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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
- LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
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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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Great guitar plays great, feels great and looks flipping sweet. The only downfall about this guitar is its a little bit heavy... but other than that i love it. I also own a american fender strat,les paul ultra,and a dean razorback and this guitar is just as good as the guitars twice its price if ur thinking about buying this guitar go for it you wont be dissapointed.
I bought this guitar a month ago and has not let me down yet. If your thinking about getting it do it is the sweetest thing ever my band performs a song called farm fiddlin by Zakk maybe you have heard(if you have not do) and when I go ito the acoustic modeling it sound perfect and it has great sustain and the pinch harmonics really scream.
I went to check out guitars for a new one and I saw this one. Right away I wanted to play it just because of the look. Come on, it's a bull's eye. Once I held it, I looked at the price and thought that it was very expensive for an Epiphone, even a Les Paul, but once I played it, it was definitely no doubt worth it. I went back two days later to buy it because it loved it so much. Great pick-ups, smooth fast neck, and sounds great for everything. Classic rock: Zepplin, AC/DC, Heavy: Atreyu, Megadeath, and clean: Stairway to heaven. It sound good with every amp too. I tried a Vox, Marshal, Eppiphone, Fander and even Line 6. It sounded great with every single one. This is definitely on of, if not the best guitar out there.
I own an ESP EC-400 Les Paul style guitar with Active EMG-81?s. The Epiphone Zakk Wylde Bulls eye blows it away (after I upgraded the p-up?s to Zakk?s EMG?s). Sorry, but the stock EMG-HZ?s aren?t that great if you play a lot of metal. The guitar plays great. The neck is fast, the action is low, no fret buzz. I can?t say enough about how solid this guitar is. The bullseye is a decal (on every single guitar made), but who cares? It looks great, and is lacquered over with a ton of clear coat. You would have to scrape that off to affect the decal, and you can?t tell it?s not paint unless you look super duper close. If you are buying this guitar, know that you will need to replace the p-up?s down the road, but it is a great buy. I saw some video of me playing it on stage the other night, and it looks so cool. I plan on getting the camo version as soon as I have the cash. I don?t want to play my ESP any more. Seriously, get this guitar.
I am a huge Fan of Zakk's, and Wanted to own his trade mark bulls eye guitar. i bought the Epiphone one, and hated it. It wasnt balanced properly so the headstock kept doropping to the floor. I didnt have his actual 81-85 EMG pick ups in it. It has EMG Hz 4's... It sound Like Crap and played like crap. I only thing on it worth keeping was the paint job. Dont buy it.. save up for the real one...
I bought this guitar at a local guitar shop in Corpus Christi yesterday. Before I took it from the shop, I had EMGs 81 and 85 installed in it. It plays great. Has a nice feel. Did I mention it is a real head-turner. Lots of fun to play. The first song I played on it when I plugged in was "No More Tears." The sound blew me away.You should probably install the "real" pickups in it (and you'll still save a fortune).
This guitar has proven to be a very good guitar. When I bought it, I of course loved the paint job. But when I plugged it in, I was mezmerized by the overall blues-esque sound. This gives me more depth than my eBay-birthed Epiphone Firebird. If you are looking for a good guitar that sounds great with distortion, this is it. (Also, if you set it to the neck humbucker and get the amp set to just the right settings, you can get a creamy Big Muff sound)Get it, you'll love it.
Alright, so I went into a gutiar store to play this guitar because I heard that it was THAT good that I just had to, but when I got there I was disappointed with it. I played it through a Marshall amp and it sounded great, but the playability sucked. The neck was too glossy and my hand stuck to it, I was hardly able to do slides. The playability was dead-on, though...no complaints there. The neck pickup was deadly...I tapped so much on that 17th fret and I enjoyed every minute of it, wouldn't change a thing there. Overall, I'd say its a fantastic guitar, maybe mine was just a bad model or something.
I saw this guitar at a guitar shop and the finish looked very dull i didnt look anything like i expected and it sounded terrible. the pickups made a fuzzy noise every five senconds and the headstock was really heavy. well i played it on a peavey valve king acd it still sounded bad.
