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Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby  

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The WildKat Ltd Electric Guitar is a wild guitar with a lot to catch the fancy of all kinds of players: chrome Vibratone tailpiece for vintage detail, flamed maple top for gorgeous looks, and 2 Alnico... Click To Read More About This Product

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The WildKat Ltd Electric Guitar is a wild guitar with a lot to catch the fancy of all kinds of players: chrome Vibratone tailpiece for vintage detail, flamed maple top for gorgeous looks, and 2 Alnico V P-90s for hot-rodded tone. Maple neck, rosewood fretboard, mahogany sides and back, and body and neck binding complete the WildKat Electric Guitar. Case sold separately.

Epiphone is a leader in archtop design and has been since the 1930's . An early pioneer in archtops even before they were electrified, Epiphone was never afraid to do something out of the ordinary. With no notable changes in archtop design by anybody in decades, Epiphone took the archtop and practically married it to a solid body guitar. The Wildkat now takes its place among their all-time great designs.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • 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 B70
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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EpiphoneWildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby
 
4.5

(based on 233 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (159)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (79)
  • Fun to play (75)
  • Good tone (66)
  • Good pick up (58)
  • Solid electronics (47)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)
  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (63)
  • Jamming (62)
  • Recording (43)
  • Small venues (37)
  • Rock concerts (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (58), Professional musician (19), Novice (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I'm A Believer,

I was first attracted to this guitar by its cool, retro looks but was concerned about the actual quality. After all, it's one of those second rate, Chinese made Epiphones. You know,...Read complete review

I was first attracted to this guitar by its cool, retro looks but was concerned about the actual quality. After all, it's one of those second rate, Chinese made Epiphones. You know, nothing but a cheap, flimsy Gibson wanna-be, right? Well, I'm here to tell you, that after doing some research on the Gibson Qingdao factory that produces nothing but Epiphones to Gibson QA specs and then actually handling this guitar at the store, I decided on the Antique Natural and bought it on the spot because It's absolutely gorgeous!

The fit and finish is second to none. The color of the maple top is a rich, honey blonde. The back is a light, almost orange mahogany. The binding tying them together is perfect in every way and the clear finish IS perfectly clear and flawless. The neck has a great feel. Again, the neck binding is perfect and there are no sharp fret edges. The rosewood fretboard has a consistent, dark, rich color and the D shape neck profile is very comfortable.

The hardware appears to be good quality as well. The licensed Bigsby has no casting flaws and the chrome is bright and smooth. It has a smooth, solid feel with no clicks or rattles. The Grover tuners turn nicely and hold tight. The pickup switch is crisp and the pots have a nice resisted feel to them.

I replaced the strings with Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9's, oiled the fret board and performed a quick setup, making very minor adjustments to the action and neck relief. I stretched the strings, tuned her up and found the intonation to be dead on!

Once plugged in, there is no hum and I experienced no annoying feedback whatsoever. The Epiphone "designed in USA" P90's sound great and are more than adequate, however if I considered any mod's it might be upgraded pup's but that's only because I'm a tinkerer by nature and honestly, I'm in no hurry.

All in all, this is a great guitar and if it had Gibson USA stamped into the headstock I would have paid twice as much and still thought I got a super deal. Bottom line is if you want a great looking, nice playing, affordable guitar, RUN OUT AND BUY A WILDKAT!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Looking..but has some problems

Pros: Gorgeous to look at, Sweet Tone, Bigsby Tremolo(licensed) Cons: Look too hard at the Trem & its out of tune, feedback when its overdriven. Be prepared to have to...Read complete review

Pros: Gorgeous to look at, Sweet Tone, Bigsby Tremolo(licensed) Cons: Look too hard at the Trem & its out of tune, feedback when its overdriven. Be prepared to have to make some adjustments to it. I have owned two..the first arrived with a crack in the finish between the F hole and the P90..the second arrived with loose connections at the input jack. Epiphone needs to step up their quality control.

