What is Wylde Audio?
Wylde Audio is Zakk Wylde’s own company that he created in 2014 (and unveiled at winter NAMM in 2015) that produces guitars distributed through Schecter Guitars. He has future plans to release amplifiers, effects pedals, guitar strings, and more.
Why Start Your Own Company?
(Webmaster Opinion) One might be inclined to think that the reason behind creating his own company would be because his passion for playing various types of guitars with varying paint jobs and body styles through the worlds most renowned guitar manufacturer could get a little costly on the wallet. Before he left Gibson he had at least 7 Epiphone signature models and 8 Gibson signature models all with varying paint jobs and finishes. Throw in the Meet and Greet Guitar Packages, and it only makes sense to start your own company to create your own product and control its distribution. Plus, over the years many overseas guitar manufacturers have been putting out low cost quality instruments that rival even the best brands.
Another probable reason is that Gibson is in debt and many of their artists are jumping ship. They currently hold a Caa3 rating from Moody’s Investors Service Inc. Obligations rated Caa3 are judged to be of poor standing and are subject to very high credit risk. Gibson would need to refinance the debt before July 2018 or it faces a likely default. Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said in August 2017 that there’s “uncertainty” about the company’s ability to refinance this debt and that its capital structure is “unsustainable.”
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