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A cool-looking solidbody with upgraded pickups and electronics.

In 1957 Gibson purchased New York’s Epiphone Guitar Company and moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. With plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers, Gibson began production of a new line of “Kalamazoo-made and designed” Epiphones in 1959. For over a decade, Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced right alongside Gibsons. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day. Under appreciated at the time of their release, numerous artists through the years have recognized the unique appeal of these guitars. Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert and Steve Marriot are but a few of the artists that have embraced the tone and build quality of these Kalamazoo built Epiphones. One such Epiphone instrument was the Wilshire.

Like an SG guitar, the Wilshire’s double cutaway mahogany body with a glued-in mahogany neck that joins the body at the 22nd fret gives you ultimate upper fret access. Lightweight and comfortable, the Wilshire has excellent resonance and natural acoustic tone – even unplugged. Featuring Epiphone’s LockTone™ tune-o-matic/stopbar combination, the transfer of string vibration is improved even more giving this guitar excellent sustain and clarity. Case sold separately.

PRO Electronics
Utilizing Epiphone's 4-wire humbuckers, each volume control is a push/pull potentiometer that allows you to coil-tap each pickup seperately for more twangy "single-coil" sound and a wide range of different tonal combinations.

While 1960's early Wilshires were fitted with Epiphone's own mini-humbuckers, the new Wilshire PRO harkens back to Wilshires made in the 1970's and features full size humbuckers. The neck pickup is Epiphone's Alnico Classic that provides warm and subtle tone with a full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch. An Alnico Classic Plus, which is the perfect companion to the Classic, is overwound for a slighter higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Both feature Alnico-II magnets, enamel wire and are double vacuum waxed.

Retro Looks
Also unique, the Wilshire features Epiphone’s own “batwing” headstock. A classic design that improves tuning ease and accuracy by offering a straight string-pull design, the headstock is adorned like the original with the vintage “Epiphone” logo in gold. Other features include a 1960’s SlimTaper™ neck profile with rosewood fingerboard, premium 14:1 die-cast tuners and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup.

Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar Features:

  • Mahogany body
    Mahogany neck
    1960's SlimTaper™ neck
    Glued-in neck joint
    Adjustable truss rod
    24.75" scale
    Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays
    Alnico Classic Plus™ humbucker bridge pickup
    Alnico Classic™ Humbucker neck pickup
    Bridge Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping controls
    Neck Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping
    Bridge tone
    Neck tone
    3-way pickup selector (toggle)
    14" fingerboard radius
    22 medium-jumbo frets
    Case sold separately




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  • What a surprise!

    As reviewed by 1327510 on 4/8/2013

    I ordered the Limited Edition Wilshire Pro because I've always loved the old bat wing Epi's and liked the looks of this one. Plus the price was certainly right. My expectations were not really that much for an import Epiphone, but I was pleasantly surprised. The finish on the guitar is gorgeous. The best I can describe it is sort of a TV silver... Like TV yellow with the grain filler in the mahogany showing through, only silver. The finish was pretty much flawless, and much better than I had expected. The real surprise was when I played it. I didn't even tune the stock strings up, and instead immediately restrung it with a set of Earnie Ball Cobalts (which I HIGHLY recommend). The action was more or less right on the money. I did a very small bridge adjustment, but that was it. It played like a dream. Really more of a chunky neck than I had expected, but very comfortable just the same. The pickups were nice, with a more vintage sound, with lower output than some of the hotter humbuckers that are being used these days. The coil splits even sounded good, which is usually not the case, especially with less expensive pickups. Over all I am very pleased with this guitar. For the price you just can't beat it! I own over 50 guitars, so I know quality and value when I see it, and this is all of that. It would be prefect for an advanced beginner or intermediate player. It would even serve a professional player as an alternative axe or backup as well. Worth every penny, so I would get one quick before they decide to raise the price on this excellent instrument.

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