Epiphone Wilshire Phant O Matic Electric Guitar with Gigbag

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Designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance, the Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar combines an incredible array of features that only Epiphone would dare put in one instrument. The result is one of the smartest and most flexible guitars on the market with all the vintage styling that made Wilshire guitars a behind-the-scenes favorite of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Marriot.

Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar Features

  • Designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for My Chemical Romance
  • Double cutaway design with a solid Mahogany body
  • Mahogany hand-set neck with a 1960s SlimTaper profile
  • Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker and Alnico Classic Humbucker
  • Six-way rotary VariTone switch for a huge range of tones
  • Horn-mounted kill switch which provides an infinite range of staccato on/off effects
  • LockTone Tune-o-Matic/StopBar bridge for tuning and intonation accuracy
  • Nickel Wilkenson vintage style tuners with green keys
  • Premium, padded gigbag included
Body and Neck
Like their classic SG design, Epiphone’s Wilshire Phant-O-Matic features a double cutaway design with a solid Mahogany body. The 24.75 inch scale Mahogany hand-set neck has a 1960s SlimTaper profile, a rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a 12 inch radius, and a 1-11/16 inch nut. The neck profile and double cutaway make the Wilshire Phant-O-Matic a perfect guitar for chunking rhythm or cutting leads. The Antique Ivory finish, black single-ply pickguard, and classic form are eye catching to be sure. But what really sets the EpiphoneWilshire Phant-O-Matic apart from the pack is how it sounds.

Premium Electronics
The Phant-O-Matic employs two classic Epiphone pickups, their famous Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker in the bridge and an Alnico Classic Humbucker in the neck position. To get the most of the wide tonal possibilities from this pickup arrangement, Epiphone has included a mono VariTone, much like the one used most famously by blues legend B. B. King.

My Chemical Romance have sold almost 7 million albums worldwide and know a thing or two about what makes a great, reliable, and cutting edge instrument. Working closely together over several years of research and development, Frank Iero and Epiphone strove to make a guitar that puts the sound of a dozen guitars at your fingertips. The result is what you make it-a straight ahead awesome rock guitar or something completely new and groundbreaking.

About the VariTone
The VariTone in the Wilshire Phant-O-Matic uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariTone is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the center frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity. But keep turning and you'll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico Classic Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups.

Add it all up and between the 6-position VariTone circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available. And if that wasn't enough, Epiphone has included a high quality horn-mounted kill switch which provides an infinite range of staccato on/off effects. A master volume control is mounted with easy access to the VariTone rotary switch for quick adjustments.

Product Specifications
Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White) with vintage ‘E’ in white
  • Scale Length: 24.75 in.
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl BLOCK inlays
  • Headstock: Clipped Ear 3-on-a-side with vintage ‘Epiphone’ logo in gold
  • Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic Humbucker
  • Controls:
    • Master Volume Control
    • 6-Position Rotary VariTone notch filter:
      • Position-1: Bypass
      • Position-2: 5db at 1950hz
      • Position-3: 12db at 1100hz
      • Position-4: 16db at 620 hz
      • Position-5: 18.5db at 360hz
      • Position-6: 21db at 120hz
    • Momentary KillSwitch
    • 3-way pickup selector with black toggle cap
  • Binding: Fingerboard - Single Ply
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12 in.
  • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone tune-o-matic/stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 in.
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Wilkinson Vintage style with Green Keys
  • Pickguard: Black; Single Ply
  • Other: Epiphone Strap Locks
  • Includes: Premium Gigbag
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Mark Wolf, Submitted: 2/5/2016
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Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
This is one of many Guitars I have owned and wish I still had. I love the sound of this Axe the most thru my Marshall ValveState 2000 AVT amp. I am only using special effects thru the amp and the Wilshire sounds great for soft or hard rock. I had to get a pro set-up done as the action was quite high for my playing style. Yes the fretboard is larger than my Fender Jaguar I had, or a Les Paul. But the more I play this guitar the more I love it. I gave four stars just because of the High action and the strings were not put on right and were slipping. If you have a very small hand I would go with the SG style guitar but if you have medium to large hands this guitar is great for my needs. I have over 40 years playing experience and play Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Blues, and Metal. I would buy this guitar again but remember you will need a pro setup unless you are a beginner and then its a great learning guitar. I intend to use it for practice, gigging, & recording. Well done Epiphone.
Steve Walton SR, Submitted: 10/28/2015
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Sweet guitar!!!
What is your opinion of this product?
I've been in the music world for a long long time. I've had many guitars in that time, and sold some I wish I still had...I found this Wilshire in a local store as I was trying out a few to buy. Due to a broken back, I can no longer use a Paul or anything heavy. This baby is perfect. Not only lightweight, but very well made. And with the Varitone and 3 way switch, I have almost every sound I need for my music. The neck plays like a dream, better than some of the exspensive guitars out there. The paint job and finish is, on mine, perfect. She is deffo a "keeper". I've used her in the studio, onstage and just around my home. She sits right next to my jamming chair so I can pick her up anytime the mood hits...(which is pretty much all the time). Really, a fine guitar. Well done Epiphone, well done!!!!
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