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Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar

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One-of-a-kind sound from Epiphone's glorious past!

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. But here's what separates the Wilshire from the SG. Most early Epiphone guitars including the Wilshire were equipped with mini-humbucking pickups and Epiphone carries on this tradition. With its smaller size, narrow magnetic field and unique design combination, the mini-humbucker produces bright and focused output while retaining famous humbucker "hum-free" performance. A replica of the originals, they feature adjustable pole pieces, enamel wire, bar ceramic magnets and rounded nickel plated covers set in an original style black mounting ring with height adjustment screws.

n 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.

Now with IMPROVED Tremotone!
There's been a lot of tremolos developed over the years but few as unique and distinctive as Epiphone Tremotone with it's Rosewood insert and metal "E" insignia. Introduced in 1961, it was optional equipment on many classic Epiphone models. Epiphone engineers have taken that same, great design and improved it with a spring-loaded return system that allows for ultra-smooth operation and excellent return-to-pitch characteristics.

Cool 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 (TM) neck profile with Rosewood fingerboard, premium 14:1 die-cast tuners and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. And to give it that worn-in look and feel, Epiphone tops it all off with a thin satin finish.

It could last a lifetime! As with all Epiphone's, the Wilshire is backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Only 398 original 1966 Wilshires were produced and are selling today for $10,000 or more depending upon condition. If you're not fortunate enough to own an original or can't afford that kind of cash, here's your chance to own one with the same classic 1966 Epiphone vibe and tone. Cool!

FEATURES
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper„¢
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Dot Inlays
  • Bridge Pickup: NYT Mini-Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: NYT Mini-Humbucker
  • Controls: Bridge Volume, Neck Volume, Bridge Tone, Neck Tone, 3-way pickup selector (toggle)
  • Fingerboard Radius:12"
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: Redesigned Tremotone„¢ System
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Premium Die-Cast, 14:1 ratio

Order yourself a Wilshire—it's uncommonly good.

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EpiphoneWorn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 23 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent rock n roll guitar

Overall, a fantastic little guitar, especially for this price. Team it up with a good amp (try a Fender Deville, its been working for me) and you won't be disappointed.Read complete review

Overall, a fantastic little guitar, especially for this price. Team it up with a good amp (try a Fender Deville, its been working for me) and you won't be disappointed.

As something of a badass mini-bonus, I found out after purchasing this guitar that the late 1960's Wilshire with mini-humbuckers was used by Wayne Kramer of the MC5, while the band's other guitarist, Fred "Sonic" Smith (later married to Patti Smith), used a 3 pickup version called the Crestwood. If that ain't the coolest pedigree ever, I don't know what is. Kick out the jams, MFers \m/
A fantastic guitar for playing any sort of rock n roll. The two mini-humbuckers produce a somewhat sharper, more focused tone than do full sized humbuckers, but retain the tonal characteristics that make those pickups so popular; they handle distortion/fuzz/gain very well, but without the clarity issues I generally associate with regular humbuckers.

The neck is a lot of fun to play, especially with the worn finish. It is noticeably flatter than a typical Gibson/Epiphone or Fender neck on the underside, and the lack of the sticky glossy finish on similarly priced guitars allows for more freedom of movement as one slides one's hand up and down the neck. Not only does this worn finish serve this utilitarian purpose, but it is rather beautiful as well. The matte finish shows off the wood grain, and on the Worn Black guitar translates to a beautiful dark black/brown color.

The Tremotone is a fun little tremolo unit as well. Somewhat reminiscent of a Bigsby in its looks, it turns out to be easier to handle while changing strings. Return to pitch is relatively good (this is touted as a selling point in the MF description), but as with other tremolos of this sort, keep a tuner handy.

The Wilshire is also extremely light, a great characteristic if you need to play it with a strap. And although the neck does dive the slightest bit, it is a well-balanced guitar.
While certainly not a super expensive, top-of-the-line guitar, the quality of this particular offering from Epiphone caught me off guard in a good way. Having in the past owned an Epiphone SG copy (the G400), I was expecting something along those lines as far as build quality and the feel of the guitar. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with an instrument that feels great just to hold and was put together with far more care than the typical Epiphone version of a Gibson guitar. I hope to see Epiphone doing more of these cool vintage reissues, especially if they can continue to do them so well.
For a brand new guitar around the this price, I don't this you can go wrong with this one. It's a fantastic little guitar for the price, seemingly inhabiting that obscure and difficult to find region of stellar price-to-value ratio.

