Epiphone Wildkat with Bigsby (Antique Natural) Reviews4.7/5.0 based on 13 customer reviews
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from New York State
May 16, 2013Music Background:
Engineer, Sound Designer, Composer, Performer.
A Friggin' Bargain!If someone handed you this guitar with a Gibson or Gretsch logo on it, you'd be willing to pay $1200.00 for it - no kidding! Out of the box, action's a tiny bit high, but plays fine. Quality is top-notch. Epiphone is really amazing me a set neck thin-line that could go from Foo Fighters to Stray Cats to Pat martino - just amazing. The pups are a little thicker than classic p-90s - almost half way between single coil and humbucker sound. I cranked it on my Fender Twin and lord have mercy it rocked! Sang! The controls: separate volume for each pup, + master volume + master tone give you lots of tonal variety. The only other guitar with a similar setup (though not master volume) that I've played is a Godin Radiator, and with both Axes, I find this a very versatile set of controls.
I will probably replace the nut with bone or tusq, get a pro set up, and if nut sauce doesn't do it, I may even get a roller bridge - because it's not rock solid in terms of tuning stability - but a Bigsby is not a dive bomber, after all.
For the money, this thing is incredible. Unlike so many cheap guitars, the electronics on this sound great. The only things you might want to change are those I mentioned above.
I like the smallish body size, and the almost Les Paul thickness.
It is a **** sexy guitar to look at too.
from west bloomfield, MI
May 15, 2013Music Background:
I played in bars all through college at 70 years old I still play every day for 2 hours.
beautiful epiphone guitarThis guitar has a great feel...It looks good and its easy to play...The attention to detail is the same as my 20 year old epiphone/gibson. The tone is deep and mellow
from Richmond Va
March 25, 2013Music Background:
bigbysthe sound is great its what i been searchn for
from French Lick, Indiana
March 7, 2013Music Background:
Epiphone wildkatgreat guitar for price
from United States
March 4, 2013Music Background:
Oh you know, I can play the white keys real good
Amazed at this price pointI bought this guitar cause I thought it was really nice looking. Plus I wanted a semi-hollow body with this style and I am a sucker for Bigsby's.
I also read online others that replaced the tuners and pickups. When I got it, I was truly blown away by how it looked. I was disappointed with how it stayed in tune and it's tone.
I spoke with sweetwater tech support and they suggested some Nut Sauce. Not sure if that really did anything but I gave the strings a REAL good stretching in and now, I have no tuning problems at all. Those are Grover tuners so they are pretty good.
As for the tone, I really how to dial up my rig much different to get the right sound out of it but I have a pretty good rock-a-billy tone now (although my chicken picking has much to be desired).
The guitar was always very playable, the notes would fret nice and it feels comfortable to strum and pick. I find raking very easy on this ax.
I guess it's true, you can't believe everything you read on the internet. This guitar is put together right and of course, sweetwater rocked at sales and service. I feel like I got an amazing deal (especially if you look at something like an ES-335).
from Detroit MI (where punk-rock was created)
January 15, 2013Music Background:
I am a song-writer an garage musician and will finally start playing more than open-mic nights this spring, 6 songs on iTunes this winter
Destined for me ...I was looking for P-90s, and a Semi-hollowbody with a whammy bar, and it is all that and more! I too, have large hands and the neck is amazing, it feels made for me ... I looked at, and played, many other guitars, but with all the above, none could match the deal, I love it! Dave Brow was very good to work with ...
from Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia
November 18, 2009Music Background:
Intermediate-Blues and Vintage R&R
One Kool KatI got to choose mine from SWEETWATER'S Guitar Gallery.
Beautiful Maple Veneered top. I have large hands and this plays PERFECT. Great action and string bending.The tone is super VINTAGE, and with tweaking the controls
through my Epiphone Blues Custom 30 all tube amp makes it a SUPER tone machine! Everyone who has seen it are very impressed with its appearance! Great tone for a super price!
August 3, 2007Music Background:
wildkatJust a perfect axe.You know what you want and the wildkat will tell you if you are what she wants.
Jump Blues,Rockabilly,Jazz,Bossa...crystal clear chords and creamy lead sounds..I'm sold that's why I bought.
Perfect...don't let the price mislead...
Play and hear this sweetie...
from Hendersonville, North Carolina
April 2, 2007Music Background:
Faithfully destroying good music since 1968
SmoooooothI would not give this to just any guitar, But I was truly blown away at the sound and feel of this guitar,,,I seriously went into the store to debunk a freinds suggestion that my son buy one of these,,,but I walked out WITH one of my own instead......The P90's were amazing, this thing sounds much more expensive than it is,,,and there are seperate volumes for each as well as a master which makes this almost like a varitone except with more range,,,It sounds like a much larger semi-hollow, the back and sides are from the same block of Mahogony like the big boys with a Beautiful Flame top,,,,and the playability,,this thing plays like Butter......I thought that it had been set up but when I got my new one from the back and opened it,,,,,it was perfect,,,,it needed little tuning and the intonation was dead on,,,,I do wish that it did not have the Bigsby but since it's there I may even try some dive bombing,,,,
March 28, 2013
Well worth the money!!!Sweet guitar. My first semihollow body guitar. Looks amazing! Plays great. Neck is like satin, slide up and down with ease. Strings are nice, not to tight, not to loose, bigsby is a really cool feature, tuning is a little issue if you use it a lot. I think it just looks cool. Great guitar for any single coil pickup application. Enjoy!!!
from seymour, tn.USA
February 7, 2012Music Background:
pro for more than 40 years
wildkatgreat guitar after a little tweaking, I like my action really low and it got there.The service with a return and everything was just great, thank you Brian great guitar and great people, looking forward to working with you a lot this year
from United States
February 15, 2013Music Background:
lots and lots
Very beautiful and playable guitarFirstly I love Bigsby's, I love they way they look. This is my third guitar to have one and probably looks the best on this.
The neck is very playable but the setup left something to be desired. Also the pickups stink. I will be replacing them with 57's.
Other than that it is surprisingly well crafted for a Chinese made guitar and since an es-335 is out of my budget this is a more than acceptable alternative.
from Mena, AR
May 27, 2010Music Background:
Recording engineer, Singer-Songwriter
My Only GripeAbsolutely love this guitar. It came set up ready to play. The action is nice and the fretboard has a nice feel; chords and solos are easy to play. It also has a very clean, bell like tone. I could get some very Johnny Lang-like blues sounds out of this thing. When you kick up the gain, it drives quite nicely. Though the pick-ups do have a tendency to scream and not feedback. My only gripe is that it won't stay in tune when I use the bigsby tremolo a lot. I even went with 11 strings to try and help the tuning stability, but to no avail.