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Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar

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With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. It's perhaps no sur...Click To Read More About This Product

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A distinctive model with active EMG pickups and signature features.

With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. It's perhaps no surprise that he's now going from making great music to making great guitars at the head of his own company. The Wylde Audio Viking electric guitar is part of the first wave of models to come from this new company.

With nordic spirit this Flying V-style guitar is ready to seize the stage. The Viking offers the player one of Zakk's most classic designs featuring a solid mahogany body with a set 3-piece maple neck. The ebony fretboard has a 24.6 in. scale and 14 in. radius with 22 jumbo frets, just the way Zakk likes it.

From Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, and now Black Label Society, Zakk has always used EMG active pickups and you'll find a pair onboard in the time-tested combination of EMG 85/81 that has helped define Zakk's sound. Black satin hardware includes Grover tuners and locking tune-o-matic bridge. Case sold separately.

Details about the EMGs onboard
Although the EMG-85 pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. It's a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an 81 in the bridge. 

The midrange has great definition and doesn't get foggy or muddy in the rhythm position. The EMG-85 works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, the humbucker responds accurately to your technique. 

The EMG-81 pickup is a high-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one. 

Distortion during lead passages is consistent, sustain is long and the breakup fades smoothly. The ceramic magnet in combination with wide aperture steel poles lend a quick attack but the tone stays nice and fat at the same time. Perfect if you're the only guitarist in the band, and need to switch from rhythm to lead and still keep the band moving. Another great thing about the EMG-81 humbucker is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: V
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Zakk spec (Awesome)
Neck wood: Maple 3-piece
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.6"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Ebony
Radius: 14"
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Pearl block
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: EMG-85
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: EMG 81
Brand: EMG
Active or passive pickups: Active
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: Yes
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic locking
Tailpiece: String thru body
Tuning machines: Grover
Color: Black satin
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Pickups
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: South Korea

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Wylde AudioViking Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • School bands (3)
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5.0

Power Metal machine!

By Sam Y

from Austin, TX

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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
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

    This is the first guitar I own that has EMG pick ups. For me the tone is completely different from any of the other guitars I own and took me a little bit of time to get used to the EMG tone.

    This guitar is fun to play standing up or sitting down.
    I started playing guitar on a classical guitar I tend to rest guitars on my knee like a classical player.
    The location of the input jack is in a unique spot on the inside part of the V and manages to keep cables from getting in the way. It is was well thought out and does not hinder me from playing sitting down or standing up.

    This guitar is extremely similar to playing a Classical with the way the neck is shaped.

    When you get to the higher registers where the Neck comes into the body the fret spacing is perfect and feels really good.

    The action out of box was miraculously good, I usually have to put in some work an either go for a setup at the local guitar shop or track down my tools. This guitar is a work horse for me and I have played it non stop since getting it.

    The Fretboard feels good beneath your fingers and the stock strings that come on the guitar are pretty comfy.

     
    4.0

    Good guitar

    By Ted

    from Sac

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

      I did a set up on it, lowered the action and made sure it was intonated. After that it plays well.

       
      5.0

      Excellent Guitar

      By Stuart Tull

      from Beaver, OK

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

        If you like a thin shredder neck this isn't the guitar you're looking for. Otherwise this guitar is excellent in every way.

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