1965 Epiphone Casino ES230TD with Selmer Bigsby B7

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In the Spring of 1966, during the Beatles performance on the British TV show “Top of the Pops,” John Lennon and George Harrison were seen playing virtually identical 1965 Epiphone Casino ES-230TD guitars finished in Sunburst. The main difference was Lennon’s Casino retained its original factory trapeze tailpiece, while Harrison’s Casino had a Selmer licensed Bigsby B7 vibrato installed.
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.
Paul McCartney was the first member of the Beatles to acquire an Epiphone Casino, a 1962 model that he had used on a number of studio recordings. McCartney’s Casino had a Selmer licensed Bigsby B7 installed. Perhaps liking the versatility of McCartney’s guitar, Lennon and George Harrison decided to follow suit and obtain their own, matching, Casinos. Evidently, Harrison also preferred a Bigsby B7 like McCartney’s.
It is noteworthy that of all the guitars the Beatles made famous, the only model that Lennon, Harrison and McCartney had in common was the Casino. Visually, McCartney’s 1962 model differed slightly from Lennon and Harrison’s 1965 model.
Harrison’s 1965 Casino had the following specs: 16” wide, double round cutaway, full hollow thin body; 24 ¾ scale; Selmer licensed 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; Chrome plated pick up covers; gold control knobs; White pick guard; hourglass-shaped headstock; and Kluson double-line tuners. 
Originally finished in Sunburst, the Casino would become Harrison’s main stage guitar in 1966 and he would use it extensively in the studio from 1966 to 1968.
We are pleased to showcase the vintage 1965 Casino in our collection. It is identical to Harrison’s guitar, as he would have first received it.
George Harrison looking groovy while playing his Epiphone Casino on stage.
 Lennon and Harrison would strip their Casino’s down to bare wood in 1968 after hearing that a guitar sounds better without a heavy finish.
Harrison in 1967 with his Casino.  Note that he removed the pick guard.

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