Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar

If like me you like Guitars which are a bit different then you’ll love the look of this new Epiphone Limited Edition.

Looking like some fort of strat/tele/Gibson hybrid – the Wilshire Pro comes with a funky double cut away humbucker configuration. Personally I love this look (in particular the tone/volume knob placements) it really has that 60/70′s vibe. And so it should! – the Wilshire’s were originally avaialble during the ’60s and shared many features with the Gibson solidbody’s like the SG.
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Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar Aged Pelham

Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar Aged Pelham

Epiphone have tried to remain faithfull to these originals employing many of the features of the original at an affordable price. We think they look great!

Epiphone say:

The Epiphone Wilshire Pro electric guitar has a double-cutaway mahogany body and set mahogany neck, which joins the body at the 22nd fret, giving you the ultimate in upper-fret access. The Wilshire Pro is lightweight and comfortable, with 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 it excellent sustain and clarity.

The neck pickup is Epiphone’s Alnico Classic. It provides warm and subtle tone with a full, even response that doesn’t hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch. An Alnico Classic Plus is in the bridge, and is over wound for a slightly higher output—without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Both feature Alnico II magnets, enamel wire, and are double vacuum waxed. Each volume control on the Epiphone guitar is a push/pull potentiometer that allows you to coil-split each pickup separately for a more twangy single-coil sound, as well as many other tonal combinations.

The Epiphone Wilshire Pro electric guitar features their 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 neck profile with Rosewood fingerboard, premium 14:1 die-cast tuners, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.

Check out this video on Epiphone’s reissue Wilshire from http://www.nevadamusic.co.uk

Epiphone Casino

The Epiphone Casino is an archtop guitar from Epiphone. The Epiphone company were once a rival to the Gibson Guitar company before being acquired by Gibson. The Epiphone Casino was designed to compete against the Gibson ES-330.

The guitar features a hollow construction, two black – P90 pickups a Stop tail piece, tune-o-matic bridge together with two volume and two tone controls. The guitar features standard stock tuners. The single coil pickups fitted to the Casino are known to hum a little but purely add to the authentic and familiar 60’s pop sound.

The tonal qualities of the casino make for a great rhythm guitar, with the instrument producing a thick heavy tone. However the guitar has tremendous versatility the neck Pickup’s makes it great for jazz and with the right tube amp the guitar easily obtains that classic 60′s jangle. With a bit of overdrive, the Casino is reminiscent of the classic blues rock bands from the 1960′s.

Due to the Beatles the Epiphone Casino has become more widely known. Both John Lennon and Paul Mcartney used the Epiphone Casino included on tracks such as “Ticket To Ride” and “Let it be”. In support of this heritage Epiphone recently released the John Lennon Epiphone Casino featuring the same specification as the John Lennon original.

For more information on the Epiphone Casino – visit the Epiphone guitar website

The Epiphone Wildkat Electric Guitar

wildkatIf you want that old school Rock ‘n’ Roll sound you’ll usually look at Gretch’s or perhaps a Gibson 175. However Epiphone has an alternative in the Epiphone Wildkat.

With it’s rockabilly styling including a flashy Bigsby tremolo system the Epiphone Wildkat certainly looks the part. Made in Korea, the 21-Fret guitar features some pretty decent hardware including Alnico P90 pickups, Grover tuners – the sort of quality you would expect on a much more expensive guitar.

 

The Bigsby Vibrato looks the business and simple to use and given a heavy set of strings (11s’) The Epiphone Wildkat holds its tuning well. It does require setting up properly however and you’d be well advised to have the guitar professionally set up to get the most out of it. The tremolo arm has the option of being able to swivel round allowing the guitar to be comfortably held whilst playing.

The Wildkat’s P90 Pickups provide an authentic tone although they can get a little noisy. They offer a varied range of tonal options from a clean glassy sound to chunky to serious drive and have immense character.

Using the three way pickup switch brings varied tones. The neck pickup offers a more jazzy warm range of sounds whilst also being great for blues. For vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll try the bridge pickup – close your eyes and your back in 1950’s Sun Studio. You also have the option of running the two pickups together and that provides a full rich tone.

Capable of playing a variety of music from rock and roll to blues, through to Jazz you’ll be hard pressed to find a similar guitar in it’s in the Epiphone Wildkat’s price range that has similar character or looks.
More Information on the Epiphone Wildkat

Epiphone Les Paul

lespaulThe Epiphone Les Paul features similar specifications to that of it’s Gibson cousin albeit lower quality components.
The Epiphone Les Paul guitar features two humbucker pickups, set neck, two tone and two volume controls and a three way pickup selector switch. The current edition guitar features mahogany neck and body with a maple top. The guitar has a 24.5″ scale length

 

The Gibson Les Paul is all about that rock tone and the Epiphone Les Paul is no different. The guitar has a lovely deep sound with lots of bottom end with the humbucker pickups producing a warm big sound.

