Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye

Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye, LP-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the Les Paul series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 22 reviews )
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King Loudness08/31/2011

King Loudness's review"For Zakk Wylde fans"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
The Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Wylde edition is meant to be a lower priced alternative to his famed Gibson signature model that sells for several thousand dollars new. It has a lot of the same (or very similar) appointments to his Gibson Custom Shop model. The most notable thing about it is its iconic bullseye white and black finish. This is something that Zakk popularized and it's fairly unique to his brand. Other than the cosmetics, it's basically your standard Les Paul Custom '70s reissue. It has a mahogany body, a maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 22 frets, Grover tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, EMG HZ pickups and a typical Les Paul layout as far as the controls go. They're made in one of Epi's various overseas factories depending on what year you have.


The guitar is really no more or less ergonomic than a standard Les Paul guitar. It's medium to heavy weight and somewhat clunky neck heel may be a turn off for some players who are used to superstrat type guitars. It's got reasonable upper fret access for a Les Paul, but it's still nowhere near the left of something like an Ibanez or Jackson in that department.

Getting a good sound out of this guitar isn't difficult if you play metal styles. The EMG pickups aren't very versatile and the mahogany/maple wood combo really doesn't work for more vintage textures, so if you're doing the high gain thing like Zakk does, you're set. The pickups sound like a reasonable facsimile of EMGs, but they're a tad muddier and more compressed, which is a bit of a drag.


This guitar unfortunately is a bit of a one trick pony as far as its sounds go. The clean and low gain tones are not really a strong point of this guitar. The pickups are too compressed and high output to really allow the subtle dynamics that make a good clean tone to come through on any level. The high gain tones delivered are decent for heavy metal - they're fairly tight and aggressive and work well for palm muted riffs, pinch harmonics or fast alternate picked lead passages. The pickups aren't quite as good sounding as real EMGs or Seymour Duncan Blackouts, but they do a decent enough job I suppose. It's not really versatile, but for the high octane metal thing it does a decent job.


All in all I think the Epi Zakk Wylde is a decent guitar for a younger player or someone looking for a decent Les Paul to play metal on for not a lot of money. If you aren't a fan of the bullseye white and black scheme Zakk has done a few other designs over the years with varying cosmetics. These run about $800 new which isn't too bad a deal for this guitar, but really it's only worth it if you're playing metal or you're a diehard ZW fan.

Hatsubai's review"Signature model by Epiphone"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
Zakk Wylde has been one of Gibson's more famous artists. He's had tons of different signature models throughout the years, but this is Epiphone's take on his most famous model. It has a mahogany body with a maple top, a set maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and trapezoid inlays, 22 frets, binding all around, tune-o-matic bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


The first thing you always notice with this guitar is that it has a pretty outrageous paintjob. The paintjob on this was surprisingly almost as good as the actual Gibson version. I saw a few bleed marks, but they were extremely minor, and you'd really have to take a lot of time to look for them. The fretwork on this guitar was iffy. There were some low frets that needed attention, and you start to notice it once you lower the action. The nut was cut decently, so that wasn't a huge deal. Aside from that, it's basically a standard Les Paul.


The guitar didn't sound as good as the original version, and there are a few reasons for that. First of all, these are EMG HZ pickups. The HZ pickups are passive pickups that don't really sound like a real EMG. I believe Alexi Laiho uses these, but they're really not the best pickups out there, IMO. The bridge pickup did sound similar to an EMG 81, but the neck pickup wasn't really my thing for whatever reason. If you convert these to real EMGs, be sure to disconnect the bridge ground.


The guitar could use a pickup swap and an ebony fretboard. Aside from that, it's pretty close to the original one. Considering that the actual Zakk Wylde costs a fortune, this could be a decent alternative. However, pay attention to things like fretwork and how nicely the nut is cut. Play a few and see how you like them.

tjon901's review"Budget Zakk Wylde signature"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
Epiphone is the official budget line of Gibson. Unlike Gibson guitars Epiphone guitars are made outside of America. Since they are official copies they have the exact same shape as the Gibson guitars do. This is the Epiphone version of the Zakk Wylde Les Paul custom. The main difference with this guitar is the electronics and some of the wood selection. The guitar still has a mahogany body and a maple neck but the fretboard is made of rosewood instead of ebony. The electronics are still EMG pickups but they are not active EMG's. They are EMG's budget line of passive pickups which are pretty poor but better than what this guitar would have come with. The guitar has Zakks Bullseye motif and after all these mods it is your typical Epiphone Les Paul. Each pickup has its own tone and volume control and there is a 3 way switch for your pickup selecting.


