Epiphone Releases Wilshire Phant-o-matic

Designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance

Nashville, TN (November 19, 2011) -- Epiphone has released the Wilshire Phantomatic, designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance.

The guitar has a solid mahogany body and 24.75" mahogany neck with a '60s SlimTaper profile, a rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a 12" radius, and a 1-11/16" nut.

The Phant-o-matic employs two classic Epiphone humbucker pickups, the 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 arrangement, Epiphone also included a mono VariTone six-way rotary switch, much like the one used most famously by blues legend B. B. King, as well as a horn-mounted KillSwitch and a Master Volume control.

The guitar has a LockTone Tune-oMatic StopBar bridge and nickel Wilkinson vintage-style tuners with tinted green keys, as well as a '60s era Epiphone logo. MSRP $832.

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