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Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby Antique Natural Chrome

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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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FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
Body material: Laminated
Top wood: Maple
Body wood: Maple
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: SlimTaper D
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SS
Neck: P-90R
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: P-90T
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master volume, master tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Bigsby B70
Tuning machines: Grover
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body finish
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneWildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby
 
4.5

(based on 168 reviews)

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    (36)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (78)
  • Fun to play (70)
  • Good tone (64)
  • Good pick up (52)
  • Solid electronics (45)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (7)
  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Poor pick up (6)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (60)
  • Jamming (56)
  • Recording (42)
  • Small venues (36)
  • Rock concerts (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (53), Professional musician (22), Novice (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Kustom Kat

Changed bridge to a Schaller roller bridge. Installed humbucking pick ups and all new electronics. Tightened loose screws, a bit of fret work and set up. Now I love it. The bones...Read complete review

Changed bridge to a Schaller roller bridge. Installed humbucking pick ups and all new electronics. Tightened loose screws, a bit of fret work and set up. Now I love it. The bones of the guitar are very good. It is a beutifull guitar. (mine is 2011 natural finish). I am considering buying a wine red now. Likely will need the same mods.

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome, versatile guitar!

By William Babbitt

from USA

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

This guitar is easily my favorite guitar to play. It's light and comfortable, but not as top heavy as my SG.
The P-90s really make this guitar stand out. I can get a nice rockabilly twang, but I can also get nice smooth tones for jazz. Also works ok with distortion, though I notice some feedback issues with really high gain.
The guitar was well put together, but I had to replace the jack within the first week. Probably going to swap out the bridge as well.
At the price, this guitar does what 3 different guitars could do for me. As I play several different genres, versatility is very important.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wildkat!!

By Matt Ellertson

from Washington

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

I really like this guitar. A lot. The P90s sound really nice, and crisp, the guitar has some wight to it which is nice so I don't feel like i'm going to brak it. The vibrato tailpeice goes out of tune somewhat easily on mine, if I just use it to accentuate a note, it's not to bad, but if I'm wailing on it it will go out of tune bad. The guitar is kind of sized like a Les Paul, and the finish is astonishing. The guitar has binding all the way around it, and the back is more of a dark red/brown and is REALLY beautiful. The yellow on top is more dark, and not wuite as pirecing to the eyes. Also, you can really see the grain in the top. The grover tuners are OK. They are not the US made grovers im assuming, but they are pretty quick, and are pretty stable. I use this guitar for Blues ( I use a slide) and Hardcore Punk. I wail and beat this thing, and it keeps coming back for more!! With heavy distortion, the guitar will feed back, but this doesn't bug me. A great buy, and I highly recomend this guitar!! Plus, you get a lot of OOOO's and AAAHHHH's =)

(10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

"De" Tuned

By Brett

from Lewisville, NC

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Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

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.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile Bang for the Buck Champion

