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OVERVIEW

A no-frills version of the new generation archtop.

When the Epiphone Wildkat premiered in the early '90s, it introduced a new generation to historic Epiphone archtop style, which the House of Stathopoulo has been perfecting for nearly a century. Now the Ltd. Ed. Wildkat Studio nouveau classic is back with new colors and a streamlined look.

The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Wildkat Studio features the timeless Wildkat profile made from mahogany with a flame maple top and classic Epiphone styled f-holes. The glued-in hard maple neck is hand-set and has a fast and comfortable 1960s SlimTaper D-profile with a 24.75 scale and a 12 radius.

The neck has a beautiful rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets. The truss rod cover (2-layer black and white) is matched to a classic '60s era œE logo for Epiphone. The Sloped Dovewing headstock, also an iconic style from the early '60s, has a vintage Epiphone metal badge. The body has simple but elegant single-layer Ivory colored binding as does the top, fingerboard and f-holes.

The Ltd. Ed. Wildkat Studio is powered by Epiphone designed Dogear Classic P-90 pickups, a favorite of Epi fans for decades. P-90 pickups are the world's best single coil pickups made from Alnico magnets with precise articulation for leads and rock n' roll growl for power chords and rhythm. Each pickup is activated via an Epiphone 3-way toggle switch for rhythm, lead, and a standard middle position for both pickups. Controls include a handy Master Volume, Master Tone, and individual volume controls for each pickup with Black Top Hat knobs with metal inserts.

Epiphone hardware is just as famous as its electronics and the Ltd. Ed. Wildkat Studio comes with a time-tested Epiphone LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and Epiphone Stopbar tailpiece combined with Epiphone Premium Die-Cast machine heads. Epiphone Die-Cast machine heads feature a pro-level 14:1 tuning ratio for precise intonation and rock solid tuning. Each Ltd. Ed. Wildkat Studio is set up at the Epiphone factory with the world's finest strings from D'Addario in a 10-46 (light) gauge.

Case sold separately.


FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple Flame
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90R Dogear Classics
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90T Dogear Classics
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master volume, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Limited edition
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

Enjoy a great archtop at a great price. Order today.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Wildkat is one smooth kat !!!

I had debated about buying a hollow body electric guitar for some time. I finally decided on this Epiphone Wildkat. It was well set up right out of the box. It feels very...Read complete review

I had debated about buying a hollow body electric guitar for some time. I finally decided on this Epiphone Wildkat. It was well set up right out of the box. It feels very solid and is lighter than my solid body electric. I decided not get the bigsby tremolo as I saved some money and can always purchase one later. I really love this guitar. The finish is so beautiful as I got the wine red. It did come with a slight blemish near the tone control. The staff at Musician's friend has been very helpful and gave me a credit for the blemish. I really like the wide fret board. And now its on sale for a very reasonable price. You won't be disappointed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cool guitar! Terrible customer service!

This is a fun, lighthearted, kick-butt guitar - potentially! If you grew up on Gibsons in the 50's and 60's you will feel at home on this somewhat fat neck. Don't...Read complete review

This is a fun, lighthearted, kick-butt guitar - potentially! If you grew up on Gibsons in the 50's and 60's you will feel at home on this somewhat fat neck. Don't understand the bad rap on the pickups - I've owned an original 67 Epi Casino, original 59 LP Special and a 78 LP Pro that I bought new, and these sound right! Great blues/jazz voice, plenty of cut for classic rock and ample twang for country. Nice roll off and taper on the controls and master volume is great feature! Very comfortable, well balanced versatile guitar that's fun to gig with. BUT, the quality control just, well, SUCKS! The nut on this one was apparently set up for slide, the frets were all steak-knife-sharp on the ends and frets were so uneven that you got the same note on three consecutive frets! One expects to do some tweaking and set up, but not finish the factory's work for them! Especially with all the hype about Epiphone quality control and USA set up, etc. - hogwash! Dirt and debris in the clear coat in the f-hole binding, ample coarse sanding scratches on the body sides and neck heel - never seen any of that on a Fender Squire for the same money!

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Wildkat is one smooth kat !!!

By Badluck

from Port St. Lucie,FL

About Me Novice

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

    I had debated about buying a hollow body electric guitar for some time. I finally decided on this Epiphone Wildkat. It was well set up right out of the box. It feels very solid and is lighter than my solid body electric. I decided not get the bigsby tremolo as I saved some money and can always purchase one later. I really love this guitar. The finish is so beautiful as I got the wine red. It did come with a slight blemish near the tone control. The staff at Musician's friend has been very helpful and gave me a credit for the blemish. I really like the wide fret board. And now its on sale for a very reasonable price. You won't be disappointed.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional Value and Quality

    By OttoMatick

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

      This is an exceptional value. Especially on sale. Do not keep away from this. Everything about this guitar rocks. I have the Gold top and it is as nice as my Gibson Gold Top LP Traditional. Likely the best bang for buck guitar I own.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing quality for the price!

