Epi Casino Tuning Issue


craigbrown1805
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05/29/2022 11:41 pm

I've just bought a new Epiphone Casino and I'm having serious tuning stability issues. The G string is the worst, anything other than the slightest bend will knock it out - not a little flat, but jarringly flat - while overall tuning is unstable.

Generally, strings are more likely to be flat than sharp, but I'm lucky if I can play for longer than 10 minutes without it sliding out tune.

I've only had it since last Thursday, so it probably needs a set-up at the very least (the action is a mile-high and the fretboard needs oiling etc) but has anyone else had this sort of experience with Casinos? Should I be concerned that this is going to be an ongoing issue, because my Snark is threatening to go on strike from overuse.

I should add that also I have a 1990s Japanese Squier Strat, which while it's not perfect, can at least be relied on to hold its tuning even with some aggressive string bending.


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05/30/2022 7:47 pm

Hi Craig,

I'd drop a line to Stephen in the Ask a Guitar Tech (https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/threads.php?f=30) forum, he knows his stuff.

Cheers,

Gordon


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06/01/2022 3:09 pm

sounds like a typical epiphone/gibson to me, all the ones i have owned have had issues with the g string, re-cutting the nut normally helps.


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01/24/2023 12:24 pm

In the end, I took it to a local luthier who did a set-up and replaced the nut. This sort of worked, but there were subsequent issues with loose frets and I had to have the neck re-adjusted as I was getting 'dead' spots on the top and bottom strings. As it stands, it seems to have settled down, but Epi's QC does seem a little wanting. 


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07/30/2023 9:36 pm

I've kind of given up, tbh. After the neck adjustment, it seemed to do the trick, but I've been doing GT's solo boot camp for the past month, which involves a lot of full bends, and I was just permanently retuning the G and B strings. In the end, I just used my old Squier Strat. 


In the end, I'm not sure if it's Epi's QC or if it's just the wrong type of guitar for me, but I really don't feel very 'bonded' with it. It's funny, because it looks beautiful and sounds great, when in tune at least, but I don't find myself reaching to it the way I do for my Strat. I'm seriously considering trading it in for a string-through Tele, which is what I'd had in my head prior to watching Get Back, bloody Lennon with his cool stripped down Casino. I wonder if he was permanently retuning it too...


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09/06/2023 9:24 pm

Decided to move the Casino on to someone with more patience. Have replaced it with a Player Tele special edition in candy apple red with '51 pickups and a roasted neck. Already feeling a lot more comfortable and attached to it. 


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01/09/2024 6:40 am

While Epiphone Casino is generally known for its quality, it's important to remember that individual guitars can sometimes have specific issues. However, addressing the Get a Professional Setup factors will greatly improve the stability of your instrument's tuning.


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01/24/2024 4:07 am

New strings need some time to settle in. Make sure you've stretched the strings properly after putting them on. Pull them gently away from the fretboard to help them settle.


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