Zakk Wylde

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Zakk Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wiedlandt on January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American musician, who is best known for his roles as a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of Black Label Society. He was lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996


Gear

Zakk Wylde uses all of the following guitars on and off stage:

- Gibson Les Paul Custom with "Bullseye" Graphics (one in black and white, one in black and mirror, and one in red and natural)

- Gibson "Buzzsaw" Les Paul Custom (the design was taken from that of a Zippo lighter)

- Gibson "Black Label Society" Les Paul Custom

- Gibson "Rebel" Les Paul Custom decorated with the confederate flag and bottle caps

- Gibson "Camo Bullseye" Les Paul custom. He named it 'Stormin Norman' Jackson Rhoads

- Dean Bulls-eye Razorback (Given to him by Dimebag Darrell days before his death and signed by him; this guitar is usually only seen once per performance, when Zakk is playing the song "In This River")

- Gibson Flying V with a bull's eye paint design

- GMW Randy Rhoads Flying V in white with black polka dots

- GMW Randy Rhoads Flying V in black with white polka dots (the polka-dot guitars were made custom for Zakk in honor of Randy Rhoads. Both of these guitars also feature a Floyd Rose tremolo.)

- Gibson EDS-1275, black/mirror pickguard with EMG pickups (seen in the music video for "In This River") and a white one with standard pickups, seen while performing "Mama, I'm Coming Home" live.

- Dean "Muddy Bullseye" Splittail with Bullseye Graphics

- Custom Gibson guitar made similarly to the Dean Splittail with bullseye graphics

- Gibson EDS-1275 (white with gold pickups) used for "Mama I'm Comin' Home" live with Ozzy Osbourne. (can be seen in Osbourne's "Live At Budokan" DVD)

His guitars are all outfitted with his GHS Zakk Wylde strings and his signature set of active EMG 81 and EMG 85 pick-ups with the exception of the Razorback. He usually gives preference to Marshall amplifiers such as the JCM800 2203. He has his own Signature JCM800ZW Amp with replaced tubes (GT 6550) and cabinet loaded with EVM12L-Black Label guitar speakers, he also has a signature MG15MSII Microstack, used as a practice amp. Jim Dunlop worked with Zakk to design two effects pedals, the Dunlop Zakk Wylde CryBaby, and the MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive pedal. Also on his pedal board is a Dunlop Rotovibe, an MXR EVH Phase 90 and a BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus/MXR Stereo Chorus. In the past, his pedal board consisted of a Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Crybaby, a Dunlop Rotovibe, a BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive and a BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus.