My Epiphone Wilshire is the guitar I wanted from day one and I'm pretty happy with it. I'll start off with the issues, there's a slight rattle at the bridge (G string) and the high e string falls right out of the saddle when bending. I then switched back to a size .10 string set and had it setup, noticed that the added tension had almost eliminated that problem (emphasis on "almost").
However, this guitar can play like a dream when setup properly. First, the vibrato system has to be one the best for staying in tune, you can really hammer on it without much issue. The pickups sound good, like a cross between a Telecaster and a Les Paul model; a very unique and pleasent sound. I also find the fret access a great bonus.
Overall, I'd say it's not for everyone but I personally enjoy it, it's a very unique instrument, I'd recommend it for blues, rock, 60's pop and pushing it towards high gain stuff.
This guitar is great for live performances and even recording, it's light weight and has a beautiful finish, the tremotone vibrato may need to be set up properly by a professional, mine came set up out the box and I haven't had any problems with it. Only 398 original 1966 Wilshires were produced and are selling today for $10,000 or more. If you're not fortunate enough to own an original or can't afford that kind of cash, here's your chance to own one with the same classic 1966 Epiphone vibe and tone.
PRODUCT FEATURES Reissue of rare Epi classic with tremelo Mini humbuckers 60's SlimTaper neck™ SPECIFICATIONS Body mahogany Neck mahogany Neck Profile 60s SlimTaper™ Nut 1.68 Fingerboard rosewood with dot inlay Fingerboard Radius 12” Frets 22 medium jumbo Bridge Pickup NYT Mini-Humbucker Neck Pickup NYR Mini-Humbucker Controls Bridge Volume, Neck Volume, Bridge Tone, Neck Tone, 3-way pickup selector (toggle) Scale 24.75” Tailpiece Tremotone™ Hardware Nickel Tuners Premium die-cast 14:1 Color Worn Cherry (WC) Strings D’Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46
It's a good, stylish and versatile guitar with a characteristic sound. I like the sound of those minihumbuckers (not so common), and they give the guitar a sound in between full-size humbucker and P90. It feels and sounds like a much more expensive instrument so for the price, this is great!