Epiphone Wildkat Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar Product Review

Epiphone is known for making archtop guitars even before electric guitars became popular. And with the WildKat, Epiphone has combined its archtop design with features of an electric guitar.

The Epiphone WildKat is a semi-hollow electric guitar that produces a vintage sound and has that old-school look. It was manufactured in a limited number this year. Find out why stocks of this guitar are quickly running out in stores worldwide.

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Epiphone WILDKAT Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby...
  • Mahogany body
  • Flame Maple top
  • P-90 Dogear Classic pickups

The Body

The Epiphone Wildkat’s body (sides and back) is made of mahogany which is the right wood for producing warm, sustained notes. The guitar is shaped like an acoustic guitar, and its center block was made to look like an ES-335. The body has an Antique Natural finish, which gives it a classic look.

The neck is made of maple wood and has a glossy finish. It’s manually glued to the body for precision. Plus, it has a standard single action truss rod to enhance stability.

Its fingerboard is made of rosewood and is dotted with Pearloid inlays along its 22 medium-jumbo frets. The fretboard measures a good 12-in radius and adopts a slim, taper “D” profile. This helps in making guitar players with small hands more comfortable while playing.

The guitar’s headstock carries Epiphone’s prominent metallic badge.

In terms of size, the guitar sits between a Les Paul and a Gibson ES-335. It weighs around 8lbs with all the electronics and hardware attached to it.

The Electronics

The body houses four control knobs: one for the master tone, master volume, bridge volume, and neck volume. These knobs measure an inch in diameter and are powered by Epiphone’s 500k potentiometers.

The Epiphone Wildkat’s vintage tone comes from its P-90R Dogear Classics neck and P-90T Dogear Classics bridge pickups arranged in SS configuration. These P-90 pickups are single coiled and are created with alnico magnets. The guitar also has a 3-way pickup switch made of metal and an output jack built to withstand heavy usage.

The Hardware

The Epiphone Wildkat is packed with a Tune-o-Matic bridge and 18:1 machine heads from Grover® for greater tuning consistency. The tailpiece features genuine Bigsby® B70 tremolo arm for playing versatility.

The guitar comes with 6 D’Addario® strings with a 10-13-17-26-36-46 gauge.

The Price

The Epiphone Wildkat costs around $400 on Amazon and may go for around $250-$300 on a sale. Note that the guitar case is not included in the package. If you want a case, Amazon offers a $500 package which includes a hard shell guitar case and a strap with leather ends.

Many owners attest that even though it’s more affordable, the guitar produces almost the same sound quality as the more expensive guitars.

Features and Specs

  • Antique Natural finish
  • Semi-hollow archtop design
  • Mahogany body
  • Top is made of maple
  • Maple neck has a slim, taper D shape
  • Rosewood fretboard dotted with Pearloid inlays
  • 22 medium jumbo-sized frets
  • P-90R Dogear Classics and P-90T Dogear Classics for neck and bridge pickups, respectively
  • Tune-o-Matic bridge design
  • Bigsby™ B70 Vibrato for its tailpiece
  • Weighs approximately 7.8lbs
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Things Owners Love

The guitar definitely made a great first impression to a lot of its owners. Many testified how flawless the guitar was when they first opened the package that they were able to play the instrument right out of the box. It took only a few strums to wow a lot of them.

The tone and sound quality it produces is great for both rhythm and solo plays. It’s also very versatile that you can easily shift from playing jazz to rock music.

Its look and finish also draw raves as it exudes the vintage look and feel. Its switches also conform to the theme and are conveniently placed for easier access while playing.

The guitar’s semi-hollow body also allows it to be played even without an amplifier. You can play it at night for a relaxing jam session with your friends, without waking up the neighbors.

What Needs Improvement

The most common issue raised by Epiphone Wildkat’s owners is its Bigsby tremolo arm. They observed that the guitar often plays out of tune after using the tremolo bar. More experienced users just replaced the bridge to make it sound better when using the Bigsby arm.

Moreover, a few owners claimed that they received a Wildkat with a roughly sanded neck and loosely fitted control knobs. Some have issues with the guitar’s high action setup, but that really depends on the user’s preference.

Best to adjust some parts or replace them altogether with components that suit your taste.

Conclusion



The Epiphone Wildkat is the best option for players looking for an affordable, archtop electric guitar. It sports a vintage look and produces a decent sound. It’s a reliable companion for private jam sessions or full-blown gigs and concerts.

Its material, features, and sound quality are worth every dollar.  Many owners even consider this guitar a steal for its price. Plus, with just a few adjustments, it can produce the same quality sound from guitars that cost thrice as much.

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