Zakk Wylde Guitars

Zakk Wylde GuitarsThere are many different Zakk Wylde guitars that have gained notoriety and popularity. Of the Zakk Wylde Ephiphones, made by Gibson, the most famous is of course the bullseye guitar, where the whole body of the guitar is made to look like a bullseye with concentric circles.

Whenever Zakk Wylde is playing one of these guitars, it really draws attention to him - just like a bullseye - even on a dimly lit stage!

The Zakk Wylde Les Paul Bullseye (as it is officially called) is indeed a thing of beauty - a guitar that is both a work of art and "the Ultimate Shred Weapon" all in one find package.

This site is all about the various Zakk Wylde guitars; you'll find movies, write ups on the various guitars, and pictures. You might even find the odd guitar lesson straight from Zakk himself!

A Brief History of Zakk Wylde

Zakk WyldeJeffrey Philip Wielandt, best known as Zakk Wylde, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wienlandt. He was born January 14, 1967 in Jackson, New Jersey. Before he had the nickname Zakk, he used to be called “flip”, short for his name Philip, by his friends and family.

Zakk Wylde first played the guitar when he was at a very young age of eight, only to quit a short time after due to lack of interest. At the age of 14, Zakk Wylde picked up where he left off. He began taking guitar lessons from his high school football coach’s son, LeRoy Wright, at Jackson Memorial High School. Later on, he studied classical guitar with a guy from Freehold, New Jersey. Zakk Wylde then formed his first band, which was called “Stone Henge.” They played songs at parties like Ozzy’s “Park at the Moon” and other songs by Black Sabbath and Rush.

Upon graduating from Jackson Memorial High School at the age of 18, Zakk became a member of another band. He replaced the guitarist of “Zyris” who left to form his own band. It was with this band that Zakk Wylde started to write his own originals. And upon joining “Zyris”, he referred to himself as Zakk Wyland.

Hearing on the Howard Stern Show that Ozzy would be auditioning unknown guitarists, Zakk never thought it to be more than a fantasy. At one Zyris show, Zakk was discovered playing by rock photographers Mark Weiss and Dave Feld. Amazed at Zakk’s playing, Dave confronted Zakk, and mentioned that Ozzy was looking for a new guitarist and that they would pass along a press kit. Zakk tried the audition with Ozzy. During the audition Zakk played a few Ozzy songs and some acoustic and classical stuff. After the audition he returned home thinking he didn’t get the job. One day he received a phone call from Sharon Osbourne asking if he would join the band.

Zakk had joined up with Ozzy at the age of 20, in May of 1987. It was then he was given the last name “Wylde.” Ozzy introduced Zakk as his new guitarist at the Hard Rock Café in New York City, on Dec.15, 1987. Zakk Wylde made his debut with Ozzy Osbourne on album in 1988 with "No Rest For The Wicked." Zakk quickly became a big name in the guitarist community, due to his instantly recognizable guitar sound and style. In 1989, Zakk got to tour the world playing guitar for Ozzy.

In the early 1990s, Zakk Wylde had formed his own solo band Pride & Glory, playing a mixture of bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. However, after one album, they disbanded in December 1994. Zakk Wylde subsequently recorded an acoustic solo album, Book of Shadows (released 1996). In May 1998, after limited commercial success with Book of Shadows, Zakk Wylde and drummer Phil Ondich recorded what became Black Label Society’s debut album, “Sonic Brew”.

Zakk Wylde found success in playing lead guitar in Ozzy Osbourne’s band as well as in his own band, Black Label Society, who have been a part of the Ozzfest tour many times. Zakk has been voted “Most Valuable Player” for three successive years in the “Guitar World” magazine polls. In 2005, he was also voted “Best Metal Guitarist,” “Number 1 Shredder” and received the “Metal Hammer” (UK magazine) “Riff Lord” and “Golden God” awards. So basically, Zakk Wylde went from an unknown kid playing in small clubs in New Jersey, to playing huge arenas.

Zakk Wylde’s Most Famous Songs

Zakk Wylde’s style of a Les Paul played loudly through a marshal amp helped Ozzy to score some of its biggest hits, including a Grammy for “I Don’t Want to Change the World.”

When Zakk Wylde formed his own band “Pride and Glory”, the world got to see the range that he possessed. Zakk’s albums have highlights for rock fans and guitar purists. Here are some of Zakk’s greatest tracks.