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5.0

good stuff

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

My son loves this guitar.

 
5.0

I LOVE my Wildkat!!!

By Lt. Lizard

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I was in Guitar Center shopping for some gifts for my bandmates. I had no intentions whatsoever of buying a new guitar.

    Then she caught my eye. No BS, I had seen this guitar a few years ago in a dream I had. And there she was. Looking at me from across the room, begging me to come over and check her out. So I did.

    To test drive her, I got hooked in to a Marshall twin. My wife was there with me and after I strummed the first few chords and walked a few scales, my wife's exact words were: "You should get that guitar." I replied with: "I am going to. Right now." The clerk told me they had a fresh one in the back. Still in the box. I said, "I'll take it". I didn't even know the price of the guitar at this point. I didn't care. I was getting that guitar no matter what the price was.

    Later that night, I broke it out at rehearsal and played it for the first time. Cruella was crying all night long with warm rich tone and beautiful harmonics all the way up her neck. The controlled feedback is sensational. The sustain is perfect. The neck is comfortable and gives a lot of room for hammering wherever and whatever I want.

    It is well built. High quality materials and craftsmanship. The tremolo is tight and easy to control. The knobs and switches are all laid out in the optimal positions making it easy to adjust your settings on the fly. Even the output is in the exact perfect spot. This guitar is flawless.

    I'm taking her back in to Guitar Center today to get her set up. (I believe this should always be done with new guitars anyway) From now on, she'll be my main squeeze.

     
    5.0

    A fantastic guitar!

    By Matt S.

    from Paulsboro NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      I have played for twenty plus years and my main guitar is a Gibson ES-135 with 57 classics and a trapeze tailpiece.
      I purchased this guitar for the combination of P-90 pickups and Bigsby tailpiece. It does not disdappoint.
      It plays and feels just as good as my Gibson for a fraction of the price. The only con is it will feedback with high gain settings but you don't buy this guitar to play metal so it doesn't really matter. I can drive it pretty hard and loud for some great rock tones (think Thin Lizzy or The Who) and it holds its own no problem. I tweaked the setup a little a polished up the frets and it plays like a dream. For the price you can't beat Epiphone guitars, I feel like they've really come into their own again. My next purchase will be an Epiphone Les Paul Standard.

       
      4.0

      Meh

      By crush

      from seattle, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      came set up with the action way too high, tone is very dark and uninspiring

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I Love It!!!

      By Micah

      from Newnan GA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

        I loved it from the moment I got it. After the new wore off I still love it! The neck gets wider as you go down which I wasn't expecting. However, that is the only problem with this guitar for me. Stays in tune really well with the Bigsby (my biggest concern). Tuning it up and down is easy.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By mike

        from davison mi

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

            I bought this guitar a few months ago and waited to review it until the new wore off. This is a fantastic guitar. The build quality is as good as any american guitar I own and the sound it super. The neck feels great, the electronics have given me no problem and the guitar is really stable and stays in tune well. This is one of my go to guitars. It flat out rocks.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'm very glad I bought this.

            By Saxman

            from Denver, CO

            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 Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

              Use this guitar in church band.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent guitar! Killer tones!

              By Ken

              from Minneapolis

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • School Bands

                Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

                Great guitar. Great value.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Beautiful but disappointing

                By Ken

                from Annandale, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

                I always wanted a hollow body, and here was this Epiphone looking irresistible. It was on sale and it looked fantastic, so I jumped.

                It is a very fun guitar. It does have a great feel and tone over all, and it really is visually stunning.

                Mine had horrendous fret buzz on the low E string in a few places, however. One fret in particular was amazing, not only did it buzz like crazy what tone there was almost instantly died. Just a dud. I hadn't even noticed in the store, but after I got it home and started getting into it this was really disappointing.

                You may have to work on this guitar to get the frets behaving, so have that in mind. I decided to return it.

                (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice guitar

                By Ind

                from N/W Indiana

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

                  Great guitar for the price

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