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Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar  

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    A rare Epi design reborn with dazzling finishes and pro features.

    Original Wilshire guitars are commanding high prices in today's collectors markets. Epiphone worked hard to bring it back in an affordable guitar that doesn't sacrifice quality, and now this limited edition electric guitar has been further updated with even more pro-features.

    The Epiphone Wilshire Pro electric guitar has a double-cutaway mahogany body and set mahogany neck, which joins the body at the 22nd fret, giving you the ultimate in upper-fret access. The Wilshire Pro is lightweight and comfortable, with excellent resonance and natural acoustic tone—even unplugged! Featuring Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar combination, the transfer of string vibration is improved even more, giving this it excellent sustain and clarity.

    The neck pickup is Epiphone's Alnico Classic. It provides warm and subtle tone with a full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch. An Alnico Classic Plus is in the bridge, and is over wound for a slightly higher output—without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Both feature Alnico II magnets, enamel wire, and are double vacuum waxed. Each volume control on the Epiphone guitar is a push/pull potentiometer that allows you to coil-split each pickup separately for a more twangy single-coil sound, as well as many other tonal combinations.

    The Epiphone Wilshire Pro electric guitar features their own "batwing" headstock. A classic design that improves tuning ease and accuracy by offering a straight string-pull design, the headstock is adorned like the original with the vintage Epiphone logo in gold. Other features include a 1960's SlimTaper neck profile with Rosewood fingerboard, premium 14:1 die-cast tuners, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Body type: Solid
    • Body wood: Mahogany
    • Scale length: 24-3/4"
    • Neck Joint: Set
    • Neck wood: Mahogany
    • Fretboard: Rosewood
    • Neck shape: Slim-tapered "D" shape
    • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
    • Nut width: 1-11/16"
    • Fretboard radius: 12"
    • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
    • Bridge pickup: Alnico Classic Plus 4 humbucker
    • Neck pickup: Alnico Classic 4 humbucker
    • Coil-splittable pickups
    • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup selector switch
    • Tuners: Premium Die-cast
    • Hardware color: Chrome

    Kick out the jams with your new Epiphone Wilshire guitar...Own it today!

     
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    EpiphoneLimited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar
     
    4.4

    (based on 54 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good pick up (6)
    • Fun to play (5)
    • Good tone (5)
    • Good feel (4)
    • Solid electronics (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (7)
      • Jamming (6)
      • Recording (4)
      • Small venues (4)
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        • Experienced (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Get to know it, and it's worth the money

      Definitely a great value guitar with a pretty unique sound. A little tinkering may be in order (pickups, action adjustments, tone settings), but get to know this guitar, and it all...Read complete review

      Definitely a great value guitar with a pretty unique sound. A little tinkering may be in order (pickups, action adjustments, tone settings), but get to know this guitar, and it all just feels very right. Look up some videos of it on YouTube, hear what it sounds like, and decide from there. If you like the tone, like I do, all the rest won't leave you disappointed.
      This is the first electric I've ever bought, and I've had it for about a year. Played acoustic for a few years prior, but thought it would be nice to play some louder, and faster music every so often.

      Sound-wise, it definitely has its own personality, ranging somewhere between an SG and telecaster depending on your pick-ups and amp settings. It does seem to have an easier time playing the janglier, twangier songs, I'd say. Lots of bright, high tone without much adjusting. That's not to say you can't play black metal on it; it's just a slightly harder effect to achieve.

      I think the oddest feature of this guitar is just how resonant it is when not plugged in. You really can sit down with it like it was an acoustic guitar and hear all your chords and notes perfectly. Of course, it isn't loud enough to record any music like that, but if you want to just pick up your guitar and practice, it's a nice feature to have. I use it in my apartment when I just need to walk through a few chord changes while I'm singing a melody. Works far better than headphones in an amp, in my opinion. Less needlessly noisy, yet just as easy to hear.
      Quality-wise, for it's price, I can't complain. A few people have mentioned the high-action issue, but it's never really bothered me. Overall, the guitar is thin and light, with a narrow yet comfortable freboard, and that's really what makes it a guitar worth playing, in my opinion.

      The pick-ups aren't anything to die for, it's true, but they're not so terrible that you absolutely must replace them, like some would have you believe. Adjust the pickups as you like and screw around for a while (I use neck pickup, mid-gain, and a sparing amount of reverb), and it should sound alright. Of course, if you want the tone of angels, I could see being a bit underwhelmed.

