Zakk Wylde's prized Pelham Blue bullseye Gibson Les Paul Custom was stolen yesterday at approximately 10 pm from his tour bus during the Experience Hendrix Show in Chicago -- an extravaganza that also includes Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Johnny Lang, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Contact Wylde through Twitter at @ZakkWyldeBLS if you have any information about the Les Paul's whereabouts.
In an interview for gibson.com, Wylde had expressed what the Pelham Blue means to him.
“The first one I actually had was Gibson Pelham Blue SG Firebrand,” said Zakk. “It was actually really cool. I ended up getting rid of it because I wanted to save up for a Les Paul Custom or something like that, but it was a kick-ass guitar. When I look back, I wish I’d saved that thing. It was also unusual because it didn’t have a rosewood fingerboard – it had an ebony fingerboard, and it had just round inlay markers. That was a killer guitar. I had to have been maybe 15 or so when I got it, and I probably had it until I was maybe 16, 17, something like that, before I decided I had to get that Les Paul instead.
“Happily, Gibson made me a custom Les Paul Custom where the whole guitar is Pelham Blue – the front, the back, the neck – and then they put the black bullseye on it. It sounds totally killer. I also have one of my ZVs in Pelham Blue, and I call the two guitars "the Blue Balls."