Mike Riggs, a.k.a. Riggs, is undoubtably the most iconic Vertigo user in the history of the guitar, since he exclusively played Vertigo guitars since joining Rob Zombie band in 1998. His custom Vertigo collection include his signature Custom XR "scumbag", the "blood-filled" and "pig-skin" Vertigo guitars, among many others.
Riggs' career as a musician started at the age of 19 in 1990 when he started the band Demiltry in Austin, Texas for whom he played the rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals. He went on after this to play for another Austin band called Skrew which included future Nine Inch Nails guitarist Danny Lohner. After playing with Skrew for several years, Riggs joined Prong after the release of their studio album Rude Awakening and toured with them for some time. When Riggs was attending a WWF event, he met Rob Zombie, who said he was working on a new album, and had yet to find a guitarist. After playing guitar for Zombie on "Hellbilly Deluxe" and "The Sinister Urge" he left the band to begin his own project, Scum of the Earth for which he plays guitar and sings lead vocals. After signing to Eclipse Records, the band released their first album entitled "Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium" on October 26, 2004 produced by famed producer Ben Burkhardt at Belt of Orion Recording in Los Angeles, California. Songs were featured in National Lampoon's TV: The Movie, on numerous MTV shows, and a slew of action sports DVDs.