      Coil-splitting is excellent, and the push-pull knobs are so intuitive, it feels wrong for guitars not to have them now. With both humbuckers on, there's a very significant lowering of the volume, so that's something to consider. With just one, it shouldn't be a problem, though. Just realize that wherever your volume or gain settings are, you'll be increasing them at least 20% with both humbuckers.

      Looks-wise, it's defintiely a great little guitar. Nothing on it feels cheap or loose, the block inlays on mine are perfectly aligned, and the tuning pegs are neither too flimsy or rigid (one of my pet peeves for guitars.) On a personal note, I love the batwing headstock. It adds a nice, original little flourish to the rest of the instrument.
      For the price, I really couldn't complain. I bought this and a 20-watt Orange amp for practicing for a little under more than this last December, and I consistently find it a fun guitar to play.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Disapointing Purchase

      It seems as though Epiphone guitars are really a hit and miss proposition. Some of their guitars are pretty decent instruments, while others should have never made it to the loading dock.
      The...Read complete review

      It seems as though Epiphone guitars are really a hit and miss proposition. Some of their guitars are pretty decent instruments, while others should have never made it to the loading dock.
      The Wilshire-Pro has the feature most guitar players would appreciate however, the overall poor quality of the guitar I received surpassed the positive features of the guitar.
      Guitar appeared well made however, upon closer examination it became really apparent that the guitar had slipped through the factory build quality control phase without any real oversight. Example, the neck was really bowed, action was sky high, hardware appeared to have been installed without reguard to it's actual condition - worn. I purchased what I thought was a new guitar, not a pre-owned instrument.
      Value is not determined the savings alone the total purchase experience must also include the overall quality of the product as well. In this particular purchase Epiphone did not deliver on their promise of producing an affordable instrument of unmatched quality at it's price point. In reality in was quite the opposite. Which really brings home the old saying "you get what you pay for".

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      5.0

      Great guitar

      By LeisureHippo

      from IOWA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

        This guitar was the second electric guitar I have own, and since I bought it 3 years ago I have added a couple more. In that time I haven't had any major problems quality wise. Yes, you may have to set up or tune your guitar when you get it, but that should be expected when shipping an instrument multiple times (factory to store to you), through the mail, from one climate to another, and going from default factory settings to individual personal settings. That's why all the adjustments are easy to make.
        I bought the Green one (aged pehlam) because it was cheaper than the rest, I must say I like the color and get comments on it.
        It has a great clean tone, can get a Buddy Holly, early rock type sound. Coil tapping is a nice feature, especially if you're not sure if you want hb or sc pickups. Distorted I can get a decent punk/pop punk sound. I would say it is more versatile than a squire or epi LP at the same price and has a bit more character. It says "I'm different" instead of "I'm a cheap version of something else".

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not what I expected

        By harv29

        from Millville, PA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

          I own a few Epiphone guitars, all great sounding in my opinion...but the wilshire pro is the worst guitar I ever owned! Had a buzzing sound when I first plugged it in right out of the box. The pickups are cheap and lousy, and the whole sound is muddy...would not recommend this guitar to anyone!

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          5.0

          deal of a lifetime

          By pickinpop

          from baton rouge louisiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Finish
          • Lightweight
          • Solid Electronics
          • Versitile

          Cons

          • Very Minor Setup Needed

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

          been wanting one, the weight and versitility of coil tap humberckers is greeat, a well made setneck guitar with a little shorter scale than strats and telesand so light resting on leg in studio, the light weight adds a resonant sound similar to a 40 y o aged guitar, and this sale price was so awesome no way to pass this up

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          5.0

          I recieved this as a birthdat gift.

          By Brother Roy

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Finish
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

            Excellent guitar, great price, all the bells and whistles I wanted. Fit and finish are great. I especially like the coil tapping electronics. The neck pu is a Classic Humbucker, fat and warm. The bridge is a Classic Plus, just a little hotter but stll articulate. Push-pull pots seem solid and work well. The tone is akin to the G400. I play alot of Blues and this guitar just adds another dimension to what I can do. The coil split tone is very much like a Stratocaster. I love the Batwing headstock.

