What's the Best amp pairing for the Epiphone Casino?
The Fender Blues Junior IV
While the Vox AC15 also makes a really strong case, Fender tube amps just pair incredibly well with Maple semi-hollow electrics. Plus, the Blues Junior is on the warmer side, while I find Vox amps just a little too bright for the natural tone of the Casino. The "snap" of the Maple will balance the warmth of the Blues Junior.
You could make a case for a lot of different amps pairing well with the Epiphone Casino, and Epiphone Hollowbody electrics in general. You should be looking for a tube circuit that excels with clean tones, subtle breakup, and bluesy distortion. Those descriptors give you a lot of amp options, but here are a few brands I'd recommend focusing on:
- Dr. Z
Bugera and PRS amps deserve an honorable mention here as well. But if you're looking for the best pairing, I'd limit your options to Fender and VOX. Within those two brands there are plenty to choose from that will fit well with the Epiphone Casino.
Narrowing down further will have a lot to do with your budget and what kind of features you're looking for.
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We think the Fender Blues Junior will be the most ideal amp for the largest number of Epiphone Casino owners, but you'll need to make that call based on your unique situation.
For example, the Blues Junior only has one channel, while some of the nicer Fender tube amps have two or more. If you want the flexibility of a multi-channel amp, you'll need to go with a higher-priced Fender or move over to the VOX combos.
Compare amps we like for the Casino
This table lets you compare some of the amps we like most for the Epiphone Casino. If you want to check out additional amps, launch the search box below this table to browse our database.
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Fender Blues Junior IV
Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb
Fender '65 Princeton Reverb
Compare More Amps
You can launch the search box with this blue button to add more amps to the comparison bar that shows up at the bottom of this page. We have a lot of amps currently in our database that is continuing to expand.
To make a recommendation we stick with brands that we know and trust. While there are always more great brands out there, we want to recommend gear that we can vouch for and have had experience with in our hands.
Not only have we used these products, but everyone working on these pages has years of experience with musical instruments. We never use any kind of third party marketing services, and definitely not AI, to write our content.
All of that to say: Fender and VOX amps are a well-known guitar amp brand that we're comfortable recommending.
Moreover, the Blues Junior and VOX AC15C1 are both amps that we've actually used.
If you have questions about our recommendations or review methodology, feel free to reach out via the comments section below.
Price Guide for the Fender Blues Junior
The table below displays pricing for the Fender Blues Junior from several of the most popular music gear retailers. While it updates in real time, it's important to keep in mind that prices are subject to change, depending on when and where you're looking.
In general, these tables do not reflect used pricing or availability.
Pros and cons of the Blues Junior
Our main issue with the Blues Junior is that it only has one channel. If you want/need the flexibility of multiple channels (usually two), check out the other recommendations in the comparison table we showed you earlier.
Otherwise, here's a quick list of pros and cons for the Blues Junior:
- Warm tone balances well with the Maple used in the Epiphone Casino body
- Includes Fender reverb control, which also pairs great with the hollowbody tone
- Three-band EQ plus FAT switch gives you a decent amount of tone flexibility for such a small amp
- Simple and minimalist (a positive quality if that appeals to you)
- Having one channel is limiting in a lot of situations
- No dedicated gain control (only preamp volume), so not a good distortion amp
Will it chug? Probably not. But that's not really what it was designed to do, and probably not what you're looking for if you're playing an Epiphone Casino.
Again, there are a lot of amps that could fit the bill for a guitar like the Epiphone Casino. We'd recommend sticking with a warm tube amp and a minimalist approach, aside from perhaps two channels and onboard reverb.
If the single channel issue is a deal breaker with the Blues Junior, look at some of the other amps we recommended in the comparison table.
They all have multiple channels.
If you have questions about the Blues Junior, the Casino, or something else, feel free to get in touch via the comments section below.
We'll see you there.