1961 Epiphone Wilshire

Here’s a vintage 1961 Epiphone Wilshire electric solidbody guitar with original Epiphone hardshell case. This extremely rare early variety Gibson-made model, serial number 37205, features; early pre-sticker P.A.F. mini-humbucking pickups, lightweight stop tailpiece, ABR-1 tune-o-matic and super rare gold hardware.

Perhaps even cooler than it’s concurrently-produced Gibson SG Les Paul counterpart, this particular style Epi Wilshire is certainly much rarer. Generally, the Epiphone Wilshire with this symmetrical body configuration features P-90 pickups with a tortoise pickguard, however, very few were produced with mini-humbuckers and gold hardware. It is likely that only several batches (less than 50) of Wilshires with these same appointments were shipped, so even those who are Epiphone connoisseurs and collectors will attest to this guitar’s immense scarcity. In a way, this guitar is most like a Wilshire-Crestwood hybrid, and it’s short-lived production may be unfamiliar with some enthusiasts.

With a traditional gorgeous Gibson Cherry Red finish, and a symmetrical 1 3/8″ thick body with rounded edges, this guitar was made by Gibson during their undisputed Golden Era. This ’61 Epiphone Wilshire also features; 3-on-a-side “open book” symmetrical headstock profile, a one-piece mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, early production Gibson P.A.F. mini-humbuckers (pre-sticker), gold insert top hat knobs, a rare 3-ply white (w/b/w) pickguard, gold ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles, a light-weight wrap around tailpiece, single-line gold Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with single-ring tulip buttons, original SG tone selector ring, original dark yellow switch tip and an early-’60s gray Epiphone case.

The neck profile is most like an SG, and features a ’60 Les Paul profile with factory large frets. The guitar feels great, and plays incredibly easily. Both pickups sound spectacular and measure 6.91Ω (bridge) and 7.23Ω (neck). It barely weighs 6 pounds (6 lbs. 2 oz.), and is extremely light weight. This no issues instrument is in fantastic playing condition, and having recently been setup with Pyramid .010-.046 strings, it would be hard to imagine it being any better.