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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone John Lennon Revolution Casino 1803 of 1965 Natural, 2006


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The Epiphone John Lennon Revolution Casino was built between 2003 and 2006, as a limited run of 1965 guitars, to commemorate John Lennon’s 1965 Casino in its stripped-down form.

Originally appearing in 1961 as a sister model to the Gibson ES-330, the Epiphone Casino model ES-230TD is very similar to its sister model, the Gibson ES-330TD; the TD in both model designations stands for Two Pickup, Double Cutaway. The 1961 models used a 1950’s style shorter headstock with a metal Epiphone logo plate, but for 1962 that design was revamped to the longer, narrower headstock with inlaid Epiphone logo still used today. As well, the dot position markers were changed to parallelogram markers and the plastic pickup covers were replaced with metal covers.

The ES-230 Casino, like the ES-330, is a fully hollow archtop electric guitar, with its body made of a Maple / Poplar laminate. It does not have the solid center block of the ES-335. This makes the guitar very light and comfortable, though it also makes it more susceptible to feedback at higher volumes. However, it has a grooved solid Maple pad, up to about .375 inches thick, glued to the inside of the top. This not only reduces feedback but also provides an anchor for the Tune-o-Matic bridge supports. The neck is Mahogany with a bound Rosewood fingerboard.

This Epiphone John Lennon model was favoured by a number of prominent British guitarists during the early-mid 1960s, notably Keith Richards and three members of the Beatles. While both Paul McCartney and George Harrison had personal Casinos, John Lennon’s 1965 model is better known, especially in its stripped-down form. Originally a sunburst model, Lennon picked up the idea that heavier production finishes inhibited the resonance and responsiveness of a guitar, and had his stripped to natural, with a light lacquer re-applied. As well, the original Kluson Deluxe tuners were replaced with gold-plated Grover Roto-Matics.

In 2003, Gibson, the owner of Epiphone, allied with Lennon’s estate to build 1,965 replicas of Lennon’s stripped down ‘Revolution’ Casino. These were built until 2006, and as this is number 1803 of 1965 – close to the end of the run – we are placing its production date as 2006.

This guitar is in very good condition, and is complete with its original case, case candy, and Certificate of Authenticity.


Price: $2,500.00 CAD
  • Model: John Lennon Revolution Casino
  • Year: 2006 | Approximate year
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 328393 1803 of 1965
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 16/05/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 6.38lbs 2.9kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.64in 41.5mm
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