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Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar

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A great playing guitar with looks and sound that rocked back in the day.

Original Wilshire guitars command incredibly high prices in today's collectors markets. Now Epiphone has brought back this highly playable electric guitar in an affordable package without sacrificing quality. The 1966-style Epiphone Wilshire has all the great features and style that made it a standout guitar back in the day and has a cool distressed finish with the look of an instrument that has been there and back again. The Worn '66 Wilshire has a set slim-tapered mahogany neck on a double-cutaway mahogany body that gives access to the entire 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. The mini-humbucker pickups deliver that warm, gritty vintage sound that defined rock 'n' roll. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier.

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FEATURES
  • Body type: Solid Double cutaway
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck shape: '60s slim taper
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Fretboard radius: 14"
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic and stopbat tailpiece
  • Pickups: NY Mini-humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Tuners: Premium die-cast 14:1 ratio
  • Hardware color: Nickel
  • Finish: Gloss polyurethane
  • Fingerboard inlays: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl dot inlays

Authentic '60s look and sound for an unbeatable price. What are you waiting for? Order yours today.

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EpiphoneWorn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

'66 Wilshire Great Value

The Epiphone Wilshire is not a feature-rich instrument. The beauty of it is its simplicity. It is a straight forward guitar. Mahogany body and neck. It is a set neck with easy access...Read complete review

The Epiphone Wilshire is not a feature-rich instrument. The beauty of it is its simplicity. It is a straight forward guitar. Mahogany body and neck. It is a set neck with easy access to the highest frets. It is lightweight with a nice body contour on the back that makes it a very comfortable guitar to play for hours.

The guitar is made in Indonesia. The one I purchased is a well-crafted instrument especially at this price. Contrary to other reviews, it stays in tune. The set-up needed some adjustment, I lowered the bridge and made some minor changes to the intonation. I consider that routine because every player has different preferences in this regard.

It sounds great. The mini-humbuckers make this a great guitar for blues, rock, rockabilly, alt rock, etc. The sound has a nice bite. Even the cleaner tones are pretty assertive. That's what it was built for and that's what I like about it.
I don't think there is a better guitar for the money. I loved this guitar back in the 1960s and was thrilled when Epiphone reissued it. This guitar would be at least twice the price if it were a Gibson, so I'm grateful that it is a uniquely Epiphone design.

The Epiphone Wilshire is not a feature-rich instrument. The beauty of it is its simplicity. It is a straight forward guitar. Mahogany body and neck. It is a set neck with easy access to the highest frets. It is lightweight with a nice body contour on the back that makes it a very comfortable guitar to play for hours.
The guitar is made in Indonesia. The one I purchased is a well-crafted instrument especially at this price. Contrary to other reviews, it stays in tune. The set-up needed some adjustment, I lowered the bridge and made some minor changes to the intonation. I consider that routine because every player has different preferences in this regard.

I usually take two or three of my electric guitars to gigs (and practice). The Wilshire is always one of them. It has been used and abused. It has been knocked over twice. The second crash split the nut. I had it repaired and it is good as new. The set-up didn't even need adjustment.
I don't think there is a better guitar for the money. I loved this guitar back in the 1960s and was thrilled when Epiphone reissued it. This guitar would be at least twice the price if it were a Gibson, so I'm grateful that it is a uniquely Epiphone design.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

love the design but dissapointed

I received two Wilshire's from MF. The first was mis-wired and I returned it for a replacement. The neck on the replacement was improperly set into the body such that the action remained high...Read complete review

I received two Wilshire's from MF. The first was mis-wired and I returned it for a replacement. The neck on the replacement was improperly set into the body such that the action remained high with the bridge dropped as low as possible. Really disappointed b/c this is a great design lightweight, super resonant body, beautiful finish and the pickups sound fantastic. But the construction problems at least on the second one were as bad as I've ever seen: mis-set neck, sharp fret ends, zero setup, poorly cut nut (strings bind) etc. I'd love to own this guitar, but after two tries I'm not game for a third. Really with Epiphone would get it together for this guitar - it has great potential, but not if they can't dial in the construction quality.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'66 Wilshire Great Value

By Hootcom

from Madison, WI

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Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

The Epiphone Wilshire is not a feature-rich instrument. The beauty of it is its simplicity. It is a straight forward guitar. Mahogany body and neck. It is a set neck with easy access to the highest frets. It is lightweight with a nice body contour on the back that makes it a very comfortable guitar to play for hours.

