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Epiphone Wildkat Electric Guitar with Bigsby Tremolo

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Product Description

The Epiphone WildKat Guitar features a Bigsby Tremolo, Nice!
Like the Epiphone AlleyKat and the FlameKat, the WildKat features the small semi hollow body. And they’ve added two Alnico V P90s for classic tone and now featuring a Licensed Bigsby Vibrato. What a sound! The WildKat also features a set maple neck, a flame maple top, and a mahogany body.

Optional hardshell Epiphone EHLCS Deluxe Electric Guitar Case. Item number: EPI EHLCS

About Epiphone Guitars
Since 1873, Epiphone instruments have been proudly played and endorsed by professional artists. And while every Epiphone is a compilation of over 125 years of experience working directly with musicians, only a few embody a single artists individual creativity and spirit. The Epiphone Signature Collection guitars are as legendary and as individual as the artists themselves.

Product Specifications
Epiphone Wildkat Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Pickups: 2 Alnico P90s
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Scale Length: 24.75 inches
  • Nut Width: 1.68 inches
  • Neck: Set
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Dots
  • Binding: Body and Neck
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top: Flame Maple
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
A. Lee Morris Jr. from Detroit, MI USA,
A Good Rock 'N Roll/ Blues/Bluesrocker/ Value
What is your overall opinion of this product?
When guitar first arrived, I was quite disappointed & was prepared to send it back as unplayable/unsatisfactory. It wouldn't stay in tune (fluctuated between "sharp" & "flat"), & quality control left something to be desired. Glue around neck/body joint was a bit sloppy, control knobs on crooked, metal nameplate on slightly crooked (gives her character). Also thought I saw blemishes in finish, especially around F holes, but it may have been eyes playing tricks on me in low light. Overall first impression? I knew that Epiphone could do better than this!
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Fortunately, something was telling me not to write the guitar off. I decided to keep it. Glad I did! Along w/ a friend who's a good guitarist & trained luthier, we went to work setting her up. As the flaws were corrected she came alive! I started seeing & hearing her potential! She's probably passable as a Jazz guitar, but I feel her strong hand is hard rockin' R 'N R, R & B, Blues, & Bluesrock. Was my first single coil unit, & P90's can be a bit noisy.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Guitar has a small, but solid, slightly heavy feel to her, neck feels a bit chunky, substantial, but very playable. Depending on music style, you may have to move fast, but all knobs/controls are in easy reach.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
I'd say tones are bright/snappy w/ P90's ranging from mellow to hot! Highs a bit thin as you move up the scale depending on guitar & amp settings. As advertised, she will go from a kitten like "purr" to a gritty "growl" w/ flip of a switch! I love it!
How did the stain or paint job look?
No complaints here. Nicely finished & front/back grain patterns are beautiful. Same for Rosewood fingerboard.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
At the time Antique/Natural Wildkats were going for $350 & another $100 for hardshell case. I own/play several different guitar make/models & have played Epi's for almost 30 years now. I've never been disappointed w/one. Like all guitars they have their own "quirks," but they give you a lot of instrument for the money. A great buy once I got the "kinks" ironed out of it. Depending on what you're playing, highly recommended.
How was the action out of the box?
Action was a bit higher than I like, but was easily adjusted. Prefer it slightly low. She still has tendency to go slightly flat/sharp at times, but stays in tune for the most part. I seldom use the Bigsby. Tune-o-matic bridge may not be the best type for these guitars. Seriously considering replacing it w/ a "roller" type bridge if I find one that fits.
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