Any Thoughts on the Epiphone Wilshire Reissues?

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  1. bblooz

    bblooz Senior Member

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    Looking at one of these being offered fairly cheap online. I have plenty of good PUs to replace the crappy imported units and upgrade wiring, etc. Is this worth the effort?
     
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    LSAR Professional Lurker Premium Member

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    Do it. I've had a couple and I always regret selling them.

    Expect a round but not too fat neck and super light weight.

    Are you looking at one with full-size or mini HBs?
     
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    endial Senior Member

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    I have one. An '08 that's easily confused with the Phantomatic model which came out soon after mine. It has one of the best necks I've ever played. I love it. The only drawback is it's a little (a little) neck heavy. Damn fun guitar. If you can, ask about the neck because some of the recent years they made real skinny necks and I don't know how to differentiate for you what models (there are a bunch of variations) have them. If you get a big necked one you won't regret it.
     
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    I don't know about crappy pups, my son has a stock 2009 Wilshire Pro that has an Alnico Classic in the neck, and an Alnico Classic Plus in the bridge. They sound pretty darn good. They have coil taps, but personally, we both think they are fairly anemic sounding split.

    Wilshires are pretty cool. It is an Epiphone original design from the 1960's. The '66 Worn Wilshires are truer to the originals in that they have Mini Humbuckers. Gibson designed the SG after the Wilshire.
     
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    Yea, there is one locally here at a real cheap price. Caught my eye, But, Just dumped a bunch of money into an engine swap in my Hot Rod. Thought it would make a nice single pickup guitar.
     
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    I want to do exactly what you are thinking about. But a vintage Batwing Wilshire Jr is cheap enough that I keep thinking of just getting one of those instead.
     
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    Sounds like an original Coronet. That had a single dog ear P-90. Would probably be a hit if Epiphone ever does a true vintage Re-Issue. The batwing head stock and asymmetrical body showed up on the Coronets from like 1963 to 1970 I believe.
     
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    mdubya Senior Member

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    There are several reissued Batwing headstock Wilshires.

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    Real deal Wilshire/Coronet style Olympic (affordable)

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    Batwing Coronet Junior (relatively affordable and on a short list somewhere :fingersx: )

    [​IMG]
     
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    johnnymg Senior Member

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    The Wilshire Pro is a really nice/great guitar. I love mine. I was jonesing for some P90's so I swapped out the VERY good stock pups. I'm currently looking for another Wilshire Pro so I can have one with (stock) humbuckers.


    Here's a pic with the stock pups
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    and one with the P90's
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    bblooz Senior Member

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    Turns out that one I was looking at had a broken neck, so passed on it. I'll keep it in mind for future axequisition. Ironically, I actually have a Sunburst '67 Olympic like you posted, here she is....
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    Wow, nice Oly!
     
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    mdubya Senior Member

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    That thing is awesome!
     
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    Thanks - it's light as a feather and that nice '50s style chunky neck. The original PU doesn't have much output, though.
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Are those the same p/us Gibby put into MMs?
     
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    Very similar if not identical.
     
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    There are lots of reversible options...

    Now I am really inspired! :shock:
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I had a buddy as a teen, George, who turned his 67 SG MM over to me for basic maintenance, had p/us that looked the same. Through my little Harmony H303 it was anemic, but a GEQ set for boost brought it alive.
     
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    This is a pic of my son's 2009 Wilshire Pro in Aged Pelham finish. This was when I first bought it. It's bone stock. Only thing done to it was a set-up and a set of strap locks.

    [​IMG]Aged Pelham Wilshire Pro A by Geo
     
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    That is a beauty!
     
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