#1
Hi.

Recently ive been toying with the idea of getting a semi hollow electric guitar as a backup to muck around with. My only guitar at the moment is a les paul copy by edwards which is great but im looking now to expand on that by getting something with a tremolo and p90's. Im probably going to spend up to £450 quid, the lower the better really what with christmas coming and all. Ive narrowed it down to two guitars, both epiphones, the wildkat and the riviera custom p93. I like the look of the wildkat more, it also looks more manageable with its smaller body size and is about a hundred quid cheaper than the riviera but i hear that some models have problems staying in tune due to the bigsby being too close to the bridge and having too sharp a string angle between the bigsby and bridge. So, on to my question. Would putting a vibramate under the bigsby raise the unit enough to help with the string angle or would a roller bridge do the job. Any advice would help, thanks in advance.
#2
I don't have much experience with these, so this is more of a general point, but i'd have said that the epis I've tried were a step down from edwardses. if you just want another guitar to let you get different tones you might not care too much, but it's worth bearing in mind, too.
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#3
Hi dave. Im sure the wildkat would be ok build wise, i just want to make sure it works ok. Ive had a couple of very low budget secondhand, knackered out guitars in the past so quality isnt the problem, but staying in tune is.
#4
Any tremolo unit - particularly the non-locking types like the Bigsby - are going to make staying in tune more challenging than a standard hardtail setup, but the Wildkat should serve you quite well. You could drop a roller bridge on one, but I doubt that it would make much difference unless you are into serious tremolo insanity. And if you are, then you should be looking at a Floyd. I think you will be fine with any of the Epiphone semi-solids. They have quite a following at both the amateur and professional levels.
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#5
There were two Wildcats at the shop I used to work at. I honestly thought they were very overrated. The quality and feel were just not there. Really plastic-y.

I would agree with Dave. Keep scoping out those Edwards copies. Much better for the same dough.
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#6
^ Yeah. I haven't tried the wildcat, but I tried one of the other epi semi-hollows a good while back (with dogear silver p90s... a casino, maybe? not sure) and I thought it was kinda meh. And that's being charitable.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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