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Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye

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The Custom Shop goes Wylde!

In a tribute to his scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Gibson honors one of heavy metal's premier lead guitarists with the Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar. It features Wylde's trademark black-and-antique-white bull's-eye graphics; powerful EMG humbucking pickups (an 81 and 85); and an oiled, raw maple neck. The LP body has a 1-piece mahogany back with carved maple top; an ebony fretboard with pearl block inlay; gold hardware including an engraved gold truss-rod cover with Zakk Wylde logo; multi-ply binding on top, back, neck, and peghead. A gorgeous guitar and capable of doing serious sonic damage. Gibson includes a hardshell case with the Custom Shop Zakk Wylde Les Paul Guitar.

Gibson's Custom Shop produces some of the finest electric guitars on earth. Using the best materials money can buy, a staff of skilled luthiers reproduce some of the greatest Gibsons of the past and create stunning new instruments for players and collectors who demand the best.

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Gibson CustomZakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye
 
4.8

(based on 63 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Zakk Wylde Les Paul is the Real Deal

I have owned my Custom Zakk Wylde LP since 2004(Shortly after they started reproduction), I can tell you it's the nicest playing guitar I have next to my 94 Custom 24 PRS....Read complete review

I have owned my Custom Zakk Wylde LP since 2004(Shortly after they started reproduction), I can tell you it's the nicest playing guitar I have next to my 94 Custom 24 PRS. It screams Les Paul! The neck is amazing, the workmanship flawless, and for all of you naysayers I removed the active EMG's and put in Bare Knuckle pickups from England. Talk about tone! It sounded great stock with the Emg's but even better with the Bare Knuckles. I honestly don't think it matters what pickups you put in this guitar! It is built to Gibsons highest standards, and anything will sound good with the wood combination they use in this axe. It sustains forever! I am totally satisfied! It also comes with a Certificate of Authentification. I don't mean to knock Epiphone, but comparing an Epiphone to a Les Paul Custom is like comparing a Ford to a Mercedes..... No Comparison.

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Wow

First of all this axe has kind of a steep price, but not much more than a standard custom Les Paul. The EMG Pickups make this thing smoke though. This guitar has sustain...Read complete review

First of all this axe has kind of a steep price, but not much more than a standard custom Les Paul. The EMG Pickups make this thing smoke though. This guitar has sustain for days and days. This guitar is more for the hardcore Zakk Fan though. If your looking for an axe with this kind of pickup configuration only, just spend a few dollars and put the EMG?s in another Les Paul. I put them in my other Les Paul Custom and it sounds the exactly the same (smoken hot). The raw oiled Maple neck looks great but plays no different then my other Custom with a painted neck with the exception of maybe feeling a bit slimmer. I absolutely love mine to death and don?t regret the money I spent for it, as I?m a huge Zakk Wylde fan. I play the thing every day and Gig with it as well and am surprised at how well it holds tune. If you want a collectors piece that look great and plays like heaven then go for the bullseye Les Paul. If your not really a Zakk fan and can do with out all the hype then get a plane Les Paul Custom for a few bucks less. I have zero bad to say about this guitar how ever heed this advise. I bought this guitar sight un-seen off the net from a music store in NY City. There hard to find in your local stores and leave you limited to net sources. Luckily mine plays great and I love it. In my opinion all guitars play a bit different. You may play 4 Les Pauls and like only one. I will never buy a guitar again that I have not played and fell in love with first as I don?t believe I can get so lucky again. Happy shopping and best of luck. (Wylde Bill)

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely hits the mark

By NowhereMan913

from Baltimore, Maryland

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Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

This guitar is amazing in all aspects. It has the craftsmanship, the durability, the feel, and the sound. It's not ridiculously pretentious to say that you can FEEL the difference between picking this up versus an Epiphone or even a standard Gibson. While not the most versatile guitar, this thing nails metal and hard rock perfectly. Paired with a dirty amp and a signal boost, this thing absolutely wails. The harmonics and sustain in this guitar are almost unparalleled. The neck is the true revelation, though. It's a raw (but oiled or coated in something very, very light) maple in between the 50s and 60s profile, that seems tailor made for easy playing. I threw a set of GHS GBTNT .10-.52 strings and set it up and it holds tune better than my Les Paul Standard and just sounds amazing. This guitar really is the real deal. $4,000-plus is steep and it's honestly not worth it to most (I had to sell a couple of guitars), but just playing it for five minutes quelled any possible buyer's remorse.

