Casino History

2015 Opening

Baxter and wife, Taylor, opened the guitar shop in June of 2015.  Within a year the shop was awarded top 100 Music Stores by the National Association of Music Merchandisers (NAMM.)  We area one of top Taylor, Gretsch and Fender Custom Shop dealers in North Carolina.

 Photo by John Gessner for The Pilot


Grand Opening Article from the Pilot, June 26, 2015


The Historic Casino Building

Our name is derived from the original building where our store is located in Southern Pines, NC.  It was built in the 1920's and was originally a casino where locals came to hang out and try their hand at cards or dice. 

The restoration during 2015 was to return the interior of the building to a more historically accurate setting; wood floors re-purposed from a hundred year old tobacco barn in Carthage, NC and original old ceiling and support beams exposed.

The Casino Guitar by Epiphone

Made by Epiphone after the company was acquired by Gibson in 1957, the Casino guitar is most likely famous due to its close association with The Beatles.

The Epiphone Casino still has the same classic look of the mid 60's.  It was played by artists including Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards and Gary Clark, Jr.  

A beautiful guitar with a rich history, but purely coincidence that our guitar shop is in an old Casino building and shares its name with the Epiphone Casino Guitar.