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Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Electric Guitar   

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Original Wilshire guitars command high prices in today's collectors markets. Epiphone has worked to bring it back in an affordable package without sa...Click To Read More About This Product

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Rockin' return of a rare Epi axe.

Original Wilshire guitars command high prices in today's collectors markets. Epiphone has worked to bring it back in an affordable package without sacrificing quality. This limited edition Epiphone Wilshire is perfect for anyone who wants to stand out or already has an SG and LP. Mahogany set neck construction, alnico humbucking pickups and classic white finish are just a few of the outstanding specs. The Epiphone Wilshire guitar also features a rosewood fretboard, chrome hardware, and a cool, batwing-shaped headstock.

  • Body type: Solid
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck shape: "D" Shape
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Nut width: 1-12/16"
  • Fretboard radius: 12"
  • Bridge: Chrome ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Bridge pickup: Alnico humbucker
  • Neck pickup: Alnico humbucker
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Tuners: Die-cast
  • Hardware color: Chrome

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Get One While You Can!

This is truly a nice axe pulled it out of the box tuned it up and played for about two hours. The guitar is very light and the neck is very smooth it has...Read complete review

This is truly a nice axe pulled it out of the box tuned it up and played for about two hours. The guitar is very light and the neck is very smooth it has a great action. I play a Stratocaster mostly so it will take a little getting used to the sound of this guitar, I am blues player and this guitar has great sustain, the neck lends it self to fast playing. I like the ability to set the volume and tone separately for the pickups. I more then likely will change the electronics and get it set up by my guitar tech. I do wish there was more of a choice in colors to chouse from I would love to have this in transparent Blue. I will also change the hardware to gold hardware. It will look great with this white guitar. I like the set in neck it is great guitar for the money. If you are looking for second axe you will not go wrong with this one, this would also be a great first guitar for new players. It would be easy to learn on and will not discourage beginners form practices, which is the biggest thing that holds people back form learning to play. I would not hastate to take this guitar with to any gig, it will do what I need it to do, and do it just as good as guitars that cost much, much more. It is as good as any S G out there including ones made me Gibson. So you will not go wrong buying this guitar the only draw back is that it is going to take time to get it once you buy it they are backorder for at least another month. I am glad I bought this guitar and I got this guitar for a price that is like buying a used guitar Epiphone did a top Koch job with this guitar.


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I had some extra cash to buy a new guitar. I really liked what people were saying about the Wilshire's playability, and thought the look of it was too great to pass up. ...Read complete review

I had some extra cash to buy a new guitar. I really liked what people were saying about the Wilshire's playability, and thought the look of it was too great to pass up. I really enjoy playing it, the G string sounded a bit funny, but I fixed that with not too much effort. My major concern is the output jack. It's failed on me twice in less than 4 months of owning it! And the kicker is that it's sounding like it's going to fail again. I'm not sure if I got a lemon, but I'm really glad that I got the Gold Coverage, because if it does end up failing a third time, I'll get my money back, and just buy a different guitar.Overall, it's worth a shot if you just want to have a new guitar. Not sure if you'll have the same trouble I had.Bummer days dudes.

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By The GIGman

from SOCAL

Epiphone must really be getting positive buzz from owners' of these way cool guitars. Either that or they have tons of Wilshire bodies they need to dress up and move out the door! I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!!This is the original version of the current Wilshires being offered ( and the second one I bought!) With the Wilshire "Pro" and the mini humbucker faded versions updating the line-up you have lots of vintage vibe and tone to choose from for a very reasonable price! I bought my first LTD ED Wilshire about 5 years ago and loved it from day one. I just bought my second one recently ... for a spare in case these babies go extinct on me. This is one classy looking great sounding guitar and it has never let me down. Out of the box my Wilshire Ltd Ed needed some tweaking to the bridge and truss rod for a nice low buzz free action. Once set the Wilshire was smooth as butter and ready to go.With the bright white finish , block fret markers and exceptionaly way cool vintage "bat wing" headstock you get an classic looking ax that looks much more expensive than its' modest price suggests. The hardware is typical Epiphone and gave me zero problems. The tuners held up without a slip and the electronics gave me zero crackle , buzz or noise. I reccomend adding an Epiphone SG hardshell case as this case closest to the Wilshires' profile and gives a pretty good fit. Any of these Wilshires will satisfy your "vintage vibe" sweet tooth...you just cannot lose!


good little axe

By Gitfiddler-cBx1U

from America

Surprisingly good little axe! Set up well from factory, with good fairly low action, which was a good surprise. Neck is pretty much a "slim taper" style - not quite as thick as my Les Paul, but perhaps not quite as slim tapered as my Les Paul DC. Somewhere in between, which feels good so far. Not the "worlds greatest" guitar, but it is sure amazing that this is what Epiphone can do with the price. Paint job isn't as slick as a pricier guitar, but I do not care. Playability and Slightly "neck heavy" as some reviews state, but it's no big deal. Certainly happy with the guitar!


Great Axe for the Money!

