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Epiphone Wildkat with Bigsby (Antique Natural) – Guitar of the Day

The Epiphone Wild Kat semi-hollow archtop has got to be the steal of the century! If it had a price tag twice as high, you’d still consider it a good deal. Right now we have two in stock, one in Antique Natural and (our favorite) one in Translucent Black, which actually looks a bit more like a dark burgundy. Naturally, the first thing you notice is the two-piece book-matched flame maple top with body binding and real bound f-holes. The maple set neck (it’s glued in, not bolted on) has a profile that feels a lot like a ’59 Les Paul, with a fully bound, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and simple white pearl or abalone dot position markers. A really classy touch is the binding, which has a vintage look to it – the color reminds us of great old guitars that were gigged in smoky clubs until the white binding turned into a dark cream color. It’s quite striking.

There are two “dog-eared” Gibson P-90 pickups with Alnico magnets onboard. P-90s are popular again, and for good reason, they are capable of delivering a bit more bite than most humbuckers (mainly because they’re actually single coil pickups), but you can roll down the tone control to get you into that warm Santana-like sound. They really scream when played through a good amp with overdrive or by using a good distortion pedal. But the real surprise comes in the form of a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, which sits behind a bridge that looks and works pretty much like a Gibson Tune-O-Matic. While there are better vibrato tailpieces for guitarists that like to really bend up or down by a semitone or more, the Bigsby is great for adding some animation to notes and chords (which almost sounds like a chorus effect). The vibrato arm ends just in front of the treble pickup, where it’s easy to give it a wiggle without manual gymnastics. Finally, there are two volume controls, a master tone, and master volume plus a standard three-way toggle switch. This would be a fantastic complement to a Strat, but without breaking the bank.

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  • Epiphone Wildkat with Bigsby - Antique Natural
    Epiphone Wildkat with Bigsby - Antique Natural Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Antique Natural The Wildkat may not wear its snarl on its sleeve like its brother the Flame Kat, but one listen and you'll hear the family resemblance immediately. The Wildkat boasts a...
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