This 1968 Epiphone E230TD Casino has "closet classic" written all over it.
Introduced in 1968, the long-neck version of the famous hollowbody thinline electric pulls in more of an ES-335 look with that 18-fret neck joint. Aside from the factory Frequensator tailpiece (almost exclusively offered on Rivieras, Sheratons, and archtops until this point), it's got all of the standard Casino accoutrement. The factory chrome-covered P90s balance clarity and punch along with the airiness that these guitars are known for, and the slim/medium C neck provides some amazing playability up the neck.
This one is completely original in every sense of the term, unless of course you count strings as original. All jokes aside, it's got all of the original parts and plastics - double line Kluson tuners, original nut and frets, P90s, wiring harness, pickguard, bridge, etc etc.
It's all there, and well-preserved at that. The factory "witch hat" knobs arrived on Gibsons and Epiphones in late 1967 and are featured proudly here in very clean condition.
The finish is beautiful all around, with a vibrant Sunburst contrasting the dark Walnut back and sides. With very little lacquer checking to be found, it's clear that this guitar saw very little use throughout its life. Outside of some slight hazing of the top coat on the back of the guitar, it's remarkably clean.
Super clean vintage guitars come with a stigma that they may have been rather underwhelming from the get-go, but this is an example that can easily debunk that theory. It's got a fabulous tone with a ton of range, and some really great playability.