The Gibson Les Paul Zakk Wylde Vertigo is manufactured in the USA. Mechanical grover specific bridge over stop bar like most Les Paul, 2 volumes and 2 tones, 3 position switch standard. The fittings are nickel color.
LP custom cut to size with a handle thick enough.
Overall, no surprise, the LP GIBSON conventional hand operation.
The handle is quite thick but it's not the thickest you can see in GIBSON. The guitar is quite heavy, and it stings a little nose ...
Access to acute is not the most obvious because of the weight distribution and the thickness of the handle.
It sounds great on whatever settings.
It sounds really good, but in a particular type: the big rock and heavy metal.
The sound has a lot of punch in the bass, with nice taut bass. The highs are present, and according to the microphone used is going to sound very direct and upper midrange, sounds real fat but not imprecise.
I played for 15 days on a tour with a JCM 900 Kerry King, transplanted or not it is to hear without drummer above example.
Tested on a return tour Splawn Quickrod and Splawn Super Comp (= nitro), and the features of the guitars sound really express themselves on the big crunch of Quickrod. The nitro has lots and lots of gain and mask a little different sound of the guitar, although we feel under the fingers qd even a guitar very well born.
Used recently, quite satisfied for now. The guitar is pretty exclusive, that to play like Zakk Wylde, this is perfect. For the big rock that spot, it's perfect.
For the rest, the guitar is not versatile. It is a choice, a Swiss Army knife is a bit trite war machine ultra typed.
The sound is very "Zakk Wylde", the model is really consistent. This is not a model daubed in the colors of man, we really use and sound signature.
Small reserve price seen on plastic inlays not beautiful ... varnish key that could be a little more glossy (like the sleeves mapple fender for example), finished body / neck a bit sloppy and binding a bit blah ... The little details for gibson amazing to 2000e ...
However, level wood was well qd same feeling LP custom, big sound clear and rich at the same time, it is qd same class above the standard LP models, classic ... etc. style a little more slender.
GIBSON LP level, I can compare with my LP Classic 60: ZW is less versatile, the sound is more direct and less wooded, but more open, more powerful and rich (the classic LP 60 is mounted in SD and blackout had a time EMG).
Compared to my old Standard Faded 60: we find the same type of opening in the lower, more closed against the acute, but his level of strength it is light years away.
Compared to my old ES 347: same type of power sound quality wood I think similar handle thinner than the 347 (which I was unplayable), the ZW plays in the same course as the 347.
Compared to my LP studio faded 50's: Goliath crushes David mercilessly.
Compared to my old ESP eclypse II EMG ZW less versatile, but its beefier.
In conclusion: very good model, but little versatile ultra consistent and worthy of the "signature" of Zakkouille. Damage to the finish a little sloppy at the junction of body heat.
A solid sound to match the price (well).
Some defects therefore, put into consideration with the price (rather low). Finally a good value for money that can not afford a custom LP short, or LP Zakk Wylde bullseye that will cost 2x more expensive.
Regrets: not perfect finish but does not detract from the seriousness of the guitar. Plastic inlays are a little spot, as if they were the more traditional custom models it would have been a big plus ... But maybe the price would also have been more important.
I would have preferred a acastillage golden or black ... but it is a matter of taste and it can be changed at low cost.
Finally, repeat inlays, change the hardware should cost at all in the 500th ... we are still far from the price of a bullseye ... and this is far from being necessary, more a matter of taste.
Joy: good price, who could probably get fairly quickly. The wood is good and the model is consistent. Big rock sound that task to the BLS, a signature not really fly.