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Epiphone has a long history of supplying some of the greatest guitarists of all time with the electric guitar they need to excel. That history continues with the Annihilation-V, a Flying V guitar made in cooperation with acclaimed guitarist, Jeff Waters. Prestigiously ranked at #3 in Joel McIver's 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, Jeff and his band Annihilator have been shredding audiences worldwide for years, and now he's ready to take it up a notch with what he calls "The Ultimate Metal Guitar!"
Like any exceptional electric guitar, the Epiphone Annihilation-V starts with great tonewoods and construction. The neck is solid mahogany joined to a solid mahogany body using a traditional deep-set, Flying-V neck joint that's hand-fitted and glued in place for optimum tone and sustain. For lightning-fast performance, the Epiphone guitar's neck features a "D" profile SlimTaper neck and a 24-fret phenolic (ebonol) fingerboard that not only allows a full 2 octaves of range per string, but also an ultra-smooth and extremely durable surface.
At the heart of any great guitar are great pickups and this Epiphone Flying V guitar is no exception. Designed specifically for Jeff by Epiphone engineers, and made by Gibson USA's world-famous pickup division, the Epiphone Annihilation-V features custom JWT (Jeff Waters Treble) and JWR (Jeff Waters Rhythm) 4-wire humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions, respectively. Overwound and featuring a Ceramic-8 magnet, the Epiphone Annihilation-V's JWT bridge humbucker can deliver the right combination of crunch and growl without ever losing it's enhanced lows and crystal clear highs. The JWR neck pickup features an Alnico-II magnet that provides vintage tone with great sustain and clarity along with the right combination of power and warmth. Together, the two pickups offer the perfect combination of crunch and clean. Controlling the 2 perfectly matched humbuckers is a set of simple yet powerful controls that offer incredible versatility. The Epiphone Annihilation-V guitar's master volume control is also a push/pull control allowing you to split the coils of the 2 humbuckers for a brighter, single-coil sound while keeping them noise-free. The 3-way toggle in combination with the coil-splitting allows you up to 8 different tonal combinations ranging from a one single-coil to full-on humbucker assault. A momentary kill button cuts off the output for additional effects.
Other upgrades to the Epiphone Jeff Waters Annihilation-V electric guitar include Grover 14:1 ratio tuners, Epiphone StrapLocks, Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar combination, "Annihilator Devil" inlay on the 12th fret, and Jeff Water's signature on the back of the guitar headstock.
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Prepare to annihilate your audience with the Jeff Waters Annihilation-V: The Ultimate Metal Guitar!
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Comments about Epiphone Jeff Waters Annihilation-V Electric Guitar:
Literally nothing bad was found on this guitar. For the price, you get an amazing playing and sounding guitar.
First off, I was a little skeptical about the Phenolic fretboard, but it's actually a great sounding and fast playing fretboard. It also looks great with the guitar, especially with the Pitch Black finish (the finish I bought).
This guitar will definitely turn heads. It's very comfortable to play sitting or standing, and is a pretty nice weight. Your back won't be hurting after carrying it for long periods of time
Regarding the pickups, you can coil split them, and Jeff Waters designed them to be in his words, "almost blues sounding" and he is right. These are not super hot pickups like EMGs. They sound awesome through my Blackstar HT Club 40 with the gain around 2 o'clock and a Boss DS-1 with the level and distortion at 12 o'clock with the tone all the way down. Kinda specific, but this is what I run the guitar through and it sounds incredible.
Notes are very clear, and fast, thrashy riffs can be heard with ease without any mush.
Leads cut through without any harshness, and Jeff Waters was right when he said you'll sound awesome if you nail a solo, but if you make a mistake, it's quite noticeable. For me anyway :)
All in all, I love this guitar. I use it to jam at home, with my friends, and someday hope to take it on stage.
Check out this guitar, I bet you'll love it.
Also, the killswitch is a nice touch.
Comments about Epiphone Jeff Waters Annihilation-V Electric Guitar:
I highly recommend this guitar for any guitar player looking for that perfect, low cost guitar to play metal or hard rock. This thing can pull of some really nice clean tones as well but the look of it screams METAL! It is great in the studio and out live. Jeff Waters has personally even gone on a guitar clinic tour showing off this guitar and I have talked to many other guitar players who also own it. Not a single one has regretted buying it!
This guitar has an extremely comfortable neck. It's a bit more flatter than normal flying v necks and just makes it really easy to play. The fretboard is a little weird. It's a phenolic fretboard which actually sounds suprisingly good and plays really fast. The neck is made of mahogany along with the body. The pickups are Jeff Water's custom JWT and JWR pickups. They sound very clean yet aggressive. There are no tone controls and only one volume knob but it doesn't need the rest. It's a very simple design that works and also includes a nice killswitch for added effect as well as coil tapping for a more twangier sound. It also has some nice Grover tuners which can stay in tune pretty well.
I have never played such a perfectly crafted Flying V before and I own 3 others. It felt like a lot of effort and care was taken to make this guitar. It sounds fantastic and I personally think that Epiphone should make this guitar a permanent model for years to come. Jeff Waters and Epiphone truly crafted a masterpiece aimed for metal. This guitar doesn't even seem like it should be branded "Epiphone". More like a true Gibson.
For the price, this thing is well worth it. I have tried out alleged "higher-end" models and they were no where near the quality of this baby. I don't think you will need any other Flying V guitar with this thing in your hands unless you want some sort of tremolo bridge. Other than that, this thing will get you through thick and thin.