The guitar is made in Indonesia. The one I purchased is a well-crafted instrument especially at this price. Contrary to other reviews, it stays in tune. The set-up needed some adjustment, I lowered the bridge and made some minor changes to the intonation. I consider that routine because every player has different preferences in this regard.

It sounds great. The mini-humbuckers make this a great guitar for blues, rock, rockabilly, alt rock, etc. The sound has a nice bite. Even the cleaner tones are pretty assertive. That's what it was built for and that's what I like about it.
I don't think there is a better guitar for the money. I loved this guitar back in the 1960s and was thrilled when Epiphone reissued it. This guitar would be at least twice the price if it were a Gibson, so I'm grateful that it is a uniquely Epiphone design.

The Epiphone Wilshire is not a feature-rich instrument. The beauty of it is its simplicity. It is a straight forward guitar. Mahogany body and neck. It is a set neck with easy access to the highest frets. It is lightweight with a nice body contour on the back that makes it a very comfortable guitar to play for hours.
The guitar is made in Indonesia. The one I purchased is a well-crafted instrument especially at this price. Contrary to other reviews, it stays in tune. The set-up needed some adjustment, I lowered the bridge and made some minor changes to the intonation. I consider that routine because every player has different preferences in this regard.

I usually take two or three of my electric guitars to gigs (and practice). The Wilshire is always one of them. It has been used and abused. It has been knocked over twice. The second crash split the nut. I had it repaired and it is good as new. The set-up didn't even need adjustment.
I don't think there is a better guitar for the money. I loved this guitar back in the 1960s and was thrilled when Epiphone reissued it. This guitar would be at least twice the price if it were a Gibson, so I'm grateful that it is a uniquely Epiphone design.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

love the design but dissapointed

By tonebrulee

from United States

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Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

I received two Wilshire's from MF. The first was mis-wired and I returned it for a replacement. The neck on the replacement was improperly set into the body such that the action remained high with the bridge dropped as low as possible. Really disappointed b/c this is a great design lightweight, super resonant body, beautiful finish and the pickups sound fantastic. But the construction problems at least on the second one were as bad as I've ever seen: mis-set neck, sharp fret ends, zero setup, poorly cut nut (strings bind) etc. I'd love to own this guitar, but after two tries I'm not game for a third. Really with Epiphone would get it together for this guitar - it has great potential, but not if they can't dial in the construction quality.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Neat Look, poorly crafted

By David Downing

from VA

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

Bottom line before even reading the rest of this review- if you're looking for a professional instrument on a low budget, you can find much better deals than this instrument.
Upon first look, this seems like a pretty sweet guitar. Awesome look with two mini-humbuckers, two volume and two tone controls. Thats about where the sweetness stops. Its a basic guitar thats strictly for the low budget player or beginner.
This guitar is VERY poorly made. On the first day one of the screws on the pickguard fell out. I replaced it with a slightly larger screw from my toolbox because the factory hole where the screw had fallen out from was stripped. The second time I placed this instrument the chrome piece where the strap attached fell out because that hole was also stripped. Either the wood is of horrible quality or the manufacturer is using way to powerful of a drill and stripping the screws. Furthermore, even after having this guitar set up by my local guitar shop, there is still a dead fret that we can't seem to stop buzzing. Enough- terrible quality. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
Sure, its a low price but the quality is too poor for this to be a good deal. I wouldn't own another of these guitars even if it were free.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Above Expectations

By Dan Keenan

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

I haven't owned many guitars, so I'm going to be a little harsh on this review so it could be a little more helpful.

I bought this guitar because I tried the Ltd Edition but wanted the mini-humbuckers. I bought the '66 looking for a unique sound and I got what I wanted. If your looking for more of a Fender style neck, this is about that thickness (a little skinnier). The fretboard is a little flatter which works to my advantage. The pick-up slector seems a tad loose but nothing that would affect your sound/quality. I noticed on my guitar that I wasn't particularly happy with was that there were slight different shades of black on it. On the sides is a bit of a browner shade and the middle the stock image. I'll give Epiphone the benefit of the doubt and assume this is just a factor flaw but you never know.

