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Epiphone Wilshire "Phant-o-matic": Epiphone is proud to announce one of their most anticipated new models, the Wilshire "Phant-o-matic." Designed in collaboration with Frank Iero guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance, the Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" combines an incredible array of features that only Epiphone would dare put in one instrument. The result is one of the smartest and most flexible guitars on the market with all the vintage styling that made Wilshire models a behind-the-scenes favorite of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Marriot.
Like their classic SG design, the Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" features a double cutaway design with a solid Mahogany body. The 24.75 inch scale Mahogany hand-set neck has a 1960s SlimTaperTM profile, a rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a 12 inch radius, and a 1-11/16 inch nut. The neck profile and double cutaway make the Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" a perfect guitar for chunking rhythm or cutting leads. The Antique Ivory finish, black single-ply pickguard, and classic form are eye catching to be sure. But what really sets the Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" apart from the pack is how it sounds.
My Chemical Romance have sold almost 7 million albums worldwide and know a thing or two about what makes a great, reliable, and cutting edge instrument. Working closely together over several years of research and development, Frank Iero and Epiphone strove to make an axe that puts the sound of a dozen guitars at your fingertips. The result is what you make it-a straight ahead awesome rock guitar or something completely new and groundbreaking. The "Phant-o-matic" employs two classic Epiphone pickups, their famous Alnico Classic PlusTM Humbucker in the bridge and an Alnico ClassicTM Humbucker in the neck position. To get the most of the wide tonal possibilities from this pickup arrangement, they've included a mono VariToneTM, much like the one used most famously by blues legend B. B. King.
About the VariTone
The VariToneTM uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariToneTM is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the center frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity. But keep turning and you'll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico ClassicTM Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups. Add it all up and between the 6-position VariToneTM circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available. And if that wasn't enough, Epiphone has included a high quality horn-mounted kill switch which provides an infinite range of staccato on/off effects. A master volume control is mounted with easy access to the VariToneTM rotary switch for quick adjustments.
Other Premium Features
Like many of their classic solid body electrics, the Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" uses their LockToneTM Tune-o-MaticTM/StopBar bridge for tuning and intonation accuracy. Machine heads are nickel WilkensonTM vintage style tuners with green keys. And to protect it, Epiphone has included a premium, padded gigbag. Peace of Mind! As with every Epiphone, every Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments' famous 24/7/365 day Customer Service. See and hear the groundbreaking Wilshire "Phant-o-matic" today!
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- Body Material: Mahogany
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper
- Neck Joint: Glued-In
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White) with vintage "E" in white
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl BLOCK inlays
- Headstock: Clipped Ear 3-on-a-side with vintage "Epiphone" logo in gold
- Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker
- Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic Humbucker
- Master Volume Control
- 6-Position Rotary VariTone notch filter:
- 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
- Momentary KillSwitch
- 3-way pickup selector with black toggle cap
- Binding: Fingerboard - Single Ply
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
- BridgeLockTone tune-o-matic/stopbar
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Wilkinson Vintage style with Green Keys
- Pickguard: Black; Single Ply
- Other: Epiphone Strap Locks
- Includes: Premium Gigbag (940-EPIGIG)
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- Shipping Weights and Dimensions
- Shipping Weight: 11 lbs