By Jeffro

from Cleveland, OH

Just picked up this guitar at the clearance price. I'd been watching it for a while and when the price dropped I couldn't pass it up. It arrived a few days later and I wasn't disappointed. Guitar was in perfect shape, frets were level with no buzz (thank god), playability is excellent, hardware is great. I have had problems in the past with the nuts pinching the strings causing them to go sharp or flat when playing, and this guitar is perfect. The quality control team did a great job. All I had to do was lower the action and I was good to go. I had actually already been eying replacement pups for this axe before it even arrived as I was worried they wouldn't be hot enough for me, but so far I am pleased. May just leave them stock. Anyone considering this guitar should do themselves a favor and pick it up at this price. It's a fantastic deal. BTW, I play rock and hair metal and through my digitech rp155, this guitar sounds fantastic!


Great sounding guitar

By fhinton-C3fjQ

from Oxford, AL

For years, I've played a Fender Strat. This guitar was so easy to transition too. It is as light as my Strat but has the humbucker sound of an SG or Les Paul. It also has excellent playability. I would definitely recommend this guitar to pros and beginners alike.

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A Whole Lot of Guitar For a Whole Lot Less Cash

By Joshua Blair

from Salem, OH

I am not sure what is with all the bad reviews. The jack seems fine, it's actually a rather tight jack. It stays in tune great, almost every morning when I go to play it, it's still perfectly in tune. My serial number was not a sticker, and the finish on mine is almost flawless, with a few hardly noticeable nicks in the pickgaurd. Other than that, for the price, it's unbeatable. This is perfect for broke Gibson lovers like myself. I never wanted to get an Epiphone Les Paul or SG, just because it screams "I'm too poor to have a Gibson." This, however has it's own unique look, yet feels and sounds a lot like a Gibson. It also does have that unmistakable Gibson look, but it also has it's own cool look, and isn't a copy of that Les Paul or SG you can't afford. It makes you proud to say "I play an Epiphone!" The pickups do sound surprisingly good, but I probably will switch out the bridge with a JB, but I'd do that with a Gibson as well.Bottom line- No, it's not a Gibson. But for this price, it's the next best thing, and it has enough unique features so you won't feel ashamed to play an Epiphone.


More for less

By SG4life-r2FTd

from Texas

I saw this guitar last year, and I couldn't wait to own one, myself. I've had it for about half a year now and it's one of the best guitars I've bought. Aside from the loose input jack, and the infamous "top-heavy" syndrome, I have no complaints. My tone is mostly treble-y, and this guitar is perfect for that. It can even handle tunings down to drop G, and still sounds great. I use this one live more often because it's the most reliable guitar I own. You're getting a whole lot more guitar for less money with this one.


Very Good Even With The Flaws


from South, New Jersey

Cons: It had some bad Flaws but I WON'T give it up ! I have used it about 2 months and when I received it the input jack wasn't making all the time and was loose . A real annoying thing . I changed it and the other problem is the 3 position toggle switch . It doesn't work in the middle position . I play Warm , Mellow music so I am usually on the neck pick-up . PROS - I love the look and finish AND the SOUND is so sweet , I call her sweetness . It's a really good sounding body especially with electric flat wound chrome strings . I fixed the flaws myself and play it 2 hours a day at least . I love it , flaws and all . You can't beat the price I just hope your inspector is better than mine .


Very Happy with Wilshire

By PBall1

from Edneyville, NC

I purchased a used Epiphone Wilshire from this site before they even had a photo posted. It was described as having only one or two cosmetic defects. The Guitar is stunning. Thank you to this site and Epiphone. I have to say it may not be a Les Paul or Stratocaster, but I am very pleased with this guitar. I believe it is great for oldies Rock, Country, Blues, or easy listening. The pickups sound great through my Polytone amp, but may not be the best choice for Metal. The Frets and fingerboard are very nice and appealing to touch. It responds well to flatpick or fingerstyle. I play primarily Gospel and this is a great value for the money. It's small size makes it very comfy and the tweed case I purchased from here fit perfectly! Grab a Wilshire while you still can! I will definitely buy from this site again.



By DontBePoor

from Pennsylvania

I love this thing. It's as light as a sg and as cool as a les paul! You wont find a guitar you like more for the buck your going to pay hear. This is one of the best looking original axe's out there. As for the quality, its great for the buck but i'll tell you the flaws I didnt like. The serial # on the back of the head stock is a sticker.. kinda cheap eh? At the point the neck and the body meet you can see the diffrence in paint they used to touch up the interlock of the one peice neck-body. But thats only noticeable if you look closely. Paint looks good on the rest of the body but dont expect it to look like a 2000$ gibson. I dont care, its going to get belt scratches anyway. I recomend you change the strings befor you play it for the first time.. it might turn you off to liking it since it sounded horrible and a few strings would not ever stay in tune. But with some new ernie balls sounds amazing.. and I havent broke a sting since I got it 3 months a go with over 100hours of play. They only real flaw I found is that I cant get my cappo to work with out any buzz. All in all if you are thinking of getin this guitar get it youll like it. But honestly I hope epi stops making them I wanna be the only one thats got it!!Oh the black head stocks kinda ugly too


can't beat

By Knucklechild

from New York

I've had this guitar for about a week now. when it first came in, I couldn't believe how light it was and the feel was unreal. plugging it in both of the pickups greatly exceeded my expectations; it sounds very good with any playing style, clean or distorted. surprising amount of sustain as well. my cousin and I both like the sound and feel more than his ibanez that cost over twice as much. breakdown: feel that makes you want to keep playing it, retro style, great sound and versatility. at this price? absolutely peerless!

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