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Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar Pearl White

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There's nothing cooler than wielding a limited-edition axe like the Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar. Now you don't have to be a rock star to own one.

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Overview

There's nothing cooler than wielding a limited-edition axe like the Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar. Now you don't have to be a rock star to own one.

The limited-edition Wildkat Royale has the same traditional f-hole archtop design as the popular Epiphone Wildkat series, but with the look of a customized finish. It's larger in size than a Les Paul, yet smaller than a DOT 335. The mahogany body has a laminated maple top with a classy pearl white finish adorned with gold hardware, while the hard maple neck is topped with a rosewood fretboard. The Bigsby trem adds to its classy appearance and the 2 alnico P-90 single-coil pickups crank out monster tone. Case sold separately.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Laminated Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master volume, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
Specifications
  • 24-3/4" scale
    1-11/16" nut width
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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (37)
  • Good tone (37)
  • Good feel (35)
  • Good pick up (33)
  • Solid electronics (25)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (34)
  • Jamming (33)
  • Recording (25)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Rock concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (10), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An exceptional guitar! A great price!

I am a professional musician and an avid guitar collector. I own several Epiphone guitars and have been very much impressed by the quality and value of the guitar line. The Wildkat Royale is...Read complete review

I am a professional musician and an avid guitar collector. I own several Epiphone guitars and have been very much impressed by the quality and value of the guitar line. The Wildkat Royale is no exception. The Pearl white finish and gold sparkle binding is absolutely stunning. The gold hardware, gold Bigsby and gold pickups add to the beauty of this well crafted guitar. The volume, tone and switching controls are identical to those of a Les Paul. The sound is enhanced by the hollow body design with incredible sustain and very rich tone. This is a great blues guitar with a retro rockabilly vibe. With it's affordable price, exquisite construction, high end hardware and exceptional tone, this is a sweet guitar and a super value. Thank you Epiphone and Musicians Friend for another winner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overall, not too shabby.

First of all, it stays in tune very well for having a bigsby. That being said, dont expect that you'll never have to tune. Just learn how to put on strings the correct...Read complete review

First of all, it stays in tune very well for having a bigsby. That being said, dont expect that you'll never have to tune. Just learn how to put on strings the correct way. This guitar feels and sounds amazing once you properly set it up.

The only bad part is the electronics. The pots are alright, but the pickup selector is awful. When it works, its very scratchy. Sometimes it wont work at all; it will often act more like a kill switch. If you can, or know someone that can make better connections, this is a great guitar.

I love the sound the sound the P90's give me. I use it in a Jazz band I play in, and also in my Punk-Rock/Metal band.

Feel free to email me any questions.

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5.0

Amazing sound for a great price!

By Dakota

from Tallahassee, Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    This is a beautiful guitar and well worth the price! It's great for hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, slides, harmonics, and has superb sustain making it a great guitar for playing anything from Chuck Berry to Hetfeild to Cobain and everything in between! It feels amazing and plays amazing!

     
    4.0

    Excellent guitar for the price

    By TjValion

    from Mount Vision, NY

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Needs frequent tuning

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    Excellent guitar for the price. Only issues I have (for the money, these aren't really "issues") are that I have to retune it often, and the neck isn't nearly as smooth as my Godin LGXT. Still, this is an excellent guitar and very fun to play.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar, but it does howl like a Wildkat

    By Blues 90

    from Amador County, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Bigsby works after adjustment
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Mellow tone, but clear
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Feeds back and howls if cranked

    Best Uses

    • Adding color to a mix
    • Great stage guitar
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    I got the Bigsby adjusted and lubed and it actually stays in tune and works! It has its own sound, seems like more of a frontman/rhythm guitar. It is definitely not distortion channel friendly - it can howl like a beast. My two guitarist sons love the thing. It really is a great stage guitar, and feels very rock solid when playing it.

     
    5.0

    Best Deal Available

    By TjValion

    from Mount Vision, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

      Without a doubt, the best guitar for the money on the market today. Not a single flaw on this guitar. WELL worth the price.

       
      5.0

      I love this guitar!

      By Kevin from Mo

      from Missouri

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Comfortable Gre
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

        This is a beauty! Great neck and solid tone. Gorgeous to look at. Had to put on a roller bridge to keep in tune but that fixed it and didn't cost much. They should come with roller bridges to work with the bixby but that was the only change it needed.