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Bad tremolo design

Nice 24 3/4" scale guitar, comfortable to play. The String spacing at the Nut is rather too narrow - will replace with a recut wider spaced Tusq Nut. Mini Humbuckers are...Read complete review

Nice 24 3/4" scale guitar, comfortable to play. The String spacing at the Nut is rather too narrow - will replace with a recut wider spaced Tusq Nut. Mini Humbuckers are nice and clear sounding. But the big disaster is the TremoTone Vibrato. It has various different radius sizes for each string, with an attempt to render equal pitch drops on all strings, but the High E sits too tall leaving the Tremolo roller, with very little downward pressure on the Bridge makes the High E have no sustain and always falls off the roller Bridge Saddle after every strum - Really terrible deign(hint: Richard Akers at Epiphone needs to correct this terrible Tremolo asap)
I plan to remove the stock Tremotone vibrato, and install a period correct Gibson Vibrola from Allparts. I was going to return this guitar to MF, but the hidden fees for restocking/returns on used gear killed those plans - so I'll try to make this work

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wilshire Tremotone is a pretty sweet guitar

By Don Gisch

from Midwest

Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase. I purchased mine the week it was released so I have owned it for a while and am as happy with it today as I was when I bought it. I have gigged this guitar numerous times without any problems whatso ever.
Obviously the first feature I noticed upon unboxing the Wilshire with Tremotone was.....the Tremotone!! This is a retro style tremolo from original Epiphone models such as the "Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe" so it has a really cool vibe. One of the things I really liked about the tremotone unit was that the arm has three holes so that you can change the length that the arm extends from the tremolo. Combined with the roller bridge I found that the guitar stays in tune very well when using the tremotone unit.

Finish:
After much deliberation I decided to go with the worn ebony finish for my Wilshire. The ebony goes really well with all the rosewood(fingerboard and tailpiece) as well as making the white pick guard really "pop" in contrast.

Pick ups:
This is my first guitar to have mini humbuckers so I can't really compare them to a different set of mini's but I own a humbucker and a single coil guitar so I can give a reasonable comparison between those. The mini humbuckers can definitely growl the way that a humbucker can but sort of has a tighter sound like a single coil. I also noticed that when played in middle position the bridge volume pot serves as a master volume for both the bridge and neck pups.

Neck:
I found the neck to be very comfortable to play, the worn finish is very thin so the neck doesn't have that sticky poly finish feel that so many guitars seem to have. I ended up at a local guitar shop that carried one of the Wilshire pro models (the one with coil split hum buckers) and was very surprised to find that the necks were very different. The Wilshire Tremotone has a considerably thinner neck profile in comparison to the Pro.

Weight:
One of the major reasons I purchased this guitar was because I was tired of having a sore back after playing a Les Paul for five hours at practice. This guitar is considerably lighter than Les Pauls and is even lighter than my strat. I have practiced/gigged with this for 5+ hours at a time and have had zero back strain from playing.

The quality of the guitar was excellent in my opinion. Other than changing strings and adding strap locks I don't see myself modding this guitar at all.
Value is a rather subjective topic but to me this is a great guitar and would definitely pick up another one if mine was destroyed/stolen.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent rock n roll guitar

By John McMahon

from CA

Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

Overall, a fantastic little guitar, especially for this price. Team it up with a good amp (try a Fender Deville, its been working for me) and you won't be disappointed.

As something of a badass mini-bonus, I found out after purchasing this guitar that the late 1960's Wilshire with mini-humbuckers was used by Wayne Kramer of the MC5, while the band's other guitarist, Fred "Sonic" Smith (later married to Patti Smith), used a 3 pickup version called the Crestwood. If that ain't the coolest pedigree ever, I don't know what is. Kick out the jams, MFers \m/
A fantastic guitar for playing any sort of rock n roll. The two mini-humbuckers produce a somewhat sharper, more focused tone than do full sized humbuckers, but retain the tonal characteristics that make those pickups so popular; they handle distortion/fuzz/gain very well, but without the clarity issues I generally associate with regular humbuckers.

The neck is a lot of fun to play, especially with the worn finish. It is noticeably flatter than a typical Gibson/Epiphone or Fender neck on the underside, and the lack of the sticky glossy finish on similarly priced guitars allows for more freedom of movement as one slides one's hand up and down the neck. Not only does this worn finish serve this utilitarian purpose, but it is rather beautiful as well. The matte finish shows off the wood grain, and on the Worn Black guitar translates to a beautiful dark black/brown color.

