Epiphone Semi Hollow Electric Guitar Review
The Epiphone Wildkat is no copycat. It’s not a reissue of a classic model -- and it doesn’t claim to replicate a more expensive Gibson model.
It’s something all its own -- and for players with which it is perfectly matched, it’s something glorious.
The Wildkat for sale is as wildly appealing across a wide spectrum as it is intended to be, but its vintage sound is what sets it apart.
Still, there’s something for every kind of player interested in using this guitar to help develop a unique style.
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Features include a flamed maple top that looks as good anything you’ll find atop any semi-hollow electric guitar -- and the small body size has its own appeal, including making it incredibly easy to play.
For an old-fashioned tone, two Alnico V P-90 pickups take in all the sound you can create.
Also featured are a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, mahogany at the back and sides and binding on the neck and body.
Some Wildkat models come with a Bigsby tailpiece, but those are notoriously hard to keep in tune for players who don’t have the time to baby them, so we suggest you change that out if you find it to be a problem.
Players who aren’t familiar with P-90 pickups find them a bit noisy at first -- but they’re supposed to be.
That’s part of the Wildkat’s vintage sound.
Long before humbuckers took away the buzz, electric guitars all sounded like this.
Since the buzz is most noticeable at lower volumes, it’s not something to worry about since this a model intended to be played out.
If you know what a Telecaster sounded like in the 1950s, you’re approaching an understanding of this model’s best sound configuration.
If you want some twang or growl, this model is happy to deliver it. And if you want to overdrive it and get some distortion, there’s no better model to take you into your own unique and uncharted territory.
While some reviewers find this model a bit heavy for its small size -- and a few think the frets are too sharp unless you clean them up -- there’s not much to complain about with this model.
No matter what sound you’re after, don’t be a copycat. Let the Epiphone Wildkat take you somewhere new, somewhere special and somewhere that’s uniquely you.
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