FDP Forum / Epiphone Casino Elitist(Originally Elite) price up by almost 250%!/ 12 messages in thread.

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jhawkr

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Aug 30th, 2017 06:37 AM        

When I bought my Casino Elite in 2003, I paid $849 @ EM Shorts, brand spanking new. Shorts is generally a little cheaper than the big box music stores and I think the Casino Elites were going for $899 then. Price now is $2,199.99! What justifies a price disparity like that? I know we've suffered from inflation but good grief!



reverendrob

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Aug 30th, 2017 07:40 AM        

Realistically a combo of increased costs - Japan isn't a cheap place to make anything these days - and what the market will bear. <br /> <br /> Consider also the fetishization of Japanese guitars by the younger demographic here as well, and the deep pockets of the boomer group..and no surprise.



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Aug 30th, 2017 05:04 PM        

I remember! Way to go!



stratcowboy

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Aug 30th, 2017 06:59 PM        

I think the name says it all--"Elitist!!" LOL...



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Aug 30th, 2017 09:36 PM        

The 3 best playing necks of guitars that I've owned were all Japan Epiphones: A Lennon Revolution Casino, an Elitist Dot 335, and my current Elite (yes Elite) Les Paul Standard. <br /> <br /> That said I wouldn't pay today's prices for a Casino Elitist.



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Aug 30th, 2017 09:43 PM        

I love my '07 Elitist Casino. It's the pups that do it for me. Very snarly. JL would approve.



jhawkr

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Aug 31st, 2017 03:56 AM        

"That said I wouldn't pay today's prices for a Casino Elitist."<br /> <br /> I wouldn't either unless they went back to the open book headstock and nitro finish of the 1st few years. Then, I might be able to justify it if I didn't already have an Elite. (Yes, Elite. :o)



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Aug 31st, 2017 12:05 PM        

"I wouldn't either unless they went back to the open book headstock and nitro finish of the 1st few years. Then, I might be able to justify it if I didn't already have an Elite."<br /> <br /> Someone is a headstock Elitist...<br /> <br /> :)



jhawkr

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Aug 31st, 2017 02:23 PM        

No, a headstock Elite! ;o)



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Aug 31st, 2017 08:07 PM        

As near as I can tell, there are no retailers in AUS that even stock the "elitist" range anymore.<br /> <br /> In 2013 they were going for over $3k here.<br /> I can only imagine a market for an Epiphone in that price range would be slim. (no matter how nice they may be)<br /> <br /> However, I would say the $200-$700 Epi's gets a fair slice of the pie. (played my modded $200 LP Special II this morning!)<br />



jhawkr

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Sep 1st, 2017 04:08 AM        

When I bought my Casino Elite in 2003, I didn't even know what an "Elite" was. I don't even know why I picked it up. When I did, I marveled at how light it was, then how effortlessly it played. Unplugged it was still alive. I didn't know it had Gibson hardware & pickups until after I bought it. All I knew what regardless of brand it was one of the best guitars I had ever picked up. It "fit me". I agonized over paying $849 for a stinking Epiphone but I did. After I got it home, researched it a bit and plugged it in, I knew I had unwittingly made a wise choice! It will no doubt be sold after my funeral, but not likely before! The Elite/Elitist series "is all that" in my opinion. The most perfect, balanced, versatile, playable guitar I own.<br /> <br /> FWIW, the John Schofield Ibanez I recently bought is giving me a similar vibe. I am learning to not get hung up on a brand/name.



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Sep 1st, 2017 04:16 AM        

If it does what you want, the name or "lower" price doesn't matter.<br /> <br /> I play my $300 Squiers as much as my $2k Gibson, and have stuff all in between.<br /> <br /> They all do specific things that I like them for, and that's all that matters in the end!



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