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From the moment he picked up a Les Paul at age 15, Zakk Wylde pursued a single, solitary dream with laser-beam intensity: to play guitar for Ozzy Osbourne. “There was nothing else I wanted to do with my life,” he admits.
Filling the void left by deceased guitar legend Randy Rhoads took an uncommon amount of guts (Wylde was just 19 when he landed the Ozzy gig), and it took a certain kind of guitar - a 1981 Les Paul Custom outfitted with EMG humbuckers and a ‘bullseye’ graphic which is referred to as ‘The Grail.’
Able to mix high-speed jazz, Southern rock and molten metal into a style all his own, Wylde has used The Grail and a similar Les Paul Custom called ‘The Rebel’ (once sporting a Confederate flag paint job and now covered with beer bottle caps) throughout his career with Osbourne and his own band Black Label Society.
Gibson has awarded Wylde numerous signature Les Paul models over the years. Read about them here.