This guitar plays like any other Epiphone Les Paul. Other than the raw back of the neck this guitar is a pretty standard Epiphone. The raw neck helps make the neck a bit faster because with a finished neck you can get a sticky feel. If you are use to modern guitars with thin necks the Les Paul neck will be very big for you. Because of the set neck design there is a large neck tenon and joint. This can make the upper frets hard for some people to reach because the body essentially joins the neck at the 17th fret. After the 17th fret you are reaching around the body to get to the frets. The tuning stability is good because there is no tremolo. The quality of hardware Epiphone uses is not that great. I have had problems with the input jack unscrewing itself and things like that.


This guitar does not really sound like the Gibson Zakk Wylde Custom but it sounds better than a normal Epiphone Les Paul. The passive pickups are built to emulate the tone of the 81 and the 85 but it just doesnt quite get there. The bridge pickup is tight like an 81 but it doesnt quite have the same top end sizzle as a real 81. The neck pickup is closer to the active version than the bridge. The 85 naturally has a warmer more passive sound so the passive version does not differ much in the sound department. Since these pickups are EMG's they have the quick connect wiring system so you can easily swap these pickups out with a set of active EMG's when you get the chance and this guitar will really rip then.


The Gibson Les Paul Zakk Wylde Custom is pretty outrageously priced. This guitar is very reasonably priced with only a few differences. With a 200 dollar pickup swap you will have pretty much the same guitar as the Gibson for thousands less. If you are a Zakk Wylde fan and cant justify playing thousands of dollars for a Les Paul Custom this Epiphone is a good option.

guizmo238's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" anytime!!"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
made in china .... 22 frets 81-85 micro emg active 2 volume 2 tone ....


pleasant handle and fast enough rapidemant vien .... maple with urethane coating affects sosewood .... .... ..... very smooth adjustment of its amazing!!


very good guitar for metal but a little fiddling with the settings on my Marshall, I get sounds more rock!! very versatile ... very easy to get a zakk wylde has its also very simple obtain his or slahs has there raprochant much .... I play on a JCM900 4100 model plus a ibanez tube screamer overdrive sound ..... ranging from metalica and pantera .... . as mentioned above, no other sounds easily get into the settings and fiddling on Guitar and amp or pedal ..... I love the sound it produces metal .... I I purchased zakk wylde for sounded like and I what I wanted!!


I had a friend try during the fall of 2012 and I fell totally in love with this guitar .... I played dio, guns and roses, ozzy osbourne, pantera ... it lends itself perfectly has all these sound types ..... I made a choice knowing what I was buying and I would do this choice without hesitation aucunne!!

I wonder what a serve Him even more expensive to pay for a gibson epiphone made when the same work so well!!

photo come later!!

laucian's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Feel more!!"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
Epiphone LP Signature Series wylde bullseye color pattern in cream ...

22 frets rosewood handle.

Microwave passive EMG HZ (replaced by the active EMG Gibson LP Wylde Signature)

Fixed bridge type "STOP BAR"


The handle is D-shaped, rather round, which does not necessarily comfortable if you've never played on an Epiphone or gibson ... it's just a matter of habit!
In terms of weight, it's still reasonable, but it's a little lighter than a gibson.
The weight is really well distributed! In addition, she has a mouth of hell, I love the pattern Bullseye, the finish is really neat for a model in this range ...

However, having already played with EMG HZ pickups on my previous guitar, I've done it automatically mounted the active pickups the Gibson LP Signature wylde bullseye ...! And the result is simply stunning! Sustain, precision and power are waiting for you!
Of course, after use, do not forget to lower the volume to 0 of 2 microphones and not let the jack plugged in, otherwise the battery wears out faster ...
The battery access is easy, a breeze ... a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew 4 screws, and voila!


This guitar is made to play the fat! It is very typical metal in this configuration! Harmonics will hiss at all! I suggest you climb ropes 10-60 Manufacturer Dunlop Wylde Signature if you change tuning and often if you frequently play a tone lower (DGCFAD)! it's a real treat!

This guitar really good performance tuning despite mechanical effective but basic.


It's been three years that soon I, and I do not regret this choice! I do it again with your eyes closed!
I had the opportunity to try two other models before buying it ..