The Epiphone Les Paul has a wide range of sounds and is suitable for a range of styles from jazz guitar or heavy rock. The tonal range is further supported by the 3 way pickup selector allowing you to mix the sounds from the neck and bridge pickups. It could be argued that the major difference between the Gibson and Epiphone models are the quality of the pickups and Epiphone users are often found to be replacing the factory fitted pickups for more expensive quality units.

These guitars betray tremendous value for money. It’s important to try the guitar as the Epiphone Les Paul’s vary considerably from guitar to guitar. Play close attention to variations in the neck (thickness and shape) and some hardware.

The versatility, sounds and price make the Epiphone Les Paul a superb choice for the beginner guitarist on the hunt for a bargain.

For more information and detail about the various editions check out www.Epiphone.com

Why Choose an Epiphone Guitar?

In recent years Epiphone Guitars have been seen as entry level guitars generally based on their more expensive Gibson relations however that is a misconception and there is more to the Epiphone family than initially meets the eye.

The Epiphone guitar company has, in fact, a rich heritage going back almost a hundred years many of which manufacturing guitars independently of Gibson. The Epiphone company was bought by Gibson’s parent company Chicago Musical Instuments in 1957.

The Epiphone brand has produced many fine guitars during it’s time. These have ranged from solid body Guitars such those reminiscent of the Les Paul to Archtops such as the Casino. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that Epiphone started producing stripped down versions of Gibson classics such as the Les Paul or the Explorer.

So now we’ve explained where Epiphone comes from what makes them great? And what’s the difference between Gibson and Epiphone?

One of the reasons that makes Epiphone’s so great is that they have such a rich heritage – they have been making quality guitars for years. This means that you can expect a certain level of build quality from their Korean manufacturers. Fit and finish tend to be excellent meaning that the guitars also look the business.

Epiphone guitars are built to a high standard but do differ from their Gibson counterparts. They tend to be made in the far-east rather than the USA, use lower grade woods or laminates and have differing electronics and hardware.

For the beginner these differences are inconsequential but for the professional it may mean that some elements such as the pickups require replacing however this is dependant on the players own tastes and bear in mind that Guitars electronics are still quality components and the original pickups will still produce a lovely tone.

Another reason to choose an Epiphone is that many well know guitar players have used Epiphones. Most famously the Beatles used Epiphones in the late 1960’s specifically the Epiphone Casino. Other famous users of Epiphone’s include The Edge (u2) ,BB King, Noel Gallagher, The Beatles, Paul Weller and Slash. So if you want to sound like your guitar hero an Epiphone is a wise choice.

These days the Epiphone brand produces a variety of high grade guitars from Archtops such as the Epiphone Wildkat, a range of Les Paul guitars through to re-issues of it’s Beatles classics the Casino and the Texan. Each of these has rich character great sounds and a unique heritage. And the guitars produced cover most music styles from Jazz to heavy metal

Playing an Epiphone surely isn’t a compromise, despite the differences with Gibson they are still classic instruments with solid tone. You will however notice the price difference – Epiphone guitars are clearly aimed at those with less bucks to spend than their Gibson cousins. They are however seriously good guitars. So if your about to buy an Electric Guitar be sure to check out an Epiphone first.

For more information on Epiphone Electric Guitars check out Epiphone.com

Epiphone Riviera

rivieraThe Epiphone Riviera Electric Guitar is a semi-acoustic guitar shaped similarly to a Gibson 335. The Riviera has a long history, it was originally produced in the 1960’s , it has warm Jazz tone, with a twangy almost telecaster like range. These days the Epiphone Riviera is made in Asia and is a budget alternative to the Gibson hollowbodies it imitates.

This hollow-body guitar is very similar to the Epiphone Sheraton but has some differing features such as a mahogany neck and a frequensator tail piece. The guitar features two mini humbuckers, chrome hardware, a blot on neck, twin tone and volume controls (two for each pickup).
Similar to it’s Gibson 335 counterpart it is very clean and precise sounding with plenty of sustain. The bridge pickup is perfect for a warm clean sound, and the neck pickup gives a crystal clear tone. with with it’s range of tones the Epiphone Riviera makes a ideal rhythm guitar.

Unlike many other semi-acoustic electric guitars the Riviera is very quiet when amplified and suffers little feedback.

