1963 Epiphone

Color: Cherry, Rating: 9.00, Sold (ID# 00002)
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This super little guitar weighs in at a just 6.40 lbs. The body and neck are made of solid mahogany, the fretboard is rosewood with 22 frets and pearl dot inlays, and the headstock has three-on-a-side Kluson deluxe tuners with white oval plastic buttons. The scale length is the standard Gibson 24 3/4 inches, and the nut width is a very comfortable 1 11/16 inches. The two P-90 pickups with black plastic covers have outputs of 8.28k and 7.87k, and are set in the original tortoiseshell "batwing" pickguard with the familiar silver Epiphone "E." This guitar is totally original, including the stud tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic bridge, and apart from some very minor body checking is in near mint condition. Housed in a 1960s black hardshell case with plush lining.

The Wilshire, Epiphone's equivalent of the Gibson SG Special, was added to the Epiphone solid body line in 1959 at around $195.00, but by 1962 the price tag had risen to $235.00. Originally it had two white P-90 pickups, no doubt left over from the Gibson Les Paul's conversion from P-90s to metal covered humbucking pickups. The white P-90s were replaced by black P-90s (which were still in use on some Gibson's) in 1961. Later in 1963 the Wilshire's body shape became asymmetrical with the upper bass horn slightly longer than upper treble, and the headstock received six-on-a-side tuners.

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