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(Puts on flame retarded clothing)

 

You know....this guitar has good reviews. But at the same time?

 

I'm wondering if it would have more appeal if a base model was set out there without bullseye, or the tiger stripes or the camoflauge.

 

(DISCLAIMER: In terms of tone, it's a given that a lot of it comes from the fingers. But good construction is good construction...)

 

Here's a couple of YouTube vidoes. On the first one, I'm sort of curious as to what the model would look like clean, without the bullseye insignia......

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFQOZ8mL4-g&feature=related

 

 

On the second one, I thought the best demonstration was around 3:40, when the crunch got dropped. At 5:00, another demonstration with pinch harmonics clean (before it goes dirty),

 

But the question is based on this premise: This is probably a really awesome guitar. But, it might not appeal to someone who might be interested in a more traditional look, or taking it to certain places to play. (Example: This could also be a really great guitar for country, or classic rock, or blues....but someone who is looking for a traditional look might walk right by it without giving it a second thought.)

 

Do you think it would be worth it for Epiphone to put a model out there without the bullseye and the other graphics (hell, they don't even have to call it a Zakk Wylde model), but with all of the other aspects of the signature?

 

 

EDIT:

 

Here's a kid from Europe demo'ing one on YouTube through a Line 6 Spider II:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO6-rxn8zb4&feature=related

 

And Chateero (that mad Japanese kid!) doing a demo:

 

 

(NOTE: I picked these 2 because they're not all crunch and shred, and I don't think you can tell a guitar's character until that tone gets cleaned up a bit...)

 

Also: Zakk Wylde playing clean....

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk88CIMkwPk&feature=related

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The most attractive things about that guitar are:

REAL solid maple cap

Unfinished maple back on the neck.

 

The pickups are throw-away (IMO), ZW is overrated and you'll get ALOT of haters for having his signature guitar.

 

The neck and cap, with an ebony or maple fretboard, would be a very nice combo on a custom.

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The most attractive things about that guitar are:

REAL solid maple cap

Unfinished maple back on the neck.

 

The pickups are throw-away (IMO)' date=' ZW is overrated and you'll get ALOT of haters for having his signature guitar.

 

The neck and cap, with an ebony fretboard, would be a very nice combo on a custom.[/quote']

 

Welll, some people like 'em, some people are sold on the EMG 81/85's....but then again, there's also the question of having a Les Paul Custom model in which to pick up a set of the EpiActives. (Or heck, even a standard set of Epi pickups to be swapped out for some 490/498's or other flavor post-sale)

 

But as far as the construction? They're solid. I can't play 'em, but I have picked up more than one to dink around with at the local music stores.

 

But yeah....PLEASE take some construction tips off this signature!

 

EDIT: More clean blues at a milion miles an hour:

 

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(Puts on flame retarded clothing)

 

You know....this guitar has good reviews. But at the same time?

 

I'm wondering if it would have more appeal if a base model was set out there without bullseye' date=' or the tiger stripes or the camoflauge.[/quote']

There is a base model. It's called the Les Paul Custom. All you have to do is pop in a pair of EMG HZs and there you go. Although I'd take the opportunity to put real EMGs in it.

 

And I'd be really surprised that here's a genuine maple cap on it; if there was, the specs would say 'solid' maple cap... and until they do, it's still just a maple veneer over 'mahogany'.

 

'camouflage' [-X

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There is a base model. It's called the Les Paul Custom. All you have to do is pop in a pair of EMG HZs and there you go. Although I'd take the opportunity to put real EMGs in it.

 

And I'd be really surprised that here's a genuine maple cap on it; if there was' date=' the specs would say 'solid' maple cap... and until they do, it's still just a maple veneer over 'mahogany'.

 

'camouflage' :- [/quote']

 

There's still the question of the neck.....and to point.....well, someone who reviewed it IMHO was spot-on:

 

From: Ultimate Guitar Reviews http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/electric_guitars/epiphone/zakk_wylde_signature_les_paul_custom/index.html

 

Impression: Overall, I liked this one. I play primarily rock and metal, so I don't really miss the lack of a single coil pickup. If you want a guitar that is meant to rock morning to night, this is your guitar. Whether or not you want to parade around on stage proclaiming your love for Zakk Wylde is another thing, the bullseye is tough to miss, and is certainly associated with him. I think the Epiphone is a great buy, with it's combination of features, playability and tone with an affordable price tag of $800 or so. Even if you have to drop another $200 for the set of active EMGs, you have a guitar that is very nearly as good as the Gibson for $3200 less. // 8

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Well' date=' epiactives would make it a VERY versatile guitar.

A more traditional finish would be nice.

Oooh, I just had an Idea.

How about an epi les paul custom with a maple cab, maple fretboard, and NATURAL top?

Appeal to country, there ya go.[/quote']

 

Are you kidding? That would be AWESOME!!!

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There's still the question of the neck...

Pretty sure the standard Epi LP Customs all have maple necks, despite what the catalog says (the catalog spec sheet even lists the ZW's as having 'mahogany' necks, oops :- ). You can sand off the paint, get that 'vintage violin' look happening.

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Pretty sure the standard Epi LP Customs all have maple necks' date=' despite what the catalog says (the catalog spec sheet even lists the ZW's as having 'mahogany' necks, oops :- ). You can sand off the paint, get that 'vintage violin' look happening.[/quote']

No, it's mahogany,

Played a friend(in england)'s LP custom where she'd had it sanded down to the wood on the back.

It was NOT maple.

It looked like mahogany to me, for sure.

If it were maple, probably would've looked better, seeing as it was a white custom...

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No' date=' it's mahogany,

Played a friend(in england)'s LP custom where she'd had it sanded down to the wood on the back.

It was NOT maple.

It looked like mahogany to me, for sure.

If it were maple, probably would've looked better, seeing as it was a white custom...[/quote']

Ah well. I seem to remember seeing a maple neck on a Sunburst Custom Plus once but my memory may be playing tricks on me.

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I was thinking more like the natural you see on casinos...

No flame' date=' no tiger. Plain and natural.[/quote']

 

Oh, I'd definitely be down for that! Even a traditional sunburst would look cool...(not cherry though!! Honey...sure....vintage? Absolutely!! Tobacco? It's growin' on me!)

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It's nice...... ummmmm...... but not exactly left-handed.....

 

Can't win 'em all.....(Well, I suppose if you had a pile of cash, then sure....I'd have a few Gibsons lying around at that point, because once you're willing to break the 4000 dollar mark....yeah.....all KINDS of people are willing to offer you whatever you want in a guitar!)

 

Examples: (musician's friend)

 

Gibson Custom SG Custom Reissue Left-Handed Guitar (alpine white) $4,399.00

Gibson Custom SG Standard Reissue Left-Handed Guitar $3,399.00

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Left-Handed Guitar $4,999.00

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue Guitar Left-Handed Price: $3,799.00

Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Guitar Left-Handed $5,999.00

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Left-Handed Electric Guitar Price: $3,799.00

 

To be honest, I'm happy with the guitars I have. And, I'm glad I picked up a Gibson LP Studio before those were MD'd.

 

But, if there's a mod on the ZW guitars that makes it a better guitar than the standard customs, or if Epiphone wants to move a lot more of those models....eh, IMHO they're better off with a traditional look (or even adding the features to the regular customs in terms of body construction)...even if ZW's John Hancock isn't associated with 'em.

 

(and sure, if I had all 8 of the electric models Epiphone offered....that would be MORE than I could possibly use...even though I might jones for a full hollow body once in a while...:-({|= )

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