Tim Shaw pickups are easily identifiable because they have a separate, ink-stamped series of numbers on the bottom that indicates the type of pickup (bridge or neck), as well as the date of production.The pickups in question were stamped 329 682, which revealed that the production year was 1982.I am only able to work on the project in fits and starts on the odd weekend here and there, so this may be a loooooong process... This is by no means a "how-to" article - I am a complete rookie to refinishing...
Inside the case was a label-less, serial number-less semi-hollow electric guitar with Epiphone on the headstock, just like my friend had described.
Either way, my friend had himself a great playing and sounding instrument, and I’d had fun doing the detective work.
This will be a running diary of a project I've taken on, refurbishing an original Epiphone Casino with the intention of replicating (to a certain degree) John Lennon's Casino.
He made many attempts to eliminate this problem, such as stuffing the guitar with an assortment of paper towels, rags and cotton and taping off the f-holes, but none of these attempts were successful enough to allow him to actually use the guitar on stage. I checked a web site for Epiphone serial number dating, and found that this Casino is either a '66 or a '69.
Instead, he kept it all these years as a "living room beater." But I still see much potential. With some additional research, I find that the cherry finish wasn't made available on the Casino until 1969, which is also their last year of USA production.
The body of the guitar appeared to be a laminate mahogany top, back, and sides-not maple, like a typical 335- with a subtle, tobacco-burst, nitro lacquer finish.