Go Wylde without going broke.
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
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One Hot Guitar
This is one beautiful guitar for the money. Mine was perfectly finished, not a single flaw. It is a very heavy Les Paul, but that is where it gets its signature sound when...Read complete review
This is one beautiful guitar for the money. Mine was perfectly finished, not a single flaw. It is a very heavy Les Paul, but that is where it gets its signature sound when combined with the EMG's. The neck is smooth and fast (and I have smaller hands). Great sustain and playability. A lot of people knock the passive EMG Hz's but I am pretty happy with them. You get about the same sound, just not as much output. I've owned active EMG 81/85's and while I think it would improve the guitar I don't think its a necessity. I think you have to keep in mind too that with a signature guitar you are getting a signature sound...I find it great through my Line 6 with heavy distortion and clean, but not a really versatile guitar in between; but like I said I bought it for Zakk's signature sound. I also own Joe Perry's Boneyard and categorize it the same way, although a little more versatile. Regardless you are getting a phenominal guitar for the price.
Most Liked Negative Review
great for the money but I prefer the Hammet
This is a good guitar for the money, but you'll find if you are a more experienced guitarist you will be let down by Epiphone. I find it very hard to play, especially...Read complete review
This is a good guitar for the money, but you'll find if you are a more experienced guitarist you will be let down by Epiphone. I find it very hard to play, especially when bending and soloing. I find it better for rhythm, I may be wrong however it's just up to you to decide. My mate has this guitar, I have an Ibanez Gio and it's miles easier to play than the Epiphone. It is however, a rock solid guitar, but I prefer the Hammet signature...it's better to play. The pickup quality on the Wylde is good, passive EMGs, but if you want a better tone, switch it either to the 81s or 85s. Also I can't tell the difference between the Gibson and the Epiphone they are practically the same which is always good. Also, this guitar is way too heavy, it actually hurts your back if you play standing up for too long, and I prefer lighter guitars. You may also take into account that if you put the active EMGs in, it would also add to the weight. This is not a bad guitar, but it is just not the best. I have never really been a fan of Les Pauls as they are too heavy and hard to play, they're ok. Also do not buy this guitar just because a famous person plays it, you have to find the right guitar for you, remember Zakk Wylde made it for himself and not for anyone else!
Reviewed by 46 customers
If you like a high gain axe with a nice tone thats easy to play, looks great and feels like a quality instrument then look no further. Lovin the unfinished neck!! I brought mine as a 2nd/B-stock, however couldn't see a thing wrong with it so I'd never shy away from that option again. Unlike others, I have no intention to swap the pickups, if you cant make it squeal with these EMGs, you aint holding the pick right. Overall I imagine the Gibson version is another step up, never played one, but has to be for the $$ diff. But bang for buck this Epi is hard to beat!
I don't actually own this guitar; but my friend's dad does. I've played this guitar many times and when i saw the price on here, I was shocked at how low it was. The guitar has a great tone, nice, thick body, and a great feel on the neck. The paintjob is very cool too. At this price, the guitar is a steal!
I have played many guitars but the fat tone that this guitar gives is unbelievable. The feel of this guitar has the pick up and play ability that even new and novice guitarists will enjoy.
This is by far the highest quality guitar that I've ever owned. It's like I can't hit a wrong note. The tone is awsome clean or dirty. The neck is perfect and the bottom line for me is that I've got to go with what feels right.