By Scrappy Picker

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

There are few guitars at any price I enjoy playing as much as my Wildkat. I've been playing guitar for almost twenty years and I play mostly acoustic on a Martin DM. I have played an American Standard Strat since 1991 and had not bought a new electric since then, although I have played a great many. I bought this guitar online having never played it before (something I thought I'd never do but I couldn't find this guitar in any stores). The reviews I read were right - this is a truly great guitar at a very reasonable price for what you get.I had no experience with P90 pickups but I have to say that the sound has me completely addicted. The tone of this guitar is just beautiful - clear and bright but with punchy lows and clear midrange. This guitar can growl and twang with the best of them and is a great strummer, too. Clean (which I play mostly) it sounds beautiful and it holds together nicely when overdriven or given some distortion. I'm a traditionalist in many ways and so the single coil tone to me is heaven. The little bit of hum at low volumes does not bother me in the least. If you like the sound of clean 1950s style Telecasters or even clean Rickenbacker semis, you will enjoy the tone of a Wildkat.I love that unlike most Epiphones, this is not a wannabe version of a Gibson guitar - this is its own, stand-alone guitar. I'm amazed that Gibson does not make one and that there are not more guitars like this out there - mahogany solid body that is routed out hollow except for some tone blocks, P90 pickups over hollow space in the body, set neck and with a master volume. Body is an awesome size - similar to Les Paul and smaller than big-box hollow bodies. Just a great design that is super-playable and very attractive to behold (mine is the natural color which is not as yellow as it appears in online pics). I get compliments on the looks every time one of my guitar buddies sees it. Playing the Wildkat you will find it heavier than hollow bodies and other semis based on how it is built. I think the weighty feel is a positive. I have no feedback issues that others have mentioned. Neck is wonderful although I have a tiny bit of buzz when playing unplugged on the higher frets so I may raise the action just a bit. Bigsby is really fun to use, but I don't use it that much. My only complaints are that mine goes out of tune a bit quicker than I like (maybe because of the Bigsby) but after 2+ months of regular playing it is settling down and with a couple tweaks it should be perfect. Intonation could also be just a tad bit more dead-on, but I may be imagining that. I've never modded a guitar before, but my love of the Wildkat's playability and tone may dictate that I tweak the shortcomings by having a bone nut and roller-bridge installed by a professional - this would make the guitar perfect and address the two cost-cutting measures that possibly hold the Wildkat back a little. The rosewood slab over the fingerboard is also not dead-perfect aesthetically and the knobs feel a bit cheap but I don't really care as they don't affect playability and knobs can always be replaced. Complaints by others about the pickups needing to be changed strike me as insane. I think some folks automatically think you have to swap out OEM pickups. I wouldn't touch them - I love the sound of the stock P90s in mine. The Wildkat is totally its own thing. It does not want to be a Gretsch. If you have to have "That Great Gretsch Sound" (and I hear you on this Gretsch people - no disrespect intended) then get a Gretsch. I played the 5120 Electromatic and thought in stock form that it was not as clear sounding at all and it's more money. If you play country, rockabilly, rock and roll, and I would argue funk / R&B or even jazz, this thing is spectacular.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Craftsmanship

By brashfelky

from Syracuse, NY

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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 Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    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.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Thing is SICK!!!

    By Andrew Ball

    from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    Man I was playing one of these today and this is seriously the best guitar for the money. I was immediately drawn to this guitar when I saw it the antique natural finish is more orange than yellow and looks similar to the orange finish on a Gretsch. This guitar sounds really great too I played it through a fender blues junior and with the dog ear p-90's it was rockin. This is seriously an amazing guitar so if you are in the market for a hollowbody type guitar definitely try this one.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy it if I wasnt broke

    By Cynthia Lermen

    from Floridia

    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I rate this instrument a 10 out of 10 because it is a outstanding guitar and is great for any style of music and also great of any part lead or rythm. The only feature of this guitar I really dont like is all od the knobs, they where confusing the fist time I pick the guitar up but once I figured out the one on the cut-away was the "master volume" there was no confusion.
    The features are amazing, the dual- action whammy can be a liitle difficult to deal wit wen re-stringing, but it is really easy to adjust to. The pickups have a great tone and are perfect for melody or chords.
    The quality of this instrument is marvelous. I do not own one but have used one that belongs to my friend, and there was some buzzing on the D (or 4th) string which would have been fixed by adjusting the bridge. Otherwise the is nothing wrong with this guitar.
    Worth every penny, the price on this guitar is Phenomenal compared to its quality and featured.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (AND FIRST EMBRACE !)

    By Bob Schur

    from Tampa Bay, FL area

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    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    With over 50 years of gigging under my on-the-last-notch belt, it's been a long time that a new guitar made me feel like a kid again. But this one is arm candy.. the kind that makes you look and feel your best at whatever you're doing. 'Kat' is one cute blonde with a slender neck you can't keep your hands off and a curvy body that screams out "Come play with me". And does she ever play ! I still can't believe how a guitar of this quality can be such a cheap date, too. 'Kat' has immediately shot to the top of my list of the 19 guitars I currently own ! Thank you, Epiphone and thank you Musician's Friend.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar (after a couple of mods)

