In cooperation with the Gibson Custom Shop, Epiphone is proud to announce the second in the series of “Epiphone Custom Historic USA” guitars — the 1962 Wilshire Reissue in White. Made in Nashville, Tenn., and limited to only 100 instruments worldwide, it combines impeccable attention to detail and historic accuracy.
Erroneously referred to over the years as “budget models’ and “poor-man’s Gibsons,” the Epiphone electric guitars manufactured at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Mich., between 1959 and the early 1970s have long represented some of the greatest values around in quality American-made vintage instruments. That is, until the world discovered what a clever few guitarists had long understood – that these Epiphone electrics were not only a bargain, but also great playing and sounding guitars as well. That’s when the values of these early Epiphones started to escalate on the vintage market.
First released in 1960 the Wilshire featured two P90 pickups, a 3 on a side headstock and a solid mahogany body and one piece neck. It was designed to compete with the popular Fender Stratocaster in terms of upper fret access, light-weight and playability. It is little surprise given its Kalamazoo origins that this guitar would share many features with its Gibson cousin the Les Paul Jr. However unlike the Les Paul Jr. the 62 Epiphone Wilshire provided two P90 pickups and an intonatable bridge. This arrangement offered an extremely functional and versatile alternative.
Made In: Nashville, TN USA
U.S. MSRP: $4,832
Body Wood: 1-pc; Peruvian Mahogany
Neck Wood: 1-pc; Peruvian Mahogany
Headstock: 17 degree; 3-on-a-side tuner configuration
Neck Joint: Set; Glued-in
Fingerboard: Madagascar Rosewood
Scale Length: 24-3/4″
Nut Width: 1-11/16″
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Frets: 22; medium/jumbo
Neck Profile: Original 1960’s Rounded Neck Profile
Fingerboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
Machine Heads: Vintage Kluson with plastic buttons
Pickups: Two “soapbar” P-90’s with adjustable pole pieces; Authentic unit base with 1960’s construction
Controls: 2-Volume; 2-Tone; 1 Three-way Selector Switch; CTS potentiometers; Switchcraft Toggle switch and output jack
Tailpiece: Aluminum Tune-o-matic
Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise with foil “E” logo
Strings: Gibson Vintage Reissue (10’s)
Includes: Hard Case; Numbered Certificate of Authenticity; Reissue Owners Manual; Commemorative T-Shirt; Commemorative Picks; Vintage Coiled Cord; Vintage Thin Leather Strap
This guitar is no longer available at some shops.
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