Next to Gretsches, I have mostly Epiphones, and lean toward the older Korean-made ones. I do own a newer Epi ES-335 Pro with a natural finish, which I do like, especially for the entry-level cost of $400. It was listed as a 'blemished' or a return on one of the online retailers sites (can't recall which; Music-Go-Round or Z-Sound). Anyway, the guitar itself was cosmetically fine on arrival, but had some minor fret buzz and sprouting, likely why it was a return. Once I had that easily sussed it became a great player and a sound investment.
As the 335 body style is about as iconic as the Les Paul, I have since acquired a Korean-made Sheraton in alpine white, and more recently an '01 Supernova. All 3 of those have the more classic PAF style humbuckers.
As of this writing I have an opportunity at a locally offered clean '03 Riviera fitted with the Mini-humbuckers, original HS case included. The only other guitar I own with mini-humbuckers is a '62 reissue Epi Sorrento, another great find. I had actually come close to pulling the trigger on one of the newer P93 Riviera models, as they are plentiful and cheap on the used market, even locally to me. But as much as I love P90s, I do have a Gretsch 5622t-cb, with cats-eye sound holes and fitted with 3 Super Hilo-trons. I also have 2 Epiphone Casinos, both Peerless models (one Cherry stain, one Vintage Sunburst). I felt the overlap of tones could be somewhat redundant.
Of course, big difference in sound partly because of the center-block construction. I've found Casinos to be more resonant than the 335, even more pronounced with the difference in PAF and P90s.
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This is the way... UPDATE:
So, I picked up the aforementioned '03 Korea-made Riviera on Sunday.
And while that should have been enough to shut me up, yesterday I went and picked up another minty Peerless made Casino, with a natural finish. For $550 I couldn't say 'no'.
my GAS is running rampant lately, I do need to start thinning the herd here. I have enough gear to open a store.
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I’m really enjoying my Casino even more than I expected.
Considering I ordered it on the internet I feel very fortunate. Played two examples last week at the local guitar center, they were both kinda dead sounding. One of them was a worn series like mine so the lack of resonance couldn’t be completely attributed to the finish.
I guess I’m saying play a few if you’re in the market as there is some discrepancy.
Interesting because my 50th Anniversary Casino has a nice and thicker 50's style D shaped neck. It may be my best playing guitar. If you get a chance you may want to try one.Yeah my Elitist has a very slim neck. It actually isn't at all the best playing guitar I have, as it has the slim neck and low frets, but I also appreciate it as it forces me to think more about what I'm playing. I can't get away with any sort of hacky bits on that guitar. Which I feel makes it less fun to play but (hopefully) leads to me being a better musician by playing it.