“This is my new paper route!” Wylde tells Guitar World in the upcoming April 2015 issue.
And while the notion of the mammoth metal guitar legend slinging newspapers from the back of a 10-speed bike offers up an intriguing visual, the reality is that Wylde is announcing a very different type of business venture: Wylde Audio.
Call it your one-stop-shop for all Zakk-related gear; with Wylde Audio, the 47-year-old musician, who over the years has become synonymous with signature equipment like his bull’s-eye Gibson Les Pauls and JCM-800-style Marshall amps, is unveiling his own line of guitars, amplifiers and effect pedals.
“It’s the next logical step for me,” Wylde explains. “I’ve been blessed in my career so far; all my years with Ozz, all the companies I’ve worked with—it’s like putting the pinstripes on and playing for the Yankees. But I’ve always been a player. Now it’s time to go out and own a franchise.”
Among Wylde Audio’s first offerings will be a diverse line of guitars featuring distinct body shapes with both modern and retro twists. “I’m known as a Les Paul Custom guy, and then I also have the [Gibson] Vs and Moderne [of Doom], the signature things,” Wylde says. “But I want to do all different types of body shapes, because I’m a fan of all guitars.”
For more information, watch this new video from BackstageAxxess, where you'll hear things like, “Basically once it goes into production, what I’ll do is just eventually retire my Gibsons and retire my Marshalls." And be sure to check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.