1.) "Horse Called War" from Pride & Glory
2.) "Between Heaven and Hell" from Book of Shadows
3.) "Bored to Tears" from Sonic Brew
4.) "Counterfeit God" from Stronger than Death
5.) "Stronger than Death" from Stronger Than Death
6.) "Speedball" from 1919 Eternal
7.) "Stillborn" from The Blessed Hellride
8.) "Crazy or High" from Hangover Music Vol VI
9.) "Fire it Up" from Mafia
10.) "Doomsday Inc." from Kings of Damnation

Zakk Wylde is the hardest working man in metal. Black Label Society consistently releases a new album every year and is a staple of the Ozzfest tour where Wylde also pulls double duty as Ozzy's guitarist.

Some of Zakk Wylde’s Famous Guitars

There are many different Zakk Wylde guitars that have gained notoriety and popularity. Of the Zakk Wylde Ephiphones, made by Gibson, the most famous is of course the bullseye guitar, where the whole body of the guitar is made to look like a bullseye with concentric circles.

One of Zakk Wylde’s famous guitars is the Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar - Bull's Eye. In a tribute to his scorching riffs and remarkable stage presence, Gibson honors one of heavy metal's premier lead guitarists with the Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar. It features Wylde's trademark black-and-antique-white bull's-eye graphics. Billed as "The Ultimate Shred Weapon" there are few who can dispute that in Zakk Wylde's skilled hands, this solid-body guitar truly screams.

Another guitar is the Epiphone's Zakk Wylde Camo LP Custom. Despite its competitive price tag, the Camo is a faithful version of Zakk's Gibson original. Under the camouflage maple top you'll find a mahogany body that offers warmth and sustain. And there is also Epiphone’s Zakk Wylde Buzzsaw Les Paul Custom. Based on Zakk's guitar, the Epiphone Buzzsaw has a deep mahogany body to enhance its sustain, with a maple top that replicates the orange and black custom graphics with total authenticity.

These are just some of Zakk Wylde’s famous guitars. There are many others out there. He also has guitars from his DimeBag collection, designed by Dimebag himself. It is with these awesome guitars and his great talent that Zakk Wylde became famous.

Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul

The Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul is yet another Gibson masterpiece.

Billed as "The Ultimate Shred Weapon" there are few who can dispute that in Zakk Wylde's skilled hands, this solid-body guitar truly screams.

Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul

If you look closely on the Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul, you'll find that it is fairly traditional, with the most obvious exception being the artwork on the front. If you don't like the bullseye artwork, I suggest taking a pass on this particular guitar, because that really is what makes this guitar so unique. Where else are you going to find a guitar that will literally paint a bullseye on you, wherever you are on stage?

True fans will probably want to swap out the pickups on the Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul, in exchange for a set of active EMG's, as that is what Zakk Wylde himself uses on his guitars. But even if you don't decide to replace the pickups, you'll find the stock gear sounds and responds great, just like you'd expect from Epiphone.

Here's a fairly standard feature set that you'll find on the Zakk Wylde Epiphone Les Paul:

  • USA EMG HZ-H4 passive bridge humbucker
  • USA EMG HZ-4A passive neck humbucker
  • Gold hardware
  • Mahogany body wood
  • Hard maple set neck with rosewood fretboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Neck joint set at 16th fret
  • Zakk's signature bull's-eye paint job
  • Antique ivory finish
  • Body, neck, and headsdtock binding
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

If you'd like to add one of these gorgeous guitars to your collection, we recommend checking Amazon.com as they always have the most competitive pricing on the web.

Slash and Zakk Wylde guitar duel/duet

If you wanna see a killer Zakk Wylde guitar duel with Slash, then just hit play on this video! Zakk Wylde is playing his signature Epiphone Bullseye guitar, and the song is Voodoo Chile. Many great artists have done Voodoo Chile in the past, including of course the great Stevie Ray Vaughn, but this version is no less superb.

As you can see, both of these guitar players are freakin' fantastic. Unfortunately the sound quality isn't the greatest in the recording, but you can definitely get the picture!

Watch the Zakk Wylde Guitar Duel With Slash:

Zakk Wylde Guitars

Here are some pictures of various Zakk Wylde guitars from the Gibson website.

Zakk Wylde’s Machine Gun Man

This video shows Zakk Wylde playing the acoustic version of Machine Gun Man live.

The Machine Gun Man is a blues song that goes way back in the nineties. It is about a person who is in pain and full of hatred. It portrays sadness and suffering. This is an awesome song that shows so much emotion.

Zakk Wylde played this song amazingly. He played the riffs well and he has an amazing voice that suits this blues song. His own version of machine gun man were admired by many. Not everybody can make a guitar sound as good as Zakk Wylde can. This guy deserves a thumbs up. He totally nailed this amazing epic song.

