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Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar  

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A cool-looking solidbody with upgraded pickups and electronics.

In 1957 Gibson purchased New York’s Epiphone Guitar Company and moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. With plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers, Gibson began production of a new line of “Kalamazoo-made and designed” Epiphones in 1959. For over a decade, Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced right alongside Gibsons. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day. Under appreciated at the time of their release, numerous artists through the years have recognized the unique appeal of these guitars. Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert and Steve Marriot are but a few of the artists that have embraced the tone and build quality of these Kalamazoo built Epiphones. One such Epiphone instrument was the Wilshire.

Like an SG guitar, the Wilshire’s double cutaway mahogany body with a glued-in mahogany neck that joins the body at the 22nd fret gives you ultimate upper fret access. Lightweight and comfortable, the Wilshire has 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 guitar excellent sustain and clarity. Case sold separately.

PRO Electronics
Utilizing Epiphone's 4-wire humbuckers, each volume control is a push/pull potentiometer that allows you to coil-tap each pickup seperately for more twangy "single-coil" sound and a wide range of different tonal combinations.

While 1960's early Wilshires were fitted with Epiphone's own mini-humbuckers, the new Wilshire PRO harkens back to Wilshires made in the 1970's and features full size humbuckers. The neck pickup is Epiphone's Alnico Classic that 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, which is the perfect companion to the Classic, is overwound for a slighter higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Both feature Alnico-II magnets, enamel wire and are double vacuum waxed.

Retro Looks
Also unique, the Wilshire features Epiphone’s 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.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • 1960's SlimTaper™ neck
  • Glued-in neck joint
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • 24.75" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays
  • Alnico Classic Plus™ humbucker bridge pickup
  • Alnico Classic™ Humbucker neck pickup
  • Bridge Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping controls
  • Neck Volume with Push/Pull Coil-Tapping
  • Bridge tone
  • Neck tone
  • 3-way pickup selector (toggle)
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A fine little guitar

    This is a fine basic guitar. It is very much like a Gibson SG but is just a bit more substantial in terms of mass and weight distribution. I was a little worried about...Read complete review

    This is a fine basic guitar. It is very much like a Gibson SG but is just a bit more substantial in terms of mass and weight distribution. I was a little worried about buying an Asian-made guitar but when it arrived I was very pleased indeed. The quality of workmanship was very good and the components were all good quality. I am thinking that eventually I may replace the potentiometers with full size pots, but the ones in the guitar stock work just fine for now.

    I was fully expecting to buy an instrument that needed some setting up, and I was not mistaken. But at least this guitar is worth putting the time and effort into. It is 100% solid mahogany (except for the rosewood fingerboard), so it has that vibrant, woody feel old SGs and Crestwoods also have...really, no kidding! The pickups are also quite excellent: they are not megavolt metal-head pickups like you see so often these days. Rather, they recreate that nice old medium output that Gibsons and Epis had back in the 1960s and '70s.

    The things I did to mine immediately were to move the upper strap button to the location I prefer, and remove the original strings and replace with Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (.011s). Then it was simply a matter of tweaking the truss rod and adjusting pickup heights...all easy stuff you'd have to do with any new guitar. In the end, I got just exactly the kind of guitar I was hoping for.

    A pleasure to play!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Awful, just awful.

    The main issue with this guitar is that it is such poor quality in almost every regard, that your everyday squier strat or tele ends up still being a 10x better guitar for...Read complete review

    The main issue with this guitar is that it is such poor quality in almost every regard, that your everyday squier strat or tele ends up still being a 10x better guitar for 1/3 the cost. This is a huge fail for Epiphone, as it's the first one I've ever played that was less than stellar. I didn't think they were capable of putting their logo on such a piece of junk.

    Problems are- millwork is sloppy, sanding marks everywhere. Gluework is sloppy, you can see glue smeared all over the place under the paint. The neck is too thick and uncomfortable. All of that would be excusable if the guitar sounded good and stayed in tune. It has neither. It's the flattest tone I've ever experienced from any guitar, and I've played some cheap junk in my day. It can't stay in tune for more than 3 seconds, even without doing bends.

    I'm disappointed mostly because of the dozens of positive reviews I've read online, and have come to realize that they must have been written by beginners who are just all excited to have their first electric guitar, or something.

    I'm a seasoned veteran, in both gigging and studio work, and have played over 30 years. I'm not beyond using budget gear, but this guitar is simply foreign garbage, flawed design, and terrible QC. Don't buy into the hype. And shame on you Epiphone.

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    5.0

    A Guitar Aficionado's Guitar

    By bodswell

    from Haliburton, Ontario, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

      The guitar came internationally by USA/Canada Post double boxed and packaged well= no damage. To me this is a biggie.The guitar was beautifully finished in a gloss grey, with a hint in the grain of the underlying mahogany body and neck to let you know what you have in your hands was once a mahogany tree. Subtle finishing trick , and effective. The tone from the strings/pick-up combination is knock out! The care in the manufacturing this instrument is evident, and quality control was very good. One very minor note- the tone hats may require a bit more securing on the pullouts. Overall, a limited edition collector's dream. The value is beyond belief. Congrats Epiphone and Musicians Friend! It is a very suitable blues machine with subtle quality and styling features which are my preference.This guitar can serve your guitar interests well for a lifetime. I treat all my instruments with the respect they deserve in the quest for the music grail, and will be using this guitar reverently. Thank You.