The Tremotone is a fun little tremolo unit as well. Somewhat reminiscent of a Bigsby in its looks, it turns out to be easier to handle while changing strings. Return to pitch is relatively good (this is touted as a selling point in the MF description), but as with other tremolos of this sort, keep a tuner handy.

The Wilshire is also extremely light, a great characteristic if you need to play it with a strap. And although the neck does dive the slightest bit, it is a well-balanced guitar.
While certainly not a super expensive, top-of-the-line guitar, the quality of this particular offering from Epiphone caught me off guard in a good way. Having in the past owned an Epiphone SG copy (the G400), I was expecting something along those lines as far as build quality and the feel of the guitar. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with an instrument that feels great just to hold and was put together with far more care than the typical Epiphone version of a Gibson guitar. I hope to see Epiphone doing more of these cool vintage reissues, especially if they can continue to do them so well.
For a brand new guitar around the this price, I don't this you can go wrong with this one. It's a fantastic little guitar for the price, seemingly inhabiting that obscure and difficult to find region of stellar price-to-value ratio.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sounds and plays great but there are flaws

By TommyTomcat

from DFW, TX

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Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

Honestly, if it weren't for the bridge issue I'd be really stoked about this guitar. I really like the neck, frets, playability, tone and vibe of this guitar. I get lots of comments when I play it a jams. I just hate being in the middle of a solo and the guitar's out of tune because the E string is off the bridge roller. I emailed Epiphone about this issue and got a auto reply emailed response back telling me to send it to one of my 'local' repair centers in California... I live in Texas and I did register the guitar.
Features highlights: The trem functions well as a trem, but it's design contributes to this guitar's major flaw. More on that below. Very good souding mini humbuckers. Resonant solid body with thin finsh.. feel the wood.

Features lowlights: Vol/tone control layout is cumbersom with the input jack mounted in the middle of the knobs all on the pick guard. The high E string slides off the roller bridge way to easily. All it takes is a pluck. The stop bar that the strings wrap around is compensated to provide different angles for each strings as they go over the bridge rollers. The way the stop bar is designed, the high E string has the least degree of bend going over the bridge roller. If the string went across the roller at just a little bit more of an angel, it would not silde off. Grrrr.............
The guitar stays in tune and plays well (while the high e string is on the bridge roller). I've already mentioned the bridge roller. Also, out of the box two of the pots were loosely attached to the pick guard. After a little playing all of the pots and input jack was loose. I had to pull the strings and tighten everything down internally.
I got this guitar @ $399 - 15% sale. It's a good deal for this guitar. It really does sound good.. it's just too bad about the bridge issue.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Made me smile

By Studio B

from Columbus, Ohio

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

I received it in the mail, unpacked it, and took it straight to the gig with my other guitars. I ended up playing this one the most. It was set up well out of the box, and had a comfortable range of tones as well as a nice weight and feel. I rocked out with it, and on a break, found myself playing along with the DJ's swing material on a nice clean sound that was very compatible. I am pleased to have it in my arsenal. It's fun to look at and fun to play. The tremolo stays in tune very well when used as intended (not a dive bomber). The guys in my band were impressed with it too. It's a great guitar for the money. Guitar snobs might find it not in the same class with Gibson or Fender, but I get satisfaction out of finding inexpensive instruments that play well.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone's Worn '66 Wilshire Sings

By CaptainSoul

from Anchorage, AK

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Neck is smooth easy
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

    It's a classic that has been upgraded and improved. I am thrilled with the quality of my Epiphone 1966 Wilshire (w/Tremotone) - beautiful wood, craftmanship, smooth neck. It is unique, yet easily compares to utility and variety of a Telecaster. This is one of those great guitars that should be used in more performances and seen increasingly on more band stands.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar

    By Larry Searer

    from Pennsylvania

    Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

    Very pleased with my purchase. Most satisfying was the help and courtesy I received when ordering. They went over & above helping me with my purchase and I would recommend Musician's Friend to anyone looking for any musical products. This was a after Christmas gift and they expedited the shippping for me free of charge. Excellent staff to deal with..............

