Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-Matic Electric Guitar, Antique Ivory
Epiphone is proud to announce the Wilshire Phant-o-matic designed in collaboration with Frank Iero guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance.
- Designed with Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance
- Vintage style Varitone™ control
- Alnico Classic™ humbuckers
- Finish: Antique Ivory (AI)
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 guitar. 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 favuorite of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Marriott.
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Like the 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 SlimTaper™ profile, a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, a 12 inch radius, and a 1.68 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 they 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, Epiphone's famous Alnico Classic Plus™ humbucker in the bridge and an Alnico Classic™ humbucker in the neck position. To get the most of the wide tonal possibilities from this pickup arrangement, they've included a mono VariTone™, much like the one used most famously by blues legend B. B. King.
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The VariTone™ uses a six-way rotary switch that engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position 1, the VariTone™ is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the centre 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 Classic™ 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 VariTone™ 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 Killswitch, which provides an infinite range of staccato on/off effects. A master volume control is mounted with easy access to the VariTone™ rotary switch for quick adjustments.
Like many of their classic solid body electrics, the Wilshire Phant-o-matic uses Epiphone's LockTone™ Tune-o-Matic™ StopBar bridge for tuning and intonation accuracy. Machine heads are nickel Wilkinson™ vintage style tuners with green keys. And to protect it, Epiphone has included a premium, padded gigbag.
Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic Specifications
Neck Shape: 1960s SlimTaper™
Neck Joint: Glued-in
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White) with vintage 'Epiphone' logo in gold
Scale Length: 24.75 inch
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid block inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 12 inch
Frets: 22, medium-jumbo
Nut width: 1.68 inch
Headstock: Clipped Ear™ 3-on-a-side with vintage 'Epiphone' logo in gold
Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic™ humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus™ humbucker
Controls: 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 620hz, Position 5: 18.5db at 360hz, Position 6: 21db at 120hz), Momentary KillSwitch™3-way pickup selector with black toggle cap
Binding: 2-Layer (Black/White) with vintage 'Epiphone' logo in gold
Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-Matic
Machine heads: Wilkinson™ vintage style with green keys
Colour: Antique Ivory (AI)
Typical Weight (+/- 5%): 6.6 lbs
Strings: D'Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46
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