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            5.0

            kicked some major bootah

            By monkeyman

            from torrance ca.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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 Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

              frets needed a little polishing but other than that it was more than i thought what was comming it's a tone machine and well put together

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              5.0

              Great buy

              By RICHARD BECKHOLT

              from Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Knobs are kinda cheesy

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

              The only problem I had with this guitar was the low quality of the knobs but I ordered the knobs I feel will jazz up the guitar.Inspite of this small problem I would order the guitar anyway.A great buy!

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              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Poor Factory Set Up

              By Izzy73

              from St. Louis, MO

              Pros

              • Good Pick Up

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

                I received this guitar as a Christmas present in 2011. This was the first electric guitar I owned and I hadn't had much experience with them. Even with out that much knowledge on guitars I slowly figured out that this was not a quality guitar.
                It started out just fine I replaced the strings and I started playing endlessly. About 2 months later is when I started noticing problems. I own a great acoustic-electric takaminie which is almost flawless up and down the neck. I played blackbird at my school's spring concert and would practice on this wilshire when I didn't have the takaminie out of its case. Blackbird is played over the entire neck and I instantly realized a problem. It was out of tune on the 5th fret and up. It wasn't untill a couple of days ago when I was told what the problem was: the intonation, action, and truss rod were all way off. And I hadn't worked on anything on the guitar to mess them up. I have yet to get these fixed, but I hope a set up will. Over all I agree with El-davo's review although I think the pickups were great and produced awesome sound(if you played on the lower frets.) I might recommend it if the problems are an easy fix and stay fixed.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Guitar for the Price

                By dr_jep

                from Walla Walla,WA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Price
                • Solid construction
                • Versatility

                Cons

                • Electronics
                • Tone

                Best Uses

                • Beginning
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

                First off, my specific model. The new one has some little perks (splittable pickups). I've had this guitar for over 4 years and overall, looking back it was worked amazingly for the price I paid. I've played this almost every weekend at my church since I've owned it. It's been bumped, scuffed, and even dropped. All the issues with it now are some pickup scratches and a broken headstock that's been repaired (but that's another story). I will say, however, this guitar does have faults. Ive repaired the interior pots several times. My main issue with it is the tone. This guitar can get shrill! Use the brige and it will screech away. But, the neck is still mellow so I can blend and work with it. I'd say hands down this beats the Epiphone SG, or many other of their models for that matter. Great for beginners to get a solid start.

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                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Disapointing Purchase

                By El-Davo

                from Long Island, N.Y. - Go Giants!!!!

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

                It seems as though Epiphone guitars are really a hit and miss proposition. Some of their guitars are pretty decent instruments, while others should have never made it to the loading dock.
                The Wilshire-Pro has the feature most guitar players would appreciate however, the overall poor quality of the guitar I received surpassed the positive features of the guitar.
                Guitar appeared well made however, upon closer examination it became really apparent that the guitar had slipped through the factory build quality control phase without any real oversight. Example, the neck was really bowed, action was sky high, hardware appeared to have been installed without reguard to it's actual condition - worn. I purchased what I thought was a new guitar, not a pre-owned instrument.
                Value is not determined the savings alone the total purchase experience must also include the overall quality of the product as well. In this particular purchase Epiphone did not deliver on their promise of producing an affordable instrument of unmatched quality at it's price point. In reality in was quite the opposite. Which really brings home the old saying "you get what you pay for".

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                good for the price

                By supernaught814

                from Northwest Pa

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

                Your mileage may vary, as quality seems inconsistent on these modern Epiphones.
                3 way switch, seperate coil tapping volume and tone for each alnico humbucker. Distinct body style and unique bat-wing headstock... she's pretty loaded.
                I had to file the plastic nut on the g string to justifiy it's action with the other 5. Extremely annoying. Also, the neck is mounted slightly askew, with the bass side being raised a bit high, resulting in a rather ugly setup with the bridge being angled more than what I'd consider 'normal' for a tune-o-matic. I own some higher end guitars and frankly, this instrument doesn't compare in fit and finish. Cheap electronics, poorly mounted switch and input jack, and adequate tuners don't inspire confidence. Extremely neck-heavy (much moreso than my SG or PRS Mira, also with slim, light bodies) when you take your hands off it literally assumes a parallel position to the floor when strapped on. The finish is excellent, and the appeance makes it stand out. Pretty great looking guotar. After getting her set up she plays and sounds great, though lacking in sustain compared to my other axes.
                For the price she barely gets by. I've played similarly priced axes that have better quality out of the box, but for it's distinctive tone and character, I'd recommend it.

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