The Volume/Tone knobs work as expected, however they could be pulled off a little easier than one may want but they would never simply "Fall Off". The tuners are okay but if as always I'd probably throw some Grovers on there when the spare cash is found. There was some fret buzz on the low E, but that may be an action issue.

Sound wise, the cleans are great. Even in some distortion I haven't found much wrong, but you could get some better sounds if your into the more harder rock type stuff. Bridge is nice - any form of a tune-o-matic is a win. Lastly, the fretwork was better than I expected. Some guitars could fillet rocks, but anyone who likes to slide with their fingers alot - think Nirvana - its comfortable.

If your looking for a good guitar in the price range, looking for good cleans and the occasional distortion, heavily consider this guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really nice deal

By Nick N

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

This is a quality instrument that's well put together. For the price, this is a real deal. The mini-humbuckers have a unique sound (like a honky P-90). This guitar will give you a different sound than your humbuckers, P-90s, strats or teles. It's light and sleek. I would prefer a C-shape neck but that's just me. This is more of a "D-shape" (more mass near the edges). Other than that, I'm totally satisfied.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Promising! maybe with some tweaks..

By guitargirl-bjmbE

from Vernon (BC)

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

Looks good, feels ok to play.It's cheap. Made in Indonesia. The guitar does NOT stay in tune and the pickups are horrible. I'm playing through a tube amp and i've tweaked but i can not get a nice sound out of this guitar. Muddy. No clarity at all.That being said i'm looking to replace the tuners & pickups with Grovers and perhaps some new mini humbuckers or some single coils. A p90 would be nice but i don't know if they will fit...Buy if you dare but i would be returning it if i didn't already pay HST and postage costs :(

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

shocker...

By Jim-4SkpR

from Wisconsin

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

First, I've never found a Gibson string that I liked, so I bought a set of Elixers to replace the stock strings. Initially, the action was a bit high, but the neck adjustment was appropriate and there was no buzz at all, so after a few moments of playing on the dead strings, I replaced them and lowered the bridge. All I can say is I'm shocked. This is a fun guitar. I bought it because I have several guitars, but not one with mini-humbuckers, and I like these better than I thought I would as they are full sounding and have good tonal balance- less mud and midrange dip than many full size humbuckers. Although I like these pickups, I have only recently purchased the guitar and have not entirely ruled out ruled out replacements.The finish looks and feels nice. Good tuners, and G-string catches on the nut just like my 2 Gibson guitars, making it a little harder to tune. Great value. I will have no problem recording or gigging with this guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epiphone Worn Cherry '66 Wilshire

By el bernardo

from pinellas park, fl.

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Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

OK, here goes. I did not purchase this one new, but "like new", whatever that means. The plastic was still on the pickguard and pickups. However, when i took it out to play it at a jam, the neck pickup cut in & out intermittently. So I had it checked out, figuring that it was just a short in the wires. But, lo and behold, it turned out to be a bad neck pickup!!! This did not discourage me, because i figured I would be switching out the pickups at some point. However, I would hope that Epiphone's quality control would catch these more often if in fact it was new!! This is a decent ax, nevertheless! I replaced the stock neck mini humbucker pickup with a Kent Armstrong. Wow!!! Just what the doctor ordered. The finish is really nice, the neck feels great in my hands. The action originally was a little on the high side (perfect for open tuning bottleneck slide, which this thing sounded awesome on!!!) But I brought the action down as low as I could set it.. and it plays like butter!! I was looking for something that was not a full humbucker, and not a standard (Fender style)single coil pickup. This axe is a really nice axe for the money,looks wise, playability wise , and tone wise. You may need to tweak it somewhat, but if that doesn't deter you, in the end you won't be disappointed!! One caveat!! Epiphone may need to look at their Quality Control Dept.!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vintage

By JasonVB

from Chicago

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Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

This is a really cool sounding guitar. The mini humbuckers have a great vibe.I write my own music, indie rock kind of stuff..I really like the "British invasion"/vintage sound that I get from this guitar- it suits the kind of stuff that I play very well.I like the bite/treble with the bridge pickup, and I put it through a Vox amp and it sounds great.If you're into vintage sound and that twangy/trebley bite you get from mini humbuckers, I would highly recommend this guitar.Plus it looks really cool!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worn '66 Wilshire