The value for money is really correct, especially since I bought it shortly after its release ... Now, with the original passive pickups, you'll find it for just under € 700 .. new

In short if you still hesitate, this is bad because you lose time not to enjoy now! A great guitar but get it in 10-60 strings!

Fuckaster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Surprisingly epiphone"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
Chinese custom, it's a Les Paul so it's like a les paul, very good finish, well above the usual lot of rcentes Epiphones in terms of finish.

Frets fairly thin compared to freight monsters epi in general, comfortable and fast.

The neck is maple, unvarnished. Too weird at first but actually very pleasant to play, finer hair than the standard but hardly handle.

The neck is one pice on the length and head, only a reinforcement dpaisseur is added from the join with the box to add a centimeter dpaisseur that enters the body with the rest of the handle. It changes the epi inning head relates.

mcaniques under license grover, correct, the same way as llectronique.
The electronic deserves an upgrade, the knob could be more progressive and dfinis, but hey dj did very good job as ca.

EMG HZ passive pickups 4A handle and 4 HZ easel.




I have absolutely nothing to fuck Zack Wilde, I find the cults of personality and completely dbiles Signature models as incongruous as the face of the said gentleman (I watched his mouth on the internet after s have bought the guitar, oh my god I have a signing that big thing dforme who plays Mtal horror !!!!! ...) I do not play non Mtal Moreover, the rather stonners atmosphriques stuff hovering or heavier or both, or alternatively, alternative indy.

I tried this guitar to dlirer surprise and I bought was doing all my prejudices.

Everything has to tell you that this is a good guitar.

EMG passive pickups are mconnus on the market. Metalheads their shit over because ... well it's not active ... so no prcis enough for their acrobatics distos, the sound is too open to their taste and too dark and muddy.

Non-metalheads normally do not play in EMG and EMG shit on because the only knowledge they have it is these active pickups fucking useless for anything other than the Mtal ....

The HZ4a is the passive version of the 85's is Alnico. This is hot enough and very powerful, serious, acute retains very good, open sound and can be dark, muddy or clear as rglages. Very good distortion and nice clear.

HZ4 the easel is the passive version of the 81, so ceramic. Grosse fishing, not cold, good bass and treble that does not ptent all ears as well.
I dteste treble pickups sour and frankly very pleasant surprise with that one. I dteste the ceramic pickups also for their cold coast in general, very good surprise too.

These microphones deserve the detour and this guitar can go vintage distortion has modern prcis of the draft

The palm mutes out very well, harmonic singing


rock, hard rock, metal, heavy blues are the grounds of predilection. It is rare to find such a versatile guitar sounds in large registries. Metal fans will be satisfied because the metal is frankly available in the palette of sounds and others may also find their account because the instrument is warm like a real Les Paul

she really badass side rock and roll sound American

The Gibson Les Paul cotent a fortune and lack of versatility, I find that the more open in terms of styles and widely playable at a studio or faded or better.

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants the versatile humbucker big sound and do not want a clear sound quality Fender Tele Custom kind or black top series.

skybertie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great value for money"

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
made in china, classic easel, it is version comouflée. the handle is not screwed but it seems sticky resin, 22 button, 2 humbucking passive, 2 tone 2 volume 1 selector switch number 3 position.


nice handle, access to acute correct, the setting is simple and even its simplicity, to have several different sounds and even effects pedal or amp, but the guitar itself does not offer a big pannel


I use an ibanez valbee top (lamps) by relying on the amp j'aubtient a good crunch and a clear sound and a nice metal sound funny.


I use it for a month I use it the more I like ... I also play with a ibanez roadmaster series 2 and a Ibanez Artcore AFS95TMBU TREMOLO BLUE TRANSPARENT. The only annoying thing is the lack of bar distortion, but we made it. This is a guitar that asked me a bit of time for me aproprier really but I find very endearing.

johnfr38's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
I will not repeat:)
I reminds jsute even finish of this guitar are truly magical for this small price.


This guitar and heavy for my taste and too high but good middle epiphone violin is not a madman's sattendre furiously 2500/3000 was € logic!
the handle and forcing large enough to play with the guitar a little higher AC can seem weird at first but it has done its handle sy wide.


