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Epiphone Wildkat Electric Guitar with Bigsby Tremolo

A true Epiphone original, the Wildkat is a small semi-hollowbody with a sweet flame maple top -- and a Bigsby vibrato, for when you really want to get wild. (68) Read 23 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Epiphone Wildkat Guitar Antique Natural
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A Small-Bodied Semi-Hollow Beast from Epiphone!

One of the most distinctive archtop guitars around, the Epiphone Wildkat truly lives up to its name, with a Bigsby vibrato mounted on its small semi-hollow body. The Wildkat's onboard electronics deliver a tone that is thoroughly vintage, and is sure to re-inspire your playing with a unique feel and sound.

Flamed Maple Top

The mahogany body on the Wildkat is set with a flamed maple top that dazzles the eyes. The semi-hollow body generates a tone with lots of sustain and complex resonance from within. It's a little smaller than some of the other semi-hollowbody instruments on the market, and is likely to feel more comfortable and manageable in your hands, especially in situations of extended playing.

Helpful Proportions for the Modern Player

The maple neck is carved in the classic SlimTaper D-shape profile that provides a comfortable and smooth playing experience. You'll feel the solidity of the glued-in neck-to-body joint right in your hands.

Classic Alnico Pickups

To give you versatile tone that will lend itself to whatever amps and/or effects you might be playing through, the Wildkat has been updated with two Alnico V P-90 pickups -- a P-90R in the neck position, and a P-90T in the bridge position. The sound on these babies is super-vintage, with lots of crisp transients and shimmer. You can control the level and tone on the P-90s with a single Master Volume located just under the neck pickup, and dual pickup Volume knobs under the vibrato bar, right next to the single Tone control.

You Know You Want a Bigsby!

Finally, the Licensed Bigsby Vibrato puts the "Wild" in Wildkat. You can wail on this bar to create crazy bends or tremolo effects, while being assured that the Grover 16:1 tuning machine heads up top are keeping your intonation solid.

Features:

- 2 x Alnico-V P-90 Pickups
- Chrome Hardware
- 24.75-inch Scale
- Hand-Glued Set Neck
- Maple Neck
- Rosewood Fretboard
- Mahogany Body
- Flame Maple Top
- Bigsby Tailpiece

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- Pickups: 2-Alnico-V P-90's
- Hardware: Chrome
- Scale: 24.75"
- Nut Width: 1.68"
- Neck: Set
- Neck Mat: Maple
- Fretboard/Inlay: Rosewood/Block
- Body Mat: Mahogany
- Top: Flame Maple
- Tailpiece: Bigsby
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ETBKANCB1
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

