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Gibson Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar  

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    A savage Les Paul for one of rock's fiercest talents.

    Distinguished as one of the most savage players in all of rock, Zakk Wylde has made his mark on everything from the tours and recordings of Ozzy Osbourne, to his own Black Label Society, to a wide range of solo outings and collaborations. Throughout it all, his outlandish style has been every bit as distinctive as his searing solos and eviscerating tone—as witnessed once again on the Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul. High on personality and loaded with tone, this guitar from Gibson USA exhibits a playful new twist on Zakk’s trademark “bullseye” graphics, with a vertigo-inducing “twisted bullseye” that creates an optical illusion that’s nearly as powerful as the music that you’ll make with it. The Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul features all the traditional tonewoods and craftsmanship that have made the Les Paul a legend, along with Zakk’s preferred specs for optimum playability, and his choice of kicking EMG™ active humbucking pickups for unparalleled output and sustain.

    To craft the body of the Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul, Gibson USA starts with the timeless pairing of a solid Grade-A maple top and a mahogany back, which work together to blend sonic depth, richness and clarity. The mahogany body uses traditional weight relief which retains resonance while reducing overall weight. A solid one-piece, quarter-sawn Grade-A maple neck is glued in with a traditional mortis & tenon joint, and carved to measure .818” at the 1st fret and .963” at the 12th. It is finished in natural satin for a comfortable, played-in feel, and topped with a Grade-A maple fingerboard with Zakk’s preferred custom fret wire. In addition to the striking Vertigo graphic atop a natural finish, and the back’s contrasting Ebony Black finish—all in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer—the Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul carries several Custom-style appointments such as 7-ply top binding, 5-ply back binding, multi-bound headstock with acrylic inlays. Furthermore, the back of the headstock displays a black Zakk silhouette decal, and the entire run will have a unique sequential serial numbering from “ZWVTO 001” on up.

    The Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul is powered by Zakk’s choice of an EMG-85™ humbucker in the neck and an EMG-81™ humbucker in the bridge, partnered by independent volume and tone controls for each, and a three-way selector switch. These active humbuckers are the first choice of many thrash, shred and metal players, and they yield unparalleled output and sustain for utterly demolishing neck pickup tones and incendiery bridge tones, yet with impressive clarity and a frequency response unmatched by any other pickup available. It all stays locked and loaded in the hardware department with the classic pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, along with a set of high-quality Grover™ tuners with kidney buttons.



    The swirling look was inspired by the graphics used on the poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie, Vertigo. It was a guitar design that Zakk first imagined back in the ’80s.

    Features

    • Mahogany body with Vertigo "Bullseye" Maple top
    • Mahogany neck with Zakk's rounded profile
    • EMG-85™ and EMG-81™ active humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
    • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

    Let your wild self go into the vertigo and beyond. Order today.

     

    Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Body
    • Top: Maple
    • Back: Mahogany
    • Binding: 7-Ply White/Black on Top, 5-Ply White/Black on Back
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Neck
    • Species: Maple
    • Profile: Rounded
    • Truss Rod: Traditional
    • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
    • Fingerboard
    • Species: Maple
    • Frets: 22
    • Radius: 12"
    • Scale Length: 24.75"
    • Binding: White
    • Inlays: Acrylic Block
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
    • Nut
    • Material: Corian
    • Width: 1.695
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    • Headstock
    • Inlay: Acrylic Split Diamond
    • Logo: Acrylic 'Gibson'
    • Back: Zakk Decal
    • Angle: 17 Degrees
    • Binding: Multi-ply
    • Truss Rod Cover Black/White Antique Bell
    • Tuners
    • Model: Grover™ Kidney
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Tuning Ratio: 14:01
    • Bridge
    • Type: Tune-O-Matic
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Tailpiece
    • Type: Stop Bar
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Hardware
    • Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
    • Pickup Mounting Rings: Black
    • Control Plate: Cover Black
    • Strings: .010 - .046
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    • Pickups
    • Neck Position: EMG-85™ (Alnico V)
    • Bridge Position: EMG-81™ (Ceramic)
    • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    • Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Black Plastic Tip
    • Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    • Finish
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer Vertigo
    • Case
    • Type: Gibson Hardshell
    • Case Exterior: Black
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    GibsonZakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    One more thing on the Vertigo...

    By 4alarmfireman

    from Boise, Idaho

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Tuners
    • Weight

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

    I forgot to include one thing on my review: I would suggest to Gibson in going with a black pearl inlay on the fretboard, rather than standard pearl. There is absolutely no contrast, and it does nothing for helping the fretboard to compliment such a awesome paint scheme. Its just too bland and boring. Just my .02.

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    5.0

    Standard Gibson quality, worth the price

    By 4alarmfireman

    from Boise, Idaho

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Look

    Cons

    • Cheap tuners
    • Weight

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing Ozzy Songs
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

    From Gibson comes the Zakk Wylde "Vertigo" (which I first saw him play on "American Idol" and wanted one ever since). Im not a HUGE Zakk fan, but he does have some great riffs when he isnt overdoing the harmonics.

    But, onto the guitar. Simply put, I love it! Was well worth the money that they are asking for it. The EMG's definitely give a different tone compared to a LP Custom (which I also have), the look and finish is flawless, and the natural wood neck is nice and smooth. Everything seems up to Gibsons standards except...

    Maybe its just me, but the machine heads seem cheap. Im used to the standard Les Paul tuners, and these just have a cheap feel to me. As with just about any LP (and this isnt really a slant on the "Vertigo" alone) weight is an issue. Other than a double neck Gibson, I dont know if theres anything heavier out there.

    I would recommend this guitar to anyone that is either a Zakk fan, or looking for a unique paint scheme, or prefers the EMG's over the standard Humbuckers, or all of the above!

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