Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic - Ivory

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, Momentary Killswitch, and VariTone Notch Filter - Ivory
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Modern-Day Offering of a Vintage Classic

If you are looking for an innovative and cool guitar, then look no further than the Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic. This mahogany body guitar has the looks and playability of its earlier ancestor from 1962, but with a few modern touches thrown in. Designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for My Chemical Romance, the Wilshire Phant-o-matic features twin humbuckers, a VariTone notch filter, and a momentary kill switch to create those cool stutter effects. A comfortable mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard finishes off this guitar with style. The Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic is a rock 'n' roll machine ready to tear up the stage.

Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic construction
  • History of the Wilshire
  • Custom electronics
Classic construction

The Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic is a solid rock 'n' roll machine. With its mahogany body, mahogany SlimTaper set neck, and Tune-o-matic bridge, the Wilshire will produce tone gig after gig. The comfortable rosewood fretboard features block inlays and sports a 12" fretboard radius. Classic appointments and specs make this a smooth-playing guitar.

History of the Wilshire

Erroneously referred to over the years as budget models and poor-man's Gibsons, the Epiphone electric guitars manufactured at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan between 1959 and the early 1970s have long represented some of the greatest values around in quality American-made vintage instruments. From the time of its introduction, the solidbody Epiphone Wilshire has been a favorite undiscovered classic among those in the know (such as Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, and Paul Gilbert), but the fact that so few Epiphone Wilshire Model SB-432 guitars were ever produced (only 180 in 1962) combined with its unerring quality, playability, and tonal versatility, has sent its value soaring from its humble introductory price of $210 to upwards of $5,000 to $12,000 on today's vintage market, depending on the year and condition.

Custom electronics

This version of the Epiphone Wilshire features an entirely new electronics setup. The Phant-o-matic starts off with two pickups - an Alnico Classic Plus humbucker in the bridge position and an Alnico Classic humbucker in the neck. To further broaden the sonic capabilities, Epiphone included the well-known VariTone notch filter. With six selectable filters you can dial in precise humbucker tones and even a few single-coil tones. You can dial in 18 distinct tones between the 3-way pickup switch and the VariTone filter. How is that for flexibility? Last but not least, you can create those cool stutter effects with the built-in momentary kill switch that lets cut the output of the pickups.

Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Mahogany body
  • Set Mahongay neck
  • Alnico humbuckers
  • VariTone notch filter
  • Momentary kill switch
Vintage styling and modern electronics merge in the Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Wilshire
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Urethane
Color Ivory
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape 1960s SlimTaper
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Block
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone tune-o-matic, Stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Wilkinson Vintage Style
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Alnico Classic Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 3-way switch, 1 x VariTone notch filter, 1 x Momentary Killswitch
Strings (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number ENW2AINH1

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