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Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar Pearl White 

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  • Mahogany body
  • Laminated flame maple top
  • Polyurethane finish
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A shape and sound that are a little off the beaten path.

There's nothing cooler than wielding a limited- edition axe like the Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar. Now you don't have to be a rock star to own one.

The limited-edition Wildkat Royale has the same traditional f-hole archtop design as the popular Epiphone Wildkat series, but with the look of a customized finish. It's larger in size than a Les Paul, yet smaller than a DOT 335. The mahogany body has a laminated maple top with a classy pearl white finish adorned with gold hardware, while the hard maple neck is topped with a rosewood fretboard. The Bigsby trem adds to its classy appearance and the 2 alnico P-90 single-coil pickups crank out monster tone. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Laminated flame maple top
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Hard maple neck
  • Slim Taper™ neck shape
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • 12" radius
  • Alnico P-90T bridge pickup
  • Alnico P-90R neck pickup
  • Volume/Volume/Master Volume/ Master Tone
  • 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
  • Grover tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • Licensed Bigsby tremolo
 

Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (27)
  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good feel (26)
  • Good pick up (24)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (23)
  • Practicing (23)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An exceptional guitar! A great price!

I am a professional musician and an avid guitar collector. I own several Epiphone guitars and have been very much impressed by the quality and value of the guitar line. The Wildkat Royale is...Read complete review

I am a professional musician and an avid guitar collector. I own several Epiphone guitars and have been very much impressed by the quality and value of the guitar line. The Wildkat Royale is no exception. The Pearl white finish and gold sparkle binding is absolutely stunning. The gold hardware, gold Bigsby and gold pickups add to the beauty of this well crafted guitar. The volume, tone and switching controls are identical to those of a Les Paul. The sound is enhanced by the hollow body design with incredible sustain and very rich tone. This is a great blues guitar with a retro rockabilly vibe. With it's affordable price, exquisite construction, high end hardware and exceptional tone, this is a sweet guitar and a super value. Thank you Epiphone and Musicians Friend for another winner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overall, not too shabby.

First of all, it stays in tune very well for having a bigsby. That being said, dont expect that you'll never have to tune. Just learn how to put on strings the correct...Read complete review

First of all, it stays in tune very well for having a bigsby. That being said, dont expect that you'll never have to tune. Just learn how to put on strings the correct way. This guitar feels and sounds amazing once you properly set it up.

The only bad part is the electronics. The pots are alright, but the pickup selector is awful. When it works, its very scratchy. Sometimes it wont work at all; it will often act more like a kill switch. If you can, or know someone that can make better connections, this is a great guitar.

I love the sound the sound the P90's give me. I use it in a Jazz band I play in, and also in my Punk-Rock/Metal band.

Feel free to email me any questions.

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5.0

cool guitar

By Crust

from Brockton, MA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    The Epiphione Wildkat series of electric guitars are fun, small semi hollow electric guitars..great for all styles of guitar playing...really

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    5.0

    I have the white one! WOW

    By Albin Gregory

    from RICE LAKE, WI

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Try Findin The Right Case

    Best Uses

    • Differnt Tone That U Need
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    Eye - poppin!!!! Show - stoppin!!! Looks and tone! Bigsby cant center due to poly bushings. Bearings would be great! How much do ya want to spend! Holy Smokes! My Pro friends say gig with it 2nite ! Needs Hybrid spread strings to make it work rite. but, Wow! after that! Sell the strat!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Glad I bought it when I did

    By SD Aztec

    from Rancho San Diego, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    The price of the basic and limited edition Wildkats went up in price significantly since I bought mine two years ago. You get a lot with this guitar - nice finish (I have sunrise orange) with visible wood grain, binding, and decent hardware. The design is flawed because of the Bigsby's close proximity to the bridge. Invested a lot to improve staying in tune - graphite nut, rolling bridge. Along with beefier strings (.011s) and a great tech doing a proper setup, it stays in tune much better. I also bought a hardshell case from MF, plus swapped stock PUs (dark and muddy) for GFS (much brighter). Kept the metal covers for the overall look of the guitar, and I only get feedback close to the amp. It's a true semi hollow, and not intended to sound like a Gretsch. Worth it in the end, but be prepared to invest.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I hate it, I love it.

