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Zakk Wylde’s Guitars and Gear

Bio: Zakk Wylde (Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt) was was born on January 14, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey. Zakk started playing the guitar at the age of 8 and at the age of 14 he worked at Silverton Music in Silverton, New Jersey. He grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, and went to Jackson Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1985. Wylde has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and would often play the guitar almost non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning, then sleeping through the school day.
He is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society, and as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. He was the 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. Wylde was also a close friend of Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott before he was murdered in 2004 and subsequently dedicated the song, “In this River” in his memory.

Zakk Wylde’s Electric Guitars:

Gibson Les Paul Custom

Gibson Les Paul Zakk Wylde

The guitar he has used since he was 12 years old. Zakk has number of Les Pauls, most of them with a “bulls-eye” graphics, which became his trademark. All of them have maple neck with ebony fingerboard with 6000 fret wire, and all are loaded with EMG pickups (EMG 81 in the bridge and EMG 85 in the neck position).

 As I’ve said, all of his Les Paul’s are setup in pretty much the same way. The main thing which distinguishes them is the paint job.

Gibson Flying V

Gibson Flying V Zakk Wylde Zakk has several of these too, most of them with the Bulls Eye design, and Floyd Rose.

Gibson EDS-1275

Gibson EDS-1275 White Zakk has two of these, one white with the stock pickups, and other with the mirror front plate and EMG pickups.

Gibson/Epiphone Graveyard Disciple

Epiphone Graveyard Disciple Custom model fitted with EMG pickups, and a body shaped like a coffin.

Gibson/Epiphone ZV

Gibson ZV Signature model made by Gibson. It can be seen as a mixture of Flying V and SG.

Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Wylde Signature

Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Wylde

He occasionally uses Epiphone guitars, which are set up in pretty much the same way as his Gibsons.

Check out this link to see him play an Epiphone: Zakk Wylde – Epiphone Guitars

He occasionally uses Epiphone Flying Vs.

Karl Sandoval V

Karl Sandoval model

This is one of Zakk’s favorite on-stage guitars. It is fitted with EMG instead of stock DiMarzio pickups, and it has a polkadot paint-job.

Zakk has few of these, perhaps the best known one has black paint-job with white dots, and he used it in the music video for “Suicide Messiah”.

Late Randy Roads, Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist used to play the same model.

Dean Razorback

Dean Razorback Guitar given to him by Dimebag Darrel, shortly before his death. It has a custom Bulls-eye graphics and Zakk only used it once on stage to play “In This River,” to pay a personal tribute to Dimebag.

Zakk Wylde’s Acoustic Guitars:

Alvarez DY62C


Alvarez 12-String Dreadnought


Gibson Dove

Gibson Elvis Presley Dove  

Zakk Wylde’s Amps:

Marshall JCM800

Zakk pretty much uses only Marshall amps. In more recent times, he uses a signature model which is basically pumped up JCM800 2203 with 6550 tubes, connected to the cabinets stacked up with 200W EV speakers.

Zakk Wylde’s Effects:

Old pedalboard:

Boss CE-1 Chorus

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

Dunlop Rotovibe Expression Pedal 

Dunlop JH1D Jimi Hendrix Wah


New pedalboard:

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

MXR ZW-44 Zakk Wylde Overdrive
(old version; check the new one here)

MXR Eddie Van Halen Phase 90 Pedal

Dunlop Rotovibe Expression Pedal 

Dunlop ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Wah


Backstage pedals:

Dunlop DC Brick Power Supply

Jim Dunlop ZW38 MXR Black Label Chorus

MXR Eddie Van Halen Phase 90 Pedal

Jim Dunlop EVH117 MXR Evh Flanger

Zakk Wylde’s Guitar Strings:

Zakk is using signature Jim Dunlop strings. .011 to .070 on down-tuned guitars and .010 to .060 on standard tuned guitars.

Zakk Wylde’s Guitar Picks:

Dunlop Tortex Pitch Black 1.14Mm picks

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