Alright, it's confession time - we're all friends here, right? We used to turn our noses up at the single pickup Casinos. Call it youth (well, we're all too old for that), call it ignorance, call it just plain dumb. Whatever you want to label it, we're here to set the record straight. You see, we were flat out wrong. Single pickup Casinos are incredible guitars.
Sure, having two pickups makes life easier, no argument here. But spend time with say, a Fender Esquire or Gibson Les Paul Jr. and you'll likely walk away with the same feeling / conclusion. Single pickup guitars possess some magic that their twin pickup cousins just, for whatever reason, don't. Why? Part of it, to us, is that you just play. The tone you're able to achieve is 100% in your hands, literally. It's simpler. It's direct. Responsive. Dynamic. Alive. No futzing with knobs, switches, etc...it's very similar to playing an acoustic guitar.
This gorgeous 1965 single pickup Casino makes the "single pickup case" better than most we've encountered. It's all original, sporting one of the nicest Royal Tan finishes we've seen in a while, has very light finish checking, and plays & sounds fantastic. It does show fret wear, but nothing outrageous and certainly what you'd expect for a guitar from 1965 (we didn't feel the guitar suffered in the playability department because of it).
When you play this guitar acoustically - a very rewarding experience - you're met with that classic dry, papery, midrange-drenched tone that only time can impart. Plugged in? Beautiful, open, lively P90 tones. This is where the single pickup thing shows itself. Want it to sound more like a bridge pickup? Pick back towards the bridge. Looking for a round, jazzy neck pickup tone? Pick closer to the neck. It's that simple - and effective.
Sold yet? You should be. As you can tell, we definitely are. Awesome guitar, end of story. Priced with hardshell case.