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bad tremolo design

    By Elantric

    from San Luis Obispo, CA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Tremolo

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

    Nice 24 3/4" scale guitar, comfortable to play. The String spacing at the Nut is rather too narrow - will replace with a recut wider spaced Tusq Nut. Mini Humbuckers are nice and clear sounding. But the big disaster is the TremoTone Vibrato. It has various different radius sizes for each string, with an attempt to render equal pitch drops on all strings, but the High E sits too tall leaving the Tremolo roller, with very little downward pressure on the Bridge makes the High E have no sustain and always falls off the roller Bridge Saddle after every strum - Really terrible deign(hint: Richard Akers at Epiphone needs to correct this terrible Tremolo asap)
    I plan to remove the stock Tremotone vibrato, and install a period correct Gibson Vibrola from Allparts. I was going to return this guitar to MF, but the hidden fees for restocking/returns on used gear killed those plans - so I'll try to make this work

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fun little guitar

    By JR

    from Indiana

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

      Looking for a vintage 60's looking guitar? This is it. The guitar came set up with great action. Satin finish on the back of the neck and total access to the upper frets make it a pleasure to play. The mini humbeckers are different sounding in a good way. Difficult to put down. Just makes you want to play. Very happy with this guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good reproduction for the money.

      By Frank

      from Cape Coral, FL

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      Pros

      • Fairly Good Reproduction
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • No Cons For This Price

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

      This is a good reproduction of the original Crestwood Deluxe;I have two. It looks real close to the originls except for the finish and the feel of the neck. The finish is not nitro and gloss like the original and it is obviously not made of honduras mahogany like the originals. Originals were small frets, termed "fretless wonder" at the time. The repro has much better feeling larger frets and a more comfortable neck. I would like Gibson/Epi to do a true repro someday. Very good utility guitar with an authentic reproduction look.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gave in to urge

      By trussme88

      from springfield, mo

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

        Great slim, light-weight unit with easy reach for hi frets. Mini HB's have good clear bite. Some quick setup changes and was gone. Vintage design and finish is really fab, not to mention bargain price, especially with cool epi tremolo included.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A very accurate reproduction of the original '66 I had over 20 yerars ago!

        By Bandito

        from Hot Springs, AR

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        Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

        From the retro styling, to the mini humbukers and tremtone "whammy bar" I love it. It's light weight (which compared to a Les Paul or any of my basses makes it a joy to play for hours at a time with out fatigue) It's not a guitar for everyone but after owning an orginal for 3+years, I'd say this reissue is spot on.
        I had an original '66 on loan from a friends dad for 3+ years back in the late 80's early 90's and loved it. Although it did not have the tremtone on it I figured if I was buying a reissue I might as well upgrade! The sound is identical to the original I had (the best I can remember) I am a bass player but write on the guitar and play the 6 string alot. Outside playing bass for my band (Playing With Karma<shameless plug) this Guitar through my 4x12"/1x15" bass rig with my Boss HM-1 Distortion petal creates all the creamy deep tones you can handle in the bridge pickup possition, Think Kyuss "Blues for the red Sun". In the middle possition you can dial in several tone variations from high to low. I also like the fact that you can turn down one pickup and use the pickup selector as a kill switch. Mix that with the Tremtone "Whammy bar" add some delay and feedback...WOW! The neck pickup position is great for solo's and really let's harmonics shine and squeal. You can get some great tones, all the way from "Fender strat-ish sparkle (without the "twang") to down and dirty SG. With as little or as much mud as you like with out adjusting pedals and mearly using the tone/vol controls and pickup selector. I loved this guitar when it was an original and am very impressed with the reissue so far.
        The first one I recieved was cracked at the neck joint. ( which I believe was not Epiphone or Musicians Friends fault and done in shipping as there were not Fragile markings on the outter box) The replacement is perfect, I have not found a flaw yet. (they did mark the packaging fragile the second time per my request) Accidents happen when you order online and have things shipped, great customer service Musicians Friend!
        For the money this reissue can't be beat!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Couple of negartives about the Wilshire

        By Ira Kay

        from Arizona

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        Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

        Cool guitar ... sound good.

        Don't think about upgrading pickups, etc. Again wiring is complicated ....
        Have had the guitar for a few weeks ...

        Agree with the prior reviews for the most part, but

        Body is very light, makes the guitar neck heavy

        Knobs are really cheesy ... I replaced them with more substantials knobs

        Switching is delicate (coil taps on tone controls) ... be careful ... damaging the switches would lead to a search for the parts "unusual" and difficult to wire (OK, I speak from experience)

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        kicks butt

        By jeff springfield

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

        Buy this guitar and then buy the Lennon casino.
        This guitar is awesome. I was born in 1966 so had to have it. Tremolo is solid. Had guitars for 30 years but haven't had the diligence to learn the craft. This guitar makes me want to. I tune my other guitars but this one never needs tuning, even whamming on the tremolo. buy this guitar.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Disappointed

        By Fazon

        from Mission Viejo, CA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Unique

        Cons

        • Cracks In Finish
        • Weak Neck Joint

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

          Received and returned 3, all for cracks in the finish around the neck joint indicating possible weak neck joint that flexes more that the finish can take and may eventually break. Low rating is for the described problem only. Customer service was very good, resolved issue satisfactorily.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice axe for the price.

