Guitar Center has announced a new partnership with Zakk Wylde that includes a private Master Class program for unsigned artists and a new line of Zakk Wylde guitars from Wylde Audio, available at Guitar Center stores and online.
“I'm very excited for the launch of Wylde Audio,” Zakk says. “For me, it's the next logical step. You start as a player, manager, VP of Team Operations, then Team Owner. I've surrounded myself with super talented people to make this vision become a reality. It only makes sense to join forces with Guitar Center for a retail partnership, with their history of encouraging talent and supporting musicians."
The guitarist's new line of guitars features three models: Odin, Viking and Warhammer. The guitar arrive in April at select Guitar Center stores and online at GuitarCenter.com. All three models feature a solid mahogany body with a set three-piece maple neck with ebony fretboard, 24.6" scale, 14" radius and 22 jumbo frets. Each guitar also includes a pair of Wylde's signature EMG active pickups, a combination of EMG 85/81 that has helped define Wylde's sound.
In addition, unsigned guitar players can compete to be part of a private, exclusive Master Class experience with Wylde starting April 1. To be considered, fans can upload videos of themselves playing Wylde's latest single "Sleeping Dogs" and submit it through the official contest platform: GuitarCenter.com/masterclass. Wylde will pick the top five guitarists to win the grand prize.
Guitar Center's Master Class grand prize winners will receive:
• A VIP trip to Los Angeles for five guitarists to attend a private master class with Zakk Wylde
• A Wylde Audio Odin Signature guitar
• New gear from Dunlop, EMG, Monster Cable and MXR
• A feature write up in Revolver Magazine
You watch Zakk discuss the Master Class program below.