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1963 Epiphone Wilshire Headstock
1963 Epiphone Wilshire Headstock

In 1957 in an effort to bolster their stand up bass business Gibson purchased their arch rival the Epiphone Guitar Company and moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Along with the sought after bass tooling Gibson acquired access to many storied models and a brand name with a history of quality and prestige. With plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers, Gibson began production of a new line of "Kalamazoo-made and designed" Epiphones in 1959.

For over a decade from 1959 through early 1970 Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced in limited numbers right along side some of the greatest Gibson's of all time. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day.

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. With an original MSRP of $210, production of the 1962 Wilshire SB-432 was limited to only 180 guitars.

The Crestwood, Coronet, Olympic and Wilshire guitars are often confused with the ET-Series, which were a Japanese-made amalgamation of the older, American-made Epiphone body shapes and designs.


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Wilshire

1960 Epiphone Wilshire
1959-1962 Epiphone Wilshire
1963 Epiphone Wilshire
1963 Epiphone Wilshire
1963 Epiphone Wilshire
1965 Epiphone Wilshire with Maestro Vibrato
1963 Epiphone Wilshire
1965 Epiphone Wilshire Red Fox finish
  • Model SB432
  • 1959-1970

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • 1.75" deep Symmetrical body with squared edges (1959-1962)
  • 1.375" deep Asymmetrical body with rounded edges (1963-1970)

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Open-book style with 3x3 tuners and pealoid logo (1959-1962)
  • Batwing headstock 6-in-a-row with gold silkscreen logo (1963-1970)
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Soapbar P-90 pickups (1959-1962)
  • Mini humbuckers (1963-1970)
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Symmetrical pickguard (1959-1962)
  • Asymmetrical pickguard (1963-1970)
  • Stopbar tailpiece (1959-1970)
  • Optional Maestro Vibrato (1959-1965)

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Cherry
  • Sunburst
  • Red Fox
  • Iverness Green
  • White



Wilshire 12-string

Epiphone Wilshire 12 String
Epiphone Wilshire 12 String
Epiphone Wilshire 12 String
Epiphone Wilshire 12 String
Epiphone Wilshire 12 String
Epiphone Wilshire 12 String
  • Model SB432-12
  • 1966-1968

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Asymmetrical with rounded edges

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Batwing headstock 6-in-a-row with gold silkscreen logo
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Mini humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware:
  • Asymmetrical pickguard
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Reflector knobs
  • Plate-mounted tuners

Colors:

  • Cherry



Wilshire (Matsumoku, Japan)

Epiphone  Wilshire (Japan)
Epiphone Wilshire (Japan)

Body:

  • Double cutaway maple body

Neck:

  • Set maple neck with volute
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Elongated headstock with black veneer
  • 3-screw center-dip truss cover

Binding:

  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Two humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone control
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Die-cast tuners with Epsilon "E" stamp on back
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Cherry Sunburst
  • Natural

See Also:



Wilshire II

Epiphone Wilshire III
Epiphone Wilshire III
  • 1982-1986
  • Made in Japan

Body:

  • Asymmetrical double cutaway body style
  • Maple body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard with dot inlays
  • batwing headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 22 frets

Electronics:

  • 2 humbucker pickups

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage style tremolo

Colors:

  • Red (RE)



Wilshire III

Epiphone Wilshire III
Epiphone Wilshire III
  • 1982-1986
  • Made in Japan

Body:

  • Asymmetrical double cutaway body style
  • Maple body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard with dot inlays
  • batwing headstock
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Electronics:

  • 3 single coil pickups
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tonoe controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Vintage style tremolo

Colors:

  • Trans Black (TB)



Wilshire PRO

Epiphone  Limited Edition Wilshire
Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro
Epiphone  Limited Edition Wilshire
Epiphone Limited Edition Wilshire Pro
  • 2006
  • 2013 (TS)

Body:

  • Asymmetrical mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Batwing headstock with body-colored beveling
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic 4 & Classic Plus 4 humbucker pickups
  • Coil-splittable pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Premium die-cast tuners
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Alpine White (AW)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Pelham Blue (PE)
  • Aged Pelham (AP)
  • TV-Silver (TS)



1966 Wilshire Reissue

Epiphone 1966 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1966 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1966 Wilshire with Tremtone
Epiphone 1966 Wilshire Reissue with Tremo tone
  • 1966 Wilshire Reissue 2009-Current
  • 1966 Wilshire Reissue with Tremtone 2011-Current

Body:

  • Asymmetrical mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Batwing headstock with 6-in-a-row tuners
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • 24.75" scale length
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • NYT Mini-humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware (2009-2010)
  • Nickel hardware (2011-Current)
  • Tune-o-Matic Bridge with Stopbar Tailpiece (2009-2010)
  • Redesigned Tremotone bridge with Stopbar Tailpiece (2011-Current)
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Aged Cherry (AC)
  • Worn Cherry (WC)
  • Worn Black (WK)



WIlshire Phantomatic

Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
Epiphone Wilshire Phantomatic
  • 2011-Current

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Clipped Ear headstock with vintage "Epiphone" logo in gold
  • 2-Layer Truss Rod Cover with vintage "E" in white
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic & Classic Plus humbucker pickups
  • Master Volume Control
  • 6-Position Rotary VariTone notch filter
  • Momentary KillSwitch
  • 3-way pickup selector with black toggle cap

Varitone Controls

  • Position-1: Bypass
  • Position-2: 5db at 1950hz
  • Position-3: 12db at 1100hz
  • Position-4: 16db at 620 hz
  • Position-5: 18.5db at 360hz
  • Position-6: 21db at 120hz

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Wilkinson Vintage style tuners with Green Keys
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 1-ply black pickguard
  • Epiphone straplocks

Colors

  • Antique Ivory (AI)
  • Emerald Green (EG) with racing stripes

Includes

  • Signed Certificate of Authenticity
  • Binder with certificate and photo of Frank Iero
  • Premium gigbag



1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA Reissue

Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue
Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Reissue
  • 2009
  • Made In Nashville, TN. USA
  • Limited to 100 models worldwide

Body:

  • Authentic unit base with 1960's construction
  • 1-piece Peruvian Mahogany symmetrical body

Neck:

  • 1-piece set Peruvian Mahogany neck
  • 17 degree headstock with 3-on-a-side tuner configuration
  • Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius with original 1960's rounded neck profile
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 soapbar P-90's with adjustable pole pieces
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • CTS potentiometers
  • Switchcraft toggle switch and output jack

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Vintage Kluson tuners with plastic buttons
  • ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Imitation Tortoise pickguard with foil "E" logo
  • Black reflector knobs

Historic USA collection Includes:

  • Original Style Hard Case
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity in leatherette binder
  • Vintage-style Coiled Guitar Cord
  • Commemorative Picks
  • Commemorative T-Shirt
  • 1962-style Thin Leather Strap

Colors:

  • Cherry (CH)
  • Alpine White (AW)



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