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The signature guitar features solid mahogany body and neck with deep set Flying V neck joint for upper fret access. The SlimTaper neck has a D profile and a 24-fret phenolic fingerboard. The guitar's pickups were designed specifically for Waters by Epiphone engineers and made by Gibson USA's pickup division. The pickups are a JWT (Jeff Waters Treble) and JWR (Jeff Waters Rhythm) in the neck and bridge, respectively. Both humbuckers feature 4-conductor wire, and the JWT bridge pickup features a Ceramic-8 magnet for the right combination of crunch and growl without ever losing its enhanced lows and crystal clear highs, while the JWR neck pickup features an Alnico-II magnet that provides vintage tone with great sustain and clarity along with the right combination of power and warmth.
The guitars electronics include a single Volume control with push-pull for coil splitting, a three-way toggle and a momentary "kill button." The black plated hardware includes Epiphone's new LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, 14:1 Grover tuners and Epiphone StrapLocks. Available finish options are Pitch Black satin or Annihilation Red gloss with red or silver "Annihilation Devil" fingerboard graphics and Waters' signature at the back of the headstock. The guitar includes a hardshell case and limited lifetime warranty. MSRP $1165.
As one of the heaviest metal men ever to burst out of Canada and North America, and a major force in Europe and Asia for many years, Jeff Waters is the driving force behind the band Annihilator. Ranked an impressive #3 in Joel McCiver’s 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, Waters also lays down the band’s bass parts (hiring pros to cover touring duties), is the band’s chief producer, and covered lead vocal duties between 1994-97.
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