The Epiphone Casino is an absolutely iconic model, perhaps the best-known Epiphone model ever shipped. It was first produced in 1961, at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant; it was based on the Gibson ES-330TD, which was also built there. The vast majority were dual-pickup instruments, however some early examples were fitted with just one P90 pickup. It's legendary status was cemented in the mid-1960s by the patronage of members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks and many more. John Lennon, in particular was often pictured with his Casino, most notably in his Apple rooftop performance of 1969.
Original Kalamazoo-built Casinos are highly collectable, and much-loved as professional-grade instruments. Beyond 1969, Casino manufacture was moved to Japan, and later Korea and China. These guitars, although still adequate instruments, are not to the same standard as the real Casinos produced in the 1960s. The current Casinos are good entry-level and intermediate instruments and are still one of Epiphones best-selling guitar models.