NGD! Epi Wildkat

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  1. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    Nice eye candy, these are, but I agree with the issues noted above... I overhauled the entire wiring harness, new CTS pots w no-load tone, as well as rewinding the stock pickups. Still sounded muffled and then realized the metal pickup covers were a significant contributing factor but hard to find plastic ones to retrofit. Needless to say it’s no longer a part of my rig.
    FWIW this was over 5 years ago, maybe the newer versions have upped the game.
     
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  2. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

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    Because they look so cool and appear to be a great guitar with P90's and a Bigsby, I have tried them twice and found them to not stay in tune very well at all and to be very dull sounding.

    "Apparently" re-wiring with quality wire and replacing the pots with decent quality ones resolves the dull problem. The tuning issue I'm not so sure about.

    I really want to like them and even still they catch my eye.

    Hopefully, yours is one of the keepers that are around.
     
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    Congrats!

    I picked up the blonde version several years back. It had already been fitted with a roller saddle bridge so I never had a problem with staying in tune. However I did find the pickups to be a little muddy so I modified the wiring harness to a 50s Gretsch pattern and removed over half of the tone sucking excess wire in the process. Sounded MUCH better afterwards. Got it for a song along with a Gretsch hardcase.
     
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  4. Tonyapple

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    Being that this is a new guitar day day thread and not a crap all over this guy’s new guitar thread, I will keep it positive and say congratulations and enjoy the guitar. I have the Wildkat Royale. What makes the Wildkat cool in my mind is that it is an instrument unique to Epiphone. It is larger than a Les Paul but smaller than a 335 with a whole lot of style. Yes, you can upgrade things such as wire harnesses, pickups, bridges, etc. Unless you are unhappy with it dont change a thing. Jam out and enjoy!
     
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    That was my experience as well.
    Word for word!!

    :eek:
     
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  6. Festofish

    Festofish Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Ive got a Nighthawk! No not the same at all. I recently bought a Gretsch Semi hollow but these were way up the list for contenders. Maybe someday. I feel like Nighthawks and Wildcats live in the same parallel universe offshoot from your typical Epis.
     
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  7. stormsedge

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    I GAS'd for a Wildkat for the longest time...ending up with a Riviera P93 and three Streamliners. One of these days, I do not exclude the possibility of the Riviera giving way to a Wildkat;).
     
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  8. Tarkus60

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    Nice guitar!

    I want a hollow body very bad....just cannot figure out which one......lol
     
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    HNGD!!! I have that's several years old, has been a fine guitar, tuning not really an issue....my biggest gripe with the Bigs is how stiff the spring is - so stiff that I can't get a gentle warble, really have to work it....have been thinking about getting a lighter spring from Reverend, just have never gotten around to it....but it's a fun guitar, looks cool, it's gonna be around for the forseeable future....Enjoy!!!
     
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    Looks like a great guitar. Epiphone seems to be putting out really nice stuff lately. Everyone I've checked out was miles above the Gibson version in terms of fit and finish.
     
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  11. Weaselcoon

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    Haha thanks! I really like the idea of it being an original design. That was a selling point for me. And also, I never played the guitar I traded for it. So it’s all good. This guitar isn’t my main, second or even fourth main guitar. It’s just a fun one that will be a hoot to have in the corner. But I have to say, it’s been a pretty good guitar even though I can see validity in some of the criticisms. I kinda dig the P90s. I don’t really hear that they are muddy. Sounds pretty good to me. Also this particular one has a little bit of a chunky neck, so that’s kinda nice. I also dig the size of it. Just a little bigger than a LP, which for me works better. That top of the LP just kinda digs into me. This one sits a little higher. At least when I’m sitting.
     
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  12. Weaselcoon

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    I cant really say that it’s on Gibson level but it’s pretty nice. It looks perfect from a few feet away, but when you get up on it you can see a couple of little imperfections in the finish that a Gibson wouldn’t really have (normally). The only absolutely flawless epi I ever had was the one I traded this for lol
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    Nice! They're really good guitars. Congratulations!
     
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    Yeah it’s stiff. Maybe I’ll look at a lighter spring.
     
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    Put on a roller saddle bridge and wiring harness. Not my #1 but definitely has a place in my stable. I can get almost acoustic tones out of her with the volume turned down to 8. Enjoy. 20210319_101423.jpg
     
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    Reviews have been all over the place on these. Some fault the pickups and some fault the wiring and I think the problem is probably a little bit of both.
    Many people just don't know how to set the controls on these, or just don't like the controls on them. Gretsch type controls can be confusing to some.
    The pickups are usually overwound on import guitars and these aren't vintage wind. Depends on what you like there.
    So people have changed the wiring or the pickups and become happy with them. Haven't had one myself, but I've always wanted one with the P90's and the Uptown Kat with the Firebird wannabe minibuckers. Some day I'll get one and solve the mystery for myself.;)
     
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  17. richey88

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    Always thought metal covers on P90’s sound weird (lifeless?) Had a Casino that played great unplugged but could never get a decent sound. Maybe it’s a thing, can’t really screw up a P90.....
     
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