I have owned this guitar for a year now, and have been very satisfied with the way it plays and sounds. I feel I must warn buyers all Epiphones are not created equal, try before you buy and inspect thoroughly, I have found numerous inconsistencies from one bulls-eye to the other, most notably in blemishes in the neck finish and cracks in the binding.Three months ago I bit the bullet and upgraded parts on this Epi. I had installed Planet Waves Auto Trim Locking tuners, a Graph Tech Nut, ZW edition EMGs (81/85), and a Tone Pros Locking Bridge and tailpiece. Total cost of parts and installation was around $500. And what a difference it made. The tuners make stringing up a breeze and with the locking feature, 18-1 gears and the new Graph tech nut it not only tunes up with precision but stays in tune better than ever. As for the pickups I honestly noticed little difference between the stock Bridge HZ and the 81 except the 81 sounded a little clearer, the difference between the stock neck HZ and the 85 was much greater, the 85 has a much dirtier tone while still maintaining definition. By the way if you already own or will be owning one of these three ZW Epiphones and will keep the stock pickups refer to the color of the lettering on the pickups for their proper orientation. The model numbers are applied to the back of each pickup. Just like their active counterparts Gold lettering is Model EMG H4A ( (A meaning Alnico Magnet) and belongs on the neck. The silver is Model EMG H4 which has a hotter sounding ceramic magnet is modeled after the 81 and belongs on the bridge. EMG even tells you this on their website if you would like to research this on your own. Any comparisons I have made are in reference to the stock pickups proper position and not their original incorrect position. Now the single best upgrade, the Tone Pros Bridge. The Guitar dealer I had order and install the bridge believe it or not was skeptical of the companys claims and recommended I should not buy it, that it would make no discernable difference. Wow was he wrong. Harmonics ring out with so much more clarity, and sustain way longer with less effort than the stock bridge. I am still blown away by the difference this bridge made and I only regret not paying the extra bucks for the new version with the Graph Tech saddles preinstalled. With the Tone Pros Bridge I can feel the wood in the body vibrate and resonate under my right arm when I could not before. When I fret the notes I not only feel the neck vibrate against my thumb but also through my fingertips. I simply just can not describe the tonal and physical difference I can feel and hear due to this bridge. The tech even commented on how wrong he was about the bridge when I picked it up. He had never tried one before and never believed it would make such a noticeable difference. I noticed even when the guitar is not plugged in to an amp it is now louder. On its own this guitar is a good bargain and plays well. But with a few extra bucks it can be a steal and not only sound but play phenomenally as well.
I've played a load of guitars and found that this Zakk Wylde LP Custom is by far the best feeling best sounding and most comfortable guitar yet. Its arrearance is pretty cool, too, but the quality of this guitar is unmatchable.
I received this guitar as a Christmas gift. I've been a huge Zakk Wylde fan for some time now, and this guitar has always appealed to me. This guitar has many key differences from the Gibson model. For one thing, the imitation EMG-HZs don't compare to the real Zakk Wylde. All you need is 200 bucks to buy a set of Zakk Wylde custom EMGs and this guitar will sound pretty close to the Gibson. Here's a tip to Zakk Wylde fans; On any Les Paul or guitar with a stop bar tail piece, put the strings through the holes the opposite side of the hole and take them over the top of the stop bar tail piece. Getting them on the tuners is a little hard at first, but you will soon get used to it. This gives the strings a warmer sound, and a slinkier feel. This is what Zakk Wylde does, and if you wanna sound like him with this guitar you'll first need to get some real EMGs in there and then do this trick with the strings. If you want to go ahead and leave the stock EMG-HZs on there, it still has a pretty satisfying tone. The Grover tuners are also really nice. This guitar is absolutely perfect for young Zakk Wylde fans like me who don't have 3,859 dollars for a guitar.
This has got to be the best guitar I have ever picked up. I own it and a SG, both awesome guitars. but overall, the 'Paul has the SG beat. the EMG's are bitching, the feel on the neck is unbelievable. The looks and quality is amazing!!! theres only one downfall, and thats the access to the higher frets. But that is still not even that bad (I mean hey, its a lot easier then a strat) overall, I recommend this guitar to any fire balling shred/blues player and rhythm guitarist.
I have been playing for a long time and tried a whole lot of guitars, including Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG fender telecaster and many more and have with no doubt that this is on the top 5 list. I bought this guitar in B stock to get it on a major cheaper price and when it came to my home I expected a big scrap or something but there was a tiny scrap so small I bet my friend he couldn't find it and if he could he could own all my other guitars(just to make sure he wont get this masterpiece) he searched for half an hour and didn't find a thing. I am a really proud owner of this enormously good guitar, of my 5 guitars' this is the absolute best.
I've had the Zakk Wylde Paul model for about 3 years and I never get tire of playing it....the EMG Hz pickups aren't as good as the real things but they certainly pack a sweet punch, its got the nice weight that a Les Paul should have and its just easy to play I am a die hard Les Paul guy and this one is definitely worth every penny spent on it just for its tone and kick you in the face crunch.