1965 Epiphone Casino ES-230TD finished in Sunburst.
Anastasios Stathopoulos founded the Epiphone Company in Europe in 1873. The name "Epiphone" is a combination of Stathopoulos’ oldest child’s nickname "Epi" and "phone" (from the Greek phon meaning "sound"/"voice"). Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop guitar market. In addition to guitars, Epiphone made upright basses, banjos, and other stringed instruments. In 1957, Gibson purchased Epiphone and generally made it their budget line of instruments.
Paul McCartney was the first member of the Beatles to acquire an Epiphone Casino, a 1962 model that he had used on a number of studio recordings throughout 1965. Perhaps liking the versatility of McCartney’s guitar, Lennon and George Harrison decided to follow suit and obtain their own, matching, Casinos. 
It is noteworthy that of all the guitars the Beatles made famous, the only model that Lennon, Harrison and McCartney had in common was the Casino. Visually, McCartney’s 1962 model differed slightly from Lennon and Harrison’s 1965 model.
Lennon’s 1965 Casino had the following specs: 16” wide, double round cutaway, full hollow thin body; 24 ¾ scale; trapeze tailpiece; 16 frets clear of the body; single bound fingerboard; 2 Gibson P-90 pickups; Pearl inlaid Epiphone peghead logo; Single parallelogram fingerboard inlays; Chrome plated pick up covers; gold control knobs; White pick guard; hourglass-shaped headstock; and Kluson double-line tuners. 
Lennon’s guitar also had a black “goof ring” around the pick up selector switch. It was utilized to mask small tooling blemishes and was known unofficially at the factory as a “goof hider.”
Originally finished in Sunburst, the Casino would become Lennon’s main stage and studio guitar during his remaining years with the Beatles, thus bolstering its status as a legendary guitar.
We are pleased to showcase the vintage 1965 Casino in our collection. It is identical to Lennon’s guitar, as he would have first received it, including the original factory “goof ring” around the pick up selector switch.paul_casino.htmlpaul_casino.htmlshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1
Rare photo of John Lennon with his 1965 Epiphone Casino ES-230TD
Lennon in 1967 showing the recently painted back of his Casino.
Lennon with his stripped Casino during The Beatles final public performance.

1965 Epiphone Casino ES230TD “Stripped”

 Lennon and Harrison would strip their Casinos down to bare wood in 1968 after hearing that a guitar sounds better without a heavy finish.
Shown above is our vintage 1965 “Stripped” Casino.  The previous owner had carefully removed the finish to resemble Lennon’s guitar.

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