ESP en Review: ESP LTD V-407B Baritone Seven-String Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>There is a surprisingly large and growing variety of baritone solidbody electric guitars to choose from these days. </p> <p>Baritones have become especially popular with metal guitarists who want the extended low-end range that today’s heaviest music requires and don’t want to hassle with intonation problems and floppy strings when tuning down a standard guitar. </p> <p>ESP offers an impressive selection of baritone electrics, including seven-string versions that are quickly becoming the new norm. For metal players, particularly those with somewhat limited budgets, the LTD V-407B is an ideal weapon of choice as it offers the features, playability, and, perhaps most importantly, wicked appearance that can inspire heavy riffs and aggressive solos.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES:</strong> With its 27-inch scale length, the LTD V-407B is bona fide genuine baritone. It should be noted that this is a big guitar that is even larger than many basses and comes in the biggest case that I have ever seen. It’s also heavier than the average six-string, but not so heavy as to be uncomfortable to play for extended periods of time.</p> <p>The guitar is built using ESP’s set-thru-neck construction, which is sort of a hybrid of set-in and neck-thru-body construction. The maple neck has a longer than normal tenon that stretches below the bridge pickup, but it is glued into a channel carved into the mahogany body. This provides the smooth, heel-free design of a neck-thru guitar along with the tonal characteristics of set-neck body. A maple cap covers the body as well, but the guitar looks like one continuous piece thanks to its deep gloss black finish.</p> <p>Electronics and hardware consist of an EMG 707 neck pickup, EMG 81-7 bridge pickup, separate volume controls for each pickup, a master tone knob, three-position pickup selector switch, Tune-o-matic bridge with thru-body string anchoring, and Grover mini tuners. </p> <p>The fingerboard is rosewood and features 24 extra jumbo frets, white binding, extremely cool arrowhead-shaped inlays, and a block inlay with the model’s name at the 12th fret. The output jack is placed inside the V cutaway on the bass bout and points upwards to keep the guitar cable completely out of the way, and the bass bout also has a belly contour.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE:</strong> As you might expect from a seven-string baritone with a 27-inch scale, the LTD V-407B sounds as huge as it looks. The string tension gives the lowest strings especially satisfying piano-like metallic twang, while the middle range has a beastly, animal-like growl.</p> <p>If you want to shred, go ahead—the upper treble range feels sexy and slinky like a regular guitar, although with an extra inch and a half to two plus inches in scale length it’s much easier to finger intricate patterns and chords up above the 20th fret. The smooth, heel-free transition between the neck and body and the body’s V shape also facilitate unobstructed playing in the upper registers. </p> <p>The active EMG pickups are the perfect match for this type of instrument, delivering shimmering, percussive clean tones and maintaining crisp attack and refined note definition when plugged into a high-gain distorted amp. </p> <p>With its 48mm nut width, the fretboard is generously wide enough for playing clean, precise chords on any or all of the seven strings while being narrow enough not to require extreme finger stretches. The neck profile is a relatively flat and thin U shape with a consistent feel from the lowest to the highest frets. </p> <p>Controls are laid out in a logical, ergonomic configuration, with the bridge volume easily accessible for performing swells or making quick volume adjustments. It’s obvious that as much thought went into the V-407B’s playability as went into making it look as cool as possible.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE:</strong> $1,141.43<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER:</strong> ESP Guitar Company, <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET:</strong> Set-thru-neck construction combines the smooth, heel-free playability of a neck-thru guitar with the tonal characteristics of a set-neck design.</p> <p>Active EMG 707 (neck) and 81-7 (bridge) pickups deliver rich, percussive clean tones and crisp, detailed distortion tones.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE:</strong>The LTD V-407B seven-string baritone is a big instrument with an even bigger sound that is perfect for guitarists who want the heaviest low-end riffs without sacrificing the ability to play shredding solos.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> ESP ESP Guitars LTD September 2015 Videos Electric Guitars Gear Magazine Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:45:00 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 24968 at Review: ESP USA Eclipse Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>While I own, play and love more than my fair share of imported guitars, I still prefer electric models made in the good ol’ U. S. of A.