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Epiphone Wildkat Royale Review

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Published on Jul 22, 2011

Folks - here's something you've never seen me play in the 3 years that I've been doing TheToneKing.com ~ a semi-hollow electric! (Actually - that's not true ... I did cover the Michael Kelly Vibe).

Anyhoo ... this one here is a beauty ... check it out! The Wildkat by Epiphone, in Cheeseburger Royale finish! (btw - that's a Pulp Fiction Joke ;-).

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As always - rock ON!

Comments • 170

Rodeo Ranchers
Awful sound and I guess you're not a professional player. To demostrate a guitar its tone you have to choose a clean sound.
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Joe Heaven - Terry
I haven't really watched your videos before but your playing ability looks limited and doesn't show what the guitar would sound like if it was "well played".
Jos Comartins
After 9 minutes, WE all here still do not know how the GUITAR sounds. A hollow body toy demonstrate CLEAN . 
BLUES GUITAR NATION by KENNETH ST. KING
LOVE these guitars!! Can't wait to get my hands on one....definitely my next guitar! Thanks for the review!! ~KJ
Evil Sean
you forgot to mention the ludicrously high cap wiring that sucks all the top end off and the terminally sharp angle on the bigsby that makes it stick .. other than that i love it ... its comfortable ,, it looks nice .. the pups are a bit cheap looking and need better adjustments screws to alter height oh ... its a dream to play ... it has weight and purpose ... its easy to get low action ... it wont take a pound of flesh per song ... ok ... what would i expect for the money ... wiring ... bigsby angle ... all the rest is done ... ton of money to fix the bad soooo could have been the build of the century for 30 bucks more really i love mine but i cant go to blues crunch or play setzers sleepwalk ( tone and bigsby sticking respectively`# i paid ... ... im posting this elsewhere in the hope of making good reviewers push the changes ... i hear you ... hens teeth Show less
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Chris Garner
How does it work with Jazz? I hear that semi-hollow body guitars are suited for Jazz but the bodies are way to huge for me.
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Bradley Stroup
with bigsby or maestro guitars a roller bridge is a must for tuning stability 
Guitarwizard55
C'mon Tone King you need to play a semi hollow clean. I want to hear what the guitar really sounds like. The gain was awful. 
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PeterDad60
I have heard others say it does not stay in tune. Wierd, because mine is one of my most consistent guitars and is almost always in tune. But other facets of my life are also different than what others experience in their lives, so I'm not surprised.
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Sacco Belmonte
Here's an actual review: For the price is literally impossible to find such a beauty. Pros: - To me the pickups sound about right, is certainly a beautiful sounding set of pickups. They're loud too. I'm playing "Bryant's Bounce" with it and love it's sound. - Marvelous choice of finish and colors. Certainly has a special, very attractive look. - Great tuners: Grover tuners, no less. - It's lighter than my Gretsch center block, and a tad lighter if any compared to my Gretsch 5420t. It still feels solid, it not as light as it looks. Not as light as a plain modern LP. - Very comfortable to play due to it's size too. - Good sturdy hardware. - It keeps intonation good, given you know a Bigsby is not for big benders or dive bombers. If you bend big you need to tweak your trem bar. Still I don't think is worse than any of my Gretsch guitars. Cons: - The bindings below the F holes are badly finished, leaving traces of glue....I quickly and easily fixed them by grabbing a small piece of sandpaper. Done, beautiful. - The fretwork is quite poor, I had to file around 6 different frets...most notably at the 12th fret. The guitar was madly buzzing before I took the time to level them with a Hosco Japanese fret (awesome tool)...after that I could set the action on the low side buzz free. - The saddle setup was a bit off...but that's common. - I feel the angle from the Bigsby roller to the bridge is a tad too sharp. I might change the bridge to a roller one, also for fancy reasons, but so far I don't feel I need to do so....the bridge doesn't rock as one youtube video shows and the guitar simply plays fine. Conclusion: This is a guitar a Jazz player would love to get his hands on. It has a beautiful tone and plays awesome. It needs setup: Not a guitar for people that doesn't have the knowledge to fix it. It would require a luthier full setup plus some cosmetic fixes on the f holes. I still give it 5 stars because in my opinion this is a premium guitar that could be around a couple thousands but seems like Epiphone is giving them away because they're badly finished from the chinese factory. I'm gonna change the bridge and nut to rollers, plus PlanetWaves locking tuners and will post a video here in YT.
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