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Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby  

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Kat kosmetics on a small semi-hollowbody.

The WildKat Ltd Electric Guitar is a wild guitar with a lot to catch the fancy of all kinds of players: chrome Vibratone tailpiece for vintage detail, flamed maple top for gorgeous looks, and 2 Alnico V P-90s for hot-rodded tone. Maple neck, rosewood fretboard, mahogany sides and back, and body and neck binding complete the WildKat Electric Guitar. Epiphone gives you a limited lifetime warranty with your WildKat Ltd.


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EpiphoneWildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby
 
4.6

(based on 134 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (47)
  • Fun to play (44)
  • Good tone (41)
  • Good pick up (32)
  • Solid electronics (29)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (37)
  • Jamming (34)
  • Recording (23)
  • Small venues (22)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (16), Novice (9)

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Outstanding Craftsmanship

Having played with Bigsby trems before, the first thing I did was replace the bridge with a Schaller Roller bridge. My Wildkat stays in tune even with alot of tremolo use. I found...Read complete review

Having played with Bigsby trems before, the first thing I did was replace the bridge with a Schaller Roller bridge. My Wildkat stays in tune even with alot of tremolo use. I found that to be the norm for Bigsby fitted guitars. Also the spring tension has to be adjusted by someone familiar with Bigsby trems. I have played Gibsons with the same problem.

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"De" Tuned

Love everything about this little guitar except for the fact that the Bigsby tailpiece keeps it constantly out of tune whether or not the tremelo arm is used or not. It renders the guitar...Read complete review

Love everything about this little guitar except for the fact that the Bigsby tailpiece keeps it constantly out of tune whether or not the tremelo arm is used or not. It renders the guitar useless on stage. Changing strings to a heavier gauge and a professional set-up didn't fix the problem.

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4.0

Love it*

By Beast

from Nashville

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I absolutely love this guitar...after replacing the Bigsby with a vintage tailpiece. The Bigsby is too close to the stopbar and the bridge needs to be rounded. As designed its impossible to keep this guitar in tune. After modifying,this is becoming my favorite guitar. The body is smaller and slimmer than a normal hollowbody making it easier to play, but still growls. I play several styles, and this fits all, with the exception of shredder metal. Nice sustain and an easy neck. The pickups are very hot, but a tweek on the amp during a switch from the LP or Strat solves that problem. Recommended if your willing to junk the Bigsby.

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    4.0

    Went from Love/Hate to Favorite

    By SD Aztec

    from Rancho San Diego, CA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      Staying in tune was a big problem when I got the guitar 2 years ago. The Bigsby and bridge are too close together and at steep angles. Fun to play and looks fantastic (I have Sunrise Orange), but the saying-in-tune problem made for the love/hate. Invested in some upgrades over time - graphite nut, bridge with rolling saddles, replaced the stock PUs (were a tad dark and muddy) with GFS P90s (much brighter), and in a tech who really knew how to set up the guitar. Beefier strings (typically Slinky .011s) also help with both tone and staying in tune. Also bought a hard shell case, since no case or bag came with it. I nearly doubled the price of the guitar (up almost 20% from when I bought it), which is why I only gave it 4 stars. The result was worth it. This is now my favorite guitar.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      UNIQUE LOOKING, UNIQUE SOUNDING!!!

      By chosen

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Feedbacks
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Hot P-90s
      • Light
      • Solid feel
      • Striking Looks
      • The Bigsby

      Cons

      • 1 Master Tone Only
      • Expensive Hardcase
      • Feedbacks
      • Goes out of tune easily
      • P-90s Too Hot

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Looking Retro-cool
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      FIrst off, this is NOT a true SEMI-hollow body. It's a FULL HOLLOW BODY guitar.
      When i lifted the P-90s up, lo and behold, there is NO MIDDLE BLOCK! There is a solid piece under the top but it doesnt start until about where the bigsby on top starts. Semihollow body guitars have a wood block that runs down the middle of the body, both for more structure stability, and to avoid feedback.
      Yep, couple that with hot single coil P-90s (measured it at 8k ohms for both neck and bridge), you got a recipe for FEEDBACK. for some this is good, for most, not so much.

      Though this looks like one of the vintage reissues, it is NOT. it is a relatively newer model in the Epiphone line, which i applaud heartily. Epiphone has been relegated to being GIbson's own cheap Gibson knockoff for years, im glad they're reissuing models what made epiphone great back in the 40s thru the 60s. The Wildkat sits and fits right in there with them.

      As i mentioned, the P-90s are HOT, it pushes dirt easily as you turn up your amp's gain. The P-90s could use some changing if you want a more vintage tone. But if you like it hot, there ya go!

      The Bigsby is a plus! it's not a floyd rose, so dont go yanking it like them bighair 80s dudes. It's there for subtlety. Don't expect it to stay in tune long either if you use it. I have it on an Epi Riviera P93, and i changed to a rolling bridge and locking kluson tuners. stays in tune even if i do go yanking it like them bighair 80s dudes.
      The body - small! compared to the usual semihollow/hollow bodies. And for a hollow body, it ironically feels solid. When i took off the pickups, the top had more than decent thickness to it compared to some semihollowbodies i've workd on. It looks like it can take a beating without flinching.
      And the flame maple top is gorgeous! It looks more wild yellow than it does natural, but i think it lends well to its name. My only gripe is the dull natural color of the back. If they sprayed that bright yellow/natural also or made it the same tint as the neck, it would look more amazing! Instead it looks pedestrian. One of my buddies got the limited edition Black Royale version, and the color is on the whole back as well, and it looks MUCH better than the dual/tricolor motif the natural version has.