By ME

from Where1000'sCorps.livein1smallbuildingDel

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Just A Little Neck Heavy
  • Plastic nut

Best Uses

  • Anywhere With A Good Amp
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

Ah yes! I played a original in the 70's for about 8 years. what a great guitar it was! When I saw they were doing a reissue, I had to get one just for old time sake ,even if it was only good enough to hang on the wall as a ornament for memory lane. It took a while to really tweak the guitar in. I didn't know it had a two way truss rod adjustment and the neck was too straight. Well I finally figured it out. there was no information telling me that it had a two way truss rod. The old one just had a brass nut just like the Gibson's did. I had to turn 2 of the bridge saddles around to get the intonation correct but it set perfectly. To keep this short, it setup really good. the neck radius is a little flatter than the originals and it has a plastic nut instead of a bone. the pickups are just as good as the ones on a Deluxe les Paul. The old one I played had a black pick guard but other than that the guitar is just about the same. I'm really impressed with the guitar now and wouldn't part with it for love nor money. Maybe I got lucky the first time around and got a good one. If you didn't keep trying till you do , you won't be sorry. Epiphone you hit this one out of the park at least for me anyway. Thank you! classic rock all the way!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lightweight and gorgeous

By Caitlin Brooks-nNI25

from Richland, MI

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Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

I have been interested in this particular model lately because I hear that it's very lightweight, thus appropriate for people who want to move around a lot while performing. Lo and behold, I think Epiphone permanently reissued the 1966 worn Wilshire, and I know that it has been getting a lot of rave reviews. I tried a used Chinese alpine white Wilshire at my nearest Guitar Center, and I was intrigued by its tone, feel, and light weight. Only recently did I try the 1966 worn Wilshire and find out that it's not Chinese; it's Indonesian! But what do I care? I think both versions of the Wilshire are wonderful in every way, shape or form. I would advise those interested in a Wilshire to get a hardshell case during the time of purchase.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worn Cherry, needs a modern neck...

By Phillip-og09x

from Illinois

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

The tone of this guitar was great, but to be honest I only owned it for two weeks. I loved the lightweight of it and the body was gorgeous the wood looked so awesome. The nobs were a little loose I had to take them off and take a wrench to tighten them. But It gave songs I've written a new vibe to it. However the 1960s slimming neck is what was the deal breaker on this instrument. There is a reason I think this instrument was left in the 60s. at the high end of the neck its so wide that it feels like I was playing a seven string guitar. I was so agitated by it I went to a local guitar store found an old school 1989 Squier Stratocaster and just traded him straight up for the Wilshire. My advice is that it's easy to fall in love with the sound of this guitar just make sure you're comfortable with the body before buying it.

 
5.0

Cool vintage vibe looks and tone !!!

By timbo

from arizona

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light Weight Guitar
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Bridge Pickup To Loud

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

Epiphone guitars always seem to deliver great tone and quality.
Wish it would have come with a gig bag for some
protection.

 
4.0

"Great Value"

By AVN-ONLINE

from New York, NY

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Pros

  • Fast neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • VERY light weight

Cons

  • Knobs Chip Easily

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Worn '66 Wilshire Electric Guitar:

I purchased a used 66 Wilshire reissue and after opening it up when it arrived, I found out the guitar's electronics were dead in the water. It was a level 2 Used Item which was in Very Good condition.

I called up MusiciansFriend.com's Customer Service and was ready to send it back for a refund when I couldn't afford a new one and they had no other used models. The customer service was so great, they accepted my used guitar to be returned and they decided to send me a NEW Wilshire for the inconvenience. Great service! You've got a customer for life now!

Now on to the guitar itself.

I've played with Stratocasters mainly and this would be my first Epiphone. I was excited to see a guitar with a similar profile to a Strat and was intrigued by the mini humbuckers and retro look.

First thing you'll notice when picking this guitar up. It's so light! The thing profile on the body makes it very light to carry. The neck itself outweighs the body but I personally like it. It lends to faster fret play.

Electronics seem good, I've yet to explore it more. The tone is fantastic.

I'll need to send it to a setup as I notice the guitar going out of tune over night but that's not the guitar's fault (it just needs a setup).

I'd recommend this guitar, it's a great pricepoint!

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