Ephiphone Casino Coupe

Tracy Perry

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Has anyone had any play time with one of these?
Similar to the ES-339 being a smaller body ES-335, it's a smaller body version of the Epiphone Casino.
Was wondering if anyone here had some actual hands on experience with the Coupe. The Casino is just TO large for what my shoulder will comfortably accept abuse from but I like the sound of it.

I'm looking at one in cherry and it's a really nice looking guitar. I'm wondering if it's unplugged sound is decent (the ES-339 is muffled due to the block). Was looking at getting something that would maybe work well in this style for both plugged and unplugged play. And yes, as well as liking to play (or learn to) the things, I like looking at them also.

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zappaDPJ

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I'm familiar with the Gibson Memphis versions of the ES-335 and ES-339. The 339s have more mid range tone making them a little less jazz and a bit more rock. I wouldn't say either guitar projects particularly well acoustically.
 

Tracy Perry

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I've got the ES-339 from Epi currently and it's "hearable" but nowhere near acoustic level. This one (Casino Coupe) is a full hollowbody.
Was wondering if it really made that much of a difference. It stands to reason that it will since that was one of the reasons of them putting the block in the 339/335 lines.
 

Steve

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I always thought the block was merely for the reduction of feedback but still keep the tone of a hollowbody. I also believe you won't gain much in the way of volume unplugged with a hollowbody compared to the semi. You will however get a deeper tone and of course some feedback that can be awesome if you can control it.

Also the body thickness, which looks the same as a 339, will play a larger role in the volume while unplugged so again I don't think you'll see much difference over your 339.

No Casino in this video but some good info's
 

Tracy Perry

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It would stand to reason that the block will kill some of the acoustic quality - the very reason it's used to block the feedback, reduction in the chamber noise/reverb.
I've been trying to find some video of a casino coupe or even the casino played unplugged.
Found this for the casino unplugged

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ES-345 (semi-hollow body) unplugged

And here is a comparison of several unplugged... the regular full hollowbody does seem to have a better voice acoustically.


Of course, the only one that comes near a regular acoustic is F hole deep body.... which kind of defeats the purpose of what I want. :geek:
 

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Haven't tried a hollow bodied guitar, except for my acoustic, but they do look and sound great from the YT vids I've seen. Hopefully I will get around to playing with one at some point.
 

zappaDPJ

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I did write a reply here earlier on. It was insightful, informative, almost poetic in nature, but the forum bailed out and it was lost forever :cry:

I'll be damned if I can actually remember what I posted now but it was something about the volume of air in the body of a guitar being more relevant to the acoustic sound than a block of wood designed to curtail feedback... I think.

Anyway there's guy around here who busks with an unplugged Yamaha SA50 that sounds pretty decent. It's thin but large. That actually does project quite well acoustically, much louder with a wider resonant tone than the 335 (unplugged).
 

Tracy Perry

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Biggest issue.. size.
That's why I was looking at the Casino Coupe and it's smaller body size. If I was going to go with a full size I'd probably end up with a true Gibson 60's ES-330 (used), an Epiphone Elitist '65 Casino or a Gretsch G6122TFM.

Honestly - think I'm going to hold off on any more guitars for a bit. If anything I'll grab a nice tube amp, but odds are momma is going to see the new iPhone X and decide she wants to upgrade her phone to it.... :p
 

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Steve

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It’s based off of the P90 and some say it is the Gibson P90. Andertons newest video reviews it.
 

zappaDPJ

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It’s based off of the P90 and some say it is the Gibson P90.
P90 style for sure, but to my ears it sounds better than any Epiphone P90 I've heard. The amp is going to be a factor, I'm sure it's valve but I'm faily convinced that is not an Epiphone or even Gibson pickup.
 

Steve

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It’s a Kinman "Sweet Neck" P-90 Hx Noiseless Single-Coil - that’s only in the James Bay version, the regular Epi Century is Epiphone P90 Pro
 

zappaDPJ

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It’s a Kinman "Sweet Neck" P-90 Hx Noiseless Single-Coil - that’s only in the James Bay version, the regular Epi Century is Epiphone P90 Pro
Thanks! I know Chris Kinman from years ago, I bought some really nice custom wound, single coil pickups from him. I had no idea he was still going. I've dug up a few videos of that particular P90 and I'm really impressed. I might just try one in an old Les Paul Jr. I have.
 

Tracy Perry

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Tell me I haven't been married long enough to know what the better 1/2 is going to want to do. She hadn't played with my X for more than about 3 minutes and then asked "When do I get mine"?
So, now I'm setting it up for her - but all they had was the 64GB in stock, but she only used 13GB on her current 128GB one so she's safe - and so am I! :p
 

Steve

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Tell me I haven't been married long enough to know what the better 1/2 is going to want to do. She hadn't played with my X for more than about 3 minutes and then asked "When do I get mine"?
So, now I'm setting it up for her - but all they had was the 64GB in stock, but she only used 13GB on her current 128GB one so she's safe - and so am I! :p
Wrong thread? :D
 

Tracy Perry

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I'm a split personality/posting type dude... not to mention lazy.. want it all in one place!

After playing with a Casino Coupe at GC today I'm kind of glad I didn't get one. Wouldn't have gotten that much acoustic sound over the 339 I have now turns out.
 
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