      That said, if you do get this, dont store it away - HANG IT ON THE WALL! it's very striking, and it's vintage enough to look like a period piece.

      Playability is great, but don't expect thin necks for fast runs. this is made for the MLB- the neck is one chunky grip! i dont mind, but others who want to shred should look elsewhere.

      Over all, i wanted this for it's striking looks and uniqueness. It's worth it if you want something different. If youre set in your ways, not recommended, it'll be too weird for you.

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      4.0

      My 1st REAL guitar...

      By GarageRocker

      from New Jersey

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      Instead of constantly repairing and upgrading my vintage guitars, I wanted something brand new and maintenance-free. I opted for the "re-stock" model and got it cheaper. Same brand new guitar, just the cardboard packaging had a hole punched in it. No big deal. There is a bunch of "Fret-Buzz" going on though. I should probably have a music shop set it up for me. Tried to fix by raising the action but still get a little "buzzzz". I bought this without ever trying a WildKat. So it's my fault that I think it's a little on the heavy side. Thought it would have been lighter than my SG.

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      5.0

      i would recomend this product

      By crafter

      from rochester ny

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustmements A Little
      • Except The Bigsby Needed
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • GREAT
      • Haven't Played Out With Y
      • Nice Guitar Some Adjustm
      • Solid Electronics
      • Stays in tune well

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

          needed adjustments on the the bridge and new strings.did the intonation but the bigsby still brings it out a little.pups a great.electronics work well.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME AXE !!

          By COOKIE

          from NW US

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

            I own many guitars,..and this one is absolutely sweet ! After some minor bridge height and intonation adjustments this thing rocks ! I'm using it for my Rock-a-Bbilly,.. Swing Jazz act!

            I'm tickled with this AXE ! For the price,..it's a no-brainer !

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Sweet Linda" is finally home to stay :D

            By Guitar Man George

            from Esperance , New York

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Needs Retuning Frequently

            Best Uses

            • Playing Just For Fun
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

            I received my Wildkat today after returning the first for defects. The replacement is perfect. I let her warm up after being out in the cold truck that brought her, then spent an hour or so trying her out. She sounds sweet and mellow just as I expected. I'm very happy with the way my problems were handled by Musician's Friend's Customer Service in making a swift and painless replacement . Also as expected, she needs repeated tunings due to the Bigsby ,but was completely aware of that issue and picked her regardless. She is right at home with her older sister , my Epiphone LP Standard in black. I love both my girls .

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wildkat

            By Drogers5531

            from Mobile, Al

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Semi Hollow Problems

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

            It stays in tune. The only problem is the feedback but what semi hollow doesn't have that problem. I would get a noise canceling pedal to fix the problem

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Just received My Wildkat

            By Guitar Man George

            from Esperance , New York

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            Pros

            • Beautiful Guitar
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Blemishes In Finish
            • Loose Brigepick Up Screw
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Playing For Pleasure
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

            Origionally ordered the Epiphone LE Wildkat Black Royal Regular Black Pearl on 2/16/14, was put on backorder until 2/28/14 , date came and no guitars to ship. New expected ship date 6/2/14. Was offered an alternative guitar and received 10% off for an in stock item. Chose the Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar W/ Bigsby Regular Antique Natural Chrome. It was Delivered 2/10/14, quite prompt considering the unreasonable delays in ordering one not even in stock. Upon unpacking I found a loose top Bridge Pick-up Screw that doesn't appear to tighten when I tried.I find this a bit disturbing as I had read another customer's review stating the same screw trouble. In addition I located several finish blemishes on the edge next to the Neck . I will decide whether or not to return it after I talk to customer service . I love the style and the feel of this guitar.The color grows on me the more I look at her.She's beautiful and sounds a bit tame compared to my Epiphone LP Standard which really has grit. I don't mind that since I don't care to have all my guitars to have the same sound and attitude.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Has Potential

            By guitarman

            from rhode island

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

            this review is based on 30 years experience and the purchase of too many guitars over the years. I'll start by saying this guitar has great potential. 10 for looks and with a good set up it has great playability with a nice comfortable neck. lube the saddles and the nut and it stays in tune relatively will despite the bigsby.
            what this guitar needs simply is new pickups, a set up and heavier gauge strings (p90's love heavy strings - I use 12's)and a set up. now let me say I am not one of those guys wno buys guitars and immediately swaps out the pickups. I really hate to do so and will only do when necessary. In fact the new Epi pickups for the most part are not bad. I have a couple other epi's which stock sound great (Wilshire with mini humbuckers and nighthawk). there are two problems with these pickups. first the output is way too high. P90's in my estimation to sound like p90's should have a DC resistance around 9. I recall these were more like 13. Secondly metal covers kill the highs on p90's and produce more feedback. You'll read a lot on the internet about the need for a complete wiring change - don't believe it. I swapped out the pickups which was a quick fix and the guitar now sounds glorious. Wiring is fine. (Note that the majority of the affordable aftermarket neck pickups out there will just fit in the neck position due to height but will work)
            With the new pickups, heavier gauge strings, and a set up the guitar sounds great.
            Now one of my favorite semi-hollow bodies

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