I just have to say that, being a huge Zakk Wylde fan makes this axe very special to me, let alone being my first... The only reason I gave it a 4.5 on features is because it could have the EMG ZW set for the amount of money. I put quality at 4 because I've only had it for 10 months and one of the tuners broke already where it loses tension completely with the simplest touch, and because the when changing the strings which took about an hour the neck bowed just enough that I had to adjust the truss rod to play it... but other than that this guitar is amazing especially if you upgrade to an EMG ZW set.
Ok this thing is sweet. I play all different types of music, from metal to jam band stuff, and this guitar never dissapoints me. It plays really smoothly, giving me incredible speed, and it sound awesome with distortion or clean. I've played many other guitars from many companies within this price range, and nothing comes even close.
Epiphone has created a one of a kind guitar here, but what it is essentially is a epi custom with a super hardcore paint job from the wyldeman and his raw necks and block inlays. But they also added pickups to make you try to sound like him....if zakk wylde's guitar style was so easy to play then everybody would sound like him, but its hard, so he wanted to take every chance he could get to make him the only Zakk Wylde, so he didnt put in the EMG 81 and 85's, but instead a EMG-HZ non active replacement system. But for an extra 200 bucks, this guitar is wailing and squeeling just like Zakk on his records, and with a way fast neck, complete perfection in crafstemen ship, the epiphone name on the top seems to be deceiving you, it seems more like a gibson than any other epiphone i have played, even down to the weight. The tuning stability is uncomparable to any other epi i have played also, ima get this guitar in a couple months to play through my Line 6 Podxt a truly sweet set up...buy this guitar and the emg zakk set and you'll not beable to put it down
I played this guitar at the music store in the mall. I would really love to get one, but its really pricey for an epiphone. the pickups are o.k. if your really looking for zakk's tone buy the activr EMGs but other than that it is a very good qaulity guitar.
this is an amazing guitar, the only downside is the pickups, which are great pickups depending on what you play, and another great thing about this guitar is the the emg 81 and 85 fit it perfect, and thats all it takes to have almost a perfect replica of zack wylde.
Trust me, if you are planning on getting a epiphone les paul, you do not want one with EMG -HZ you want at least the 81s and 85s, so look for a used one with those, do not buy one brand new, it's not worth 800 bucks seriously, but it is a nicely crafted piece of wood, just not the price for some 2nd rate pick-ups
I have a friend who bought the guitar a while back, i was always to afraid to even touch it, lol, it was too beautiful. just today, i saw it on the rack in a music store in Flordia. it felt like ''love at first sight'', lol. the looks got to me, but then i plugged it in, it sounded soo nice, i felt like dying, because there was nothing left to live for, lol. i've been a diehard zakk fan for many years now. i got the vest, BLS colors, and thw wrist bands. and im now saving every dime for this guitar, and then i'll have THE Society-Dwelling look.buy this guitar, and you'll never buy another one again. KEEP BLEEDING BLACK LABEL
The body is a little heavy but thats the way Epi les pauls are. I would recommend switching the pickups for the ZW set to make it come alive. Other than that, love the guitar.
I bought this Guitar as a backup/travel axe to carry with me along side my other two Gibson Les Pauls. My two gibsons have been my guitars of choice over the last few years as far as feel and tone. I had the pickups replaced on this guitar as soon as I bought it with the 81/85's just like zakk has on his holy Grail and this thing screams. The Neck on this guitar is amazing and the grover tuners could not be any nicer. I now find myself playing this far more often then my gibsons. Epiphone did a nice job with this model in my opinion. Far better then most of there guitars. If you choose to replace these pickups you will find that they sound best at louder volumes and through a tube amplifier to yield best performance. Solid state just sucks in comparison unless your looking for pure gain and no tone.
With a setup and a set of real Zakk Wylde EMG's, this guitar rocks! However, I would recommend having the EMG's professionally installed.
I first purchased the zakk wylde epiphone les paul custom after playing it for a few hours at my local guitar store. The tone is great and I suggest using 10 or 11 strings on it with the lower tuning. Only thing that bugged me was that it kept going out of tune... I changed the strings twice and it still seem to have problems staying in tune but otherwise it's the best guitar in its price range.