Vintage Guitar - February 2018 - 64
COLUMN Dan's Guitar RX
A Vintage Epi Casino Returns to Form
By Dan Erlewine
ast month, I started some challenging
work on a '57 Gibson J-160E, and it's
progressing, but I had to set it aside for a
bit. Meanwhile, meet Mike Kinnebrew, a.k.a.
Dr. Pepper, a retired oral surgeon, guitarist,
guitar lover/collector, aspiring guitar repair-
Doc Pepper (left) and Dan Erlewine
prepare for peppers; Doc has a Fatalii
(300,000 Scoville Heat Units) while Dan
has a very mild Fresno Chili (3,500 SHU).
(LEFT) Doc's vintage Casino - TLC complete.
man, and expert on hot peppers. In fact,
he raises many varieties and wherever he
travels, a bag of fresh peppers goes along to
share with friends and keep him healthy.
I met Mike at the Northwoods Seminar
at Galloup Guitars, in Michigan, where
many top luthiers gather to
teach workshops. When I
built my new shop in 2016,
I began taking on repair
students on a small scale;
Mike was the second,
and brought a late-'60s
Epiphone Casino that had
suffered some unworthy
repair before Mike got
his hands on it.
1) The plywood
top had split across
the grain and collapsed i nto t he
2) A previous repairman glued wood
buttresses into the
Photos: Kate Erlewine.