</p> <p>After all, Americans invented the electric guitar, and we design and build them like no one else. So it deeply warmed my heart earlier this year when ESP announced its USA Series Eclipse, Horizon and M-III models, which are the company’s first guitars made at its brand-new factory in North Hollywood, California. </p> <p>We took a look at ESP’s classic-inspired single-cutaway Eclipse model.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The overall features of the Eclipse USA present a familiar formula—figured maple top, mahogany neck and chambered body, dual humbuckers, 24 3/4–inch scale, and so on—but several details make this model stand out from the usual classic clone. </p> <p>The “set-thru” neck joint is particularly impressive, featuring contours that smoothly and seamlessly bring the neck and body together as if they were one continuous piece of wood. The ebony fretboard, 22 extra jumbo frets, 12-inch radius and thin U-shape neck profile provide the fast action and silky playability today’s players demand. </p> <p>Hardware consists of Sperzel Trim-Lok locking tuners, TonePros locking bridge and stop tailpiece, Schaller Security Lock strap buttons and Seymour Duncan APH-1 passive humbuckers. Controls include separate volume knobs for the bridge and neck pickups, master tone with push/pull coil splitting and a three-position pickup selector.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Our test example had a Vintage Natural finish (Tea Sunburst and See-Through Black Cherry are also available) that reveals every glorious detail of the high-grade materials and first-class workmanship. The figuring of the maple top and headstock overlay is drop-dead gorgeous, and the seams of the two-piece mahogany back and neck joint are almost invisible. The rounded edges of the fretboard and body (including a comfortable rear-body contour) give the guitar the luxurious feel of the finest handcrafted goods, and as a result the guitar plays like a dream.</p> <p>The Eclipse USA’s tone is stellar. Classic warm, sustaining dual-humbucker tones abound, but the maple top delivers crisp, detailed attack that complements the mahogany’s fat midrange and resonant bass. The simple control configuration delivers a rainbow of textures, from full-throttle metal punch to velvety jazz warmth to single-coil sparkle.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $3,999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href=""></a></p> <p>The set-thru-neck construction provides a smooth, seamless transition between the neck and the body, as if they were one continuous piece of wood.</p> <p>Hardware includes Sperzel locking tuners, TonePros locking bridge and stop tailpiece, Schaller Security Lock strap buttons and Seymour Duncan APH-1 humbuckers.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Providing a compelling blend of vintage design and modern features, the ESP USA Eclipse is the ideal single-cutaway dual-humbucker solidbody for players seeking a high-performance classic.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> ESP ESP Guitars ESP USA Holiday 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Wed, 13 May 2015 14:58:35 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 22771 at ESP Guitars and Takamine Guitars Announce Partnership in U.S. <!--paging_filter--><p>ESP Guitars and Takamine Guitars have announced a partnership in which Takamine instruments will be available exclusively through ESP and selected dealers in the U.S. </p> <p>This new distribution partnership will begin in March 2015.</p> <p>“This is a momentous leap forward for both ESP and Takamine,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of ESP Guitars. “The new agreement between ESP and Takamine allows ESP to offer one of the world’s most respected acoustic guitar brands to our dealers and customers and gives Takamine the kind of sales distribution and marketing support that this fine brand merits.”</p> <p>“We at Takamine Guitars are eager to establish our partnership with the ESP Guitar Company in the U.S. as we enjoy the symbiotic relationship of our two companies that know guitars, understand the global market and share the same goals of great guitars and superior service," says Mark Kasulen, director of U.S. relations for Takamine Guitars. "The legacy continues.”</p> <p> For more than half a century, Takamine Guitars has been recognized as a leading acoustic guitar builder. Much like ESP, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, Takamine’s origins are as a small guitar shop in Japan. Over the subsequent 52 years, Takamine has grown into a world-renowned maker of premier-quality acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars, selected as a first choice by performing guitarists worldwide. </p> <p>Takamine’s signature artists include Glenn Frey, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney. Takamine’s product offerings span the entire market of acoustic guitars, with models designed for players at every level.
