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  • Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

    Hey,

    I've been getting all my options together for different purchases I can make with my money I get this summer. One of my options (number one choice right now) is to get an Epi Casino and save the left over money for other stuff.

    So, if I get this guitar and wanna change pups, can I get Duncan dogear P-90's with a silver cover? If not, can I just use the covers off the Epi pups and put them on the Duncans?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris
    Guitars: Epiphone Casino, Epiphone Les Paul w/ Custom 5, Fender Classic 50's Strat, '70s Fender acoustic

    Amp: Peavey Ultra 212

    Pedals: Stratdeluxer modded Vox wah, Roger Mayer Axis fuzz, Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe, Throbak Stone Bender

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    Re: Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

    you should be able to do that. I have wanted to put a set of antiquity p90's in one of those guitars for a long time.
    Cleveland Guitars

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    • #3
      Re: Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

      Chris,

      I don't know about older Epi Casinos (like the '60s model), but if you're talking about the current production Casino, then there will be a problem or two. I bought a pair of SD P-90 Customs to drop into my 2002 Casino. I too wanted to retain the metal covers, as they lend a distinctive sound to the guitar. If you have a close look, you'll notice that the pole spacing on the neck p/u is narrower than on the bridge p/u. The Duncan SP90-3 Neck has the wider string spacing, identical to the bridge version, so I was not able to use the metal OEM cover over it.

      After this setback, I called the Duncan Custom Shop to ask whether they could build me the SP90-3 but with a custom pole spacing. The answer was yes, they could build it from scratch, which would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $160-$180 per p/u. Or for roughly half that cost, they could rewind the stock p/us to whatever spec I wanted. I haven't yet decided which option to pursue.

      Anyway, there is my experience with replacing p/us on the Epi Casino. Good luck.

      Jay

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      • #4
        Re: Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

        Jay,

        Thanks for the advice. So you're saying that I will be able to replace the bridge pup, but not the neck one? That should be fine, usually I feel that neck pups sound fine, so I'll probably keep the neck. I might like both pups and not want to replace either.

        How does the bridge pup sound? Right now I'm thinking I'd like a P-90 vintage more, but a custom might be ok.

        Thanks,
        Chris
        Guitars: Epiphone Casino, Epiphone Les Paul w/ Custom 5, Fender Classic 50's Strat, '70s Fender acoustic

        Amp: Peavey Ultra 212

        Pedals: Stratdeluxer modded Vox wah, Roger Mayer Axis fuzz, Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe, Throbak Stone Bender

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        • #5
          Re: Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

          Chris,

          After realizing that the new neck p/u wasn't going to fit, I did not install either one, so I can't answer your question. The spacing on the bridge p/u *appears* to be the same as the OEM p/u, so the metal cover will *probably* fit. However, I had a plastic dog ear cover sitting around, so I tried fitting it over the SD90-3. It was *not* an exact fit. So I'm wondering about the stock ones.

          Well, what the hell, I'm going to pop the bridge p/u out right now and try the new one. I'll get back to you later today.

          Jay

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          • #6
            Re: Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

            Chris,

            Okay, I popped the bridge p/u out and . . . found that I won't be swapping in the SD p/u today. The reason is that the baseplate of the Epi p/u has it's own "dogears" or tabs as part of the baseplate. The SD P90 replacements do not; they are designed as a soap bar, not a dog ear. One could probably cut the tabs off the Epi and solder to the SD, but I won't be tackling that one. It looks like I'll be sending this to the SD Custom Shop to be rewound to the same specs as the SP90-3.

            Here are a couple of pix that I shot of the baseplate:

            http://www.olympus.net/personal/uvl/...idge_pu_01.JPG

            http://www.olympus.net/personal/uvl/...idge_pu_02.JPG

            Good luck!

            Jay

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            • #7
              Re: Replacing P-90's in an Epi Casino

              Thanks for taking the time to do that Jay. When you get the pups back from the SD Custom Shop, tell me how they are.

              Thanks,
              Chris
              Guitars: Epiphone Casino, Epiphone Les Paul w/ Custom 5, Fender Classic 50's Strat, '70s Fender acoustic

              Amp: Peavey Ultra 212

              Pedals: Stratdeluxer modded Vox wah, Roger Mayer Axis fuzz, Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe, Throbak Stone Bender

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