VINTAGE GUITAR FLASHBACK: 1966 Epiphone Wilshire

photo by Gabriel BurgosClassic Solidbody Played by Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen

BACKGROUND
Designed as a low-cost alternative to the higher-end model, the Crestwood, it was produced from 1959-1970.

WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE
Boasting two P90 pickups it is praised as “perfect for old-school rock” – it has an almost acoustic quality for resonance and sustain. It’s super light and easy to handle, but is better served for rhythm playing.

NOTABLE PLAYERS
My friend Wayne Kramer (shameless name dropping) of the MC5 played it, as well as Jimi Hendrix (would love to see a pic of that!) and Bruce Springsteen, who had this same color, a gift from his Mom.

INTERESTING FEATURES
In 1966 they stopped making this tailpiece an option. Mine has it and it hasn’t been modified so it seems it was completed before the switchover or I’ve been misinformed. Possible. The Inverness Green was a rare color and since less than 400 Wilshires were made in 1966 it is even more collectible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Miggs is a singer/songwriter/producer and fronts the band miggs (Elm City/Capitol Records). His love affair with vintage instruments and gear only presents a problem when he’s awake. Find out more at miggsmusic.com, @miggsmusic, thelalamansion.com or on his radio show, @thefringeAM820 (Saturdays 5-7pm EST).

photo by Gabriel Burgos

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