Zakk Wylde debuted the first three guitars being put out by his company Wylde Audio, at a NAMM 2016 Press Conference. The guitars will receive worldwide distribution through Schecter Guitar Research, and president and CEO Michael Ciravolo introduced Wylde and said what an honor it is to be doing this deal with him.
The guitars are revealed as single cut Odin, v-shaped Viking and War Hammer models. Wylde’s designs were inspired by the artwork from books he’s seen with guitars in them and the Django guitars with the massive oversized block overlays. Each guitar has different characteristics and tones and many elements were used in the creation of the line. “The sky’s the limit,” according to Wylde.
Consumers will be able to purchase the guitars mid-March and they will be exclusively available through Wylde’s website. In April, Guitar Center will become the exclusive brick and mortar outlet and online through Musician’s Friend. Globally, Schecter will handle the partnership outside of the United States. “Wylde’s goal was to hit his target audience and put out something that was affordable and that’s when he went to Schecter” Ceravolo tells us. “I think we achieved that and Wylde has been involved with every step of the process.” First and foremost, we wanted to make the guitars affordable, of course, the custom models will be more expensive for the die hard fans that want one.
The process was started in 2015 when Wylde developed the prototypes and even though they weren’t ready, Wylde felt like they just needed to get started. The drawings don’t necessarily work once you build the guitar but we have several batches that we use with different neck profiles. Wylde used the guitars on the new album and when his band Zakk Sabbath played at the Grove of Anaheim on January 23rd at the Schecter NAMM party.
“As long as you’re making something that kicks ass, that’s all that matters” according to Wylde.