Review: Epiphone Wildkat Hollow Body Electric Guitar

The Epiphone Company is a musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos. Epiphone was bought by Chicago Music Company, who also owned Gibson Guitar Corporation, in 1957. Epiphone was Gibson’s main rival in the archtop market. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled (and some contend surpassed) those of Gibson.

The Epiphone Wildkat Hollow Body Electric Guitar!

OFF THE RACK

This axe was made for all of you rockabilly fans out there! The Epiphone Wildkat has everything you need to deliver that rockabilly retro-sound.  The two Alnico-V P90 pickups are warm and punch out that killer clean or broken up overdrive. The mahogany body sports a flame maple top, and a fast set maple neck with a rosewood fretboard.  This guitar is definitely a diamond in the rough. Great feel, fast neck, and all the tools needed to rock out with your…. well, you get the idea.

THE SPECS

  • Mahogany body with flame maple top
  • Set in maple neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Dual covered Alnico-V P90 pickups
  • Volume and Tone knobs with Rhythm/Treble switch
  • Adjustable bridge with Bigsby Vibrato
  • Die cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 24.75″ scale
  • 1.68″ nut width

THE LOW DOWN

The Alnico-V P90 pickups are warm and sound great with a lower watt amp such as 40 and 50 watt rigs. This guitar works best using the amps distortion which will give you more natural sound quality. The maple neck is fast and super comfortable, giving you all the grip and ease of play you will ever need. And with a price tag that fits just about anyone’s budget, the Widkat is definitely worth checking out. To sum it up, the Epiphone Wildkat is a stellar guitar that’s both versatile and stylish. With tonal options ranging from ‘Jazzy clean’ to ‘Rockabilly twang’ and beyond. The Wildkat is definitely a great choice for all players.

Pros: Fast neck, Bigsby tremolo, Great tone, Fair price.

Cons: Only 22 frets.

MSRP –  $499.00

If you have any questions or comments –  just drop me an email or comment down below and I’ll respond back. Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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  • Only 22 frets is a con? I don’t see Yngwie or Satriani shredding jazz boxes that often…

    😉

  • You have right Dan. “22 or 24” is not a big deal in this example. BTW, I sow many shredding folks with a Gibson SG.

    I’m not a big fan of Wildkats and Casinos, but this yellow box is gorgeous.

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