Zakk Wylde Epiphone Guitars


"The adoring fans do know the music he has given them. They know the quality of the instrument that he depends upon. Aspiring and professional musicians know that Zakk Wylde Epiphone Guitars are the highest quality axe's that money can buy. The Les Paul Bullseye Custom guitar is an instrument coveted by professional musicians not only for the quality; but, the on stage recognition that this instrument provides.

Before there could be Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitars, there had to be a Zakk Wylde. Zakk Wylde came by his Ozzy Osbourne nickname honestly. He was born as Jeffery Philip Wielandt and was christened “Wylde” when he joined Ozzy’s band in 1987 at just 20 years old. Zakk Wylde had a way of playing that made his hair go in every direction, looking both wild and crazy.

Apart from his hair, the real way he stood out on stage was with his Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitars. They have a signature bulls-eye design on them that can’t be missed on stage. The rumor is that he chose a bold design for his guitar so that he could differentiate himself on stage from another guitarist with similar hair. Wylde got his wish when his first custom Epiphone guitar came back with a bold, bulls-eye pattern. It wasn’t what he had asked for, which was a spiral from the movie Vertigo, but it worked for him, giving Wylde the distinct look he desired. Thus was born the Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar.

Zakk Wylde Epiphone quitars are some of the most playable guitars available, often compared to Gibson guitars which cost 2-4 times more. Many owners of a Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar hesitate on this comparison though because it does not seem fair to compare an $800 guitar with a $3200 guitar. Price aside though, they say that the Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar is just as good in almost every circumstance.

It is widely accepted that Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitars are best suited for certain genres of music – heavy metal, hard rock, or southern rock. Guitarists who play jazz, funk, or punk will likely not be satisfied with the sound they get from a Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar.

The two pick-ups in the Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar are the EMG HZ-H4 passive bridge humbucker and the EMG HZ-4A passive neck humbucker. These aren’t the same pickups that Zakk used on his original guitars, but if a guitarist wants to skip the passive EMGs, they could replace them with an 81 in the neck and an 85 in the bridge, which is what Zakk Wylde used live.

Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitars are said to be the best in the Les Paul Collection. The most popular one is the Zakk Wylde Bulls-eye Epiphone guitar. The bulls-eye design has an interesting history as well.

Zakk Wylde went looking for a bold graphic design for his guitar and eventually settled on the spiral logo from the movie Vertigo. However, due to a miscommunication with the luthier, he ended up with a black and antique white bulls-eye instead. Even though it wasn’t what he originally intended, he liked the boldness of the bulls-eye design and decided to keep it. In fact, he replicated it on subsequent guitars.

The Zakk Wylde epiphone Camo guitar from the Les Paul Collection is an example of how he took on the accidental bulls-eye as his own. It has mother of pearl neck inlays and a green camouflage paint scheme. Guitar Hero fans can even buy a version of this guitar, known as “The Camo Grail,” for playing their favorite Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne songs at home.

The other Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar is the Buzzsaw. It has an engaging black and orange graphic design, riffed from a Zippo lighter, that makes its player stand out on stage. And just like the original Zakk Wylde Epiphone guitar, the Camo guitar and the Buzsaw guitar are made with all gold hardware.

The original bulls-eye guitar, a Les Paul, was a graduation present from his parents. There is some confusion about where it was purchased. One source writes that it was purchased from one of the owners of Metaltronics Amplification. Another says it was just purchased from a regular store front. Either way, it held sentimental value to Zakk Wylde. When it was stolen early in his career at a gig in Texas, he was upset. Despite a generous reward offer, Zakk Wylde did not get to see “The Grail,” as it had been christened, for several years. Eventually, a fan spotted it in a pawn shop, noticed the initials ZW on the back and checked the headstock for the serial number. Sure enough, this lucky fan had found Zakk Wylde’s missing guitar and was able to return it soon there after

Zakk Wylde Epiphone Guitars

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