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... Read More
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. But here's what separates the Wilshire from the SG. Most early Epiphone guitars including the Wilshire were equipped with mini-humbucking pickups and Epiphone carries on this tradition. With its smaller size, narrow magnetic field and unique design combination, the mini-humbucker produces bright and focused output while retaining famous humbucker "hum-free" performance. A replica of the originals, they feature adjustable pole pieces, enamel wire, bar ceramic magnets and rounded nickel plated covers set in an original style black mounting ring with height adjustment screws.
n 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.
Now with IMPROVED Tremotone!
There's been a lot of tremolos developed over the years but few as unique and distinctive as Epiphone Tremotone with it's Rosewood insert and metal "E" insignia. Introduced in 1961, it was optional equipment on many classic Epiphone models. Epiphone engineers have taken that same, great design and improved it with a spring-loaded return system that allows for ultra-smooth operation and excellent return-to-pitch characteristics.
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 (TM) neck profile with Rosewood fingerboard, premium 14:1 die-cast tuners and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. And to give it that worn-in look and feel, Epiphone tops it all off with a thin satin finish.
It could last a lifetime! As with all Epiphone's, the Wilshire is backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Only 398 original 1966 Wilshires were produced and are selling today for $10,000 or more depending upon condition. If you're not fortunate enough to own an original or can't afford that kind of cash, here's your chance to own one with the same classic 1966 Epiphone vibe and tone. Cool!
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I bought the Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone and got disappointing results,FRET BUZZ! This manufacture continues to make really beautiful looking guitars, but, they disappointed me on issues important to a guitar player. The thing that really frustrated me the most is that after spending the many hundreds to purchase this guitar, I found out that they did not have the right skilled craftsmanship, correct manufacturing process and dedication to make a guitar that does not come with a fret buzz that can definitely be removed with a set up. When you have a fret buzz it can take the fun out of guitar playing, the microphone can pick it up and you can hear a cheap guitar buzz, and so the real qualities and features it has do not matter as much. You end up putting the guitar down and pick up something else until you see if you can get it fixed. You could purchase this one and then get lucky and find that with a good set up, that might remove the annoying fret buzz. This model did attempt low action, but it buzzes like you would not believe. Until these guitar manufactures commit themselves to making a true high quality, playable instruments, it's still a gamble. Guitar manufactures, consider committing your company to making excellent instruments all around, every detail or please do not make them at all, because I cannot afford an endless search for a decent sounding instrument, that is also low action and playable, to trust live and for recording purposes. It should not be about how many you sell, it should be about customer satisfaction and high standards of quality. You will make more money and earn an honorable, deserved reputation if you make it good and right. P.S. just because you buy something and sound comes out of the amp and that makes you happy, that does not mean the guitar does not have a buzz. So let the manufactures and customers know and be honest, because they are not even trying other than to make money. If China or Indonesia products are junk, then fix it there and right now, or try to correct the best of American or Japanese manufacturing and make it there and perfect. Just stop making good looking yet barley usable, flawed stuff because otherwise, I will find a company that makes it best.
I had a max budget of eight hundred for a guitar. Originally I was going to go for the Gibson Faded SG, but I really didn't like the way it sounded once I picked it up; it was too muddy. Looking around, I saw the regular worn Wilshire with no tremotone. I loved the tone it gave - bright and distinct, sort of like a fatter P90 with no hum. Then I remembered "Hey, this can have a whammy bar too! I saw it online!" Having this guitar for about a year, I love this guitar, and it is one of the two guitars I bring to my gigs.
I really cannot say enough good things about my Epiphone Wilshire. Striking looks -- great job with the Tremotone! -- great playability, an appealing size/scale/weight, and a nice snarling tone on the humbuckers. Best guitar for its price-range, no contest.
Have been playing my Wilshire for about 2 weeks and I have to say I'm a huge fan. It's definitely a unique guitar in the way it looks, but also in the way you control the volume and tone of the pickups. Not bad in anyway, just takes some getting used to. Although I don't pound on the whammy bar, the tremotone will find its way out of tune if you're not careful. This should not deter you from getting this guitar.
Ordered one from my GC before it was released. She's incredibly lightweight and very easy to play. I handed her to a friend who doesn't even play and even he was impressed how it ooozed comfort and "felt right." The upper fret access is unbelievable! The trem has a smooth action with the expected tendency to stretch the strings flat. The tone? She's a screamer! She's great for psychedelia or over amped blues. A little thin if you want sweet and tweetsy, but good for a little country twang. You can get a mellow tone, but it just seems to be the place to depart from for some wailing & screamin! Epiphone guitars are incredible deals for the $. I also own a Sheraton 2 & love her. Down side? Nob/socket configuration is a little clumsy with the socket in between the nobs making them difficult to tweak. Balance is a little neck heavy.
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