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Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar  

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The Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar was designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Roma...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Comfortable neck profile and double cutaway make this perfect for chunking rhythm or cutting leads.

The Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar was designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance, and combines an incredible array of features that only Epiphone would dare put in one instrument.

The result is one of the smartest and most flexible guitars on the market with all the vintage styling that made Wilshire models a behind-the-scenes favorite of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Marriot.

Classic Form
Like the classic SG design, the Wilshire Phant-o-matic features a double cutaway design with a solid Mahogany body. The 24.75 scale mahogany hand-set neck has a 1960s SlimTaper profile, a rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a 12 radius, and a 1-11/16 nut. The neck profile and double cutaway make the Wilshire Phant-o-matic a perfect guitar for chunking rhythm or cutting leads. The Antique Ivory finish, black single-ply pickguard, and classic form are eye catching to be sure. But what really sets the Wilshire Phant-o-matic apart from the pack is how it sounds.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Double cutaway design
  • Solid mahogany body
  • 24.75 scale
  • Mahogany hand-set neck
  • 1960s SlimTaper neck profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • 12" radius
  • 1-11/16" nut
  • Antique Ivory finish
  • Black single-ply pickguard

Enjoy the cool vibe and comfortable feel of Frank's Phant-o-matic. Order today.

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EpiphoneWilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
    • Jamming (3)
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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Gimicky Controls - Poor Tone - Don't Buy

    By Musicman971997

    from California

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    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Artificial Tones
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

      As a disclaimer- I own several Epiphones. Vintage Crestwoods and Wilshires, Model 290's and 270's, G400's - etc.. So I know a little when it comes to Epiphone guitars. I bought this Phant-O-Matic thinking I could use it as a platform to build on, maybe add some quality pickups, etc.. -and make it a player.
      But as it turned out, -this guitar is just a gimmicky release for Epiphone, because the Phant-O-Matic rotary Tone controls do nothing other than make a poor sounding guitar sound much worse by adding artificial tone, and unwanted muffled clarity. There is no Good tone other than all the way down on a clean setting- the other modes are just plain horrible.
      In addition- The electronics on the guitar I received was popping intermittently with interference, most likely from a bad input jack, or a bad pot.
      Between the horrible tone quality, and the bad electronics quality control, I was forced to return the guitar to Musician's Friend for a complete full refund. Luckily MF makes that process an easy one.
      If you are considering this Epiphone, I'd suggest you pass on this model entirely.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      This Epiphone Is A Complete Letdown

      By Musicman971997

      from California

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      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Gimmicky Tone Pot

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

      First off- I own 30 guitars... so I know a few things when it comes to good tone and good playability. I own a Crestwood, and ET-270 - and a few Wilshires. This Phant-O-Matic Wilshire is a complete waste of time. No matter how hard you try- the gimmicky tone pot never cleans up- the electronics only serve to cloud up the output, and either muddy the tone with fuzz, or add false brittle highs. Either way- you end up with a nasty output. The Wilshire I received here had defective wiring that was causing pops, I de-bugged the issue by plugging in other guitars, changing cables, etc... - all the problems were in this guitar. I had to send this one back, and I won't be replacing it with another Phant-O-Matic. -Not a chance.. This model is a huge waste of time and effort. A real disappointment.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Deal

      By jonny123

      from Toronto. Canada

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      Pros

      • Confortable
      • Flawless Finish
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Action
      • Good Feel
      • Light
      • Neck Feels Good
      • Solid Electronics
      • Well Set Up

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Pick Ups Weak

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

      Very good guitar. Easy to play. I would recommend for people on a budget that want functional instrument.

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      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Surprising Versatile

      By twizzler

      from Hollywood, FL

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Hot Pickups
      • Nice finish
      • Set Neck
      • Varitone
      • well built

      Cons

      • Chunky Neck
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pickup Selector
      • Vintage Tuners

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

      Wow! First impressions of the guitar were not good. There was horrible fret buzz, the neck was bowed, and the pickup selector was already having problems. After I got the guitar set up correctly (which all good guitars need), I was surprised at how light the guitar really is. The neck does not seem to be "slim tapered" but rather chunky which I am a fan of. The electronics don't seem to be 100% though. Over all a good guitar but it has issues which need sorting. Perfect live guitar though for swinging, throwing, and beating.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      okay guitar

      By mayhem

      from illinois

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

          really did not like the coil splitting. the only good sounding one is the 1 position. wasnt properly set up and the neck is too thin, for my taste. it arrived with damage on the paint andwhat looks like cracks in the laminate they used. cheap guitar but sounds great when you crank it loud and jam some led zeppelin or something like that

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great versatile solid guitar !

          By Aguitargrl

          from Pennysylvania

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for the combination of features it has..love the les paul neck and headstock. The tuners look great and stay in tune.I LOVE the position tone switch..it's a Great feature when recording.The kill switch I tend to use more than I should.All the hardware is solid nothing loose ,no rattles anywhere.String action was nice and low with no fret buzz anywhere and no dead spots on the neck.Ivory finish was flawless.guitar is light weight and the guitar came in a padded epiphone gig bag.I like this guitar so much that I will probably order the LTD green finish model.It's a Keeper..

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          (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dear God.

          By MattyMatt

          from st pete, FL

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          Pros

          • Gorgeous finish
          • Gorgeous fretboard
          • Killswitch
          • O-Matic Tone Switch
          • Slim SGLesPaul feel neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

              I've dealt with guitars that cost ten times this, and I regret buying anything before this. The feel is so solid. The design is so different yet classic.
              This guitar is like some sort of beautiful Frankenstein.
              It has all the best things from several guitars, with solid hardware and effects. I've had gibsons new that don't have the feel of quality that this guitar has. I really love it.

              And yes. This review may be slightly biased as I'm a huge fan of MCR, but I'd give it the same rating regardless.

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              (25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              make it happen

              By mark rodriguez

              from florida

              Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

              it feels and sounds great. i have an epi sg-400. while i like the sg, i have some issues with it. i was expecting the same issue with the phant o matic. not the case. the les paul neck and pick ups take this guitar in another direction. it is so raw, but so contained at the same time. i own, and have owned, numerous guitars. this is by far my favorite right now. the sound and feel, mixed with the kill switch and "o matic" tone, make this a guitar worth owning. i liked my gibson les paul studio. i love this guitar. i would never write a review of anything, but i just had to write one for the phant o matic. btw, i am not a fan of my chemical romance. i hate that this guitar is associated with them. it makes me embarassed to tell my friends about it.
              it's sad that there's only one review of this guitar. it is a really great guitar that has so many features. the tone "o matic" feature takes a little tinkering around with to see what it does, i think that it would be a great feature in recording multiple guitar tracks. the kill switch is pretty cool, i can see myself using it more than i should. the rest is pretty basic. volume knob and a 3 way switch. simple, but so versatile.
              i was skeptical when i ordered it, and almost canceled my order a couple of times. i'm glad i didn't. well built and feels solid. i'm kind of expecting to have to switch out the input jack, but no problems so far (knock on wood). frets feel good and the tuners stay in tune. i had to get it set up, but i would do that with any guitar i bought.
              it's a great price for an unexpectedly great guitar

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              (22 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAZING!

              Comments about Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar:

              This is an amazing guitar! Everyone needs to at least play it once in their life time!
              Are amazing, you get the best sound out of it every time
              High quality
              It's a steal what you get this for!

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