      By Bruce

      from East Tennessee

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

        I really wanted this guitar to be good and I wasn't disappointed. I saw one of my favorite blues musicians playing the blue Wildkat with tremolo and it sounded great and looked so cool (I got the wine red color without the tremelo). I've got a couple American Fenders and a Gibson Les Paul but have never had a hollow body electric with P-90 pickups. So, at the recent sale price from Musician's Friend, I figured I couldn't lose trying this Epiphone. I was shocked at the craftsmanship and finish when I opened the box. I did tweak the intonation a little but overall the setup was very good. I also changed the strings, since I had no idea how long since the guitar had been strung and I wanted to give this guitar every chance for a great first impression. I plugged it in to a Fender Blues Jr. and was very pleased with the range of tones from clean to snarly with the treble pickup. Having a Les Paul, I was particularly happy with the Wildkat master volume knob to keep everything balanced when changing the volume of the rhythm and treble pickups. I was a little worried that being a hollow body it might cause feedback at the amp but that was not a problem, even when playing close to the amp at high volume. The size and weight are perfect. If you are a performing musician, you will really appreciate the light weight of this guitar. I really like the styling of this guitar, especially the classic headstock and Epiphone badge. I just never liked the common Epiphone headstock shape that seemed to wide and extended at the tip. I will have a lot of fun with this guitar. If you want a great hollow body guitar with P-90 pickups, you won't be disappointed with the Wildkat.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice piece!

        By Diamond Dave

        from CT

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

          I chose the Studio model over the Bigsby equipped model, simply due to simplicity itself. String changing and tuning concerns made me shy from the Bigsby model. That being said, my Wildkat Studio feels great. The P90 pickups are warm and full. It was set up well from the factory, and is a joy to play. At this price point, I can not think of a better guitar for me.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OK I love it!

          By Rick

          from L'il Rhody

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Absolutely Gorgeous
          • 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 Studio Electric Guitar:

            This red Wildcat is beautiful! The price (on sale) is not reflective of the quality of this guitar. Not even close! It looks like a million and plays and sounds just as good. The neck P-90 is mellow and muted maybe a bit dark, the bridge is pure P-90 growl and sparkle. Zero fret buzz even with the action lowered.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Cool guitar! Terrible customer service!

            By Ready Teddy

            from Billings Montana

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

            This is a fun, lighthearted, kick-butt guitar - potentially! If you grew up on Gibsons in the 50's and 60's you will feel at home on this somewhat fat neck. Don't understand the bad rap on the pickups - I've owned an original 67 Epi Casino, original 59 LP Special and a 78 LP Pro that I bought new, and these sound right! Great blues/jazz voice, plenty of cut for classic rock and ample twang for country. Nice roll off and taper on the controls and master volume is great feature! Very comfortable, well balanced versatile guitar that's fun to gig with. BUT, the quality control just, well, SUCKS! The nut on this one was apparently set up for slide, the frets were all steak-knife-sharp on the ends and frets were so uneven that you got the same note on three consecutive frets! One expects to do some tweaking and set up, but not finish the factory's work for them! Especially with all the hype about Epiphone quality control and USA set up, etc. - hogwash! Dirt and debris in the clear coat in the f-hole binding, ample coarse sanding scratches on the body sides and neck heel - never seen any of that on a Fender Squire for the same money!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My Eppiphone and Musicans Friend----What A Team ! * * * * *

            By G-man

            from Medford, Oregon

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

              I use this guitar to rock your socks off ! I get the tone and feel of it THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE !! Very happy and ready to order all my music from M.F. . This is another great score that I'm proud of, AND I appreciate the quality!!! Thank You ! Musicans Friend for being there, and careing enough to not sell me junk. ( :

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really impressed!!

              By Nate

              from Florida

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

                  Amazing guitar. Great looking and very fun to play. I'm blown away by the tones and playability. I like it a lot more than my new Gibson Les Paul 2016 Studio T, and it costs 63% less. At this price, I'll probably buy a 2nd one!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Not bad

                  By RB

                  from Stansbury Park, Utah

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

                  Not bad for an inexpensive guitar. I've had many guitars over the past 40+ years, so I'm not a beginner. I have always wanted a hollow/semi-hollow guitar, you know, for the clean stuff. And this is ok for the price. You can't plug into a lot of gain, but that's not what it's for. The gold top has a nice finish, and the sound is good. The neck feels a little cheap, but hey, it's a cheap guitar. I was torn between this, and the Gretch that was the same price, but it wasn't in stock, so I got this one. Glad I did. If you're looking for a real nice hollow body, save your money: as the old adage goes: you get what you pay for. But if you just need something for noodling, and to fill that gap in you collection, this is a very good alternative to the more expensive models.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I am very glad I bought this baby.

                  By Stormy

                  from earth

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                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wildkat Studio Electric Guitar:

                  It is more like a semi hollow P90 Les Paul than anything else. Excellent value.

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