</p> <p>ESP and Takamine’s new distribution arrangement allows for Takamine instruments to be sold exclusively at select dealers in the U.S.. beginning in March. Those who wish to inquire about becoming a Takamine dealer should contact ESP’s senior vice president Jeff Moore at 818-450-8272
.</p> <p><strong>For more about ESP Guitars, visit <a href=""></a> For more about Takamine Guitars, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> ESP ESP Guitars Takamine News Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:01:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23592 at NAMM 2015: ESP Guitars Introduces Dozens of New LTD Guitar and Bass Models <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>ESP is adding dozens of new and updated LTD models to this year’s lineup.</p> <p>“LTD represents the ‘bread-and-butter’ for ESP dealers, with affordable guitars and basses for all levels of musicians,” says Matt Masciandaro, ESP president and CEO. </p> <p>“This year, our LTD offerings are better than ever, with exciting new instruments that cover everyone from brand new novice musicians to professional touring and recording players in every genre and style of music.”</p> <p>Three special limited edition LTD models have been made to commemorate ESP’s 40th anniversary. The LTD EC-2015 and MH-2015 will be limited to 300 pieces worldwide, and the 7-string H7-2015 limited to just 200 pieces. </p> <p>Each of these premier-quality guitars with high-end features and components will include a hardshell case with the “ESP 40” logo, and a certificate of authenticity.</p> <p>Based on direct result of feedback from ESP customers who enjoy the greater range of extended string and scale configurations, the company is also introducing six new baritone (27” scale) guitar models. These include the 6-string MH-401B/FM and V-401B, the 7-string EC-407B/FM, V-407B, and MH-417B FM, and the 8-string H-408B/FM. Two brand new shapes are being debuted in the LTD line that were previously unavailable in the USA, with the aggressively-shaped LTD Arrow-401, LTD FRX-401, and 7- string FRX-407 models.</p> <p>The LTD Deluxe series also expanded with a number of “1000 Series” guitars, including the special edition M-1000/SE with its high-end components by Floyd Rose and Seymour Duncan, and flamed maple top in Vintage Natural Satin finish. More new LTD Deluxe models include the EC-1000ET/FM with an EverTune bridge system, and the M-1000/Ebony with ebony fingerboard. </p> <p>New to LTD Deluxe is the “1001 Series” which add special design considerations and/or components like EMG’s MetalWorks pickups, including the EC-1001/FR, the H-1001/FR, the M-1001, the MH-1001/NT, and the MH-1001/FR.</p> <p>New finishes for some of LTD’s most popular shapes include the EC-401 in Charcoal Satin, the M-200 in Black Desert Camo, and the TE-406/FM in Dark Brown Sunburst Satin and Snow White Satin. </p> <p>More information on all of the updated LTD guitars and basses, along with the rest of ESP’s new models for 2015, is available at <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM 2015 coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 Zone,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> ESP ESP Guitars LTD NAMM 2015 Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:27:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23307 at Watch How ESP's Custom Shop Builds Its Incredible "Rinne (Transmigration)" Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>We love when the guys at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan create videos that show how their latest creations are, well, created.</p> <p>Ergo, we're happy to share this new video, posted January 4, that shows exactly what goes into the Custom Shop's magnificent "Rinne (Transmigration)" guitar. We're not sure if we need the quotation marks, but we'll worry about that later.</p> <p>Anyway, check out the video below and tell us what you think of this beauty! </p> <p>To see several more brand-new pieces by the ESP Custom Shop, <a href="">head here</a>—and, of course, be sure to follow along with <em>Guitar World's</em> NAMM Show coverage next week, especially on <a href="">Facebook</a>, <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It'll be like you're at the show!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> ESP ESP Guitars NAMM 2015 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:44:21 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23301 at NAMM 2015: ESP Guitars Debuts Tombstone Acoustic Models <!--paging_filter--><p>ESP Guitars has introduced its new line of Tombstone acoustic guitars. The new guitars will make their debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>“We’re very excited to have a dedicated brand for our acoustic instruments,” said Matt Masciandaro, ESP president and CEO.</p> <p>“For our dealers, Tombstone represents a new opportunity to carry a high-quality acoustic guitar brand with the build quality and dealer service for which ESP has been well known for the past 40 years. For our customers, Tombstone offers an affordable solution for the features, the sound, and the playability associated with much more expensive acoustic guitars.”