Sound level I'm up in emg 81/85 and I think what has nothing else to envy as the guitar gibson lp studio
if we know the set is obtained from very good clean sound and distortion just as nice
I play mostly metal and I did some walking around with it and honetment shipping! The sweeping will be a little harder on my high frete cest drawback of the LP form, but we gain neck pickup delivers a beautiful roundness.
You Fassier ballads, blues, rock, metal this guitar will do that Laffaire and good value for money.
Cepeda if you made the big drop metalcore Do or Drop If careful with pulling the handle as hard as a wholesale agreement cest and twists leaving room has ptite frisouille the notes: /


I been using it for 2 years now and this guitar has great value for me because a tight budget, lupgrader in emg active, I dun raproche his true lasting til I can gather enough money to make men do: p
it is on this guitar and a real gem but it should not forgetting cest small defect
violin too pull the top middle handle, ignoring the big rope pulling his weight.
if I have to redo this choice I n'esiterai not one second, because despite the default I think it sent the gibson lp studio as we gain by taking this money epiphone better finish and lightweight small defect can be prevented by good EQ:)

NicoMetal85's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
I think, makes in an Asian country is being "custom shop" behind the head
-22 Frets, 2 EMG HZ-4 humbuckers
- Tune-o-matic dor!
-1 Volume, 1 tone micro
3-position selector
- Handle but enough pais super easy to play!


- Access in acute fawn Les Paul! Is not Jackson but the highs are ISSA
- Trs good ergonomics and lighter than my les paul translucent in 1998! I find lgre for a Les Paul
- Great sound on the TRS had the great good microphones and violin! if you have a mesa sounds like me a line!


- I play hard rock / heavy with! in STEEL RANGERS http://www.myspace.com/steelrangers but I also do death at home for fun! Pete and his own trs
I live in my branch Mesa Boogie single 50 w and correct the harmonic Zakk go live!
-Unlike what I could read sounds pretty good clean sounds but the distortion that is its strength! Rock 60 'big-death! sweep over the super sounds like the bluesy solos that come out like diamonds!


- I use it for 4 days dates which I Aquis secondhand! but I had to try before you shop, the notammant Buzzaw MODEL
Nothing wrong, I love the mouth, the egg of violin, the sound ...
"I have more worth trying a lot of MODEL, I know what I want! I have both a strato a flying v Jackson.
- Prices are down! Guitar Legend 599 Paris before it was worth almost 900! I've been on this site for 450 OCCAZ! It shut almost new!
I do it again-this choice without hsitez! made of the same fans of Slash, Zakk ...

* Since I sold because the typical large handle 50 'silent was not so comfortable on hard with my little fingers! I bought a Gibson Les Paul Classic with a handle 60 'which is run as carrment mieu! shame because she had a mouth sacr this guitar!

Toox's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Plus Bullseye
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I tested this guitar with a friend. N'tant not a regular gibson or epiphone, I did gure held rglages, I can not say too much if it is not easy o this ct.

Moreover, it is certainly a good guitar trs. Comfortable, although heavy (like any LP), relatively comfortable in any position (although my Ibanez ct, was sitting comfort misreux matter xD), trs good balance, it absolutely does not move when playing quietly and the rest o it was put.

The handle: enjoyable trs, trs instinctive. I am used to big sleeves Bourin typ highway with surleves frets, well I must say that I still had that handle IMMEDIATE hand, no problem to send potatoes in every sense, has come alone.

Access in acute: bah, it's an LP that, the end of the handle is thick and trs trs recessed but with large hands (like me), has passed without problem.


So the slap. I knew of EMG active pickups for his barbaric (which I favor ^ ^), then I must say that the HZ-H4 passive absolutely convinced me.
We pass allgrement clear sound nice (although rather unusual, it's true it's not the gibson 498), a crunch round and warm (I think)
Distos for large, well no secret, it's specially for emg.
But these liabilities are not limited. They REALLY can reach absolutely every style.
My buddy just purchased this guitar because he loved her (he plays the blues rock) and also the reason pout, and Zakk Wylde did not know before discovering the guitar (and thus no influence of c t to purchase)
He leaves continuously in all styles and guitar followed without hesitation, that it gives the sound a DSIR period.
It is a little mushy at times, but I have heard that a low-end amp and a few minutes on my Marshall, but I find that instead of pushing as is the case with emg active, a here gives a warmth and a ct vintage sound.


My friend has been six months and told me clearly that he intends to resume the same when it will make me.

At this price, even without floyd, there are relatively few quality of this guitar. the violin is more than satisfactory, the sound is impeccable, the Resistors at all is satisfactory, the handle is a rgal ...

a true wonder for guitarists who want a versatile guitar look fabulous at low prices