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

pointlesspaul

By the bp hater

from middle of no were, MT

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Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

In the case of the gibson zakk wylde signature les paul, all you are paying for is the signature. My friend owns one and when i play it it doesn't feel like a guitar worth this much. I own a fake les paul that ice customized with a bigsby, emg active pickups and grovers. IT has the same quality , sound and feel as the gibson but mine cost me only about $800 when i was done customizing. If you have to have the zakk wyld sig. on your guitar, buy the epiphone version and do some fine tuning and modifications then you will have a guitar as good as the gibson for a fraction of the price.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good guitar, go with the Epiphone

By Shred Hed

from Texas

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Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

This is definitely a fine guitar. I have the Epiphone model, souped it up with EMG 81 and 85 with EMG preamp boost. Thang squeals and crunches like the Wyldeman himself! The only beef i have with this guitar is that the high frets are difficult to reach. I would also prefer 24 frets, but that's just me. Been playing this guitar 2.5 years. I would definitely suggest getting the Epiphone model as it is exactly the same aside from the pickups, which you will have to replace, but you will still save a buttload of dough.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Zakk Wylde Les Paul is the Real Deal

By Sam from Rock Godz

from Prior Lake, Mn

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Plays Itself
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

      I have owned my Custom Zakk Wylde LP since 2004(Shortly after they started reproduction), I can tell you it's the nicest playing guitar I have next to my 94 Custom 24 PRS. It screams Les Paul! The neck is amazing, the workmanship flawless, and for all of you naysayers I removed the active EMG's and put in Bare Knuckle pickups from England. Talk about tone! It sounded great stock with the Emg's but even better with the Bare Knuckles. I honestly don't think it matters what pickups you put in this guitar! It is built to Gibsons highest standards, and anything will sound good with the wood combination they use in this axe. It sustains forever! I am totally satisfied! It also comes with a Certificate of Authentification. I don't mean to knock Epiphone, but comparing an Epiphone to a Les Paul Custom is like comparing a Ford to a Mercedes..... No Comparison.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Les Paul to Own

      By Up north Mark

      from Northern Michigan.

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      Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

      I have had 6 different Les Pauls and this one is by far the best, it is a high end, high quality piece. Not just for hangning on the wall, this thing rocks. It plays super smooth, the finish is incredible and it delivers what you expect. Don't take the reviews from those who don't actually own it, you owe it to yourself to actually by one and experience it for more than 2 minutes in a store or see it in an ad form an opinion. I have had this for a year now and love as much or more than when i bought it.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      one bad ass guitar

      By gerdman

      from evansville in

      Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

      this guitar screams.the sound is great.if you cant afford it do the epi with the zakk wylde pickups.but if you can afford it get the gibson.worth every penny.anyone that says its the same its not.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Destruction Overdrive,

      By MusicMan

      from ky

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I have played Les Paul's my whole life. Epiphone's and Gibson's. I played EPI LP's for years. But I had never truly played a LP until I played a Gibson LP. There is no comparison. I have an Epi. with 81/85 emg's and it sound like garbage next to this guitar. Gibson make there guitars in the us with Maple, Mahogany, Rosewood, and other aged, baked, and treated wood. Gibsons are made by hand with ageless quality. Epiphone LP are made in over seas on a factory line with scrap wood. I like an epi guitar but they are not Gibson. That's why there thousands cheaper. I own both, I like my Epi. LP, I wouldn't want to sell it or lose it. I love my Gibson LP and would Die if any thing happened to it. I don't think Epi's make garbage but they don't make Holy Grail guitars like this one. Gibson Does!!!!!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul

        By Gordon-sV6HT

        from Penrith UK

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        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I am in the lucky position of owning two of these guitars. A secondhand one from the first year and another new one from 2008. In terms of quality and playability they are the same. The older one feeling more played in but the newer one being more precise in terms of set up. The best way to describe the difference in sound between the EMGs and passive humbuckers is to say that it's like the sound you get when you change an old dull set of strings on your guitar to a new set. The whole sound brightens up and is more responsive. I am a Zakk nut so the paint job is exactly what I want. It isn't to everyones taste though and I am certain there are a lot of LP players out there who have overlooked this guitar because of the bullseye paint. All I can say is try one and make your own mind up. Zakk himself has said he has had the pick of les pauls 59's the lot but he prefers his every time. I have to say I agree 100% with this. The prices here in the UK are high at the minute with second hand ones rarely seen. My advice is if you want the best les paul sound available then dig deep and get your hands on one of these. I am hoping that at some point Gibson make a repro of the confederate LP that Zakk uses. Come on Gibson I am sure it would sell!

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        not worth the money

        By rhoadsfan619

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I own the epiphone zakk wylde les paul and put EMG 81 and 85s in it. It plays great. I went to the gibson custom shop in memphis and decided to play the Gibson version. Other than a slightly lighter colored paint job, it was exactly the same as my epiphone. The guitars sounded exactly the same in terms of sound quality and playability. unless your a gibson collector or die hard fan of zakk wylde, I would reccomend getting the epiphone version and having active EMG 81s and 85s installed, because getting this guitar would be a waste of money.

