Gibson Launch New Zakk Wylde Signature Vertigo Les Paul | Guitar Interactive Magazine

Published 11 years ago on April 25, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Gibson has introduced an impressive new take on the classic ZakkWylde 'Bullseye' Les Paul with their new 'Vertigo' model releasedtoday.

Distinguished as one of the most savage players in all of rock,Zakk Wylde has made his mark on everything from the tours andrecordings of Ozzy Osbourne, to his own Black Label Society, to awide range of solo outings and collaborations. Throughout it all,his outlandish style has been every bit as distinctive as hissearing solos and eviscerating tone-as witnessed once again on theZakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul. High on personality and loaded withtone, this new guitar from Gibson USA exhibits a playful new twiston Zakk's trademark "bullseye" graphics, with a vertigo-inducing"twisted bullseye" that creates an optical illusion that's nearlyas powerful as the music that you'll make with it. The Zakk WyldeVertigo Les Paul features all the traditional tonewoods andcraftsmanship that have made the Les Paul a legend, along withZakk's preferred specs for optimum playability, and his choice ofkicking EMG™ active humbucking pickups for unparalleled output andsustain.

To craft the body of the Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul, Gibson USAstarts with the timeless pairing of a solid Grade-A maple top and amahogany back, which work together to blend sonic depth, richnessand clarity. The mahogany body uses traditional weight relief whichretains resonance while reducing overall weight. A solid one-piece,quarter-sawn Grade-A maple neck is glued in with a traditionalmortis & tenon joint, and carved to measure .818" at the 1stfret and .963" at the 12th. It is finished in natural satin for acomfortable, played-in feel, and topped with a Grade-A maplefingerboard with Zakk's preferred custom fret wire. In addition tothe striking Vertigo graphic atop a natural finish, and the back'scontrasting Ebony Black finish-all in genuine nitrocelluloselacquer-the Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul carries severalCustom-style appointments such as 7-ply top binding, 5-ply backbinding, multi-bound headstock with acrylic inlays. Furthermore,the back of the headstock displays a black Zakk silhouette decal,and the entire run will have a unique sequential serial numberingfrom "ZWVTO 001" on up.

The Zakk Wylde Vertigo Les Paul is powered by Zakk's choice ofan EMG-85™ humbucker in the neck and an EMG-81™ humbucker in thebridge, partnered by independent volume and tone controls for each,and a three-way selector switch. These active humbuckers are thefirst choice of many thrash, shred and metal players, and theyyield unparalleled output and sustain for utterly demolishing neckpickup tones and incendiery bridge tones, yet with impressiveclarity and a frequency response unmatched by any other pickupavailable. It all stays locked and loaded in the hardwaredepartment with the classic pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge andstopbar tailpiece, along with a set of high-quality Grover™ tunerswith kidney buttons.

Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case withblack exterior, and includes owner's manual and adjustmentliterature, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and24/7/365 customer service.


* Mahogany body with Vertigo "Bullseye" Mapletop
* Mahogany neck with Zakk's rounded profile
* EMG-85™ and EMG-81™ active humbucking pickups in the neckand bridge
* Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
* Grover™ kidney tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
* Pricing and availability: $3,799For more information, go to  this location.






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