</p> <p>Tombstone’s introductory offerings include the A-300E, A-430E, D-320E, D-430E, J-310E, J-430E, GL- J2E acoustic-electric guitars, and the JB-320E acoustic-electric bass, several of which are pictured in the photo gallery below. </p> <p>The A-300E and A-430E adopt an auditorium shape/size. Both guitars offer solid Sitka spruce tops. The A-300E offers mahogany back and sides in a Black finish, and a B-Band T-35 preamp with onboard tuner. The A-430E has rosewood back and sides in Natural Gloss finish, with a Fishman Isys+ preamp with onboard tuner. Both models use set- neck construction for fast, comfortable playing feel, and quality components like a GraphTech nut and saddle. </p> <p>The D-320E and D-430E have a traditional dreadnought shape. The D-320E features a solid red cedar top and ovangkol back and sides in Natural Satin finish, while the D-430E offers a solid Sitka spruce top, rosewood back and sides in Natural Gloss finish, gold hardware, and a Fishman Isys+ preamp. </p> <p>For players who like a jumbo-sized acoustic, the J-310E and J-430E are perfect choices. Both guitars have solid Sitka spruce tops. The J-310E offers sapelle back and sides in Natural Satin finish, while the J-430E has rosewood back and sides in Natural Gloss.</p> <p>The first Signature Series model in the Tombstone brand appropriately goes to George Lynch with the GL-J2E, a jumbo acoustic-electric with a solid Sitka spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, all in Tobacco Sunburst finish. It offers a unique 5-piece maple/walnut neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and a Fishman Presys+ preamp. </p> <p>Tombstone’s first batch of new models also includes a bass, the JB-320E which offers a solid red cedar top, ovangkol back and sides, and a Fishman Presys+ preamp.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation ESP ESP Guitars NAMM 2015 News Gear Acoustic Guitars Bass Guitars Blogs News Gear Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:22:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23298 at NAMM 2015: ESP Custom Shop Displaying More Than 80 Exhibition Guitars and Basses <!--paging_filter--><p> As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, ESP Guitars (Booth 213D at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show) is highlighting the work of its Custom Shop by displaying more than 80 hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind special exhibition guitars and basses.</p> <p> “One of the big crowd draws at our NAMM booth every year are the models that come out of our ESP Custom Shop,” said Matt Masciandaro, ESP president and CEO. </p> <p>“This year, to help bring even more recognition to the incredible craftsmanship of our custom shop luthiers, we’re featuring an entire display of our NAMM demo room that is dedicated to these completely unique high-end instruments.”</p> <p> ESP’s special exhibition models are exciting combinations of form and function, with each guitar or bass being both a work of art and a high-performance instrument, using the world’s finest materials and components. Each model is made by hand by the experienced luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Tokyo, Japan, and many feature rare materials and intricate inlays. </p> <p>While most custom shop models have been specified by the people who order them, these special exhibition models have been designed by the custom shop luthiers themselves in commemoration of ESP’s 40 years of guitar craft.</p> <p>The special exhibition guitars and basses will be available for sale to authorized ESP dealers visiting the company’s booth at NAMM. Only one of each model is available, and dealers should be in touch with their ESP sales representative to place their orders as soon as possible.</p> <p>More information on the ESP Custom Shop, along with photos of the special exhibition models and all of ESP’s new products for 2015, can be found at <a href=""></a></p> ESP ESP Guitars NAMM 2015 Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:55:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23244 at NAMM 2015: ESP Guitars Unveils New ESP/LTD Signature Models <!--paging_filter--><p>ESP Guitars, which is celebrating 40th anniversary in 2015, will unveil a batch of new artist Signature Series guitars and basses at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show later this month.</p> <p> “ESP has been synonymous with artist signature guitars since the very beginning,” says Chris Cannella, ESP director of artist relations and product management. </p> <p>“We’re very proud of the latest additions to the ESP artist roster, and their new signature models for 2015 are among the best we’ve ever made.”</p> <p> Three new models are being created for ESP artist <strong>Gary Holt</strong> of Exodus. The ESP Gary Holt LTD GH-600EC and LTD GH-200EC are all single-cutaway guitars that are accented in distinctive red-colored design details, and feature Floyd Rose tremolos. </p> <p>Another new addition to the ESP artist family, <strong>Javier Reyes</strong> of Animals as Leaders, is debuting the LTD JR-608/QM and the LTD JR-208. Both are eight-string baritone models at 27” scale. The JR-608/QM has high-end design features like neck-thru-body construction, and features Reyes’ signature DiMarzio pickups. </p> <p>Also new to the ESP roster, jazz/fusion great <strong>Bunny Brunel</strong> is introducing the LTD BB-1004/QM and LTD BB-1005FL/QM. Respective four- and five-string fretless basses, the basses include neck-thru-body construction, quilted maple tops, a special Aguilar pickup set with OBP-3 active preamp and ebony fingerboard.