NGD! Epi Wildkat

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  1. Weaselcoon

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    Traded a epi Les Paul standard straight up for this thing. I’m really digging it so far. Don’t really have anything else quite like it in the collection. Any of you guys have one? A999DE2A-F94B-4208-A6B0-AD69BD9549D5.png
     
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    I own a Wildkat Royale, which is a pearl white version with gold sparkle binding/hardware. I really enjoy mine.
     
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  3. J. Bonkosky

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    Nice! I always thought those were cool!
     
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    Beautiful guitars!
     
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    Those dog-ears look great - how well is the Bigsby set up?

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I've got a WildKat Studio:
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    Well I haven’t really messed with Bigsbys enough to really be able to tell you to be honest. But it feels really stable. It stays in tune pretty well it seems. I’m kinda digging it
     
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    I’ve loved those guitars from the time they were introduced, but (unfortunately) have never had the money in hand when I find one that tickles my fancy...they sound great for slide!

    It’s on THE LIST.

    Congratulations and Happy New Guitar Day...
     
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    Beautiful guitars, Congrats. I had a mint green one with creme binding. I couldn't get it to behave with my Fender Tank reverb unit so it had to go. Traded it for a '83 Aria Pro ZZ. The only trade I ever did. I still have the ZZ.
     
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    Nice looking Epi.
     
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    Very nice!! Since you ask, yes I do. I traded my Epiphone acoustic electric, a super jumbo, for a blonde/yellow Wildkat. Similar value. I really do enjoy my Wildkat. BUT. They are notorious for note staying in tune. Too steep is the break angle of the strings where they dive offa the bridge, pass under the stabilizer bar to the Bigsby axle. Way too drastic. A factory installed fault. I do NOT use the trem. Any trem. But still my Wildkat wouldn't stay tuned. I rerouted the strings ABOVE the stabilizer bar to the Bigsby and that definitely helped. But IF, IF you strum aggressively, the strings will slip out of their notch in the bridge. The rerouting changed the string break angle from too much to too little. I am not aggressive strummer. BUT I dint like this makeshift irregular solution which diminished my Wildkat's status in my fussy mind. So I installed a Bricks Biggs Fix replacement stabilizer bar. Beauty and functionality fully restored. Do please look it up. You Tube. bricksbiggsfix.com. it's easy and it works very well.
     
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    Congratulations looks lovely.
     
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    Chow chow chow!
     
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    Cool guitar, congrats!
     
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    Congrats and HNGD.
     
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  16. Digital Larry

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    I had the hots for one of those about 5 years ago. Tried it in the store and it didn't really "speak" to me, so I didn't buy it. Looks nice though, hope you enjoy it.
     
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    I had the similar Alley Kat for maybe two years? (from this Epi series when these guitars came out, late '90's)
    Mine (I can't remember which position!) had a humbucker and a mini humbucker, and a veneer flame-maple, Cherry sunburst top.
    This guitar ( sorry!) was toneless eye candy for me- impulse buy...

    It just had crappy muddy pickups ( no clarity, and you would lose any Treble as soon as you turned guitar Volume knobs down from full- found this to be true with other Epis made then, that I bought)
    And the guitar, despite being a semi-hollow was heavy, not resonant.
    Not that different from a Les Paul.
    Disappointed, but I sold it for a decent price after a few years.

    Epis have come a long way though, in the last few years- the pickups and pots are much better.
    I have a 2018 SG Pro that is beautiful, light, and sounds fantastic- bright and clear. Finally getting the 'Gibson' sound I always wished for in an Epiphone
     
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    I’ve been obsessed with hollow bodies lately!
     
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    Beautiful guitar, congrats and happy NGD!
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into it.
     
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