JUST ARRIVED: The Epiphone Wilshire 66 And Wilshire PRO
The Wilshire is one of the oldest guitars in Epiphone's catalogue, with a distinctive design that's been popular for decades. There are two reissues - Andy takes a look!
If you are looking for something a bit different, something a bit more stand out, and something with a bit of class, then look no further, The Epiphone Wilshire is for you. A great guitar, with a quality look, this is a design well worth checking out. There’s a couple of different models you can grab, the Epiphone Wilshire 66 being one that I thoroughly recommend! In 1966 there were only 398 of the original models made and are selling today for around, $10,000 or more. If you haven’t got that kind of free cash knocking around then here’s your chance to get involved with a great new version of this original marvel.
Today, Epiphone have brought the Wilshire bang back into the modern world, with a very faithful reproduction of the original 1966 model. Similar to the SG model, a double cutaway Mahogany body, a glued-in Mahogany neck which joins up to the body at the 22nd fret, giving you total access to the upper frets. This is an amazingly lightweight guitar, with great resonance and sound.
Another great feature of the Wilshire is the LockTone tune-o-matic/stopbar combination, giving this guitar an excellent sustain. With mini-humbucker pickups as well, the Epiphone totally revives the early 60s guitars that they used to create.
With a very cool and retro ‘batwing’ headstock, the tuning stability is greatly enhanced, accurate and very easy to work with. A 60s Slim Taper neck profile with Rosewood fingerboard completes this model, it is a beauty! Make sure you get involved in this guitar right away.
The other model that Epiphone have released is the Wilshire PRO, another great guitar, very similar but with a few very notable differences. First up this guitar has coil-tap which gives a very different flavour of guitar tone. This makes the guitar very versatile. Another key feature is the change in pickups, rather than the mini-humbuckers of the 66’ you have the Alnico Classics, Epiphone's version of the Gibson 57 Classics. They sound great, warm and chunky. Pure class!
The 66 looks brilliant in the worn cherry and the PRO is looking wondrous in White.
Come on down to our flagship Music Store in Leicester now and check these babies out!