Epiphone Limited Edition Jeff Waters 'Annihilation-II' Outfit
The Epiphone Jeff Waters 'Annihilation-II' Flying V is the return of the Annihilator V, the signature guitar of Epiphone fan and signature artist Jeff Waters. Jeff Waters is held in high-esteem by his contemporary players and known for for his stunning combination of speed, finesse, and accuracy. This Flying V sets new standards for speed and tone in the Epiphone range.
When asked to give a quote about the guitar, Jeff Waters said this:
"The new 'Annihilation-II™' Flying V Outfit is exactly what I envisioned when I challenged Epiphone to come up with an on-par-with-the original Epiphone Annihilation but reducing the cost to the buyer...I wanted a guitar that most hard rock and metal players could afford, with killer, versatile pickups, a nice finish and setup to play either tight, heavy rhythms, or fast, screaming solos! Add a new style KillPot switch and a "non-slip shred grip" to keep the Flying V from slipping when seated, and you have a guitar I can proudly put my name on!"
Following the historic profile of the original "Flying V," the once futuristic, now classic, solid-body that debuted back in the '50s. This Flying V has a solid Mahogany body with "non-slip shred grip", mahogany '60s SlimTaper D-profile neck, at Jeff’s request, the neck joint is deep-set and bolted into the body. There's a 24-fret, 24.75" neck with ultra smooth Phenolic fingerboard and a custom red "Annihilator Devil" 12 fret inlay.
The Annihilation-II also features Epiphone's awesome ProBucker Pick-ups, here's what Epiphone has to say about them:
"This guitar's power comes from Epiphone’s critically acclaimed ProBucker humbucker pickups. These are made from the same materials as the first generation of "PAF" humbuckers found in priceless Les Pauls from the late '50s. Their tone, sensitivity, and range have fooled some of the best experts in the business. Epiphone ProBuckers feature 18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers, the same alloy used by Gibson. The use of Nickel Silver reduces the occurrence of eddy currents due to low conductivity and provides a more transparent and crisp output. The size and shape of bobbins also has a great impact on tonal response.
The bobbins used on the ProBucker pickups duplicate the size and shape of Gibson humbuckers, the gold standard in the industry. Epiphone ProBucker pickups also feature Sand cast Alnico II magnets, high quality 4 conductor lead wire and are vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics. The Annihilation-II has an Epiphone ProBucker 2 in the neck position and a slightly hotter ProBucker 3 in the brige position. Controls are black with a standard 3-way pickup selector and a Master Volume and Master Tone control. Jeff also requested a KillPot for classic stuttering effects, which is activated by the Master Tone control."
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- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™; D profile
- Neck Joint: "Deep-Set", Bolt-On
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard: Phenolic with custom "Annihilator Devil" inlay on 12th fret
- Frets: 24, Medium/Jumbo
- Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2™
- Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3™
- -3-way Pickup Selector
- -Master Volume
- -Master Tone with KillPot™
- Fingerboard Radius: 14"
- Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
- Nut Width: 1-11/16" (graphite)
- Hardware: Black
- Machine Heads: Grover™ Rotomatic; 18:1 ratio
- Colour: Annihilation Red (gloss)
- Case: Includes Premium fitted gigbag