1984 Epiphone Casino in Wine Red. Made in Japan at Matsumoku. Ride or Restore!

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay UK
  • Sold Date: Feb 29, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House

Epiphone Casino Made inJapan at the legendary Matsumoku factory.

1984 model in stunning Wine Red.

Ride or Restore!

This one is going to appeal to someone wanting to play and gig the ultimate Casino rather than an “under the bed” collector and polisher J

NOTE: Please see the link to 63 high resolution photos as this one is NOT mint!


Here we have the second for sale from my Epiphone Matsumoku collection.

I’ll also be listing a collection of MINT and RARE Epiphone & Gibson guitars that includes:

v 2 x Matsumoku made Riviera

v 2 x John Lennon Revolution Casino (COA)

v 1 x John Lennon 1965 Casino (COA)

v 1 x John Lennon Gibson J-160e (COA)

v 1 x Gibson 335 Custom Shop VOS

Anyone who has ever owned a Matsumoku made Epiphone archtop will tell you they’re without a doubt the best made guitars to carry the Epiphone name. The Japanese craftsmanship of the 1980’s was head and shoulders above anything that has been produced since and genuinely rivals their USA made Gibson branded siblings.

The current Elitist series from Epiphone that are made in the Terada factory certainly approach custom shop perfection but the 80’s made Matsumoku instruments are a step ahead.

The best known users of Matsumoku made Epiphones were Noel Gallagher (Wine Red) and Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs (Antique Sunburst) who both used Matsumoku made Rivieras during the early Oasis years of Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory .

Here’s a link to 63 high resolution photos:



Unlike most of the guitars in my collection which are A1 collector’s mint condition, this Casino is in used condition and has had a body repair so please check all the photos.

This was manufactured in 1984 and at some point has suffered a mishap. I suspect as a result of a drop due to a poorly fastened strap as the damage is confined mainly to the lower edge.

The damage has been repaired and is totally stable but a professional re-bind and re-spray would be required to eliminate any signs of damage.

If it wasn’t for the damage this is an excellent guitar and would be up at £1,100.00 as these WR versions are super rare!

What else?

There are a few small marks on the body, the frets show very little wear, the neck is dead straight with just one tiny ding on the back, the headstock is clean, the electrics are spot on and clean (no scratchy pots) and there’s the original white pickguard with the ‘e’ printed on (these are as rare as hen’s teeth!) but no bracket although these are readily available. Oh, and someone has scribbled their name & postcode on the beige inner label!

Set up with as set of Ernie Ball Power Slinky (11-48’s) she’s ready to record, gig or with a little investment could be restored to her former glory.

The sale includes an Epiphone case in tatty but usable condition. Think of it as a practical means of me safely shipping rather than as an object of beauty!


UK delivery is £20 although I’d much prefer collection or hand delivery.


I’ll happily send more photos so please e-mail me if these are required.

I work really hard to get it right both as a Seller and Buyer – please check my feedback! As an avid collector I’ve sold (and bought) some top end guitars in the past to (and from) some of the world’s leading players and producers.

You’re bidding to BUY, not to TRY or BARTER!

Payment can be made by PAYPAL, CASH (on collection/delivery) or CHEQUE (clearance required before guitar is despatched)