Epiphone Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Bullseye
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- Mahogany body
- EMG-HZ4A pickups
- Rosewood fretboard
- 24.75 scale
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The Epiphone Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom is custom-designed by Zakk Wylde, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and front man of the Black Lable Society and arguably the most influential guitar hero of our time. Zakk's mind-bending neck speed is closer to your grasp thanks to this model's satin-finish, SlimTaper, set, Hard Maple Neck on Mahogany body with Zakk's distinctive "Bullseye" pattern set on an Antique Ivory finish. His punishing tone is at your fingertips with screaming EMG-HZ4 and EMG-HZ4A humbuckers. More brutal tone and sustain are at your command with Epiphone LockTone™ locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Stop-bar tailpiece. The fast fingerboard has the iconic "block" inlays, as well as the "split-diamond" Abalone headstock inlay.. Also living up to the original style, is the vintage original tone voiced by a pair of high-output Alnico Classic Humbuckers.
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I've been playing for 10 years, mostly hard rock and metal: Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Metallica, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Van Halen. Not heavier than that. This guitar suits that style perfect. The pickups that come stock are excellent at distorted sounds, not so great with clean. I bought EMG 81 and 85 and did the 18 volt mod right away so can't comment much on stock pickups, which involves wiring 2 batteries in series. This helps a lot in getting cleaner tones and more headroom, you can check samples of it in [...]. I had the guitar set up as soon as it arrived, and can't comment on that either specially since it was shipped overseas after being in my brothers house quite a while,
I play Ernie Ball hybrid slinky set 0.09 -0.46 which I recommend, heavier strings for palm muting and chords, and thinner strings for fast soloing) , . This guitar sustains really well, and the grover tuners are awesome. I play this through a Marshall JCM 1959 800 modded half stack
Anyway, this guitar has good finish, not excellent, but very nice for the price. I absolutely love the feal and playability of the neck and the guitar in general. For the price I can't think of a better guitar. Its not a great overall guitar if you are planning to play other styles of music. If you're into heavier stuff including nu-metal this is your guitar. EMG active pickups are worth considering if you have the extra money, but i repeat the stock pickups are really good.
I'm comparing this to great guitars I played along the years and I repeat its hard to get this quality elsewhere at this price. If you play more classic rock I recommend a Epiphone Les Paul Standard, or an Ibanez RG which are excellent guitars as well. And you won't find better guitars in this price range than Ibanez RG or Epiphone
Plus and maybe upgrading to seymour duncan's JB and Jazz or JB and 59's or both Alnico Pro II as Slash uses on his guitars, all of these have less output, and have cleaner sounds. This is recommended if you get your distorsion from your amp. If you play a tube amp its really hard to get a clean sound with active pickups with full volume since the pickups high output pushes the preamp into distorsion. You just have to roll down the volume.
In conclusion, not a great overall sound, its REAL good at what it is meant for, the clean sound with EMG's 18V mod is pretty decent, take into account im really picky about gear. So don't be discouraged, I actually think this is a great guitar, really nice craftsmanship and playability, and it has awesome looks.
Get yourself a hardcase if you can, I recommend SKB Les Paul case U$S129, much better than the Epi case.
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This is a very nice, very solid guitar. Has a lot of weight to it, and its a lot thicker than a fender, by about three times. The action is decent, although the best action that I have ever found is on a dean. Now this guitar has a very nice warm sound (even with the stock pickups) and a nice warm, clear tone to it. Tuned down it is the chunkiest sounding guitar I own. And to answer peoples questions on the color of the guitar, it is actually a yellowish ebony color. This is to purposely have an aged ebony look to look just like Zakk Wylde's guitar, because throug hthe years, Zakk's guitars have aged, and his white ebony color has turned yellowish. The Gibson custom Zakk Wylde, on the other hand, comes as ebony white, just as Zakk's did when he first got it. I myself love the color of this guitar, and they did a very good job of the aged coloring. It does not look dirty at all, or too yellow. It looks just as intended,and honestly I do like the coloring better on this than the pure white on the Gibson (I have seen both).
The neck is a set neck, so it's not some junky bolt on neck. Thus, having a set neck, you do get better sustain, better tone, and better playability. The neck is a lot thicker than a dean or a fender or washburn, etc. It has a great feel to it, but just takes some getting used to if youre use to a thinner neck. Also the fretboard is 22 frets, and they are not jumbo frets, just in case you wondered. I have used all sorts of strings on this guitar, from 42 to 70 for the heaviest string. All sets have sounded great. I also do string my strings in backwards just as Zakk recommends, not because I am a diehard Zakk Wylde fan, but because I thought I would give it a shot, and have since done it for about 6 years now. It really does help from breakage. I would also recommend a straplock system for this guitar, because it really is a heavy guitar, adn the last thing you want to do is to have it keep slipping out of your guitar strap and falling to the ground getting damaged. Also, make sure to buy a nice hardshell les paul case for it, whether it be by epiphone, or gator, etc.
All in all, out of the 7 guitars that I have, yes of course each individual one has their own ups and downs, but in general, THIS is the guitar that I go home and pick up EVERY SINGLE DAY, and THIS is the guitar that suits myself and my style the most, due to its looks, its warmth and tone, its playability, its sound, and its feel. I most definitely plan on buying one more in the near future, just to have set with different strings and tuning. If I have missed anything, or if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.