1965 Epiphone John Lennon “Revolution” Casino
In 1999, Epiphone released a very limited offering of the John Lennon “Revolution” Casino electric guitar. This guitar, based on John Lennon’s original Casino guitar, have been locked in a vault since 1999. The model soon became one of the top-selling Epiphone models of all time due to their direct tie-in with Lennon and highly collectible nature as well as their unique sound and performance.
The Epiphone Casino stands out as one of the most significant electric guitars used by John Lennon and the Beatles. The Casino can be heard on many of the most memorable Beatle recordings. By the mid-point of Lennon’s career as a Beatle, when guitar manufacturers of the day would have done anything to get their instruments into his hands, Lennon often chose the Epiphone Casino over all other guitars for recordings, live performances, television appearances and films. This preference for the Casino carried on into his years as a solo artist as well. In the vintage guitar collecting community, an original Epiphone Casino such as the one Lennon used, is considered a prized find. As a result, the Epiphone Casino remains one of the most sought after electric guitars that Epiphone has ever produced.
Paul McCartney was actually the first Beatle to acquire an Epiphone Casino. He purchased one, together with an Epiphone Texan in December 1964. This was Lennon’s first brush with the Epiphone guitar. Soon after, on February 15, 1965 at EMI Abbey Road Studio Two London, McCartney used the Epiphone Casino, now strung left-handed, to play the memorable lead on the Beatles classic “Ticket to Ride”.
By the end of 1965, during the Beatles recording sessions for the “Rubber Soul” album, John Lennon and George Harrison both started to explore the sounds of various new electric guitars. It was in the spring of 1966 during the recording sessions for “Revolver” that both John Lennon and George Harrison acquired a pair of sunburst Casinos.
The John Lennon “1965” Casino is a faithful reproduction of John’s beloved Vintage Sunburst Casino as he purchased it in 1966. In 1968, Lennon decided to “strip” the finish off his Casino. The John Lennon “Revolution” Casino is a faithful reproduction of his Casino with a “stripped” natural finish as it was then and as it remains today. Nowhere else in the world can a collector or musician acquire a pure Epiphone Lennon Casino “Revolution” as we have here.