Zacky Vengeance

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Zacky Vengeance
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Zacky Vengeance performing at Nova Rock Festival in 2014
Background information
Birth name Zachary James Baker[1]
Also known as Zacky Vengeance
Born (1981-12-11) December 11, 1981 (age 32)
Olympia, Washington
United States[2]
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore, alternative metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano
Years active 1999–present
Labels Warner Bros., Hopeless, Good Life Recordings
Associated acts Avenged Sevenfold
Notable instruments
Schecter Zacky Vengeance 6661

Zacky Vengeance, (born Zachary James Baker; December 11, 1981) is the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, and founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.


Zacky Vengeance with Synyster Gates live in Nova Rock Festival - 2014

Zacky was born to Maria and James Baker in Olympia, Washington, and later moved to Huntington Beach, California along with his older sister Zina and younger brother Matt during his high school years. Zacky attended Huntington Beach High School, and formed Avenged Sevenfold there with M. Shadows and The Rev. Before Avenged Sevenfold, his first band was a crust punk band called Society Down. He said before that a demo exists, but it was lost years ago. After Society Down, he formed a punk band called MPA*, which stands for Mad Porno Action. He implied that they were both unsuccessful. Baker came up with his stage name "Zacky Vengeance" because he wanted to get back at all the people from his youth who doubted his potential. He also came up with Jonathan Seward's stage name "Johnny Christ," saying it suited him. Vengeance was also responsible for the creation of the initialism "A7X".[3] He is also of Italian and German descent.

Despite playing the guitar left handed, Vengeance recalls the first guitar he learned to play on was actually a right-handed his parents had bought him for his thirteenth birthday. He learned by playing upside-down, watching his favorite bands and other people he knew who played, and practiced as much as he could. He would also read each edition of Guitar World cover to cover, learning the tabs of the songs published there and watching the professionals perform them until he could play them.[citation needed]


All models are loaded with Seymour Duncan JB Pickups.

Amplifiers and effects unit[edit]

Effects unit
  • MXR Custom Shop CSP202 Custom Compressor
  • MXR ZW38 Zakk Wylde Black Label Chorus
  • Ibanez LF-7
  • ISP Decimator Noise Gate
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
  • Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
  • Boss GT-8
  • Visual Sound H2O Liquid Chours
  • Line 6 Tonecore Noise Constrictor
  • Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
  • Line 6 PODxt Pro
  • Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster
  • Voodoo Lab PEDAL POWER 2
  • Voodoo Lab GCX Audio Switcher



  1. ^ "Zacky Vengeance". 1981-12-11. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
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  3. ^ All Excess, Avenged Sevenfold DVD (2007)

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