         
        5.0

        Very nice guitar for the money

        By Whatthehecht

        from Kennewick

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

          Love it sound great lots of compliments on it both on sound and looks. Love the neck feels like my strat neck have not found anything I don't like about it

           
          5.0

          Solid!

          By Bard

          from Arkansas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Gets out of tune quickly

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

          Pictures don't do it justice. It is a beautiful guitar. Looks and sounds great.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beyond Expectations

          By Larry

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

            This is a great instrument. I can't put it down.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Needs a 50's style neck

            By Bubba

            from Shasta Valley , Ca

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Yesteryear Styling

            Cons

            • Too Slim Of A Neck

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

            Love the Rockabilly and yesteryear style , but I can't understand why Epiphone will not offer as an option , a Gibson 50's style neck or at least a 59 style on any of their guitars , after all , Gibson owns Epiphone . Thanks for this beautiful guitar .

            (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just go play one

            By Surfside

            from Eastern US

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Perfect Setup
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Bigsby A Bit "stiff"

            Best Uses

            • Churches
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

            I own around 2 dozen instruments and a fair number of them are high-end or collectible. I've always harbored a personal bias against guitars that were made in China, though. Until now. I walked in to a local music store today to buy a spare capo, and it was love at first note. They were running a promotion and it was the last day of the month. They wanted the sale, so after a bit of negotiation, the price I paid turned out to be lower than the lowest price I've seen online. I probably got lucky.

            Frankly, this guitar is pretty sweet, regardless of the price. It's labeled "Handcrafted in China", and "Epiphone Custom Shop Limited Edition". It's also got a sticker on it that states "Setup In The USA". I can believe that. I know other reviews have mentioned running into issues with the setup, but the setup on this one is pretty much perfect, requiring only a very slight adjustment to the intonation on the 5th string. The fretwork is even and polished. The frets are properly dressed and there's no overhang where they meet with the binding. The action is low and consistent over the entire scale and across all the strings. I haven't noticed any buzzing, nor are there issues with strings bottoming out while bending. The sustain is nice and clear. The neck is wide and flat, and seems reminiscent of a Gretsch. It's got a slightly "beefy" feel to it - which I find preferable to some thinner necks. The finish on mine is pearl white. It's stunning. The binding on the neck and body is gold sparkle, which took some getting used to, but I kinda like it. The edges of the F-holes are bound as well - a nice touch that one wouldn't typically expect on an instrument in this price range. The quality of the finish is without any detectible flaw. The gold hardware looks nice - especially with the pearl white finish. The Bigsby-licensed tailpiece feels a bit stiffer than the factory Bigsby on a Gibson I own, but so far it appears to stay in tune better - go figure. Tuners? Genuine gold Grovers. That's also surprising at this price. No issues with the bridge so far. It's a standard tune-o-matic design. Nothing special, but it's fine. The electronics work as expected. No noisy pots or intermittent connections. Take note: Having a master volume control is really nice when you are using both pickups simultaneously. This provides a way to adjust the overall output without affecting the timbre and balance of the blend between the pups.

            Also please note that I haven't done a teardown and looked inside, so this review is based strictly on what can be assessed externally.

            Some claim this instrument is heavy, but I am pretty sure mine weighs less than either of the Gibson Les Pauls or the Gibson 335 that I own. While it's certainly not lightweight like an SG or Strat would be, I find it to be comfortable and well-balanced.

            It is such a joy to play. And the TONE! Well, suffice to say if you are a fan of the P90, which I am, you will like it. If you hate P90s, then move along - this isn't the guitar for you ;)

            I think the combination of the smaller semi-hollow body and the P90s gives this instrument it's own distinct character. It sounds great on everything from solo finger style using a thumb pick to jazz to searing rock solos. It's really nice for adding "atmosphere" to a song. It's fairly well behaved as far as feedback goes. As with any true single-coil pickups, you are going to have to deal with a little noise at times, but I found it to be tolerable. If you have a decent noise gate in your rig, you probably won't even notice it.

            Bottom line - I really think this is a sleeper for the price.

            Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I hope you find this helpful.

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