What Guitar Does Zakk Wylde Use

What Guitar Does Zakk Wylde Use?

Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt AKA Zakk Wylde is probably best known as the guitarist who replaced Jake E Lee as  Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist. He also founded the Black Label Society and was vocalist and lead guitarist with Pride & Joy. He also appeared in the 2001 movie Rock Star in which he played the guitarist in the band “Steel Dragon” along with Jeff Pilson on bass, Jason Bonham on drums and actors Mark Wahlberg, Dominic West and Jennifer Aniston.

Zakk has recorded two solo albums “Book Of Shadows” and “Book Of Shadows II”. Zakk has also been a contributor to Guitar World magazine back in the mid-2000s where he wrote a monthly column entitled “Brew-tality”.

What Kind Of Guitar Does Zakk Wylde Play?

Zakk is well known for his 1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom which he calls “The Grail” which features a bullseye design. This guitar went missing in the year 2000 after it fell off a truck being used to transport equipment to various gigs in Texas. 

A fan returned it to him after buying it in a Dallas pawn shop and noticing the initials ZW carved into the backs of the pick-ups. Zakk exchanged one of his signature model guitars for “The Grail”. He also plays or has played the following;

  • Gibson ZV
  • Epiphone Graveyard Disciple
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Pelham Blue
  • Wylde Audio War Hammer
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom, aka “Mirror”
  • Wylde Audio Odin (his own company)
  • Dean Razorback
  • 2009 Gibson ZW BFG
  • 1980s Gibson Les Paul Standard, aka “Shattered Glass,” aka “Pope Page Dragon”
  • Gibson Custom EDS-1275
  • Dean Splittail “Muddy Bullseye”
  • 1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom, aka “The Rebel”
  • Karl Sandoval Flying V
  • Gibson Zakk Wylde Moderne Of Doom
  • 1980s Gibson SG Firebrand Deluxe
  • Gibson Les Paul, aka “Red Bullseye”
  • 2012 Gibson Les Paul Custom, aka “Maple Vertigo”
  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop
  • Gibson Flying V
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom “Buzzsaw”
  • 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom, aka “Camo”
  • 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior (a gift from Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Andy Beech The Glory
  • Gibson Firebrand “The SG” Deluxe Finish

Zakk Also Plays The Following Acoustic Guitars

  • Gibson Dove
  • Loucin Guitars Zakk Wylde “Fiddle of Doom”
  • Gibson Chet Atkins CE
  • Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE
  • Alvarez 12 string

Who Has Zakk Wylde Worked With During His Long Career?

Zakk was Jake E Lee’s replacement in Ozzy Osbourne’s band and has also worked with many other great artists including;

  • Fozzy
  • Damageplan
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Dope
  • Blackfoot
  • Eric Johnson
  • Ludacris
  • Rob “Blasko” Nicholson
  • JP Gaster
  • Chad Kroeger
  • Nick Catanese
  • John Tempesta
  • Eric Gales
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • James Durbin
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Buddy Guy 
  • The Rippingtons
  • Joey Castillo
  • Jamey Jasta
  • Britny Fox
  • Jonny Lang
  • Nuno Bettencourt
  • Billy Cox
  • Steve Vai
  • Derek Sherinian
  • The Allman Brothers
  • Tosin Abasi
  • And Many More

What Strings Does Zakk Wylde Use?

Zakk uses his own signature strings made by Jim Dunlop 0.010 to 0.060 on his standard tuned guitars and 0.011 to 0.070 on his down tuned guitars.

What Amps Does Zakk Wylde Use?

Marshall guitar amplifier

Zakk uses the Wylde Audio Master 100 amp which is his own brand (who also make guitars), but he also uses or has used;

  • Lee Jackson Perfect Connection GP-1000
  • Marshall Zakk Wylde MG15MSZW Microstack
  • Marshall Bluesbreaker
  • Marshall JCM 800 4010
  • Lee Jackson Metaltronix M1000
  • Marshall JCM 800 4210 Combo Amp
  • Marshall AVT 20 Valvestate 2000
  • Marshall JCM800 2203ZW

What Effects Pedals Does Zakk Wylde Use?

Zakk uses or has used the following effects pedals;

  • Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive
  • MXR ZW38 Black Label Chorus
  • MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
  • MXR EVH-117 Analog Flanger
  • MXR M68 Uni-Vibe
  • Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
  • Dunlop ZW357 Zakk Wylde Signature Rotovibe
  • Dunlop JD-4S Rotovibe
  • MXR M68 Uni-Vibe
  • MXR M134 Stereo Chorus
  • MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
  • Dunlop ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby Wah
  • Dunlop Jimi Hendrix JH1 Wah
  • MXR ZW44 Zakk Wylde Overdrive
  • MXR MC401 Boost/Line Driver
  • Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
  • MXR EVH Phase 90 Pedal
  • MXR ZW90 Wylde Phase
  • MXR ZW44 Berzerker Overdrive

What Pickups Does Zakk Wylde Use?

 Zakk uses EMG 81/85 active humbucker pick-ups. The 81 is in the bridge position, with the 85 in the neck position. These pick-ups are ideal for the type of music Zakk plays (heavy metal, blues etc).

What Chords Does Zakk Wylde Use?

Zakk is a lead guitarist and as such is not a big user of chords but with his roots firmly planted in blues and country music and his head in full on heavy metal, he plays lots of major and minor pentatonic and blues scales. He does make use of a few barre chords and runs arpeggios off of them.

What Pick Does Zakk Wylde Use?

Zakk uses Dunlop Tortex Pitch Black 1.14mm picks.

What Kind Of Music Does Zakk Wylde Play?

Zakk is a heavy rock guitarist with a touch of Southern rock thrown in. He has also been described as a hard rock, heavy metal, groove rock guitarist.

How To Play Guitar Like Zakk Wylde

To play guitar like Zakk you’ll need to know your blues scales and how to execute vibratos. He plays with a heavy tone and an aggressive playing style. Zakk uses EMG 81/85 pick-ups, Marshall amps, well he used to before he started producing his own equipment under the “Wylde Audio” brand. 

Which includes many guitars that Zakk Wylde fans will be familiar with like the Wylde Audio Odin and many others that he is now using on stage. He is also producing amps and says that they’ll be making pedals soon too.

You can get a relatively close sound using a distortion pedal and your own guitar and amp. But it’s his tone and aggressive playing style that makes Zakk’s guitar playing really unique.

What Age Did Zakk Wylde Learn Guitar?

Zakk first started playing guitar at 8 years of age, but it was in his teens that he really got serious about playing. He has said in the past that he remembers coming home from school and playing guitar right through until it was time for school again the next morning. Then feeling exhausted all day at school. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Zakk Wylde still use Gibson?

Zakk Wylde is now using his own guitars which are marketed as Wylde Audio they are currently making guitars and amps but will be making pedals at some point in the not too distant future.

What company makes Zakk Wylde guitars?

Zakk Wylde’s guitars are made by Schecter and distributed to more than 70 countries worldwide.

Is the EMG 81 for bridge or neck?

The EMG 81 pick-up is used in the bridge position with the EMG 85 in the neck position.

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