I have decided to put new pickups and wiring in the Epiphone Casino. The options were somewhat limited because of the design of the guitar. The Casino requires a short dogear P-90 in the neck and a tall dogear P-90 at the bridge. After quite a bit of internet research and listening to clips, it came down to two companies: either Lollar or Kinman. The Kinmans are noiseless with some kind of advanced humbucking design. From clips, they sound great. They are quite pricey, however. Lollar makes a short dogear P-90 and the material on his site indicates that he understands Casinos. He makes a standard and an underwound 50’s style dogear P-90. I decided on the 50’s wind for this guitar.
I felt that the stock Epiphone pickups were a bit too hot and a little lacking in high end, especially the neck pickup. They sounded best with the volume rolled off about 1/4 and with the treble in the amp boosted a bit. Here are a couple of clips of the stock pickups, recorded through the clean model of my Katana 50:
A blues vamp (neck, middle, bridge):
And another blues, a bit slower (also neck, middle bridge) :
I think the bridge pickup sounds a lot better than the neck. I will add clips of the new pickups in a couple of weeks, after they have been installed.