It's amazing to watch this talented guitar player without any band to back him up. Excellent guitar work combined with a great voice make this version of Machine Gun Man a real work of art.

Machine Gun Man Lyrics:

Tell me what a young man Mama
What's he got to live for
Tossed in the shuffle of everyday war
Searchin' for some trouble
Which I'm sure he will find
Spend your whole life fightin' son
Meet your dyin' time

It's a shame
It's a shame
The trigger be his only friend
It's a shame, oh yeh
But it ain't never gonna end

He's a bucketful of hate
That don't give a damn
What fate awaits the machine gun man?
Well, he ain't got no future
And he ain't got no plan
What fate awaits the machine gun man?

I can't see tomorrow
And I don't see today
Trail of confusion done leadin' my way
They say the only thing worth killin' Lord
Be killin' time
I say the only soul worth savin' now Mama
Resavin' mine

It's a shame
It's a shame
The trigger be his only friend
It's a shame, oh yeh
But it ain't never gonna end

He's a bucketful of hate
That don't give a damn
What fate awaits the machine gun man?
Well, he ain't got no future
And he ain't got no plan
What fate awaits the machine gun man?

He keeps shootin' mama like any old fool would do
Lord, the life he be leadin' ain't the one he has to choose
As he walks on out that door
Mama breaks down to cry
As she waves the machine gun man
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye...

Zakk Wylde – Epiphone Guitars

Zakk Wylde - Epiphone Guitars

Zakk Wylde’s Sold My Soul

Another great guitar live performance by Zakk Wylde; In this video Zakk Wylde is playing his guitar to the the tune of Sold My Soul.

The song "Sold My Soul", is about a man who is deeply in love with a woman. He sold his soul to a man who offered to fix things and bring him back to her woman. The song portrays love. A love so strong that it is even worth selling his soul.

This bluesy song was played perfectly by Zakk Wylde. There are many good guitarist out there but Zakk played this musical piece as if he was using a magic guitar. He does his shreds with soul and they are not just mindless picking.

Zakk Wylde is a very, very good musician and his performance of "Sold My Soul"  amazed many viewers and have come to admire most of his music.

Sold My Soul Lyrics:

Without you woman by my side
I'm contemplating suicide torn from all my pride
A man tells me, son that ain't the way
Gonna make a deal with you child
Gonna live another day
Just sign right here son
Everything will be alright

CHORUS:
*Oooo-oh
Ain't nothing I wouldn't do
*Oooo-oh
All & everything for you
*Oooo-oh
Your love is all I know and ever knew
*Oooo
Therefore I have sold my soul for you
*Oooo-oh
*Oooo-oh

I was told by this man it would be worth my while
He'd return me to my woman
Return me to my smile ----
It's all I ask for in this life
Whatever's wrong son he told me he'd make right

Just sign right here child
Everything going to be alright

CHORUS

All for you

SOLO

Just sign right here son
Everything going to be alright

CHORUS

Zakk Wylde Talks About Some Of His Guitars

Here is a video of Zakk Wylde talking about four of his famous guitars. Most of Zakk Wylde's guitars are costume made. The first guitar he is talking about is called the Dean guitar. Zakk Wylde designed this guitar and his friends over at dean, who make great guitars, pump this guitar out for him. You'll see that this guitar has a very cool, unique design. The second guitar is the Fiddle Dime. He designed this guitar in memory of his brother Dimebag. At the back of the guitar you'll be able to see some sort of signature which is a request by Dime bag. The 3rd guitar is made by Zakk Wylde's friends over at Gibson company. It is a V-shape guitar that has a jack input at the upper right corner of the guitar. The toggle switch is also located near the jack input. The 4th guitar that Zakk Wylde talks about is just like any other ordinary electric guitar. He just picked this guitar somewhere in Manhattan and it cost around $41.

These are some of Zakk Wyldes amazing guitars. But just because his guitars look amazing, it doesn't mean that it is what makes his guitar playing fantastic. Zakk Wylde is a very talented guitarist and along with his unique and great guitars, his performances are off the hook.

Zakk Wylde talking about the guitars he used in his Young Guitar instructional.

Zakk Wylde’s Farewell Ballad

Watch as Zakk Wylde performs an original piece entitled Farewell Ballad, with great melody and emotion played on the key of Dm.

This video is yet another fantastic Zakk Wylde performance. So, guitar lovers and Zakk Wylde fans, you really shouldn't miss this!

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