Zakk Wylde's Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar Stolen from Tour Bus

by Guitar World Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at 11:11am

This past Friday night, a custom-made, $10,000 Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar was stolen from Zakk Wylde's tour bus outside the Chicago Theatre.

Wylde, the Black Label Society frontman, was in town as part of the ongoing Experience Hendrix Tour, which also features Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Billy Cox and more.

According to the Chicago Tribune, after finishing his set, Wylde brought the guitar to the bus and went back inside the theater to watch the rest of the show. When it ended around 11:30 p.m., he went out to the bus to grab his trademark leather vest. That's when he noticed that the black vest — and the Les Paul — were gone.

"I thought somebody might have picked it up and put it in the back lounge (inside the theater)," Wylde told the newspaper over the weekend. "In 25-plus years, I've never had anything stolen."

Wylde said he and others asked the theater to check surveillance footage. That footage, he said, showed three men entering the bus at 10:11 p.m., shortly after his tour manager failed to lock the bus door.

"Nothing gets stolen off tour buses unless you don't lock them," Wylde said. "Rule number one: When you get off this (expletive deleted) bus, you lock the (expletive deleted) door and you check the handle.

"I had my guitar in the tour bus because this is the home," Wylde said, adding that his tour manager feels "beyond horrendous (and) beyond embarrassed."

The guitar is one of two aged Pelham Blue Les Pauls with Wylde's signature bulls-eye pattern. It was custom-made about four years ago. He took to Twitter and Instagram, asking fans to be on the lookout for the guitar.

"Hopefully these morons are going to go down to the flea market, or the pawn shop," he said.

You can check out Wylde's Instagram post about the guitar below, followed by a photo from Gibson.com:

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.06.21 AM.png

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.13.50 AM.png


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Kirk Hammett Talks About His Prize: Peter Green and Gary Moore's Les Paul — See It In Action (11/30/2015)
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett owns one of the most iconic and revered electric guitars: a 1959 Les Paul Standard that was previously owned by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green and, subsequently, by his disciple, Irish rocker Gary Moore. Hammett, a fa...
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Discusses His New Gibson Billy Gibbons SG Model — Video (10/20/2015)
Gibson and Billy Gibbons have teamed up to create the new Gibson BGSG—as in “Billy Gibbons SG.” The platform for the BGSG is a classic 1961 SG, but there are radical differences. The most obvious is the guitar’s top, which is raised on its upper...
Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen to Headline Axes & Anchors Cruise — Video (10/30/2015)
Breaking Benjamin, Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen will headline the 2016 Axes & Anchors Cruise. The event will feature more than 40 concerts and 25 workshops and clinics by the likes of Breaking Benjamin, Zakk Wylde, Micha...
Zakk Sabbath, Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath Cover Band, Play "War Pigs" (10/12/2015)
Late last week, Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath, performed a set at the Slidebar in Fullerton, California. Below, you can watch two decent fan-filmed clips of the band playing "War Pigs" from the October 8 show. Besides Wylde...
Top Five Gibson Les Paul Facts You Probably Didn't Know — Video (9/30/2015)
In this new video—which was posted to YouTube September 26), Mark from Guitar Nerds, a U.K.-based website for guitar fans (and nerds, we reckon), counts down the top five Gibson Les Paul facts that you probably didn't know. This new video comes...
Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Warren Haynes Recruited for 2016 Rock Fantasy Camp (10/12/2015)
Steve Vai, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde and Warren Haynes have signed on for the 2016 edition of Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place February 11–14 in Los Angeles. The guitarists will take part in the camp’s Q&A sessions and the concluding ja...
The 10 Weirdest Gibson Guitar Models Ever Created — Video (9/11/2015)
We tend to think of the Gibson brand as pretty traditional. But amid all the Les Pauls, SGs and ES models the company has turned out over the years, it’s easy to forget that the guitarmaker has also created numerous oddities. A while back, our f...
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5 Join Benefit for Tony MacAlpine (11/6/2015)
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. The Benefit...
Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes and More Honor Les Paul in New York City's Times Square — Video (6/10/2015)
Yesterday, June 9, 2015, was the 100th anniversary of the late, great Les Paul's birth. To celebrate the occasion, the guitar community threw one hell of a party in New York City's Times Square, not far from the Iridium, where the legendary guit...
Review: Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro Guitar (7/16/2015)
I’ve always preferred the Les Paul Custom over the Standard for several reasons. The main reason is the smooth playing action of its “fretless wonder” design, which is one of the reasons why shred-centric players like Al Di Meola, Randy Rhoads,...
Marty McFly’s 'Back to the Future' Gibson ES-345 Was Actually from the Future — Video (10/21/2015)
In the hit 1985 film Back to the Future, 1980s teen Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, fills in on guitar at the high school dance. As we all know by now, he blows the minds of the Fifties-era kids and musicians in attendance by incorporati...
Les Is More: Les Paul's Top 10 Guitar Moments (6/9/2015)
To say Les Paul was an innovator would be the greatest of understatements. Although we might take his inventions and ideas for granted in 2015, his influence on the development of music—and the way it is recorded—is immense. He saw the technol...
John Lennon's Long-Lost Gibson J-160E Guitar Sells for Record $2.4 Million at Auction (11/9/2015)
John Lennon's long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E, which he used while recording of the Beatles' Please Please Me and With the Beatles, sold for a record-shattering $2.41 million Saturday during a live Julien's auction. The guitar, which was lost ...
John Lennon Gibson Jumbo Auction: Yoko Ono Demands Half - For All the Right Reasons (10/14/2015)
John and Yoko—John McCaw, that is, a 69-year-old San Diego contractor who's had possession since 1969 of one of the most sought-after Beatles guitars John Lennon ever owned—will split the proceeds of what could be a million-dollar windfall when ...
Jimmy Page Shows His Double-Neck Gibson and Fender Tele with B-Bender — Video (6/16/2015)
Here’s a little something from 30 summers ago. On July 18, 1985, The Guitar Show visited Les Paul’s home in Mahwah, New Jersey, to tape Les and Jimmy Page for an episode. It was five days after Led Zeppelin’s reunion performance for Live Aid in...
How John Lennon's Long-Lost $2.4 Million Gibson J-160E Guitar Was Found (11/10/2015)
As was widely reported yesterday, John Lennon's long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E acoustic-electric guitar, which he used while recording the Beatles' Please Please Me and With the Beatles albums, sold for a record-shattering $2.41 million Saturd...