In late 1964, Paul McCartney took the suggestion of a friend, English blues musician John Mayall, and acquired a 1962 Epiphone Casino outfitted with a Selmer Bigsby B7 vibrato. 
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.
The 1962 Casino, designated as model E230TD, has the following specs: 16" wide, double round cutaway, fully-hollow thin body (like a Gibson ES-330); 24 3/4" scale; optional Selmer Bigsby B7 vibrato; 16 frets clear of the body; single bound fingerboard; 2 Gibson P-90 pickups; Pearl inlaid Epiphone peghead logo; Single parallelogram fingerboard inlays; Nickel plated pickup covers; black control knobs; White pick guard; and rare early-style Gibson type headstock, rather than the later more common hourglass-shaped one.
Although it was a right handed model, McCartney had the guitar modified for left-handed playing. This included restringing it, adjusting the bridge for correct intonation and adding a strap button to one of the horns. 
The Beatles bass player would quickly put his new Casino to work recording many blistering and memorable lead breaks. McCartney continues to use his 1962 Casino to this day for recording and live performance, even referring to it as his favorite electric guitar.
It is noteworthy that of all the guitars the Beatles made famous, the only model that John, Paul and George had in common was the Casino. McCartney's was the 1962 model while Lennon's and Harrison's were 1965 models that had slightly different specs.
The 1962 Epiphone Casino in our collection is also set up for left handed playing and is identical to McCartney's in every detail, including the rarer type headstock and the Selmer Bigsby B7

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Paul McCartney looking cool at Abbey Road studios with his just acquired 1962 Epiphone Casino. A new lead guitarist moves in!

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