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Zack Uidl with his Custom Conklin Guitar
Zack Uidl's Custom 8 String Guitar
Zack Uidl with his Custom Multi-Scale (Fanned Fret) Guitar

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     Zack Uidl is a professional guitarist, studio/session musician, instructor, and composer in the Chicago-land area. He is in high demand for performances, both live and in the studio, instructing, and for his compositions for film and other projects. Zack has taught several clinics, master classes, workshops, and seminars including the internationally acclaimed Camp Jam.

     He is one of the founding members, songwriters, and guitarists for the progressive metal band Thoughts Betrayed. He currently is an instructor both privately and at JCs Guitars in Algonquin, Illinois. Zack also is a highly acclaimed author of online lessons and articles on numerous instructional websites. Zack has studied with the best guitarists in the industry including Tom Hess, Zvonimir Tot, Mike Walsh, Jody Fisher to name a few. He has also studied advanced music theory, piano, and other instruments as well. He is a highly regarded clinician, author, and performer.

     “Conklin Guitars make the best instruments, especially for extended string musicians. Ever since receiving my Custom 8-String Sidewinder Guitar, I have been using it exclusively both in the studio and live. Nothing compares to how well the instruments are built, how they play and how they sound. I have never been completely happy with an instrument before now. Conklin completely surpassed my dreams for the perfect instrument. I can't recommend them enough. Thank you Bill and Mike for your incredible work and for being such great people on top of that!”

Zack Uidl's Conklin Experience

     I knew that I wanted an 8 string guitar for a long time, I had just never found the best company to build the instrument that I wanted.  That is, until I found Conklin.

     Right from the beginning, the guys at Conklin were very supportive, knowledgeable, kind and helpful while working with me to decide all the details of my Custom 8-String Sidewinder Guitar.  They have an incredible knowledge for their craft and it is a pleasure to work with them.

     Since receiving my guitar, I have not used another.  In the recording studio and for clinics, concerts and tours, it is my number one guitar.  My impressions couldn't be better.  Every time I unleash this instrument, people's heads turn and they come up to me asking for all the information about the guitar.  As I explain the instrument, I can see how impressed they are with what Conklin can deliver.

Thank you BIll and Mike for everything!


Another photo of Zack Uidl with his Custom metal monster 8 string guitar