    By DSM7

    from Denverland

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Comfortable size

    Cons

    • A Lot Of Work
    • Bad Bridge
    • Bad Pickups
    • Bad Wiring
    • Sharp Frets

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Project guitar
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

    My Wildkat is the Limited Edition Aged Tiger with gold hardware. It is ridiculously blingy, but has great stage presence. It isn't my primary guitar, but people pay attention when I pull out my Gold Tiger Wildkat. It's like when Chris Isaak comes out on stage in his mirrored suit. Bling! I bought it new as a Stupid Deal from Musicians Friend years ago without ever playing one and I've had a bipolar relationship with it for a long time. Gold Aged Tiger probably wouldn't have been my first choice, but it was a good deal and now it's a rare Kat. There are things I love, but it had some significant issues out of the box. I've since fixed everything that I hated – it took a lot of time, effort and a few Benjamins – I almost gave up and sold it several times, but I just kept working on it. I now have a dialed in, comfortable guitar and I like my sound. I have so much time and effort invested in this guitar I can never sell it.

    The Wildkat is a weird guitar and I think it is yet another example of what happens to a good design when marketing gets involved. I believe it was originally intended to be a smaller Gretsch copy, but then some Epiphone marketing exec says, "We can't sound like Gretsch!" Kinda like new coke tasting like Pepsi. So they slapped some cheap P-90s on it to evoke a vintage vibe. "2 alnico P-90 single-coil pickups crank out monster tone." Sure, if you like your tone without any treble. More like monstrous tone. P-90s on this guitar are really the wrong choice - especially the really bad stock P-90s. Even a good P-90 would not provide the sound that those who choose this style of guitar are looking for. P-90s can be great on the right guitar. Never my choice at the bridge, but the right guitar with a neck P-90 is truly a thing of beauty. This isn't the right guitar. There are far better guitar choices for a P-90. P-90s are just weird on this this mini Gretsch wannabe. I bought the Kat because I wanted a smaller Rockabilly git. The stock P-90s are totally overwound, microphonic and the guitar sounds muddy. It totally lacks any bright KARANG that rockabillys crave. Not all of that treble loss is due to the overwound P-90s. There's over 13 feet of crumby high impedance, treble robbing, wire inside this thing. The Wildkat may look like Gretsch's little brother, but he has a serious speech impediment and needs some expensive therapy before he can sing.

    What I love about this guitar is the smaller size. It has the Gretsch body shape, but in a far more comfortable dimension for me. I'm 5'9", so a full size Gretsch feels big. Electromatics aren't as comfortable as this Wildkat. Here is a Gretschy looking guitar that's just a little bigger than a Les Paul. It's slightly head heavy, but not bad.

    The binding isn't perfect, but it's only rock and roll. The frets were mostly level with no buzzes or dead spots, but the fret ends were all sharp. I spent many tv time hours setting this up and working on the frets.

    The knobs bugged me. Epiphone put black top hats with silver caps on a tiger striped all gold hardware guitar. It looked cheap so I changed them to heavy gold - proper bling knobs. Tele knobs would look ok on it too, but the Gretsch arrow only, look the best.

    The stock wiring was so bad I think they must have done it on purpose. Seriously, Google it. It's like having the worst tone trashing guitar cable ever built into the guitar. I completely rewired the guitar with RG179. Three volume knobs is too much to fiddle with so it now has two volume, one tone, and the redundant master volume is a momentary kill button. I replaced the pups with filtertrons. Now it is bright and spanky. If you don't want to replace your pups, then do yourself a favor and at least rewire the guitar and wax pot the P-90s. It will sound much better.

    "The Bigsby trem adds to its classy appearance" for sure, but good luck keeping that beast in tune. Know this… A Bigsby and a tune-o-matic bridge is a frustrating combination that will never work right. Never. Because of the smaller body, the Wildkat Bigs has a really steep angle between roller and bridge. It isn't ideal, but can work with a bridge replacement. Wound strings bind up on tune-o-matic bridges even with light shimmer and whacks the intonation. I replaced the bridge with a roller bridge several years ago, but I'm now using the Compton. I changed the nut to Tusq and added locking tuners. It works as good as a Bigs can.

