Sound — 10
Well I like to play a lot of "arena" rock, from the early 70's. I.e. Zeppelin, Sabbath, etc. However I had no idea that this guitar could be as versitile as it is, punk, grunge, alternative. Your tallent, and imagination, is it's only limit! Take my word for it, this guitar can "growel" like a bear, and "screech" like an eagle! The amp that I have is the Line 6, Spider III, 30. And with this guitar, "clean", is the way to go.
Overall Impression — 9
The style of music I play, like most musicians, is constantly evolving. And for the genres of music that I play, this Epiphone Wildkat keeps up with me quite well. Before I bought this one, I tried out several other versions of this guitar. I.e., Gretch, Guild, Ibanez etc. And as for versility, in my opinion, the Wildkat has them all beat! Though I kind of wish it had a pick-guard. Yet playing without one, has forced me to play with more finese', which I'm actually using to my advantage. If this guitar was ever lost. Well, that's one thing. If it were ever stolin? I would hunt down the person who "stole" it, and take it back! This guitar totally "rocks", in all ways, shapes, and forms. So if your looking for a new guitar, definately give the Epiphone Wildkat a serious audition. And as always, rock on!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Unlike the Wildkat with the "Tiger finish and the gold hardware", this, (and the other "transparent" finished Wildkats), keeps it's durability (it's finish does'nt wear away). It's construction is made to last. Dependability? No worries there at all. Reliability? Well put it this way. Nothing about this guitar has ever let me down. I have never even concidered bringing a "back-up" with me when I go out to jam! In other words. I'll bet my last dollar on this guitar. And win!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
As far as the factory "set-up"? Well, what can I say? It was set up by Epiphone's own, "Custom Shop". The "set-up" was outstanding! The action is set low, and, (due to it's fret scale)(and it's hollowbody construction), it's supposed to be. Play it, and you'll understand why. The only flaw that I've found, is a slight "overlap" of black paint on the Bigsby trem. Otherwise, everything was sensational!
Features — 10
Well the 2006 Epiphone Wildkat that I proudly own, was made in Korea. However, it was assembled in the Epiphone Factory's "Custom Shop", right here in the "good old" U.S.A. The neck of this axe is made of maple. And rideing on it's top, is a 22(jumbo)fret, 24.75" scale, ebonized Rosewood, Dot inlay fretboard. It's hollowbody "single cut-away" Archtop construction (which is slightly larger than a Les Paul), has a maple top, complete with elongated "F" holes. It's sides and back have a unique, "multible-slab", Mahogany construction concept employed unto it. The finish of this one is Transparent Orange, with the thickest coat of polyurethane that I've ever seen, or felt, on a guitar. On to the hardware. All chrome. Two Alnico V-P 90 pick-up's, and a heavy duty Bigsby Tremolo with a (permanantly) mounted swing arm. The machine heads are non-locking Grovers, which reside on a classic, 1950's headstock! This beast has one master volume, two sub-volumes, and one tone control, along with it's three-way switch. Added note "no pick guard at all"!