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Probably the best thing I have ever done in my life, musically speaking, is building a real good relationship with my local buying and selling store. Yet another example proving this point occured when I popped in one day on my birthday as it happens. "Oh, the very man said JP, the musical instrument main man just before disappearing upstairs.
When he came down he was carrying a split new looking hard case which contained an as new Epiphone Casino Semi Acoustic guitar in natural finish. A beautiful instrument in excellent condition we quickly amped it up and I gave it a twirl so to speak.
With 2 vintage P90 pickups, each with independent volume and tone controls, it was capable of a huge range of tones from eloquent, subtle Jazzy lows to plinky 60's twangs. It was surprisingly versatile especially to me because, despite having had loads of acoustic and solid body six strings and bass guitars, I'd never had a semi acoustic believing them to be more suited to styles and genres outside my interests.
The spruce top, maple body, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard combine nicely and are adorned with fine chrome hardware and the aforementioned P90's. The fretboard has parallelogram inlays and the neck and body binding and lustrous acrylic finish really set this off as a lovely instrument for studio and live use. At the full retail price, a little under £450 there is definitely some steep competition around especially from Ibanez and Yamaha but shop around for a good secondhand example and you might bag yourself a bargain