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Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar Black Pearl 

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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
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
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    5.0

    Awesome guitar for the mney

    By wilfredo rodriguez the guitarman

    from philly pa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Action And Sound Rea
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • The Guitar Is Comfortabl

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

    The guitar has an awesome sound feeis good and also well built will last a life time with tender loving care I would definitely recommed to friends and family

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    5.0

    EXCELLENT QUALITY ! GREAT deal

    By LAMF

    from NYC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

      I wanted a small ES-175 style body to install a set of 1952 P-13s for upcoming CD.
      The body construction was GREAT n I wanted a Bigsby so all was well.
      I took out the stock wiring harness pick ups n switched for a New Old Stock set of
      P-13s and made a custom wiring harness, added a roller bridge for smoother Bigbsby action, and a new BONE NUT .
      I MUST admit the STOCK pups n electronics sounded fine, I am looking for a true Vintage sound and is why I changed the electronics., nut.
      This. Is s solid built guitar and most would NOT have done what I did but I am used to playing Vintage gear n need it for my tone.
      I am very pleased with the results , BTW. The BLACK PEARL w/silver binding looks great...oh yeah of course I also added strap locks.
      GREAT AX !!!!!!!

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      5.0

      Amazing and SA~WEET!

      By Harleycolt

      from Clearwater Florida

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Price Was Very Fair
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Had To Wait A Few Months

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

      The first guitar I had to wait for 3 months for but a nice price and willing to wait. I was thinking it would be sub-par...... but when the e-mail said it shipped, I couldn't wait. I saw one in white at local shop and it looked great. The day it hit my house I opened the box (of course) and was amazed at the quality and finish. I wanted to plug her in and see how she sounded out-of-the-box. I didn't tune her.... just plugged her in and started playing. I LOVED THE TONE and depth and the coolest part.... out-of-the-box they had EVERY nob turned to 10!! After playing a bit I threw a snark on it and it was not tuned after the shipping .... but still had sounded so good, so I was hooked. Even out of tune it was amazing. I have sense ordered the Gibson strings it is sent with and it is my favorite along with my Washburn. I also loved the little book on the history of Epiphone. I never liked the name.... sounded cheap and odd...... but didn't know they were from a Greek background and now part of Gibson. I am sold. I also waited a few weeks to make sure I was still in love with this axe. I am. Pure 5 star and worth the wait.

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      5.0

      Monster

      By vwyoung

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Rock
      • Rock Monster

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

      Hooked it up and the sound is overwhelming. Hard driving sound. Feel like Neil Young immediately. Excellent design with no rough edges. If you want to rock, this is a monster with a roar to contend with any guitar.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's about time..

      By mattwashere

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Smaller Body

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Black Royale Electric Guitar:

        This is an amazing guitar.

        Let me begin by saying: I waited a hot minute for this guitar (ordered in January '14, arrived June '14) and it has been well worth the wait! The action is perfect, the tone is beautiful, and the Black Royale finish is a sight to behold (although there are some slight blemishes in the sparkle binding, they don't affect the overall beauty.) The Bigsby isn't something I'll use often as it does knock the guitar out of tune with the slightest touch, but it looks great and it's definitely one of those "better to have it and need it..." type of things, and a bridge or tuner upgrade will help with keeping it in tune. Overall, I am immensely impressed with this Wildkat. Definitely my main guitar for the time being.

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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

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        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

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            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

              About Me Experienced

              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

                About Me Experienced

                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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