    By Dennis-w4ZO

    from California

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    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    Found my Wildkat recently at a local retailer. Very nice guitar. Really liked the Sunrise Orange finish. Overall fit and finish of this guitar is superb for an inexpensive import. While the setup wasn't bad initially, a little tweaking and I got it playing perfectly. I love the shape and size of the neck. Thin depth with a nice width to itI didn't care for the sound of the stock pickups at all. The bridge pickup was fair, but the neck was too dark and muddy sounding. Bought and installed a pair of GFS pickups, and what a difference. Much more bite to the sound now.The other thing that had to go was the stock bridge. Installed a Wilkinson roller bridge that locks to the posts, much like the Tone Pros does. Stays in tune now when I use the Bigsby. Now I am really loving this thing.Bottom line: For the quality of this guitar overall, considering how inexpensive they are, it was totally worth it to spend a few bucks ( about $100) for the upgrades to make it just right for me. Very happy.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer guitar especially for the price.

    By chris Duran

    from Ga.

    Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

    I will say another guy in my band got one through another source that was also reputable and for whatever reason his was not quite as nice as the one I recieved. Not sure why that is.
    As many other reviews say the tremolo does effect the the tuning pretty quickly. Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be from reviews I had read. The P90's are as noisy as you might expect and it is a semi hollow body so a little volume and distortion get this guy squealing pretty good.
    This guy really is crafted well. The weight is not to bad; feels really sturdy. I gave it a good inspection when it arrived and I did have to tighten the pick up covers but no big deal.
    For this price this guy is beyond good it is great. I also have a Fender Stratocaster that does not sound nearly as good as this guy.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Maximum Twang!

    By Reverend Pete

    from Wichita KS

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      I bought this guitar from MF about 5 years ago. So now that I've had ample time to live with it I can say that this is one of the best guitars I've ever owned in my 50 plus years of playing. The build is flawless, and the set up out of the box was spot on. I tweaked a few adjustments for my gauge, (10-49). The natural finish is awesome and brings out the real beauty of the wood. The frets, bindings and inlays are all done well, and all that chrome gives it that retro look.

      The P-90's are just super, and I'll be the first to admit that you have to have a love of these pickups and not expect anything else from them. It does have some aspects of the weight and sustain of a Les Paul, and the looks of a Gretsch. This instrument is great for Rockabilly, and Blues, with an earthy driven sound that these Pups are known for. It wails out of my Fender Blues Jr, and just gives the sweetest tones out of my Ampeg Gemini II. All pots and the switch work great with no noise and the master volume is placed for easy access.

      The Bigsby works as the Bigsby should. Sorry kids, this is NOT a whammy bar. It's old school Vibrato. The neck is just right for my hands. Solid and not too chunky. Grover tuners keep it on the money. The price is almost unbelievable for a guitar of this quality. The hard case is also built very solid and durable. This will be in my modest collection for years to come. Dig!

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not Quite There, Nice try

      By Loosehand

      from Riverside California

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      Pros

      • Good price

      Cons

      • Tone isnt there

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      This guitar was something I was trying out to see if I could get away with not buying a gretsch, unfortunately it just doesn't measure up. It looks the part, is small, comfortable, it should have been a perfect match. But it just isn't, the electronics are so visible through the F holes that it was sad, guy behind me was returning his at GC because it just didn't have the depth and growl of a gretsch. Itd be great to hang on a wall, but that's it, the frets were junk, all at different heights and popping out unevenly. Pickups are weak at best. Dont be cheap, spend the extra cash on a gretsch and youll get the tone youd want out of this, and wont have the excess problems this one had.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Classy, but Noisy

      By Wholetone

      from Raleigh,NC

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Slim Build
      • Solid Electronics
      • Unique
      • Unique Look

      Cons

      • Noisy Pickups
      • Wide Fretboard

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      This guitar is a great value. Looks amazing. I got one in the natural/chrome finish. Tone is very warm and round, but also versatile too. It can handle searing Smashing Pumpkins songs as well as chill, mellow Radiohead. My biggest complaint is how noisy the P90 pickups are. This is my first experience with P90's, and I don't think the tone is worth the low hum that is always present. It's also very tempermental feedback-wise. Think twice about stomping on your high-gain overdrive pedal, because this thing will shriek like a hellhound, and not in a good way. It's not a serious dealbreaker, but it will make you think about purchasing a noise gate. Still, for such a low price tag, you get a great guitar that will turn heads. I say go for it!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow, I can't believe it is an Epi

      By geezer

      from Idaho

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Playability

      Cons

      • no cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      Wow, right out of the box this puppy sings. This is the second guitar in my life that I bought new and felt good and justified on the purchase. Plays like a $1000+ guitar. Love it.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      All good stuff - so what went wrong?