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      5.0

      The Best Bang For The Buck!

      By raymond anselmo

      from NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      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:

        I cannot believe how great this guitar is! Last month I received an Epiphone ES339 P90 Pro Pelham Blue Guitar and had to replace the toggle switch, level and polish the frets, adjust the truss rod and change the strings. This new Wilshire Pro guitar only needed the bridge lowered along with the bridge pickup, that's it!!!!

        For the price MF is selling these, you will not get a better guitar anywhere. This one plays better than my 2014 Gibson SG Standard!

        By the way, the neck on this guitar is incredible, and the frets are dressed perfectly....also the strings are Gibson #10 Brite Wires...No need to change them.

        BUY THIS GUITAR NOW...Before they are gone for good.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hard to put down

        By spaceman

        from Ottumwa,Ia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

        all it needed was a slight adjustment to lower the bridge and I put on new strings now I cant put it down. Its very much like my 1973 Gibson sg but the electronics are so much better in 2014 like the split coil feature gives you a lot more options. I did pull a volume nob off while trying to remove clear film off pick guard the stem pulled out but it pops right back in. When I decided to keep it had to buy a road runner abs case and with a little support of my strap under the neck joint it fits like a glove. The neck is just like my dot studio which I love to play. Try one if you can find one at a local shop or do like I did check the reviews and buy it sight unseen.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A fine little guitar

        By zotz!

        from Midwest USA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Needed Lots Of Setting Up

        Best Uses

        • Perfect For Anything

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

        This is a fine basic guitar. It is very much like a Gibson SG but is just a bit more substantial in terms of mass and weight distribution. I was a little worried about buying an Asian-made guitar but when it arrived I was very pleased indeed. The quality of workmanship was very good and the components were all good quality. I am thinking that eventually I may replace the potentiometers with full size pots, but the ones in the guitar stock work just fine for now.

        I was fully expecting to buy an instrument that needed some setting up, and I was not mistaken. But at least this guitar is worth putting the time and effort into. It is 100% solid mahogany (except for the rosewood fingerboard), so it has that vibrant, woody feel old SGs and Crestwoods also have...really, no kidding! The pickups are also quite excellent: they are not megavolt metal-head pickups like you see so often these days. Rather, they recreate that nice old medium output that Gibsons and Epis had back in the 1960s and '70s.

        The things I did to mine immediately were to move the upper strap button to the location I prefer, and remove the original strings and replace with Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (.011s). Then it was simply a matter of tweaking the truss rod and adjusting pickup heights...all easy stuff you'd have to do with any new guitar. In the end, I got just exactly the kind of guitar I was hoping for.

        A pleasure to play!

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar at a very good price!

        By JoJogunn

        from Desert S.W.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Has A Cool And Unique Vib
        • Has A Cool Tone And Vibe
        • Has A Cool Tone Vibe
        • Has Cool And Unique Vibe
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None That I've Found Yet

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

        First off, I own an older model, white, from a few years back. I believe it's the same except the current model has the upgraded pickups. OK, I've only used this guitar so far for recording, and as I own about 50 guitars of various makes and models, I probably will never use it for anyhing else. That said, it sounds great, especially dialed in for a crunchy rhythm tone. Yes, it has a somewhat fatter neck than I usually go for, but I'm still good with it! I really like it, it's different, and it plays and sounds excellent - what else do ya need! Actually played and sounded great out of the box (Very few guitars I've bought have). Feels solid, and I'm sure it will hold up well as long as you take the same precautions and upkeep as you would with any guitar you cared about.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Heed the advice on setup, but.....

        By Mr. Pumpkin

        from Richmond

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Muscular Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Needs Set Up

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

        Ok, right off the bat, any guitar I've even bought new, and I own over 50, has needed a set up with the exception of my $2500+ PRS guitars. It's just a fact of life. So spend a few greenbacks, get a professional set up, and move on to the real guts of this guitar.

        Of all the guitars I own, this one has the most muscular tone of any of them. My PRS guitars will sing, but this one crunches! I tend to lean toward SG type guitars anyway, and this one fits that description. The coil taps add a ton of versatility, and for some reason I get the best tone from mine with both pups on and the neck split, with the tone rolled back a bit.

        But I would say that the electronics are far from cheap. The pots are smooth, the tone range is excellent, and the coil taps are solid. And if you don't like the looks, change them. That's like a whole tenner for new knobs and a switch tip.

        The neck profile is very chunky, so if you don't have the hands for that, try something else. But I was actually quite pleased with the feel, and the fit and finish on this, for a foreign made guitar was better than I had anticipated. The color is actually very striking up close.

        One minor complaint I do have is that it could benefit from some higher ratio tuners. If I changed anything on the guitar, that would be it. Not that the original tuners don't hold tune, they do. But they could feel much smoother. And for those that can't keep the guitar in tune, it probably has more to do with the proper nut setup than the tuners themselves.

