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Overview

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany set neck, Slim Taper “D” Profile
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $582.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $233.00
  • Your Price:
    $34900

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A comfortable and vintage-style guitar with upgraded electronics and hardware.

The Epiphone Wildkat is an Epiphone original. This smaller-body, semi-hollow guitar has great vintage sound and is remarkably comfortable to play! Now the Wildkat is new again. The stunning Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar has been outfitted with a black pearl finish, silver sparkle binding, and nickel hardware to make a guitar totally unlike anything Epiphone has offered before.

Not Like Other Archtops
Epiphone is a leader in archtop design and has been since the 1930's . An early pioneer in archtops even before they were electrified, Epiphone was never afraid to do something out of the ordinary. With no notable changes in archtop design by anybody in decades, Epiphone took the archtop and practically married it to a solid body guitar. And with a sharp new look, the Wildkat Royale now takes its place among all-time great designs.

Epiphone Innovation
The Wildkat Royale’s innovative design starts with a solid piece of warm, sustain-rich mahogany that is computer-routed to create an acoustic guitar-like body except with a “center block” area like an ES-335. The body is then covered with a beautiful black pearl finish with silver sparkle binding and nickel hardware to create a semi-hollowbody masterpiece. The Wildkat Royale’s mahogany body is matched with a hand-fitted, glued-in solid mahogany neck for maximum tone and sustain. It features a rosewood fingerboard and an authentic gold B70 licensed Bigsby® vibrato for even more sonic versatility. The vintage voice of this ‘Kat comes from a pair of Epiphone "dog ear" P- 90 Classic pickups specifically designed by Epiphone.

Other appointments include 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.

Epiphone Hardware
The Wildkat Royale also features premium 16:1 Grover® machine heads for superior tuning stability. All of this great design comes together with fabulous vintage semi-hollow tone and great sustain plus, being slightly larger than a Les Paul and smaller than an ES-335 size, it's lightweight and really comfortable to play!

Features

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany set neck, Slim Taper “D” Profile
  • 24.75” scale
  • 1.68” nut width
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
  • 12” fingerboard radius
  • P-90R Dog Ear Classics neck pickup
  • P-90T Dog Ear Classics bridge pickup
  • 1 Master Volume, 2 Pickup Volume, 1-Tone Controls
  • Vintage-style Epiphone badge headstock
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Locktone™ Tune-o-matic/StopBar bridge
  • Bigsby™ B70 vibrato tailpiece
  • Nickel hardware
  • Silver sparkle binding

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This "Black Kat" is cool

      By Kurbenguitar

      from La Mirada, CA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

          The Royale finishes cannot be fully appreciated from a photo. The black pearlized finish with the subtle grey moto body binding is so classy (even the f-holes are bound) The semi hollow body with P-90s and a Bigsby....just wow! Sound is jazzy cool too!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This thing rocks

          By WDS

          from WI

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

            Bought this one used from MF and I must say not a bad gig. With the right effects and amp(s) the tone is great. I'll play it as is with no mods. Has a very nice hollow body sound to it. All out rock in roll seems the best fit for this guitar. One note, the single coil pickups will hum when you get close to other electronic equipment. Other than that, rock on.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Epiphone Wildcat

            By fretmaster61

            from Sacramento

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

              Nice guitar, although made in China. Has good tone, stays in tune & don't need an amp to play

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              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              4.5 Stars - Great for Neck Pickup Tones

              By Shepherd Stringer

              from WNC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Neck Pickup
              • Nice size
              • Woody Tone

              Cons

              • Bridge Pickup Character
              • Neck Binding Too Sparkly

              Best Uses

              • 50s
              • Blues
              • General
              • Jazz
              • Rock And Roll

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

              My first-day impressions:

              Nice neck pickups sounds are alone worth the price. Both pickups on is a little more clear, if less sustained and is more plucky sounding. Bridge pickup is undistinguished to me - not trebly, chimey, thin, or sustainy enough for its position, and lacks output compared to the neck pu. But that's what other guitars are for.

              This particular Wildkat is dominated by its neck pickup, which is a great 'I-can-live-there' sound for me, and which is fine at this price. The Bigsby lacks bend range, but that's the nature of the Bigs; better to have it there if neccessary than not.

              Warning: the blinding sparkly binding on the neck can be an eyesore with overhead lights, and can lead to a toothache! Too bright. I wish I could roll down the intensity on the neck binding, heh heh.

              Summary: The Wildkat Black Royale is kind of like my wife: there are things I just love about it absolutely... yet there are a few nagging things I want to strangle it for. Nonetheless, none of the nagging bits are a dealbreaker, so it's a keeper.

              PS: Was any one person ever credited for designing the Wildkat?

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              (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Black Kat is a Beauty

              By wheeliebar

              from Canada

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Poor Detailing

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

              Just got the Black Kat yesterday.
              Playing through a Fender Excelsior at moderate volume. The guitar is much quieter than I had anticipated. A lot of the original Wildkat owners complained of squealing and feedback but I got absolutely none of that. Ran it through an MXR Modified OD pedal and a Big Muf and it still remained quiet.
              There's a good range of tones, even with the single tone knob controlling both pickups. My Dot gets sweeter clean sounds but this Wildkat rocks with the OD pedal. More sustain and a grittier, more in-yer-face sound.
              BTW, this guitar is gorgeous in black with silver binding. They call it a black pearl but it's more of a fine metallic, I think.
              The Bigsby is a licensed B70. I've already ordered a new roller bridge to help keep the guitar in tune.
              My only complaint is about the detailing on the headstock. The vintage "Epiphone" metal badge was screwed in a full 1/8th of an inch closer to the right side.
              The truss rod cover was installed a full 1/8th to the left. In other words, they're offset from each other by a 1/4 inch.
              It's VERY obvious and I was quite upset about it. Musicians Friend has offered to exchange it but UPS has been a pain in the butt when it comes to international shipping.
              I would recommend your guitar be inspected by the MF people before it leaves. In this case, an inspection by Epiphone missed an obvious fault.
              I was tempted to give it a 3 but then I remembered what I paid for it. This guitar is fun and inexpensive (the B70 Bigsby alone goes for $129) but mostly it's pretty and it feels good in my hands. Despite my funky headstock aesthetics, I'm totally infactuated with this thing.

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