</p> <p>A number of current ESP artists have also had additions and updates to their signature instruments. <strong>Gus G</strong> (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) is debuting four new models: the ESP Gus G/EC, ESP Gus G/RS, LTD GUS-200 and LTD GUS-200EC. </p> <p>These updated models are now available in Black Satin finish, and feature contrasting white pickup covers. <strong>Will Adler</strong> of Lamb of God has new additions to his Warbird signature series guitars, including the LTD WA-200 Warbird Distressed and LTD WA-200 White Camo.</p> <p>Shredder <strong>Andy James</strong> helped design the seven-string LTD AJ-7, while new and updated basses are being made available for <strong>Frank Bello</strong> of Anthrax (the eight-string LTD FB-208 and LTD FB-204), War/PHILM bassist <strong>Pancho Tomaselli</strong> (the redesigned LTD PT-4) and <strong>Gabe Crisp</strong> (Whitechapel) with the GC-P4. </p> <p>Finally, other signature series models are returning to LTD’s affordable “200 Series," including the <strong>Kirk Hammett</strong> (Metallica) KH-202 and KH-202 Left Handed, <strong>Michael Paget</strong> (Bullet for My Valentine) MP-200V, <strong>Tom Araya</strong> (Slayer) TA-200 and <strong>Stephen Carpenter</strong> (Deftones) SC-207 and SC-208.</p> <p>For more information on all of ESP’s new guitar and bass models for 2015, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM 2015 coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 Zone,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/exodus">Exodus</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> ESP ESP Guitars Gary Holt Gus G LTD NAMM 2015 Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:46:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23209 at Your Signature, Please: Five Essential Pieces of Signature Gear <!--paging_filter--><p>About 10 years ago, a home-furnishings company named a line of rugs after a gorgeous movie and TV actress. </p> <p>It turns out that, aside from walking, sidling and sashaying on them for a few decades, she really didn't know a lot about rugs — or furniture or pretty much anything her name still graces today. But the company put her moniker on the stuff and continues to reap the benefits that a big name (and a pretty face) can provide.</p> <p>Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back their signature-model prototypes until they're absolutely perfect).</p> <p>So, while acknowledging the plethora of fine signature gear that's available today, here's the cream of the crop: five items that simply get it right. This list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers including Gear Editor Paul Riario. </p> <p><strong>Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster</strong></p> <p>Maybe you've read it in forums or heard it from people in the know (maybe even from people whose job it is to try out Fender gear all day long), but Fender's Eric Johnson signature Strat has quietly earned a reputation as possibly one of the best instruments Fender produces on a regular basis.</p> <p>At first glance, the EJ model looks a lot like other U.S.-made Strats. But once you study the details, you start to notice its refinement. In fact, EJ-model connoisseurs tend to agree that it's not one single feature that makes this guitar special — it's the way all the smaller features work together. </p> <p>The guitar has a one-piece, vintage-tinted quartersawn plain maple neck (contours sanded very smooth) with a ’57-style V shape; a light, two-piece alder body with deep ’57-style body contours and cavities. It comes in 2-Color Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red and White Blonde. The frets are highly polished. The pickups are Eric Johnson single-coils (not over-wound at all) with countersunk screws and a five-way switch. Other features include a vintage tremolo with silver-painted block and ’57-style string recess. There's no paint between the base plate and the block.</p> <p>Basically, if you're a fan of the Stratocaster in its purest form, you'll truly appreciate this model, which also packs in several practical updates for modern players.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/EJ%20Strat.jpg" width="620" height="209" alt="EJ Strat.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $2,599.99 | <a href="">Check out this guitar at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte</strong> <p>When it comes to signature guitars made for the rigors of heavy metal, it's hard to beat the LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte from ESP.