Many well known artists have been featured using the Epiphone Riviera Electric Guitar. Noel Gallagher often used this guitar between in the early days of Oasis.

The Riviera comes from a wide stable of Epiphone semi acoustics, such as the Dot, the Sheraton and the Epiphone Casino. The Riviera easily keeps up with the pack it has gorgeous looks – beautiful tone and a history and tradition to be proud of.

 For more information on the Epiphone Riviera– visit the Epiphone guitar website

Epiphone Elitist

The Epiphone Elitist are a range of guitars that attempt to bridge the gap between their more expensive Gibson counterparts and the standard Epiphone range. They Endeavour to do this by using select tone woods, top-end components and details that are more at home on more-expensive guitars.

The Epiphone Elitist comprises of several Guitars. They are:

Elitist Sheraton

The Epiphone Elitist Sheratorn features a laminated maple top with cream binding, a vintage sunburst finish, gold Tune-O-Matic bridge, stop tailpiece and covered Gibson Mini-Humbuckers. The guitar feature the standard array of controls including a three-way toggle and separate gold dust-colored volume and tone knobs for each pickup.

The 24.75-inch scale C shape neck is one piece mahogany, and features a 22-fret rosewood fretboard. The headstock comes with, imperial-style 24-karat gold Grover tuners and mother-of-pearl flowers on a deep black background creating an Asian style motif.

Tonally the Sheraton has a lovely acoustic resonance, the humbuckers produce a smooth tone that’s ideally suited to a heavier sound, whilst still being able to encompass more jazzier overtone.

The guitar has many fine features that make it stand out from the crowd and has the looks and style of a more expensive instrument.

Elitist Casino

The Elitist Casino features a natural finish, cream binding, nickel hardware including Grover tuners a Tune-O-Matic bridge and a trapeze-style tailpiece.

The Casino’s comes with a mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard featuring Parallelogram inlays. Like the Elitist Sheraton, the guitar has a 24.75-inch which is comfortable and playable. The pickups are P-90’s.

The guitar has a lively tone with a beautiful acoustic response delivering a lovely range of lows and highs. The P90 Pickups deliver a robust tone reminiscent of what made the original Epiphone Casino a true classic.

Elitist Les Paul Custom

The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Custom is made with premium woods (African mahogany and book matched maple) using superior construction methods.

As with the Sheraton the Les Paul Custom includes 24-karat gold hardware featuring Tune-O-Matic bridge, skirted strap buttons and large Grover tuners, as with a standard Les Paul the Guitar comest with standard three-way toggle and individual volume and tone pots.. Gibson has provided, two 24-karat gold-covered humbuckers , specifically for the Elitist Series.

Tonally this Epiphone Les Paul features a chunky low-end, and a clear top end. When distorted the pickups still produce clarity whilst not betraying their rock heritage.

 

For more information on the Epiphone Elitist series – visit the Epiphone guitar website

Epiphone Broadway

broadwayThe Broadway was produced by Epiphone for many years throughout it’s history, recently the Epiphone Broadway has been given a revival through the release under the Elitist series of Epiphone guitars.

The Epiphone Broadway is a hollow body semi acoustic electric guitar. The guitar has a 25 ½ inch scale and features two Epiphone humbucker pickups, four control knobs (two volume, two tone), and a 3-position toggle switch. The top is laminated spruce, the back and sides are plain maple. The guitar features a chucky but fast roswewood fingerboard. The Epiphone Broadway is fully hollow, (without the center piece found in traditionally ES335 style guitars). The Broadway also has a spruce top providing a rich acoustic sound.

The Broadway was produced by Epiphone for many years throughout it’s history, recently the Epiphone Broadway has been given a revival through the release under the Elitist series of Epiphone guitars.

The guitar was created with one thing in mind – Jazz. And given this premise it does it very well indeed. As with all Jazzers it benefits from thicker gauge strings to get that fat sound. The Broadway benefits from a fine acoustic sound. Once plugged in with a touch of reverb the guitar produces that classic jazz sound. That said it doesn’t like being overdriven and in those situations is prone to feedback. Luckily the broadway is fairly quiet when idle with little hum or noise.
Tonally, as said the guitar produces some excellent jazz tones, variations can be achieved by rolling back the volume or tone controls and you can brighten things up a bit by running both pickups together. With the right amp at your side you can produce some very authentic tones.

Problems are minimal – as with all Epiphone’s the pickups are not in the same class as true Gibsons but the pickups here add a level of character to the instrument. The Broadway’s tailpiece is a Frequesator and some purists may argue that it degrades the tone but that is easily fixable if required by swapping with a stop-tailpiece. The guitar is also fairly large and may take some getting used to if you’ve never played an archtop before. However, all these problems are small and do not detract from a fantastic guitar.