    My wildcat now plays and sounds great. If it were stolen, I would be really, really upset because I would have to buy another one and start all over again. (Please steal my MIM Tele instead) At least I know what I would be getting into and now you do to. Would I recommend this to a friend? Only if they were set on having a small size, almost Gretsch and needed a project.

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    5.0

    Beautiful Guitar! Great Deal!!!

    By Tomcat11

    from Monroe, La

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Looks And Plays Great
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

      This is my second Electric ever. I have owned many Acoustic Guitars before. This was a great choice for me.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very well pleased

      By hootie

      from N.C

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

        very well pleased so far. performs better than some of the more expensive ones that I have in my collection.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        China Wonder and Not what I expected

        By Skeeter-f0mnx

        from Great Plains

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

          I've had this for about 10 months now and I'm happy with it. I just use delay and chorus and am going for a clean sound on this. A lot of times I lay the pick aside and just use fingers for a jazz sound I'm pretty pleased with. I have never tryed to make a tele or strat or LP out of it so I'm unsure if it would work for that but throw another stomp box in the circuit and it would probably work. I like it and unless you're a heavy metal fan I think you will to. Sure has drawn a lot of comments on the white/gold finish!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Well built fun guitar

          By Guan123

          from Undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Excellent Bridge Pickup
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Visually Stunning

          Cons

          • Gold Binding A Bit Much
          • Slight Tuning Issues

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

          First off, this is a really stunning guitar. The pearl white paint is excellent.

          Sound-wise, I find this to be a little different than other semi-hollow bodied guitars. When strummed acoustically, it sounds very pleasant to my ears. I've played some 335-style guitars, and I just did not like their unplugged tone (a little too nasally/midrangy).

          When plugged in, that same acoustic tone carries through into the clean channel. A very clear sound. Add a touch of reverb and a little compression, it really sounds like something.

          On the overdriven/distorted side, this is where the bridge pickup shines. I've never had a decent P-90 guitar, and this bridge pickup is downright on fire when distorted. When you blend the bridge & neck, it is a little tamer, but still excellent for rhythm, with a smooth snarl (odd I know, but that's what I hear).

          The neck pickup initially sounded extremely muddy. However, when you raise the pole pieces a little bit, the muddiness goes away, and it sounds a lot better when distorted. I definitely recommend raising the pole pieces on the neck pickup - much, much clearer tone.

          I only recently received this guitar as a gift. The first thing that I did was change the strings, and give it a good cleaning. The neck was extremely dirty, and I had to really dig in to clean it. When changing the strings on a Bigsby-equipped guitar, use a wedge of styrofoam or a sponge to hold the ball end to the Bigsby unit.

          Right now, the guitar is still not quite holding the tuning (despite A LOT of string stretching). At some point, I am going to invest in a roller bridge and/or locking tuners. It should be fine at that point.

          Overall, this is a really fun, good sounding, great looking guitar. I can see this being able to handle many different styles of music (with the exception of really hard rock/heavy metal). You can get up to a decent AC/DC rhythm sound, but I would not go much further than that. But blues, blues-rock, some country, jazz, and a little funk are all possible with this.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          that guitar is fantastic

          By mik

          from montreal qc canada

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

            nice feilling

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Royale is Royalty

            By B Kleff

            from Alexandria, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Nice Full Sound
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Church
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Royale Electric Guitar:

              I normally play strats because of the single coil sound which works well for the gospel music I play at my church. But we also have two small orchestras at my church of which I lead one and play for both. In the orchestra I lead we already had a guitarist who plays a PRS with a strat style pickup configuration and in the other orchestra we lean more towards a classical approach to the liturgical music we play. I thought that the best solution to playing with both in terms of timbre was to employ a hollow body or semi-hollow body. When I saw the Wildkat and the Wildkat Royale and their purchasing price, I thought "yea, that's perfect if it sounds good." So I did some research, liked what I heard in terms of praise and sound, and then purchased one. Well my Royal has not let me down. I have used it with both orchestras and even this past Sunday with my choir in place of my strat and she functioned flawlessly. I love this guitar and I am glad to have it in my collection.

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