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Old November 25th, 2015, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone else a fan of the WildKat?

One of my favorite Epis is my WildKat. I've always been fond of both P90s and Bigsbys. Anyone else here into this marvelous, unsung little workhorse?

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Old November 26th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been watching those for awhile now! They do look like a worthwhile guitar but I've never played one.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I love mine and use it for jazz, country-swing and rock-a-billy.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 12:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How's the tuning stability with the bigsby?? If I recall, when I tried one out, it did not have a roller bridge on it and kept going out of tune on me.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If the nut is properly cut and lubed and the bridge lubed properly, there is no problem. I have 3 guitars with Bigsbys, built one and shipped it to my brother in Germany and I'm currently building a 335 type that will have one. I have never had any problem with them. You just have to remember they are not meant for "dive bombing".
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Old November 27th, 2015, 11:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I put a roller bridge on mine, not because of tuning issues but just to put less back to front lean on the bridge posts. Tuning is not a huge issue, though stringing and cinching the wraps to the tuner posts is a p.i.t.a. I also shimmed the Bigsby to raise the front and decrease the break angle to the bridge.
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I want one w/P90's and Bixsby as well. I'm just out of space currently.

Ironwolf, what type of music do you play on it?
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Old December 4th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I want one w/P90's and Bixsby as well. I'm just out of space currently.

Ironwolf, what type of music do you play on it?
Pretty much anything from jazz to country. I lean towards using it for Rockabilly, even though I have a Gretsch.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 10:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just bought a 2015 Wildkat. I absolutely love it. I did have to set it up, the action was a bit high. I also swapped out the bridge with a roller bridge from Guitar Fetish. Cost $20 and was well worth it. Oiled the nut and bridge, and the Bigsby is now as smooth as silk. Guitar stays in tune as well. You can get pretty extreme with the Bigsby without issue. Some say the tone is a bit dark and it has a buzz in it. Mine does not have either problem. No buzz at all and, a tone you would expect from a hollow body guitar. I picked this up on sale at GC for $350. The guitar has far exceeded my expectations. I play Blues and soft Jazz with a little bit of Rock. When I want to scream, I dig out my 94 US Hamer Daytona. Quite honestly, you can play any type of music on the Wildkat. The sustain is great. Want to do a little Santana? This guitar will rip it up. It is an excellent player for the money. I am quite surprised, and pleased.
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