         
        5.0

        Soon. Very soon. NOT!

        By HeadBanger667

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I have never played a ZW custom before and probably never will till I am probably in my 30's. The price is tearing me apart. I'm practically in relapse! But I would love to play this guitar. I'm sure this axe is as good as all you say it is and would love to test it.

         
        4.0

        Cool guitar, maybe someday

        By The Mastermind

        from California

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        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        Well I had the pleasure of playing this guitar at Ozzfest 2006. I was on the main stage as an audio engineer and guest and Wylde's tech ran into me and let me give it a go. This thing ripps. I'm not at all a gibson fan but this thing was great. I don't know how the ones in the store are but wylde's was awesome. I still think the ESP eclipse guitars are the same thing for less money and better quality control for their consumer products than gibson's failures lately. I played a les paul at GC and was thuroughly dissappointed with the build. And the burst buckers blow. If you want a modern gibson get this, but remember a lot of it is just brand name recognition and there are better things out there, but for gibson this is top notch. If they gave me one I'd play it, otherwise I'd stick to less expensive guitars that are just as good (ESP or LTD Eclipse Customs, PRS - much better than gibson etc.). This was fun, really, and is the official wylde guitar, but there are better deals out there.

         
        5.0

        This guitar is loved by all musicians that I know

        By BigBthecritic

        from Louisville, KY

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I would highly recommend this guitar. The quality and sound is amazing. I have played this guitar, and it was by far the best Signature guitar that I have ever played. You will not be disappointed in this one.

         
        3.0

        Custom Shop Cut Shop

        By Itsalwaysniceroutside

        from Lafayette, La

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I've had the enjoyment of playing this guitar for almost an hour. My dad's friend loves to buy really expensive things. well anyways the guitar was a beauty on the eyes, but once picked up it was redic. heavy (backing wood mahogany ) but one man problem we had with it was that the guitar would not stay in tune for anything. We tried the graphite in the nut but nothing worked after a while he sold it off. By the sound of it when it was in tune it was sweet but i just think a guitar with this big of a price tag should have been properly set up.

         
        5.0

        Awesome axe!

        By ZakkNemesis

        from Kansas City

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        Very nice guitar, extremely low action and sizzling hot EMG's make this axe scream. It's got the Les Paul bulk and weight (obviously) but, it's still lightning quick and has the hot sound to kick some *** with. Awesome guitar... if you want the same quality and sound, go for the Epiphone version for a fraction of the Giby's price... Long live metal!!!

         
        5.0

        Excellent despite the high price.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        Although expensive, it rocks! The EMG's add such a new tone, it's crazy!

         
        5.0

        Zakk Wylde epi guitar

        By Conner

        from Mempis, TN

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I bought this guitar about 3 months ago, having the choice to buy a gothic gibson custom for the same price used. The gibson was a great guitar but I was looking for something with more styleand the zakk guitar seemed to have what I was looking for. Don't get me wrong it plays fantastic, it may have a few buzzes here and there but it plays just like any other les paul would. I also love the unfinished neck on it, allows you to slide your hand with ease. But one peice of advice, I wouldn't buy this guitar unless your someone what of a zakk wylde fan, because if your not theres not much of a reason to make your choice this guitar.

         
        5.0

        HOLY CRAP!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        Ok so I have used this guitar dozens beyond dozens of times...I love it more than my own Les Paul Supreme! It plays just amazingly. The fretting on it is so easy and the tone...GORGEOUS for metal of course. If you are a metal head and you love to play Ozzy or BLS....GET THIS!!!!!!!

         
        5.0

        JUST INCREDIBLE

        By Rockstar16157

        from New Castle , Pa

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I received this guitar and it has been nonstop tone for DAYS !!! The Custom is the route to go. Like my other Les Paul , the neck is bare (obvious influence of Zakk). This guitar just sings. Used it on my bands CD and have to say, I WILL be replacing all the other guitar parts with this guitar instead. Of the 18 guitars I have, this is my MAIN guitar from here on out ! If you are serious about your sound, find a way around the price tag and get this NOW. That hardest part was finding ANYBODY in stock with this particular model (not the camo).

         
        5.0

        Nothing comes close

        By Gibsonconvert

        from Philippines

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        I was previously a die hard fan of another brand but when a friend gifted me with a 2006 Zakk Wylde, I instantly became a convert.This is definitely one of the best guitars that Gibson put out. I did not like the EMGs though so I dropped in PAF pickups and boy! Now I got the sound that I always wanted.This baby has always been my prime axe since.

         
        5.0

        A kick butt guitar

        By wyldechylde42

        from san rafael,california

        Comments about Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye:

        This guitar is great all though you should lower the price the more people would buy it.

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