Casino History

Established in 2015

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) and has since won the honor again for their second year in business.  The shop works to maintain a boutique, person feel for shoppers while offering the best variety and quality of guitars in the southeast. 

 Photo by John Gessner for The Pilot


Grand Opening Article from the Pilot, June 26, 2015


The Name

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 prior to the guitar shop opening was to return the interior of the building to a more historically accurate setting; wood floors were 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

A beautiful guitar with a rich history, but purely coincidence that the shop shares its name with the Epiphone Casino Guitar. 

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.