SMG Review: Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar

Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar

Epiphone aka The Epiphone Company, is a manufacturer of musical gear and began way back in the late 1800’s. Aside from making guitars, they also produced bass guitars, banjo’s and other stringed instruments. Gibson acquired Epiphone in 1957.

OFF THE RACK

The first thing I noticed on the Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar was its beefy neck. You will have to judge this for yourself as it is listed as having a thin taper neck. The neck is not uncomfortable but it is seems a bit thicker than typical Epiphone or Gibson necks. That being said, the neck emulates the look and style of the vintage and classic guitar.

The Limited Edition Wilshire has a thin cut body that is light and comfortable to play. The body of the guitar is constructed with a double cutaway mahogany wood which gives it decent sustain.  True to traditional form, the neck is also made of mahogany and is set in the body for added tone and sustain. It is not a fast neck by any means but has a great classic rock feel, prefect for bending and finger style players.

The 22 frets are all easily accessible thanks to the double cutaway design. This set up has excellent resonance and can be heard easily when unplugged. The Bridge is a Locktone Tune-O-Matic Stopbar Tailpiece that keeps this classic guitar in tune all night long.

The neck pickup is Epiphone’s Alnico Classic. Which sounds much like old school Led Zeppelin, a dirty crunch with just the right amount of clarity. An Alnico Classic Plus is in the bridge, and is over wound for a slightly higher output giving it a great vintage tone. Each volume control on the Limited Edition Wilshire 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 SPECS

Body type: Solid
Body wood: Mahogany
Scale length: 24-3/4″
Neck Joint: Set
Neck wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck shape: Slim Taper “D” shape
Frets: 22 medium jumbo
Bridge: Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic
Bridge pickup: Alnico Classic Plus 4 humbucker
Neck pickup: Alnico Classic 4 humbucker
Coil-splittable pickups
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup selector switch

THE LOW DOWN

If you are looking for a great guitar oozing with vibe and classic crunchiness, this axe would be a great addition to your collection. It sounds like a Jimmy Page Les Paul, I kid you not. I was shocked when I plugged it in. I would recommend not overdoing it on the overdrive with this baby too much. Let the natural tone drive the sound, you will not be disappointed. Over all, it’s a great affordable unique looking guitar. It sounds great and won’t break the bank. With its coil tapping capabilities on both pickups, you will be able to hit that rock and roll tone or get some really nice twang and rockabilly tones with just a pull of the switch. The Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar is a keeper, and for under $400 bucks you can’t go wrong. Try one out for yourself and see if this is the right axe for you.

Pros: light weight, stays in tune beautifully, amazing tone, coil taps, mahogany neck and body, very affordable.

Cons:N/A

Street Price $300 – $369.99

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

 

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  • Jon Fine

    Seems like a pretty versatile guitar. This guy’s not the best player around–I get the impression that he hasn’t been playing very long–but he manages to cover a wide range of tones, even if his execution leaves something to be desired. I’ll give him an A for effort and a C- for playing ability. Still, the review served its purpose–it’s made me want to try one of those guitars.

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