One of a Kind Sound from Epiphone's Glorious Past!
In 1957, Gibson purchased the Epiphone Guitar Company and moved all Epi instrument production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. A new line of "Kalamazoo-made and designed" Epiphones began hitting stores in 1959 and for the next decade, Epiphones were produced right alongside Gibsons. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation offering players unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not found on '60s Gibson models. Though many of the early Epiphone instruments made in Kalamazoo were under-appreciated at the time of their release, numerous artists through the years recognized the unique appeal of these guitars including Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Kurt Cobain, and Steve Marriot. One of the best Epiphone guitars from the early Kalamazoo days was the Wilshire.
As with all Epiphones, the Wilshire is backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Only 398 original 1966 Wilshires were produced and are selling today for $10,000 or more. If you're not fortunate enough to own an original or can't afford that kind of cash, here's your chance to own one with the same classic 1966 Epiphone vibe and tone.