The Epiphone Casino has the same basic body shape and dimensions as Gibsons very popular ES-335, as well as the Epiphone Riviera and the Epiphone Sheraton. However, unlike the ES-335, the Casino does not have a solid wood block though its center, making this a full hollow body guitar. Older models of the Casino, like that played by Lennon on the Let It Be rooftop performance, feature a headstock at 17-degrees rather than 14-degrees and join the body at the 16th rather than the 17th fret providing more string tension, which when combined with its ultra-thin hollow body, give the unique sound made famous by Lennon. Lennon's casino originally had a sunburst finish, which he painted over in psychedelic colours and eventually stripped it down to its wood, which is how it is famously remembered. In 1997, Lennon's Casino was measured by a group of Epiphone professionals with permission from Yoko Ono.
Modern Casinos feature a pick guard and come in a variety of colours.
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