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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.

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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 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By Niedec

from Seattle

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A well made electric guitar

By chosenfool

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

I got a wilshire pro in tobacco sunburst, and the finish is almost glass-like - very even and no blotchy spots.First thing i did was run my hand along the length of the neck- no sharp frets AT ALL! The finish on it was also smooth and even. One thing i noticed was the seeming chunkiness of the neck - its definitely not thin. Its also felt wide near the body. Fine by me, i like it, and i dont shred.Its VERY light - the body is not only small and squat, its also relatively thin. It reminds me of those old teiscos (i have a couple).The body being squat, i find im having to adjust my picking/strumming a bit, since it doesnt extend back for my right arm to rest on. Its a bit uncomfortable when you play sitting down. you HAVE to strap it on and stand - this thing is meant to be played live!The sound is unique - there's an extra bite to the neck's humbucker tone being a bit further from the neck and closer to the bridge. It would be similar, though not the same, as that of an SG neck sound. The humbuckers themselves are hot enough to drive a tube amp with a bit of grit to rock with.I have to take some points off due to the components it used. The pickguard is wafer-thin, the generic pots were cheap no-names, the input jack is flimsy, the wiring looks like a rat's nest. Ive seen better wiring tidiness from less expensive guitars.The one feature that makes this guitar versatile is the coil-tap - it NAILS THAT TRUE VINTAGE SOUND! Those that say its single-coils sound weak expect too much out of it, or are used to too much distortion or hot pickups. Go get something else, or stick to your ibanezes and duncans and dimarzios and EMGs!Back then guitar pickups were NOT wound hot, and compared to todays regular pickups, theyre tame. And thats what makes this reissue great - it has that vintage look, and can provide you that vintage sound. It captured the spirit of a reissue - great job, Epiphone! now stop making Gibson copies and start reissuing more of YOUR own vintage line!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disapointing Purchase

By El-Davo

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

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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".

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

surfer punk....

By sean greenwood

from so cal

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

I have the alpine white and why did you put a white pick guard on this guitar? I pulled mine and painted it black it completely transformed the look..
This guitar rocks... I play everything from the trashmen to subhumans with this miracle... tapped coils rock...action is super fast, its super light...
I beat the crap out of this guitar and it keeps on ticking...
got mine for a good price... Can't beat it

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal!

By Mystery Sacks

from San Diego

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

Overall, I am extremely happy with this purchase. It is a well-made, attractive, good-sounding, and nice playing guitar for a great price. What more could I ask for?
I received the guitar (and reset the action - the tune-o-matic was set way too high), I was surprised at how much this little guitar has to offer. The body is quite small and light. The wood is very resonant. The pickups sound better once you remove the Epiphone stickers and raise the bass end while lowering the treble end. The coil tap feature is a real plus. When both coils are tapped in the middle position, they are very quiet, but provide an almost strat-like quack! Untapped, the pickups are much louder and stronger, giving good crunch with a bit of gain. This is a very versatile guitar for not a lot of money.
The guitar is well built. No sharp fret ends, and a beautiful color. Some of the clear coat is a bit rough-feeling. The tuners, while cheap-looking, hold the strings in tune. The strings themselves are those horrible unpolished Chinese strings that turn your fingers black. I am cheap, so I just play them until my blackened fingers shine them up. They seem to last a while once that is done.
For the price I got, this is one fantastic bargain. For the going price, it is still a good deal, considering its features.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epiphone Wilshire pro is ok...

By Craig Rebo

from Texas

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

sleek, paint is nice, not too thick... neck has a nice profile to it. pickups sound pretty good. tuners, pots ans switch seem cheap.
I picked up a blem one for a little less, decent guitar for the money. hardware is pretty bad on this though, pots, switch and tuners feel very cheap. pots seemed to already be crackling and its new! inlay work is not the greatest either, couple of the blocks look to be a hair off and some of the blocks seem to have a spakle to them while others are dead, dry toilet seat looking. also appears to be a small spot of glue left on the fingerboard. guitar is a little neck heavy as well....

My plan is to strip it down and set it up properly, then i think it will be a good guitar. Neck is nice, kind of fat... reminds me of a flying V neck some....

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wilshire Pro

By J.T.

from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

Good unit if you use it for chords and slide.
Everything you would expect from a Wilshire
Part of the guitar was actually not painted. It got the clear coat - but no white paint.
So much for the Quality Sticker on Back

Guitar is also extremely neck heavy. Joe Bonamassa would love the baseball bat thick neck....
Me... not so much.

I bought this guitar to use for slide only. The guitar was shipped with action that was higher than most accoustics out there. Works great for my purposes as a slide instrument. Shredders .. might want to think twice.
Great value for a slide guitar - fretting is a different story.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good for the price

By supernaught814

from Northwest Pa

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone is comeing back!

By Blues girl

from Cape Cod

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

Despite the Chinese manufacture and some obvious shortcuts, these Wilshires are phenominal guitars for the money. I have all 3 now, the American made which is by far the best and on a par with any Gibson. I have been a lifelong Epiphone player but only the Kalamazoo and pre Gibson Epiphones I bought as a kid. After the production moved to Japan I began buying Gibsons, as well as Rickenbackers, D Angelico's. Fender Masterbuilts and Gretsch Guitars. I rarely sell my personal guitars although I have a store but it is separate from my collection. I Also bought the Wilshire Ltd Edition and the Ltd Edition Pro. I am happy with all 3 but question whether it is worth double the price for the Pro just to get coil switching, a slightly better bridge and different humbuckers that frankly don't sound as good as the ones on the cheaper model....unless you prefer single coil. All in all any of the 3 Wilshires are great guitars for the money and the American made Historic version is exceptional by any standard. Two of my favorite guitars are the Wilshire USA and the John Lennon Casino, I hope Epiphone keeps releasing more of the old Epiphone line made in the US. As for the new "Epiphone Custom Shop" I have 4 of them now and none has been a dissapointmenr

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A fresh re-did version of a classic epiphone

By TanTan the ManMan

from Holland, MI

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar a few days ago at the Guitar Center in Grand Rapids. I fell in love with it the minute I sat down and plugged it in. It's relatively light and very comfortable to hold sitting down or standing up. I like the neck too, it's not paper-thin, but it's not as thick as George "Corpse-grinder" Fisher's neck either. It's got separate coil-splitting knobs for each pickup, so you can use the neck pickup as a killswitch. When I plug it in through my Fender Princeton Chorus amp on the clean channel, the pickups sound smooth and rich. On the dirty channel, it has a vintage rock/heavy metal sound, kind of a Black Sabbath sound. This is a great sounding and great playing guitar for the price. If you like trebly vintage rock/Sabbath-sounding distortion and smooth bass-y cleans, then look no further fellow guitarist, this is the one for you.

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