Epiphone Custom Historic 1962 Wilshire Arkansas City KS

The Custom Historic 1962 Reissue is a convincing rendition of the scant handful of early- ’60s Wilshires. Examining it with reference to my memory of these vintage Wilshires—and what written specs I have on hand—I find nothing that gives me pause in the accuracy stakes. Read on to get more information about this.

Sparks Music
(630) 442-5030
315 S Summit St
Arkansas City, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Willoughby Music
(620) 221-7887
705 Main St
Winfield, KS
 
Pianos Unltd
(620) 662-0406
900 N Main St
Hutchinson, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Mass Street Music
(785) 843-3535
1347 Mass
Lawrence, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Our four luthiers handle everything from simple repairs to extensive restoration work and appraisals. If it can be fixed, we can do it, and do it exceptionally well.
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Our website at www.massstreetmusic.com is open 24/7
Our regular store hours, in Lawrence, Kansas are:
M-F 10am - 6pm
Sat. 10am - 5pm
Repair shop is open to the public:
M-F 2pm - 6pm
Sat. 10am - 5 pm and by appointment.


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Hoffman Harp Gallery
(913) 492-6828
12612 W 82Nd Ter
Lenexa, KS
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Print Music
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Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Hours
Call or e-mail for appointment.

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W.P.S./ Willoughby Music
(620) 229-8205
705 Main St
Winfield, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Hayes House Of Music
(785) 776-7983
2122 Sw Mission Ave
Topeka, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Lighthouse Music Services
(316) 744-8530
5918 Clarendon St
Bel Aire, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Custom repairs from student to professional. We specialize in woodwind instruments and hard to repair instruments such as folk instruments, english horns, oboe, bassoon, and many more.
We offer quality name brand instruments for lease with liberal amount applied to purchase of a new one interest free.
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Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri 11:00AM-6:00PM
Sat - 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Summer Hours beginning June 1st:
Mon - Fri 11:00AM-6:00PM

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Hume Music, Inc.
(785) 843-2644
711 W 23Rd St Ste 17
Lawrence, KS
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitar Stand The
(316) 269-3430
2127 E Bayley St
Wichita, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Epiphone Custom Historic 1962 Wilshire

FOR YEARS THE EARLY-’60S EPIPHONE WILSHIRE (Model SB-432) held the honorable position of being a semi-undiscovered vintage gem, and was often sold as a “poor-man’s Les Paul Special”, but that description doesn’t fully capture the nuance of the Wilshire’s slightly altered design. By the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Wilshire was still a steal compared to the rapidly appreciating Special, though both emanated from the same Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, MI, and offered great appeal to anyone willing to take up the Epiphone badge in lieu of the more recognizable brand. This state of affairs didn’t last long, though, as the Kalamazoo factory turned out far fewer Wilshires (a mere 180 in1962) than it did either late-’50s Les Paul Specials or early-’60s SG Specials. Following the simple laws of supply and demand, this secret players’ bargain turned into a bona fide collectible, with prices for good original examples soaring upwards of $5,000 to as much as $10,000!

Enter the 1962 Wilshire Reissue ($4,832 retail/$2,899 street), manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee, by Epiphone’s Custom Historic division, in cooperation with Gibson Custom. The revival brings this much-loved model back at a more palatable price than its current vintage value, although it’s still made in limited numbers, restricted to a run of 100 guitars. (100 more Wilshires, in white, will be available by the time you read this.) The first Wilshire arrived in late 1959, designed as a rival of sorts to Fender’s Stratocaster, which its rounded double horns aped more than they did those of its sibling double-cutaway LP Special. The guitars from 1962 are often considered to be the pinnacle of the model, and mark the last Wilshires that followed the more Gibson-like design spec. The following year, the Wilshire went both more Stratty with a six-on-a-side headstock design and offset double-cutaway body with longer bass side horn, and less Stratty with two minihumbucking pickups.

The Custom Historic 1962 Reissue is a convincing rendition of the scant handful of early- ’60s Wilshires I have encountered over the years. Examining it with reference to my memory of these vintage Wilshires—and what written specs I have on hand—I find nothing that gives me pause in the accuracy stakes. The edges of the one-piece Peruvian mahogany body are smoothly curved, with an appealing handfinished look to the portions of the cutaways that run from flat to radiused. The nitrocellulose finish, although buffed to a high gloss, is thin enough to have dimpled into the grain of the wood, giving the guitar the impression of an instrument that is aging gracefully. The slight dimpling in the finish on the upper edge of the unbound rosewood fretboard is less appealing, though not a major turn off. The rest of the neck is smoothly executed, though, with a beefy rounded C profile that is full yet comfortable in the hand, and a headstock that’s back angled to a period-correct 17 degrees. The Wilshire’s solid neck joint is aided by a n...

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