Merry Christmas NGD: It's a Wild one!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tbb007, Dec 28, 2017.

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  1. tbb007

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    Merry Christmas to me, from my amazing family: an Epiphone Wildkat. Glad I restrained my GAS til after Christmas.

    This is one of the guitars I was considering when thinking of adding a hollow/semi-hollow to the collection.

    I played a couple at my local GCs, liked them, and had only two reservations:

    1. The only ones they had in stock were yellow, and while they looked OK, the color wasn’t speaking to me the way that this wine-red does (and the photo barely does it justice).

    2. I’ve never had a guitar with a Bigsby (or a trem of any kind), and I’ve read plenty of horror stories about tuning issues with them.

    If I’d been the one to make the choice, I’d probably have bought the hardtail version, but since this was a gift, it seems like an ideal opportunity to learn to play with a Bigsby. I’ve seen any number of suggestions about dealing with tuning issues (lubing or changing the nut, different strings, roller bridge, etc.), but I’ve also seen people in various guitar forums indicate that they’ve never had any problems keeping their Bigsby-equipped guitars in tune. I’ll see how it goes.

    I saw one review that said the Wildkat was for those who think of themselves as more Eddie Cochran than Eddie Van Halen… which means this is the perfect choice for me!
     
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    Cool!
    Wildkats and Alleykats are great guitars.
    Enjoy it!
     
  3. AAT65

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    Congrats, on the guitar and the family:)! I’ve tried a couple of Wildkats in guitar shops (always the yellow ones), they play nice. And a semi-hollow with Bigsby is certainly a good thing to have!
     
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    Congrats! And as a Bigsby lover, the problem is usually the nut.
     
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    Yep, get the nut properly filed. And after you've used the Bigsby for a little vibrato (downward motion), give it a little wee upward nudge and it will ease those strings back to where they are supposed to be.
     
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    What is this "family buys me guitars" of which you speak? It is completely foreign to me.
     
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    That's a cooooool looking guitar!!!! I'm sure it sounds good.
     
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    Bigsby issues are usually the nut, as mentioned previously here, but don't neglect the bridge! Be sure the bridge and nut slots are sized correctly for your strings, and then lubricate them to keep the strings from binding.
     
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    Congrats. Always liked the look of the Wildkat. Don't be scared of the bigsby. It can be a bit of a pain changing strings until you get used to it, just takes a bit of practice.
     
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    Yeah, what's up with that??
     
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    I built a guitar with a Bigsby. Beginners luck because once the strings are stretched you don't have to tune it again. In and out of the case, dive bombs and what have you... still in perfect tune. I cut the nut as best I could and lubed the bridge and nut as I would on a hardtail.

    I LOVE the Bigsby and all my hardtail guitars now sit as a result. You know what they say, Once you go Bigsby...
     
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    If you don't like the Bigsby take tre sping out, turn the tremolo arm to the back and voilà! It's a hardtail!
     
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    Sorry: take the spring out
     
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    I need to try one of these...congrats.
     
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    What a nice gift! I have a Gretsch with a Bigsby. It does fine. Take it to a tech and have it set up with your favorite strings making sure the nut and saddles are attended to. Twang on, Brother!
     
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    Nice guitar!! Red is a great color for those. Congratulations!

    Your tree looks nice too.
     
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    Awesome stuff dude! You have a great family! Enjoy the guitar.
     
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