      By Jack-0ssyn

      from Maryland

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      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      Sweet set up of controls. Couple of P-90's. Beautiful looks and feel. Twangy vibrato. Fine job of assembly and finish. Unfortunately, it's sonically dead. There's no life or character. It's "blah". I think it's because the poly-plastico finish is way too thick (although, very shiney) and muddles the tone. My set up is simple and honest- guitar straight into the clear channel of a Fender Deluxe Reverb. I'm going to keep it, but if I could go back in time to before I bought it and shop for a semi-hollow in that price range.... I'd probably buy an Ibanez Artcore instead.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fan-freakin-tastic!

      By Sizzler629

      from Atlanta

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bigsby Use Untunes Guitar
      • Knobs Are A Little Sketch

      Best Uses

      • Clean And Blues

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      Fan-freakin-tastic. Totally worth every penny. Great looks and sound. Classic rock and blues is the way to go with this one. Minimal distortion or clean sounds amazing. Exactly what I was looking for

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WILDKAT RED WINE REVIEW

      By Pepe Keyboard

      from Miami Fl

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      Pros

      • Beautiful Pristine Sound
      • Elegant Finished
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Tune Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

      I just love how this guitar feels and plays. The sound is great. This one surpasses many other more expensive guitars.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      UNIQUE LOOKING, UNIQUE SOUNDING!!!

      By chosenfool

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      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 Semi-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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Guitar.

      By Mac

      from Seattle

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

        picked up this guitar a month ago. I had to wait because the first one was damaged ( not MF fault ) .. but took a few weeks to get the new one. Beautiful guitar and was not set up to bad ( neck) . But the bridge was ugly. I heard that a "Schaller Roller bridge" would work well. But they are a pain in the butt and move all over when changing strings ect. Just not user friendly. I had a Graphtech resomax bridge installed.. Graphite ..awesome and soooo very smooth. No problems and no issues w/ tuning or staying in tune.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Level 4 Wildkat

        By Jerkowitz

        from St. Louis, Mo

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby:

          I did a review on an earlier Wildkat my wife bought last year. I bought this second one because I saw this listed as a level 4 which denotes a product that needs repair to be playable. The price was ridiculous low, about a third of the price of a new one which is cheap even at regular price. I thought if the damage was beyond repair I would at least have a lot of spare parts. Upon delivery I saw the only damage was the bridge was knocked loose which stripped the mounting holes and was missing one of the mounting screws. I actually found the missing screw in the box...yahoo! To repair just dropped a little superglue into the mounting holes and cured it with a little baking soda, then re-drilled the holes, mounted the pickup and viola, almost like new, got lucky on this one. The only sign of repair was a small surface crack in the finish which the ear of the pickup covered up. The neck pickup sounds a little dark to me so I unsoldered the cover of the pickup and removed one of the magnets to reduce the power a bit. The neck pickup did overpower the bridge but with the magnet out it balanced much better. The guitar loses highs when the volume is turned down so I added a .0001uf cap to the master volume, this lets some highs through as you turn the knob down and keeps it from getting muddy. I left the individual volumes as is, now I have a huge variety of tones, just use the master volume so as not to lose highs, or the independent volumes to add some jazzy warm sounds. While inside of it I rearranged the wiring to help hide things a bit better, as some have stated the wiring shows through the F hole but look much better now. Since I have two Wildkats now I can say there are differences. One has a slightly shallower neck profile, not a lot but noticeable. The flame tops on both are quite a bit different but both are very nice. #2 weighs a few ounces more a bit over 8lbs. Otherwise they are both great guitars with just enough of a difference to give each it's own character. In short this is a fine guitar out of the box and just needs a little tweaking. All I added was a teflon nut to help with the tremolo and a capacitor to the main volume so spent very little money to make it a great guitar.

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