What we Think...
The Epiphone Wildcat is a classic design semi hollow electric model, it is one of epiphones iconic models, with a solid mahogany back twinned with a maple top giving this guitar a powerful mix of tone whether your play rock “n” roll, grunge, country or hard rock this model has it all. The slim taper “D” profile neck along with the 22 frets is fantastic to play. The wildcat has P-90r Dogear pickups, giving it the signature roar of this great model. Fitted with a bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece and grover machine heads, gives this model total control of playing and tuning and overally in my opinion you won,t want to put this one down.
Reviewed by A.Lord...Rimmers Music Southport.
Classic Vibe, Modern Quality
While this guitar has the classic look and feel of a guitar straight out of the 50s its modern build quality mean you are getting a killer guitar for the money. With a stunning mahogany body topped with flamed maple along with a maple neck finished with a rosewood fretboard you get a great feeling guitar that resonates beautiful for all of your blues rock needs.
The Epiphone Wildkat has the traditional F-hole archtop semi hollowbody design. With happening retro looks, it provides sweet tone courtesy of two Alnico P90 single coil pickups, tune-o-matic bridge, set maple neck and Bigsby tremolo.
The Epiphone Wildkat is a smaller bodied, semi-hollow guitar that's extremely comfortable to play and has a warm, vintage tone. The body is made from a solid piece of warm, sustain-rich Mahogany covered in a beautiful Antique Natural finish. The body has been matched with a hand-fitted, glued-in solid Maple neck for maximum tone and sustain. It has a Rosewood fingerboard and an authentic B70 licensed Bogsby vibrato. The vintage tone comes from a pair of Epiphone "dog ear" P-90 Classic pickups specifically designed by Epiphone.
The Epiphone Wild includes the historic metal Epiphone name "badge" on the headstock as well as a unique control configuration of 1-bridge volume, 1-neck volume, 1-master tone and 1-master volume. These controls are powered by Epiphone?s full-size 1" 500K potentiometers and matched with Epiphone's superior all-metal toggle switch and heavy-duty output jack. The Wildkat also features premium 18:1 Grover® machine heads for superior tuning stability.
Long before an electric version was made, Epiphone had a wealth of experience in acoustic archtop design, delivering instruments of exquisite beauty with tones that have been coveted by others ever since. However, it wasn't until that original design was married to an electric solid body that things started to take off.
The Wildkat is built from a solid mahogany back, with a bright-sounding maple top - a combination often used by Epiphone as it produces a solid mix of powerful mid to low-end with a crisp high end tone that cuts through beautifully. Whether you play funk, country, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, hard rock, punk, and grunge, etc. the Wildkat's tonal response perfectly suits any style. The semi-hollow body gives the tonewoods superb sustain too, so you notes ring out even longer to give a fuller, more natural sound.
The maple neck is shaped to the SlimTaper "D" profile, robust yet surprisingly slender, which means you can effortlessly glide along it whilst you play. The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard is shaped to the classic Epiphone 12" radius, making string-bends a dream.
The P-90R Dogear Classic pickups in the neck and bridge position, really give the Wildkat that signature roar. Use your instinct to feel out your desired tone with the 3-way pickup selector switch; create blends of the pickups using the individual pickup volume switches, master tone and master volume switches and let your creativity loose. The response from this pair of pickups is both warm and creamy, but ramp up the volume and guttural, visceral sounds can be ripped from them - again highlighting the diversity of the Wildkat.
The Wildkat benefits from some hardware that you'd normally associate with guitar carrying a much weightier price tag. What's not already been said about the Bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece, doesn't need saying. Working in combination with the LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar, you have absolute control over the strings for creating delicate textures with your sound. The Grover machine heads keep your tuning fixed tight, so once you're locked in, nothing is knocking you out of tune.
The Epiphone Wild Kat is a great sounding, super cool looking 50's style guitar. Bigger than a Les Paul, but smaller than a 335, and fitted with p90 pickups & a Bigsby tremelo, the Wild Kat produces some classic 50's style rock n roll twang. A beautiful flame maple top makes this a really eye catching guitar too.
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