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Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar Black Pinstripes

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With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. It's perhaps no surprise that he's now going from making great music to making great guitars at the head of his own company. The Wylde Audio Viking electric guitar is part of the first wave of models to come from this ne...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

With scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Zakk Wylde has earned his reputation as heavy metal's premier lead guitarist. It's perhaps no surprise that he's now going from making great music to making great guitars at the head of his own company. The Wylde Audio Viking electric guitar is part of the first wave of models to come from this new company.

With nordic spirit this Flying V-style guitar is ready to seize the stage. The Viking offers the player one of Zakk's most classic designs featuring a solid mahogany body with a set 3-piece maple neck. The ebony fretboard has a 24.6 in. scale and 14 in. radius with 22 jumbo frets, just the way Zakk likes it.

From Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, and now Black Label Society, Zakk has always used EMG active pickups and you'll find a pair onboard in the time-tested combination of EMG 85/81 that has helped define Zakk's sound. Black satin hardware includes Grover tuners and locking tune-o-matic bridge. Case sold separately.

Details about the EMGs onboard
Although the EMG-85 pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. It's a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an 81 in the bridge. 

The midrange has great definition and doesn't get foggy or muddy in the rhythm position. The EMG-85 works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, the humbucker responds accurately to your technique. 

The EMG-81 pickup is a high-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one. 

Distortion during lead passages is consistent, sustain is long and the breakup fades smoothly. The ceramic magnet in combination with wide aperture steel poles lend a quick attack but the tone stays nice and fat at the same time. Perfect if you're the only guitarist in the band, and need to switch from rhythm to lead and still keep the band moving. Another great thing about the EMG-81 humbucker is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.

Features

Body 
Body shape: V
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Zakk spec (Awesome)
Neck wood: Maple 3-piece
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.6"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Ebony
Radius: 14"
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Pearl block
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: EMG-85
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: EMG 81
Brand: EMG
Active or passive pickups: Active
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: Yes
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic locking
Tailpiece: String thru body
Tuning machines: Grover
Color: Black satin
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Pickups
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: South Korea
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Wylde AudioViking Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This is a joke.

By Masterof Muppets

from Dallas, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

      Let me just say if you have any experience with higher end guitars, you will find this guitar a joke. It has terrible neck dive the majority of the fretboard is plastic because of the inlays. this leaves the guitar feeling cheap. The paint job is ok but overall there are much better guitars to be had in this price range. The fit and finish just isnt on par witth its competition.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wylde Audio best playing guitar ever

      By SIXX SHREDDER

      from Pine Bluffs, Wyoming

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Wide Neck is Awesome

      Cons

      • Case not Available yet

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Shredding
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

      My son started playing guitar when he was 10. He is 16 now and owns Jackson's and Epiphone's and he said his new Wylde Audio Viking V is the best guitar he's ever played. The clean and distortion sound is amazing and he's able to play any kind of music with ease. And the wider neck is awesome. The only draw back is that it needs to have a case and they didn't release them with the guitars. We would highly recommend Wylde Audio guitars.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Reliable Guitar

      By Blucado

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

        Picked this guitar up and instantly became my number 1 for recording and live performing. I love my necks thick however it is a little top heavy and it will slip, but a quick strap change fixed that. That weight trade off gives you an amazing sustain, and the EMG 81-85 combo makes this guitar an amazing machine. The pickup selector switch will take time to get used to but once you get used to it it's fine.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A dandy guitar of the Wylde Audio line

        By Macks

        from Cleveland, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

          This guitar makes a fine addition to my arsenal of guitars. It is definitely a guitar that has a certain market of players. It has a baseball bat type neck that some do not care for. However, one may find it suitable. It is solid in construction and the electronics are solid and work well. This guitar is fun to play, sounds great, and can add a flare to your arsenal.

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By Satch777

          from Wyoming

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • A little top heavy

          Best Uses

          • Doomtrooping
          • GIFD
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • SDMFing

          Comments about Wylde Audio Viking Electric Guitar:

          Very nice guitar! Plays great, looks great! The only caveat here is that it's a little top heavy. (making the neck dip when strapped up) Not a big deal, as a lot of Vs have that same issue. Overall, very happy and a nice shredding FIDDLE-O-DOOM.

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