Epiphone has built a reputation through time as a manufacturer of high quality great sounding electric guitars. One of their most notable guitars through the years has certainly been the Epiphone Wildkat Electric Guitar.
It is famous for its great semi hollow body design and all-round great Epiphone vintage sound, and being able to deliver this for a reasonable price. Thus here is an in-depth review of the pros and cons of this fine Epiphone semi follow body electric guitar.
The classic semi hollow body Epiphone Wildkat features a great looking mahogany body with a maple top. It also features as slim taper D profile mahagony neck on a 24.75” scale, as well as a 22 medium jumbo fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. The Epiphone Wildkat additionally has a Locktone Tune-o-matic/StopBar bridge and a nice Bigsby B70 Vibrato tailpiece.
The guitar also comes with a pair of truly great Epiphone designed “dog ear” P- 90 Classic pickups, and features control configuration of 1 neck volume, 1 bridge volume, 1 master tone and 1 master volume. The Epiphone Wildkat also features 16:1 Grover machine heads and fine nickel hardware.
At 7.8 lbs the Epiphone Wildkat isn’t the lightest of guitars, and weighs about as much as an Epiphone Dot, and slightly less than the Epiphone Casino. It is still relatively easy to carry around and is pretty robust. The guitar also comes in a very attractive antique natural color.
The Epiphone Wildkat delivers you great tonal variety accompanied by warm, sustain rich and full vintage sound thanks to its mahagony body with a maple top, and a pair of dog ear” P- 90 Classic pickups. It is also renowned for its nice sustain courtesy to the Bigsby B70 Vibrato tailpiece, whereas P- 90 Classic pickups with the controls make from some nice tonal variety.
All in all this is a really great electric guitar that delivers a vintage Epiphone semi hollow body sound for a reasonable price, making it a guitar of choice for genres like jazz, blues and various genres of rock. The guitar is also really comfortable to play, which makes it a really great live show instrument.
As is the case with Epiphone instruments in general, the build quality of the Epiphone Wildkat is rather solid and it could really take a beating if needed. This makes the Epiphone Wildkat a good choice for a regular gigging instrument or for studio recordings. The guitar’s finish is also of a very high quality and one can know it is resistant to scratches and dents.
The Epiphone Wildkat semi-hollow body electric guitar is one of Epiphone’s most well-known and respected vintage electric guitars. It works for a variety of genres and delivers some fine sustain-rich classic sound. While some would prefer the Epiphone Casino or the Epiphone Dot, then the Wildkat is a pretty equal match to them. A good value for money classic hollow body guitar.