Like the Epiphone AlleyKat and the FlameKat, the WildKat features the small semi-hollow body. And they've added two Alnico V P-90s for classic tone and now featuring a Licensed Bigsby Vibrato. What a sound! The WildKat also features a set maple neck, a flame maple top, and a mahogany body.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Poor Man's Gretsch!!"
Sound: Fantastic sound from both pickups, the tone takes it from smooth to gritty with great range, 2 volumes and a master volume on the lower bout, with the neck volume up and the tone to the back. Not the usual thin sound of a single coil, but meaty and full. Great sound even unplugged. The Bigsby is smooth and sounds great even though a tune-o-matic bridge. No noise and smooth control knobs. Feature: Came with wrench and cable. The only thing I wish it had was separate tone controls. The master volume is nice and the Bigsby works great. There is no height adjustment possible with the custom p90 pickups. Ease of Use: Straight forward. I just loosened the strings, lowered the action a little tuned it up, whammied a bunch then re-tuned, and it was ready to go. Very nice neck and body feel. Great frets and no buzzing. Intonation was perfect. Quality: The only flaw was a stain spot at the base of the neck bottom onto the body at below the glue joint,from the darker stain used on the neck back. Hard to see, but there. The wires are very visible through the lower F hole. It seems otherwise very well made and dependable. The chrome parts look like a thick surface and not cheap. The flame maple looks very nice, although not a perfect match. The flame maple joint down the center is only really visible between the pickups. Value: This is a great deal for a great guitar! $50 cheaper than other major dealers, too. Even then, it is comparable to guitars costing twice as much or more. It reminds me of a Gretsch. Manufacturer Support: Zzounds was very helpful. No repairs needed. The Wow Factor: I lusted after it because of the dual acclaimed P 90s, the nice flamed maple color, the B 70 Bigsby, the master volume knob on the lower bout, and the metal on the headstock totally different than other Epis I have. I feels great, too, in addition to a great sound. I didn't need it, I suppose, but only had an SG Junior with P 90 and no vibrato. My other similar shaped semi-hollow had no Bigsby and was twin humbuckers. So this has its niche in my sound. Overall: I hope this satisfies me for a long time. It would be one of the last I ever sell. It plays similar to a strat, nice and comfortable with great whammy action.
Style of Music: Rock/Blues/Metal
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Sound: The sound is everything that I expected and then some! The P-90's are amazing and it makes my Amp sound even better than I ever heard it sound before. Feature: Again, the Master Volume is a brilliant idea. For anyone that uses an array of stompboxes or uses lots of distortion it will be your best friend. The Bigsby is solid and I have had no tuning issues whatsoever. Ease of Use: The neck is a bit fatter than my Les Paul. Closer to that of a 50's Gibson. While it will take a bit of getting used to, it is fast and comfortable. It came right out of the box ready to rock. I could have played a gig with it that night. Quality: I am always a bit skeptical about anything made in China. But the workmanship, quality, appearance, and materials seem to be quite solid and well worth the money. I have played guitars that cost twice as much that I liked half as much. I will be keeping this guitar for the rest of my life. Value: In short, don't waste your money on lesser products from lesser companies. If I had paid a higher price, I would be just as happy. Manufacturer Support: Not an issue at this point, but I really am not worried. This is a quality instrument and I doubt I will need any manufacturer support. The Wow Factor: Every person that has laid eyes on her so far has raved about her beauty. She just seems to scream out "I am beautiful and I rock" and everyone seems to notice. Overall: Right out of the box, I was in love! After much back and forth, and much soul searching I decided to go with Antique Natural. It is absolutely gorgeous! The flame, workmanship, and detailing was perfect! I knew that I had made the right choice. Then, it was time to plug her in. I run a one channel, 1-12, 16 watt tube combo. I turned the volume up to a decent level and got a beautiful shimmer on the bridge pickup along with a nice thick deepness from the neck pickup. Then it was time to boost the gain. I was met with a pleasant growl and an incredible punch. Well, more like a bodyslam. After playing that first day for 45 minutes, I never had to re-tune once. I have read other reviews with people saying that tuning was an issue for them, but after 2 weeks of playing at least an hour a day I have had none whatsoever. I also have had no problems at all with the pickups. If you are not experienced with P-90's, they will take some getting used to. This is what (in my humble opinion) makes the Wildcat so special. The Master Volume is a stroke of genius! Just backing it off a bit cleans up your sound nicely. If you keep everything cranked, you will get feedback. After all, that is why humbuckers were invented in the first place. The key is learning to master the controls and master the feedback. When you do, this will be your favorite guitar. Again, the Master Volume will come into play quite a bit. Especially when using distortion. If you just use a clean or mildly distorted sound, you will never have an issue. But if you are like me and like a bit of sonic mayhem, You are going to have to figure out what works best for you. Just be patient, don't stand too close to your amp, and have some fun exploring the possibilities! I use both a Rat and a Tube Screamer for different types of sounds. After some playing around, I was able to figure out exactly what I needed to do to make sure that I won't be driving my sound man insane. The styles of music that I play with my cover band are Blues, Punk, Alternative, Classic Rock, Pop, British Invasion, Classic Metal, Modern Rock, and Psychedelica. If need be, I could play my whole show with my Wildcat. It really is that versatile! Buy it! Buy it now! It will change your world!
Style of Music: I play both kinds of music. Rock...AND Roll!
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