</p> <p>The Snakebyte is a light-weight guitar that packs the heavyweight punch necessary for one of metal's marquee players. The neck is thin and comfortable, perfect for quick chord changes, and you'll find all of the high-end features of its more expensive Japanese-made cousin without sacrificing quality.</p> <p>And, as an added bonus, the Snakebyte now comes stock with a set of EMG James Hetfield pickups, putting all of the Metallica guitarist's secret weapons — minus his fabled right hand — at your fingertips.</p> <p>For a full test drive and review from <em>Guitar World</em> Gear Editor Paul Riaro, head <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,570 | <a href="">Check out this guitar at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups</strong> <p>For the die-hard Slash enthusiast, there's a whole boatload of signature gear to choose from, from the "Appetite" Les Paul to a the custom octave fuzz from Jim Dunlop.</p> <p>While you could buy your way to a pretty good replica of Slash's actual rig with enough money, the best place to start might just be the Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups from Seymour Duncan.</p> <p>These moderate-output humbuckers will give you just the right amount of bite for those gritty riffs while still allowing for the searing sustain necessary to unleash ripping solos. Pop them in any humbucker-friendly guitar and you'll be well on your way to channeling your favorite top-hat-wearing guitar hero.</p> <p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $269 | <a href="">Check out these pickups at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Jim Dunlop DB01 Cry Baby From Hell</strong> <p>Take a quick poll of metal guitarists to find out their favorite wah pedal and Jim Dunlop's Cry Baby From Hell will undoubtedly come out on top.</p> <p>Made to the specifications of the late, great Dimebag Darrell, the Cry Baby From Hell features an extended sweep range knob, 6-way range selector and kick-in volume boost to take your solos over the top.</p> <p>Dime, like a number of other guitarists, would often use his wah as a high-end boost for solos, leaving it fully cocked while he tore up the fretboard. Either fully engaged or used as a high-pass filter, the Cry Baby From Hell should meet all your needs and then some. </p> <p>Now start getting those squeals and pinch harmonics down!</p> <p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $286.44 | <a href="">Check out this pedal at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>EVH 5150 III 50-Watt Head</strong> <p>Perhaps no one's tone is as sought-after as that of Eddie Van Halen. And fortunately for all you finger-tapping maniacs out there, almost no other guitarist has more quality signature gear on the market.</p> <p>And while his Wolfgang Special guitar is top-of-the-line and the MXR Phase 90 will have you rocking the cradle with the best of them, it's his line of signature amps from EVH that have really made a mark on the world of hard rock and metal.</p> <p>Even if it is a scaled-down version of its 100-watt big brother, there's no denying the EVH III 5150 50-watt head packs a <em>lot</em> into a small package. This three-channel amp matches up nicely with any cabinet, but you definitely can't go wrong with any of the cabs in the EVH 5150 III line. Pair it up with either the 2x12 or 1x12 and you'll have 'em dancing in the streets in no time!</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,333.32 | <a href="">Check out this amp at</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/damageplan">Damageplan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Dimebag Darrell Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Eric Johnson ESP EVH Fender James Hetfield Seymour Duncan Slash Guitar World Lists Amps Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart 16421 at ESP Guitars' Incredible 'Monster Hunter' Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the <em><a href="">Monster Hunter</a></em> video game, ESP Guitars in Japan has created a (very pointy) guitar inspired by the game.</p> <p>The guitar features what can only be called a huge blade with several horns protruding from it, which makes it seem like it might be more than a little painful to play.</p> <p>The guitar has a price tag of 2,300,00 yen, which is a little over $22,150. </p> <p>Check it out above and in the photo gallery below!</p> <p>Because we can, we've also included photos of several other guitars from the ESP Custom Shop, most of which were designed by Master Luthier Masao Ohmuro.</p> ESP ESP Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:37:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22178 at ESP LTD AS-1FM LB Alex Skolnick Signature Guitar — Review <!