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Maybe you've lusted after Gibson's Zakk Wylde signature model but lacked the cash to buy one. Well, here's the Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom El...Click To Read More About This Product
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Maybe you've lusted after Gibson's Zakk Wylde signature model but lacked the cash to buy one. Well, here's the Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, a more affordable alternative. It's equipped with sizzling USA EMG HZ- H4 and H4A humbuckers, glorious gold hardware, mahogany body wood, hard maple set neck with rosewood fretboard, and Zakk's signature bull's-eye paint job. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and LockTone stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing a breeze.
Combining the power of active EMG-81 with the soul of a passive PAF, the tone is well balanced, with tight bass, glassy mids, and crunchy highs. These great tonal features are achieved by utilizing over wound coils loaded with ceramic bar magnets, all fully shielded for minimal noise. In the bridge position, the H4 shines with excellent range, responsiveness and sweet harmonics, perfect for a big rock or heavy modern sound.
Endowed with warmth, body and clarity, the H4A is a very versatile pickup and is perfect for everything from blues to rock to metal. The tone is very well-balanced, with solid bass, pronounced mids, and fat highs. These great tonal features are achieved by utilizing vintage wound coils loaded with Alnico V bar magnets, all fully shielded for minimal noise. The H4A in the neck position, with its cousin, the H4, offers a perfect balance of tones. The H4A shines with superb clarity, full body, and delicate responsiveness which will suit almost any style or mood.
- USA EMG HZ-H4 passive bridge humbucker
- USA EMG HZ-4A passive neck humbucker
- Gold hardware
- Mahogany body wood
- Hard maple set neck with rosewood fretboard
- 24-3/4" scale
- 1-11/16" nut width
- Neck joint set at 16th fret
- Zakk's signature bull's-eye paint job
- Antique ivory finish
- Body, neck, and headsdtock binding
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Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul
I finally found one of these things brand new in a local music store and, of course, I had to play it.I've been wanting to try one for myself, as I'm currently shopping...Read complete review
I finally found one of these things brand new in a local music store and, of course, I had to play it.I've been wanting to try one for myself, as I'm currently shopping for a ZW Gibson myself.Even though this was an Epiphone I was pleasantly surprised.The playability of this guitar far surpasses ANY Les Paul I've played before (even high-dollar Gibson Customs). The neck was the fastest and most comfortable I've felt and an LP (by ANY manufacturer).The pick-ups (EMG passive) leave a little to be desired (by my standards), but sound better than Gibson's 498 and 500T that comes in most LP's. Keep in mind, though, that I usually replace pick-ups in ALL my guitar to something that has more distortion, so if you like 498's snd/or 500's you will probably think these sound pretty good.Construction of the instrument was also very well done (especially for Epiphone). No flaws noted in any assembly detail.I guess the only downside I could fond was that the finish isn't white and black, the "white" part is so antiqued that it is actually a drab shade of yellow. I would prefer the white in the bulleye pattern to be more of an artic white, but that is subject to personal preferrence.Overall, this seems to be the highest quality, best-playing Epiphone I have ever played, and if you want the ZW Gibson but just don't have money in your budget, I'm sure switching to active EMG's would really bring this guitar to life and give you a guitar that sounds and plays great.
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piece o' crap
Well I know somebody is goin to hate me for this comment... because Im sure somebody like a die hard fan is gonna give me some crap.... anyway..... Zakk...Read complete review
Well I know somebody is goin to hate me for this comment... because Im sure somebody like a die hard fan is gonna give me some crap.... anyway..... Zakk Wylde is among the top best heavy metal guitarists of today (before him randy rhodes of course), with that being said why would this guitar dishonors him like a prostitutes father... The gibson is probably better. Well when I went to guitar center to pick up my Gibson goldtop.. I said to myself what the hell try this thing out (I had a crush on it). The drummer of my band was there and he even said as soon as I started playin crazy train then gets me through it sounded like a dying freakin chicken. Now if you can find this on eBay for like $400, then go for it... but not $800... nothing against Zakk or Epiphone (I own a couple of epiphones and they're great) but this guitar is crap... I'm sorry if you had your hopes up but I dont suggest this at all.
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This is most amazing guitar you will ever play! I have laid my hands on Gibsons, ibanezes, Fenders, and some others. This is the best guitar I have ever felt and plade in my life. The pickups are amazing, and have a nice bite, while maintaining a great soulful sound. The neck has a perfect radius, and you already know that it has a wicked cool design. I don't think that this is in the description, but they have sweet gold Grover tuners. You need this guitar.
