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NGD Epiphone Wilshire

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by sloppychops, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. sloppychops

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    There was some interest here in the new Epiphone Wilshire, and since I just got one I'll give you my impressions.

    First, this guitar has exceeded my expectations. I was preparing myself for a big letdown, and fortunately this didn't happen.

    To clarify, this is the 2020 reissue of the double P90 pickup Wilshire and is made in China. Epiphone has also released the Coronet (single P90) and Crestwood (2 mini humbuckers and a trem).

    The fit and finish is impeccable, save for some roughness on the edges of the pick guard. (More on this later.) I'm OCD level picky and haven't found any finish flaws on it. There is a slight bit of fret sprout, but nothing that's bothersome. It weighs just 6 lbs 5 oz per my Rappala fish scale.

    The Indian Laurel fretboard feels fine, and looks ok, but I like a dark fretboard and am planning to either dye it or stain it to get it as close to black as possible.

    Out of the box, it had too much relief in the neck and the action was way too low for me. Adjusted the truss rod and raised the action...all good. Also had to intonate 4 of the strings. Frets could use a light polish, but aren't bad at all as they are. After a couple hours of playing it, the strings stay in tune really well.

    My biggest nit is that the pickups are slightly slanted towards the bridge. I've seen this on a lot of budget guitars and I'm sure there's a fix. If you know what it is, let me know. Also, the location of the strap peg on the body near the neck joint makes it feel as though the strap could slip off the peg. The guitar balances well enough when standing, but the neck feels farther away than with a Tele due to the neck joining the body at the highest fret.

    Unplugged, it has to be one of the loudest electric guitars I've played. Plugged in it's P90 heaven! With a little overdrive it's glorious, with a nice variation between the neck, neck + bridge, and bridge positions. Tone and volume controls work great, no cutting out at "4" on the knob. It has CTS pots, so this is likely why.

    The .10 strings it came with seem decent, but feel too light for the way I play. I'll be changing them to 10.5 or .11s as soon as they start to fade.

    If you've got a jones for an affordable, double P90 guitar, like a vintage look, and can deal with the Chinese origin, put this one on your list. $449 + tax.

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    Here you can see how crude the cut is on the edge of the pick guard:

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    Here it is after a few minutes of sanding with some emory paper. Slight improvement. Will have to revisit this, though, to get it smoother.

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  2. Dan R

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    I'm feeling it. That's a badass rock machine.
     
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    I have a Crestwood on order, so I hope I'm as happy with mine.
     
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    Looks nice! Congrats! I love my Epiphones!
     
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    I believe Steve Marriot favored one for a while, or was it a coronet?
     
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    I like that. Congrats!
     
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    Cool looking guitar. Odd place for the toggle tho.
     
  9. sloppychops

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    Coronet.
     
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    Love it. HNGD!
     
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    Congrats on a beauty for sure.
     
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    Regarding Chinese craftsmanship: I recently bought a Squier Paranormal Toronado crafted in China. Fit and finish is just great, a real bargain at $371, delivered. The laurel fretboard on mine is darker than yours, luck of the draw, and I like it quite a bit. Looks like it will stand up well to playing. Wish mine had your P-90's, however. Enjoy!
     
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    I'm interested in the Coronet. What's the neck like on your Wilshire (thin, Medium C, chunky, etc.)?
     
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    Nice. I haven’t seen one in black before, and I like.
     
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    Very cool guitar. I wouldn’t mind having a green one with a trem on it!
     
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    They call it a Medium C, and I think that's pretty accurate. Feels a bit thin around first three frets, then gradually gets a bit thicker. I like fat necks, and although this is far from being a fat neck it feels pretty comfortable to me. I do think the string spacing could be wider, though. I notice there's a lot of real estate on the outsides of both E strings.
     
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    I want to blacken the fretboard. Have some Fiebing's black leather dye, but am tempted to try the Minwax stain pen.

    Anyone use leather dye or stain on Indian Laurel? How'd it work out?
     
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    Yeah, I hate buying Chinese stuff, but they are turning out amazing guitars at great prices.

    My photos were taken in direct sunlight, and the fretboard looks much lighter in those pics than it does indoors. Anyway, I'm going to dye or stain the fretboard to get it as close to black as possible.
     
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    Try some lemon oil on the board? The last 2 new guitars I bought the board was really dry, my ‘20 (?) SG Classic was light but some Dunlop oil helped a lot. DAMN I gotta have one of these, CONGRATS on a killer looking axe!!
     
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    Sorry double post alert...damn fine guitar! BTW, where did you get this?
     

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