It’s unclear whether Keith Richards, who played a ’61 or ’62 model on The Rolling Stones’ 1964 American tour, or Paul McCartney, who bought one in ’64 and took it into the studio for the Rubber Soul sessions the following year, was the first superstar to own a Casino. But the The Beatles will be associated forever with the effervescent, P-90 equipped, six-string. McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison all owned Casinos and played them in the studio. And Lennon, in particular, became a champion of the model, using his on every post-Rubber Soul Beatles album and his early solo recordings. Lennon’s Casino was his primary axe on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, chopping out the chords of his compositions “For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and the sparking arpeggios of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Lennon’s Casino got a prominent facelift during the making of the White Album. The sunburst finish was sanded down to bare wood before getting two thin coats of clear lacquer. Harrison also had his own Casino sanded down and refinished clear, believing the strip-down had improved the sound of Lennon’s guitar. Lennon’s bare wood-Casino can be seen in pictures of their farewell Let It Be concert atop the roof of the Apple Corp. building on Saville Road. Reportedly, he was interested in having the Casino restored to its original sunburst finish toward the end of his life, but that never happened. (Ted Drozdowski) Both Jan and Bico play Casino’s. One of these was found by Bart on eBay, but the New York based seller failed to deliver. When Bart try to reach him by phone his mother answered. She declared ceremoniously to be honored to be speaking to a genuine Englishman. "No mum! He's from the Netherlands!", her son uttered impatiently.