          By SLIDEMAN

          from SHORELINE WA.

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Nice And Light

          Cons

          • none yet

          Best Uses

          • At My Blues Jams
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

          Needed an inexpensive alternative to my more expensive Axes to take off the work load.Got it as a SDOTD. Great value.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Has its Qualities its not for Everyone

          By Sage

          from SW Florida

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Bridge Saddles
          • Tuning Keys

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

          I really wanted to like this guitar. It was a bargain SDOTD so I gave it a shot. Out of the box I was impressed with the Craftsmanship. The action was slightly high but overall,very nice. Very light guitar. Amplified the pickups delivered a nice tone and when I added some overdrive I got a cocked Wah tone all the way up and down the fretboard...Awesome. The tones were all there! The fretboard was finished nicely and the neck felt great. Attempting anything more that slight use of the tremolo would result in retuning. Understandable at this point. The machines felt a little below average to me. If I would have kept this guitar I would have replaced the machines. Anyway, So I lower the action slightly and String bending immediately became an issue. The strings would pop off the bridge saddles ...ugh. Unacceptable. Many Players could have zero issues with this depending on their playing style. For me, It was deal breaker. too bad, the guitar had some nice positives. FWIW I've been playing a while and have some nice guitars but I'm not a gear snob. I love inexpensive gear that delivers. I would still reccommend it to certain players. This guitar would certainly work well for someone who doesnt keep their action very low or rhythm players, begginers or someone that doesn't play such "enthusiastic" leads. Unfortunately, I had to send it back. YMMV

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this guitar!!!!

          By JSTJEAN

          from Greenwood, DE

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          Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

          Great sound and feel and is a real nice vintage look.
          Wow...what a surprise for the price!!
          Quality build and features. I love the Tremtone (Bigsby style tremelo). It is very smooth and accurately stays in tune. Setup up from factory was dead on and the fret edges were smooth right out of the box.
          Caught this baby on sale and is definitely worth the full price.

           
          5.0

          Glad I Got This One

          By JC

          from San Diego, CA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

            This was among the first SDotD buys I went for. It was an impulse order and I didn't have a lot of expectations for quality. I was surprised how nice the guitar really is. Comfortable weight and easy playing neck/fingerboard. It has a neat look. The tremolo bridge does not take it out of tune, a likely improvement over the 1966 original. Great for playing surf guitar, Link Wray, and lots of other stuff (even Bo Diddley, believe it or not). I have quite a number of guitars, but this seems to be the most practical one to just have around to pick up and mess around. Sounds fine even unamplified. I put a nice strap on it and keep it in a Gator case, where it fits great. It was manufactured in a plant on the other side of the Pacific, but was set up and inspected in Nashville. While I would prefer the whole operation be American, I see nothing inferior in the quality. It is well made. I gave it 5 stars for the class of this instrument based on cost. At the price point, it is way beyond nice.

             
            4.0

            Has some flaws.

            By Sohnostudios

            from Avon CT

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Light Weight
            • Light Wieght

            Cons

            • Tremolo

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

            This a great looking light weight guitar that needs certain modifications if you want to use it . The factory installed Tremolo is flawed and when ever you use it the guitar goes out of tune.I replaced the Tremolo with a B50 Bigsby Tremolo which helped. I also had to replace the Nut for wider string spacing.One of the volume pots needed to be replaced as well.Once you make these modifications you have a great guitar with a classic sound and look.

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            4.0

            Worn 1966 Wilshire

            By Texascat2

            from Baytown, TX

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            Pros

            • Affordable First Guitar
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire with Tremotone Electric Guitar:

            I would give it five stars but I bought it for my brother. He loves this guitar, I did not play it but the reviews were darn good, so we gave it a try!
            The bridge is tuned and set up very nice out of the box.
            I did buy this as The Stupid Deal of the Day, got a great price! So, if your not getting the Stupid Deal email, I suggest you submit your email address.
            I've been buying from Musicians Friend for over ten years. Always great bargains and fantastic customer support.
            If your just starting or a serious novice, you will like this guitar!

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