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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
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 5 in
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. "Great little guitar"
Sound: I read a lot of people saying this guitar sounds great... and a lot of people say it sounds dark and muddy. I initially fell into the dark and muddy camp. I read alot on the internet about how the capacitance of the (15 feet!) of cheap coax in the guitar sucks out all the highs... and decided that rewiring may be in order... But, it sounds very different through different amps, and have decided that the sound is fine. The P90's growl like they should... they dont have much chime, but I can live with it. I would rate the sound as 'average'.... not the best, but the rest of the guitar more than makes up for it. Feature: The Bigsby is great. I've always thought a Bigsby was more for warbles and tone variations than true Whammy craziness, and in this role it is fine. A little graphite in the nut slots and I've not had any tuning problems. I've never had a master volume guitar before, but find it very useful for crafting tones. I guess I'm in the minority in finding that it's more useful than a second tone control... but to each his own. The tuners are surprisingly solid feeling, I doubt they'll ever need to be replaced. Ease of Use: One of the shining spots of this guitar... the action. I've never owned an Epiphone before, and didn't know what to expect quality/playability wise... I'm a Fender fanboy... but I was extremely surprised by this guitar. The action was incredibly low with no buzz... neck relief was perfect, playability was perfect... it is a joy to play. The intonation was perfect, as I've noted I have had no issues with tuning stability, and the action is just amazing. Quality: I went over her several times.... I must have gotten lucky as I've found no errant drops of glue, no issues with the binding... no finish abnormalities. The guitar is extremely solid feeling and gorgeous. The fret ends are all finished well with none protruding (we'll wait to the winter in the dry air see if this changes)... I actually cannot believe they sell this guitar as cheaply as they do. The quality is amazing even if you dont consider the price point... Value: I would say this guitar is worth than it's selling price, especially when compared to other guitars in this price range. So, it sounds a little dark? There wouldn't be a huge aftermarket pickup industry if every guitar sounded perfect to everyone. It's all about taste, and equipment. This guitar sounds very different through two different Egnater amps, and different again through an Orange... it's all subjective. Overall I would buy this guitar again and again. Manufacturer Support: No issues The Wow Factor: I lusted after the Wildkat for the looks.... and she's even more beautiful in person than any picture could show... and EVERYONE that's seen her, has wanted her. I loved the look so much I was willing to buy her knowing I might have to spend money on the electronics... to me that is WOW factor... now that I've lived her her a little, the fact that I dont think I'll have to change a thing is just a bonus. Overall: Seeing the Wildkat I really, really wanted one, based on looks alone, after reading all the reviews I went ahead and pulled the trigger, thought I'd toss in my two cents.
Style of Music: Blues, Rock, country when forced by unpopular band decisions.
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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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