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“Welcome to the guitar collection. On the second floor of our store we have on display over 300 guitars and more than 50 amps that I’ve accumulated over the years. The friends and customers that have visited us seem to really appreciate being able to view this, so we thought we would share it with our online friends and fellow guitar enthusiasts as well. Enjoy!”
- Dave Rogers
The items in Dave’s Collection are not available for purchase.
Royal Tan, Serial # 30059.
Gibson purchased Epiphone, its major rival of the 1920’s and ‘30s, in 1957. Production of new Epiphones in Kalamazoo began in 1958 using a few parts left over from the old Epiphone factory (most parts had been destroyed in a suspicious fire). Familiar model names were used on many guitars in the new line including Triumph, Deluxe, Zenith, and Emperor. The electric thinline guitars (except the Emperor) had new names like the Sheraton (introduced in 1958) and the Casino (introduced in 1961).
The Casino was meant to be a counterpart to the Gibson ES-330 (introduced in 1959), and was nearly identical in every way except its cosmetic appearance. The Casino, like the ES-330, was fully hollow without a solid block running down the center of the body as on the ES-335 and Epi Sheraton. The absence of the maple center block required that the neck join the body at the 16th fret rather than the 19th.
The early Royal Tan Epiphone Casino pictured has features distinguishing it from later models. The headstock, like on all of the earliest Casinos, appears a little wider than a typical Gibson’s with slightly different top curves. By ’63 it had become more elongated and narrower by the “d” and “b” tuners. The dot fingerboard inlays on this early version would change to a wider parallelogram shape by ’62. The black plastic P-90 pickup covers were changed to metal covers by ’63. The 3-ply white-black-white pickguard remained standard until the end of the model’s original run in 1970.
Silver Fox, Serial # 560550.
Sunburst, Serial #306081.
Sunburst, Serial # 75090
Debuting in 1935 as Epiphone's top-of-the-line acoustic archtop, the Emperor was originally the company's answer to Gibson's 18" wide Super 400. By the 1950's, Epiphone was making a triple-pickup electric version. Originally called the Zepher Emperor Regent, this model name changed to Emperor Electric in 1954. Gibson continued to make an 18" wide, triple pickup Emperor Electric, but incorporated the new thinline body style used on Byrdlands and ES-335s.
The 1962 Emperor pictured here has typical features for that year, including a 4-piece maple neck divided by three strips of mahogany, a rosewood fretboard with V-block inlays, a "tree of life" pattern adorning the headstock, and three gold-plated mini-humbucker pickups.
Serial # 86943
The interior lable mistakenly reads: E230TD Casino!
Royal Olive, Serial # 24386, Purchased from the original owner, One of the mini humbuckers has the "PAF" sticker and the other has the "Patent Number" sticker, In 1961 this guitar sold new for $290 and the hardshell Lifton case was an extra $52.