For a jazz guitar the Epiphone Broadway is excellent, producing a fat warm tone with a variety of range and given Epiphone’s pricing represents superb value for money.

For more information on the Epiphone Broadway – visit the Epiphone guitar website

Epiphone Firebird VII

firebirdThe Epiphone Firebird VII Electric Guitar was originally produced in the 1960’s. It underwent a reissue when Epiphone recently re-released the guitar.

The Firebird features a long stylized 3 piece body accompanied by a 24 ¾ inch scale set neck with 22 medium frets on a rosewood fingerboard. The guitar has gold plated hardware, three mini-humbuckers, a tune-a-matic bridge with a vibrola (Bigsby style) tailpiece. There is a volume control for each pickup coupled with a master tone control and the usual 3-way toggle switch and angled headstock.

The Epiphone Firebird has seven possible pickup combinations, there is a volume control for each pickup with the neck and bridge pickups being connected to the toggle switch. The middle pickup can be mixed in or out with its own volume control. This enables the guitar to have lots of versatility from punchy piano like highs to rich lows. As often with Epiphone guitars – the mini humbuckers, to the purist, may need upgrading at some stage – but for the average player will do the job fine.

It could be argued that Epiphone Firebirds are demanding guitars, the Vibrola tremelo can have tuning issues, the nut and slots in the bridge have to be very well machined and lubricated to mitigate tuning problems and the guitar needs to be set-up carefully. As usual with Bigsby style units the Vibrola works best with heavy gauge strings.

The Firebird looks great, has a broad range of tonal options, and whilst not the most comfortable guitar (it’s fairly heavy) it’s enjoyable to play.

For more information on the Epiphone Firebird – visit the Epiphone guitar website

Epiphone Korina Flying V

korinavThe original Flying V story starts in 1958 when Gibson introduced the follow up to the Les Paul – introduced alongside the Gibson Explorer they were radical futuristic guitars with angular and unique designs. Ahead of their times unsurprisingly they didn’t receive a great welcome and Gibson discontinued the guitar in the late 50′s only to resurrect the guitar in the late 60’s after it featured with the likes of Hendrix.

Mention the Flying V and your mind begins to conjure the guitarists that have over the years been featured with the Flying V, from Hendrix to Zakk Wylde, Albert King, Kirk Hammet – bucket loads of guitarists have been seen with a Flying V at one time or another.

Made in Epiphone’s production facility in Korea the ’58 Korina Flying V and Explorer “reissues” have been around a while now. With both of these guitars Epiphone have gone back to the original specs of the Gibson late 50’s models and conjured up some vintage mojo.

For the uninitiated, Korina is the type of wood used to manufacture the instrument, as a wood Korina is quite heavy and is simular to mahogany in the tones that they produce with warm accentuated mids the wood also enhances the sustain of the instrument both of which are the key foundations for any great rock guitar.

Out of the box you can’t fail to be impressed when you look at the Korina Flying V. The combination of the wood, finish and hardware is one which should delight most players out ther. If you didn’t know the price you’d be easily convinced to think your getting much more than the RRP ($499) would suggest.

The two stock humbuckers perform well enough but are not the guitars strong point for those looking for high output there are better replacements out there – the overall sound is a bit muddy but with just enough character to make us for the lack of definition. The pickups are also prone to feedback when cranked really loudly, and for the type of guitar we’re looking at here that could be a problem for some.

For those that are happy to stick with the stock pickups there is a nice thick tone which would make for great rhythm guitar – the bridge pickup has a touch more treble making it suitable for lead work. The added sustain adds some nice complexity to the sound and for recording purposes this we can imagine the Flying V being particularly useful.

You can certainly see why the Flying V appeals to the rock fraternity – with it’s looks and sound it makes a great case for that genre – but that would be to overlook the guitars versatility – with a decent amp we think the neck pickup provides a great Jazz tone and with a “little bite” your into Albert King blues territory.

Although Epiphone still sell the Korina Flying given that it’s been out there for some time – there’s some fantastic ebay bargains to be had (around the $250 mark). Though be aware with the softness of the Korina body it is prone to the odd dings so make sure you take a good look at the body if your looking for a mint example.

Offering such beautiful looks and sustain to die for the Korina Flying V has a lot to offer – yep there are some issues – some of which can be put down to Epiphones hardware selection (this could be more of an issue if you intend to gig with the Flying V) but there’s enough sparkle and tone to appeal to most.

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