Offering a rare opportunity to acquire an Epiphone Classic, Gibson Custom is proud to offer a bold reissue of the Epiphone 1962 Wilshire with original style Epiphone hard case. From the time of its introduction, the solid-body Epiphone Wilshire has been a favorite among players ‘in the know’, but only 180 of the original Epiphone Wilshire Model SB-432 were produced in ’62. These 1962 Epiphone Wilshires combine impeccable attention to detail and historic accuracy to make them a must have for any serious guitar collection.
Gibson Custom EXCLUSIVE 1962 Epiphone Wilshire Features
The Wilshire is Born
- Peruvian Mahogany Body
- Peruvian Mahogany Glued-in Neck
- Original 1960's Rounded Neck Profile
- Two soapbar P-90 pickups with adjustable pole pieces
- ABR-1 Bridge with Aluminum Tune-o-matic Tailpiece
- Imitation Tortoise Pickguard with foil E logo
- Includes Original Style Epiphone Hardshell Case
- Made In Nashville, TN
First released in 1960, the Wilshire featured two P-90 pickups, a three-on-a-side headstock, and a solid mahogany body and one-piece neck. It benefited, however, from Gibson’s fully intonatable ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece, all in all offering a straightforward instrument with up-market features, at a relatively affordable price. All of these characteristics are represented with the utmost respect for detail and accuracy on the 1962 Epiphone Wilshire, including the recessed Epiphone headstock design, softly rounded body horns, and rounded early ’60s neck profile. Sonically, the mahogany body and P-90 pickup combination offers a blend of sweet resonance and cutting, textured tone that helps this model excel at everything from blues to rock to grunge.
Solid Wood and Solid Tone
A long-time sleeper of this Epiphone range, the solid-body Wilshire model represented amazing quality and value throughout the '60s. Originally intended as something of a rival to Fender's Stratocaster, offering similar upper-fret access and curvaceous body lines, the Wilshire actually provided similar features and tones to that of Gibson’s own Les Paul Special, at a price closer to that of the more affordable Les Paul Junior.
The Wilshire Returns
With original examples virtually unobtainable today, the new 1962 Epiphone Wilshire offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of these seminal Epiphone electrics. This historic reissue includes an original style Epiphone hard case, a numbered Certificate of Authenticity in leatherette binder, vintage-style coiled guitar cord, commemorative picks, a commemorative T-shirt and a 1962-style thin leather strap.