I wanted a Les Paul but didnt have the money to get a Gibson. I am a Fender user and I always have been, but I have always liked that thick and chunky sound from a Les Paul. I play a Fender Stratocaster and that is my main guitar and still is. When I played this guitar at the music store I was blown away by its sound and feel. I really liked the neck profile because its a slim neck. All of my guitars have slim necks, I dont care for the 50's neck on Les Pauls. The guitar is heavy but it screams and is harmonically rich. I recomend it to anyone who wants a good guitar with out the Gibson price tag. This guitar is my backup but it doesnt stay in the guitar rack at gigs very long, it gets played on songs that require that Les Paul tone. Good guitar plain and simple Sounds good clean and REALLY good with Distortion and High Gain.
I bought this bad boy and I have to say it is my main guitar. The only thing I didn't like about this is the gold hardware (4.5 on the features). I bought new tuners, new bridge and changed out ALL the gold and replaced it with black hardware. I love the tone, the feel and the look. It has weight like a Gibson. Love it. Modified the electronics to kill the neck pickup so the toggle is now a KILLSWITCH.
I know adding a review isn't needed for this popular guitar, but it is really amazing. Great tone, feel, value. Highly recommend it!
This review is coming from someone who is a Gibson Les Paul devotee: I am extremely impressed with the high-quality construction, the playability, and sonic tone of the Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul (Yellow-target). In short, I'm blown away with this product! I rated the features a five mainly because of the Grover tuning-keys. Despite what other reviewers have indicated, I have no problems keeping the guitar in tune. A simple turn of the screw helps me avoid any of this. It's actually a deceptively light guitar, which would be an extreme positive for younger players and females (not being sexist). This is both a gig-quality and recording-quality guitar. The only issue, and this relates exclusively to those of us with short fingers - access to the 15th through 17 fret is a bit restricted - e.g., it's hard for me to play in a high G-major-minor scale at the 15th fret. But, if your fingers are long, this will in no way pose a problem.
This is one of the lightest non-chambered les pauls I've played. The pick ups are weak that's why I gave a 4 for features. Some talk about replacining with active EMG's but I wouldnt because you'd either have to do surgery or cram components where they arent meant to be. The feel of the neck is great. This guitar is actually suited to any style. I use it for blues and 70's, 80's rock.
Ive had this guitar in my collection for 4 years now and other than timely wear and tear this thing still rips. In 4 years all that went wrong was a lose wire on my toggle switch and the G string doesnt stay in tune for more than a couple songs or so. Other than that I love the pickups, i prefer these over 81/85 setup in my dean razorback explosion and 81TW/89 setup in my schecter hellraiser they are just so warm on clean channel stuff and personaly i think they have more dirty sound on overdriven or crunchy channel compared to my other guitars. I play through a marshall mode four with 280w matching cab witch also despite some heresay is a great amp no clue why they stopped making them. for the price of this guitar cant beat it its got it all great paintjob, great pickups. Great Hardware, fast neck. and as for mine no extreme work needed in the 4 years i have enjoyed this guitar its a keeper. Ive been playing for 10 years and just wanted to say never try a guitar that you want unless your playing through what your gonna play it on at home. trust me ive bought guitars that sound great at the store and get it home and have it not be what i wanted. Enjoy
I tried this guitar out the other night and its really nice it sounds great and the neck is thick but not too thick the pickups may be passive but they sound pretty good overall a great guitar plus its got grover tuners which is nice
I'm buying this tonight, as I have a buddy who needs some cash. This thing plays WONDERFULLY. It is on the heavy side, which might take some getting used to for a thinline kinda guy, but it is well worth it. The tone sounds wonderful, and I can't wait to see how it sounds through my deVille. I have to address the guys who've been debating about the color of this guitar. Guys, there are two different colors; a white and a yellow. The white is an OFF white, but it is white, nonetheless. Can't wait for this bad boy, and am really debating putting the 81/85's in. So excited!!!!!!
I think when you concider yourself an instrumentist you'll know how to select your wrench very well. I concider myself an anti epiphone guy but this one is something different. I'm 150% sure you can get something better out there but for the price vs quality this is a great choice.I have been recording for 7 years now and one of the main issues when you dont have a good amp and mic for your speaker and the only choice is your digital fx processor is that your sound will lose some of your sound definition and harmonics at the time of doing some arpegios while using o/ds and/or distortion but the balance that this pick ups offer you on the strings will give you an amazing result. To upgrade your guitar is not as difficult or expenssive as your Mustang v6 so go ahead and invest on other mics if you'd like to but Im telling you . It wont be necessary.Wood and paint job is amazing so ensure you get the right guitar and a good case to avoid damage on it. Enjoy it!