(Used-Original) Epiphone Zakk Wylde Bullseye Les Paul Electric Guitar
This solid-body electric is the brainchild of Ozzy/Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde, who has dominated the rock and metal scene for years with his “Alvin Lee on crack” Precision soloing style. His Les Paul is very traditional, with some stylistic touches that make it his own. The mahogany body has the familiar Les Paul shape with an arched top and seven-layer binding top and bottom. You’ll either love the bullseye paint job or you’ll hate it, and this guitar makes no apologies about it’s looks.
It was 2005 Bullseye model, made in good old China, with a very fast and smooth unfinished maple neck. Similar to a Strats, and this is what brought my attention to the guitar.
The Epiphone Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom is custom-designed
by Zakk Wylde, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and front man of the Black
Label Society and arguably the most influential guitar hero of our time.
Zakk’s mind-bending neck speed is closer to your grasp thanks to this
model’s satin-finish, SlimTaper, set, Hard Maple Neck on Mahogany body
with Zakk’s distinctive “Bullseye” pattern set on an Antique Ivory
finish. His punishing tone is at your fingertips with screaming EMG-HZ4
and EMG-HZ4A humbuckers. More brutal tone and sustain are at your
command with Epiphone LockTone™ locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Stop-bar
tailpiece. The fast fingerboard has the iconic “block” inlays, as well
as the “split-diamond” Abalone headstock inlay. Also living up to the
original style, is the vintage original tone voiced by a pair of
high-output Alnico Classic Humbuckers.
Suits me down to the ground, I play metal, tuned down to B a lot, and also a lot of blues. The EMG’s have a warm tone in the bridge and a very sharp and striking lead tone in the neck. Full rich sound with no buzz at all. They are EMG’s after all. Very easy to do pinch harmonics, which lets face it, it why most people buy this guitar anyway. I couldn’t believe how much crunch it had. Zakk wanted a maple-neck because he wanted to increase the brilliance of tone, he made it. Well, the passive pickups are not the best (because of that I’ve put in the EMG81, EMG85′s) but they’re quite powerfull. The passive pickups are the passive version of the active EMG81 which has a very aggresive tone. I liked the passive ones but I wanted the active ones. It fits perfectly for pinched harmonics (if you know Zakk). Because of the body mass on this guitar, they give amazing sweet sustains.
|Neck||Hard maple SlimTaper™ “C” Profile, Satin Finish|
|Neck Joint||Glued-in, set|
|Fingerboard||rosewood with pearloid Trapezoidal inlays|
|Neck Pickup||Zakk Wylde EMG-Hz|
|Bridge Pickup||Zakk Wylde EMG-Hz|
|Controls||1-Neck Volume, 1-Neck Tone, 1-Bridge Volume, 1-Bridge Tone|
|Pickup Selector||3-way Toggle Switch, Epiphone All-Metal|
|Binding||Fingerboard and body 1 ply, cream|
|Machine Heads||Grover® 16:1|
|Color||Antique Ivory (AI)|