Zoot Horn Rollo was the guitarist for the band Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band till 1973.  After Zoot Horn Rollo left Captain Beefheart and Magic Band, he formed Mallard with many of his band members.  Lunar Notes, written by Zoot Horn Rollo reveals there were tensions between the band members involved in Captain Beefheart. This resulted in the split.

Zoot Horn Rollo - Magic Band, Captain Beefheart, Mallard
Zoot Horn Rollo ranked 62 in list of 100 greatest guitarists of all times.

 Zoot Horn Rollo real name was Bill Harleroad. Born in Palmdale, California started playing the guitar while he was young. However, the first instrument he was trained when he was a child was the accordion. Later, the band Mallard was also dissolved and he was out of the popular music scene.

 This later years involved working as a manager in a record store and Zoot Horn also thought the gitar in Oregon. One of his notable students was Chris Gunn.

 Zoot Horn Rollo has been ranked 62 in the list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stones in 2003. This was two years after he released the album “We Saw a Bozo Under the Sea”.

Born: December 11, 1981
Real Name: Zachary James Baker

Zacky Vengeance is a rhythm guitarist and backup vocal singer for the band Avenged Sevenfold. He is known for his freaky hairstyles from a range of blonde to purple hair. He loves dressing up differently wearing oversized sunglasses and flashy t-shirts.

Zacky Vengeance
Zacky Vengeance - In a performance

Zacky first started playing guitar when he was thirteen years old and he learnt guitar by his own. Zacky Vengeance first played for a punk band called MPA which meant Mad Pron Action. However, the band MPA was not successful.

Zacky likes heavy bands like Danny Elfman and Elvis Costello. Schecter Guitar has been sponsoring Vengeance and he has a custom S-1 model. Vengeance uses Seymour Duncan pickups.

Zacky Vengeance with Synyster Gates
Zacky Vengeance with Synyster Gates on a concert


Born: January 14, 1967
Place: Bayonne, New Jersey

Zakk Wylde is an American lead guitarist, singer, songwriter and a pianist. He is the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. He was also the lead guitarist and the vocalist for the band Pride & Glory. However, Pride & Glory dissolved after a single album in 1994. He is the founder of the Black Label Society.  In 1998, Zakk formed the Black Label Society which is a heavy metal band with nine albums released till date.

Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde - American RockGuitarist

Wylde plays the guitar from the age of 15. He formerly worked at the Silverton Music in New Jersey. Zakk recalls that he used to practice sometimes 12 hours per day. He used to practice all through the night after he came back from school till he went to school the next day.

His first band was the local band “Stone Henge”. He then moved on to play with the New Jersey band “Zyris”.

Zykk Wylde’s girlfriend Barbaranee came to know tht Ozzy is hiring a new guitarist. This promted her to force Wylde to have an audition for Ozzy. When he was 19 years old, Wylde sent a demo tape to Ozzy. In 1987, Ozzy hired him as his lead guitarist and co-writer. Zakk was hired to replace Jake E. Lee.

Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde - American lead guitarist, singer, songwriter and a pianist

Zakk guitar playing is a combination of pinch harmonics and vibratos. He mostly uses the minor pentatonic scale. He uses strict alternative picking playing rapid box patterns.

Zakk Wylde uses a Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature set of strings. His pickups include an EMG 81 and EMG 85 hummer. Amplifiers include models like JCM800 2203 and 2204 from the Marshalls. Zakk has his personal Signature JCM800ZW Amp which has been replaced by GT 6550 tubes.

Zakk tunes his guitar differently. He has a variety of tunings from the standard, the dropped D, Eb, the dropped A, the dropped G and the dropped B tuning.

Strings: Wylde Dunlop Icon Series. (.010 .013 .017 .036 .052 .060)
               GBWZLO (.011 .014 .018 .036 .052 .070) (Studio Purpose)

Yngwie Malmsteen the great guitarist was born in the land of Sweden, Stockholm, on June 30, 1963. He was the youngest child in a household. His mothers name was Rigmor, sister Ann Louise, and brother Bjorn.

Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen - Neo Classical Guitarist

While he was young he had no interest in music. However, on September 18, 1970, Yngwie was watching a special televison program on the death of the famous guitar iconoclast Jimi Hendrix. This inspired the seven-year-old Yngwie who watched with wonder the video as Hendrix blasted the audience with great torrents of feedback and was sacrificing his guitar in flames. They say the day when Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born.

At the tender age of 10 he took his mother's maiden name which was Malmsteen as his own surname, and anglicised his given name Yngve to "Yngwie".

Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen

While Malmsteen was still a teenager he first got introduced to the music of the 19th century violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, whom he still mentions as his biggest classical music influence. Through his discovery of Niccolò Paganini concerto pieces on his strat guitar, Malmsteen developed a amazing prodigious technical fluency. Malmsteen also proclaims that Jimi Hendrix, Brian Steve Hackett of Genesis, May of Queen, Uli Jon Roth, and Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple where his major influences.
Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen

In the late 1988, Malmsteen's signature Fender Stratocaster guitar was released, making him and Eric Clapton the first artists to be honored by Fender.