Epiphone Ltd Ed Wildkat KOA with Bigsby

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Elliot Stent

The Epiphone Wild Kat is a great sounding, super cool looking 50's style guitar and its now available in an awesome new Koa top finish! Koa is only found in one place on Earth: Hawaii. And because you have to wait for the trees to fall down before using their wood, most Koa guitars are limited edition, like this one.

The Wildkat itself is bigger than a Les Paul, but smaller than a 335, and fitted with p90 pickups & a Bigsby tremolo to produce some classic 50's style rock n roll twang.

Classic Vibe, Modern Quality

While this guitar has the classic look and feel of a guitar straight out of the 50s its modern build quality mean you are getting a killer guitar for the money. With a stunning mahogany body topped withKoa along with a mahogany neck finished with a rosewood fretboard you get a great feeling guitar that resonates beautifully for all of your blues rock needs.

P90 Pickups

P90's are actually singlecoils, even though they look like the same size as a humbucker. They're overwound and have a bigger magnet than a normal singlecoil would, giving you very clear jangly sounds but with a lot more power and punch. P90's compliment semi-hollow guitars like the Wildkat really well because they counter the warm woody tones with exceptional clarity and bite.

Here's what Epiphone Say

Classic Wildkat Profile in KOA
The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Wildkat KOA’s innovative design has a similar profile to renowned Epiphone archtops but is made smaller for easier travel. The Wildkat KOA features a solid KOA top and a Mahogany body in a beautiful Natural finish that’s computer-routed to create a perfectly tuned acoustic guitar-like body but with a “center block” just like the Sheraton II PRO and ES-335. The combination gives the Wildkat KOA that round “archtop” tone but with the incredible sustain of a solid body guitar. The hand-fitted, glued-in solid Mahogany neck has dot inlays, a 24.75” scale, and a 1960s style SlimTaper profile that’s easy on the hands for long hours of performing and rehearsing. The classic Rosewood fingerboard has a 12” radius and a standard 1.68” nut. The Wildkat’s headstock features Epiphone’s early 60’s “bullet” badge, seen on rare models from the early 60s including the very first Casino in 1961. And it also comes with world famous Grover Rotomatic machine heads with an 18:1 ratio for fast and accurate tuning. An optional hard case is available.

Product Features

  • Classic Wildkat profile with a KOA top and Mahogany body
  • Epiphone P-90 Dogear Classic pickups
  • Bigsby B70 Vibrato
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 ratio machine heads

Specifications

  • Top Material: Figured KOA
  • Body Material: Mahogany (computer-routed)
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: "1960's" SlimTaper; D-Profile
  • Neck Joint: Glued In
  • Nut Width: 1.68”
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid "Dot" inlays
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Truss Rod: Yes
  • Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White) with "E"
  • Frets: 22; Medium-Jumbo
  • Headstock: Sloped Dovewing with vintage "Epiphone" metal badge
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Machine Heads: Grover Rotomatic™; 18:1 ratio
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone P-90R Dogear Classic
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone P-90T Dogear Classic
  • Controls: 1- Master Volume,2- Volume,1 - Tone
  • Bridge: Epiphone LockTone Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby® B70 Vibrato
  • Knobs: Black "Top Hat" knobs with gold metal inserts
  • Strings: D'Addario 10-46
  • Optional: Hard Case (940-EHLCS)
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