        So, for a really cheap price right now, this is a lot of guitar for the money, throw in a setup and you're ready to rock out!

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An enlightening array of tone potential

        By AGuitarist

        from Brighton, UK

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

          I've played for around 15 years now and I own a number of very expensive and also very cheap guitars - The Wilshire is rapidly becoming my favourite to play in all kinds of situations.

          First off lets get the negatives out of the way. As with any new guitar (no matter what the brand or the cost) the out of the box set up wasn't perfect. It never will be, partly because everyone wants their guitar set up differently, and partly because they're factory made. My Gibson Les Paul was the same and so was my Fender Tele. I don't really see this as an issue, either learn to set it up yourself or pay someone to do it - it's worth it. I also lowered the pickups a little to clean up the muddy humbuckers a bit, and restrung it with my preferred strings. Like any guitar it would probably sound even better with some Seymnour Duncan or Bareknuckle pickups - depending on your style, and preferred tone.

          Those are literally the only bad things I have to say about this guitar. And they aren't that bad.

          Before I talk about tone its worth touching on my overall set up so you get the full picture - most of you will know that tone isnt just in the guitar, its your fingers and your equipment as well. Fingers aside, I play this through a Marshall JCM 900 mostly, I've also run it through several different amps at rehearsal studios to try it out. I also tend to use a Digitech Bad Monkey for a bit more drive and if I'm using effects its mostly my Dunlop 595Q Cry Baby or TC Electronic Flashback.

          The variety of tones this guitar can give you is what really sold this to me. I've had the guitar about 8 months now and am blown away by the sheer flexibility of this thing. First the pickups sound great either on their own, or together in the middle position. The tone knobs are really responsive - unusual in a low price guitar. And then, to really give you some sweetness, it has coil tapping! One flick up on the treble pickup and suddenly you sound like you're playing a strat, a nice bright twangy tone - great for picking. Then push it back, engage the humbucker and listen to the smooth chugging drive. Seriously if you can play, and I mean actually play the guitar, this will do wonders for your tone.

          Aesthetically I also think its a beautiful guitar. The batwing headstock is cool, I like the Ltd Edition TV Silver its pretty retro looking. And its worth saying that unlike some of the other reviews I've seen on this site I picked mine up in perfect condition (bought in Brighton, UK).

          At the end of the day good guitar players care about tone. If you want good tone, and you want to have fun playing with your tone, buy this guitar.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Surprisingly Good

          By Izzy73

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Bad set-up
          • Cheap Knobs Tuners Ect

          Best Uses

          • Whatever

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

          So, I got this as a gift from my dad about two years ago. At first, I loved it, being my first electric guitar, then I became a little skeptical. The 'quality factory set-up' was awful. The strings were awful. The intonation was awful. And the action was at least a quarter inch above the frets higher on the neck. Being an inexperienced guitarist at the time, I took it as being a junky guitar. Then I learned what a set-up was. I got a full set up and now it sounds great. I use it primarily with a Mustang V.2 II amp, which is awesome. However, it's amazing how great it sounds even not plugged in. It doesn't have that twang or buzzy sound that some electrics do. As of right now(although I haven't played them side-by-side in a while) I might go as far as to say it has better sound than my 2002 Gibson LP Special. The only major downfall is the cheap appearance. The knobs, switch, and tuners are all obviously cheap material. Those are easily replaced, though if you care about that. Over all, it's a great guitar for a cheap price.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Awful, just awful.

          By Keith

          from Pottstown, PA.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • High Fret Access
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Doesn't Stay In Tune
          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

          The main issue with this guitar is that it is such poor quality in almost every regard, that your everyday squier strat or tele ends up still being a 10x better guitar for 1/3 the cost. This is a huge fail for Epiphone, as it's the first one I've ever played that was less than stellar. I didn't think they were capable of putting their logo on such a piece of junk.

          Problems are- millwork is sloppy, sanding marks everywhere. Gluework is sloppy, you can see glue smeared all over the place under the paint. The neck is too thick and uncomfortable. All of that would be excusable if the guitar sounded good and stayed in tune. It has neither. It's the flattest tone I've ever experienced from any guitar, and I've played some cheap junk in my day. It can't stay in tune for more than 3 seconds, even without doing bends.

          I'm disappointed mostly because of the dozens of positive reviews I've read online, and have come to realize that they must have been written by beginners who are just all excited to have their first electric guitar, or something.

          I'm a seasoned veteran, in both gigging and studio work, and have played over 30 years. I'm not beyond using budget gear, but this guitar is simply foreign garbage, flawed design, and terrible QC. Don't buy into the hype. And shame on you Epiphone.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Well made instrument

          By Reverse Snob

          from West-central Wisconsin

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

            My guitar played well right out of the box, though it improved with setup. The fretboard is unusually wide for a cheap guitar, which is a huge asset for me. Some might find it uncomfortable. The electronics are the weak part. Replace the pickups and switches and you'll have an excellent, unusual guitar. The sound will improve dramatically; with Duncans it's comparable to a Gibson SG.

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