--paging_filter--><p>Alex Skolnick is among a few guitarists who have achieved multigenre success and acclaim, first as a wild young gun with the iconic metal thrash band Testament, and then as a tasteful and technically impressive jazzbo with the Alex Skolnick Trio. </p> <p>In recent years, he has become something of a vintage guitar enthusiast. So when ESP approached him about building a signature guitar with his name on it, Skolnick was skeptical that a modern company could create a guitar capable of matching the refined sounds of aged classics. </p> <p>ESP met this lofty challenge and, after rigorous testing by the man himself, is now offering the Alex Skolnick signature model. I tested the budget-friendly AS-1FM LB, which differs in some details to the high-end version but otherwise offers the same bold response, unblemished build quality and significant tonal versatility. </p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> Make no mistake, the Skolnick signature plank is absolutely a modern-built vintage guitar. Forget about weight-relieving contours and thin necks—this is a thick guitar. Elements of ESP’s Eclipse model are evident in the styling, but its design otherwise harkens back to the roots of great guitar building, demonstrating why it’s so hard to beat the tonal matchup of a thick, single-cut mahogany body topped with flamed maple and married to a beefy but oh-so-comfortable U-shaped mahogany neck. </p> <p>Contemporary performance-enhancing elements include a TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece, precise Grover tuners, Dunlop Straploks and extra-jumbo frets. The Seymour Duncan SH-4 (bridge) and SH-1 (neck) humbuckers have dedicated volume knobs but share the master tone pot, which can be pulled to coil split the neck pickup.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> If handed the ESP Skolnick guitar while blindfolded, I might easily assume it to be a true vintage piece, not just for the Fifties-style neck shape and overall weight but also because of its immediacy and loud acoustic response, which brings to my mind the last few chord blasts from the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” It delivers equally powerful spikes in the low and high mids rather than the centered-midrange focus that makes so many all-mahogany guitars sound similar. This opens the top end beyond mahogany’s typically mellow range, making it highly capable of screaming treble harmonics, pick chirps and serious punch. </p> <p>Both Duncan pickups are well matched to the Skolnick’s tone, offering enhanced lows and searing treble from the bridge bucker and clear but warm neutrality from the neck pickup. Single-coil tones from the tapped neck pickup are surprisingly snappy and sparkling, yet sound almost like a smooth semihollow when the tone is rolled off. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $1,356<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The chunky 24 3/4–inch-scale mahogany neck is deep but not wide in the hand, with enough mass to transfer rich blasts of volume and resonance into the loud-ringing mahogany body.</p> <p>Pulling the tone pot taps the neck pickup into single-coil mode, ideal for blues, classic rock and old-time jazz tonalities. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Mirroring Alex Skolnick’s vast musical range and evolved taste, the economical ESP’s LTD AS-1FM LB signature guitar is a true multi-genre instrument that’s capable of delivering world-class acoustic response, impressive volume and versatility. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script><object id="myExperience3578119067001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3578119067001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The first is the LTD “Ride the Lightning” limited-edition guitar. It was created to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Metallica’s second album, which was released July 27, 1984. It features a graphic finish that mimics the cover art of that iconic album. </p> <p>“ESP and Metallica’s guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have a relationship that goes back more than two decades,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of ESP. “Last year, we successfully released a limited-edition guitar for the 30-year anniversary of their first album, <em>Kill ‘Em All</em>. We are happy to offer another new Metallica-focused guitar for serious players, collectors, and fans.”</p> <p>ESP plans to produce only 300 of the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> models worldwide, making each one a highly sought-after collectible due to its relative rarity. </p> <p>Its features include an alder body with maple neck (bolt-on construction) at 25.5” scale, and an ebony fingerboard with 24 XJ frets. EMG 60 (neck) and EMG 81 (bridge) active pickups are included, along with TOM bridge and string-thru-body design. The guitar also features a Metallica logo fingerboard inlay, and each guitar includes an ESP form-fit case with the Metallica logo, and a certificate of authenticity. </p> <p><em>Ride the Lightning</em> helped establish Metallica as serious contenders in the metal arena and led to their major label signing later in 1984. Some of the now-classic songs on that album include "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fade to Black” and "Creeping Death.”</p> <p>More info on the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> model will be forthcoming!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> ESP ESP Guitars Metallica Summer NAMM 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21857 at Take ESP Guitars' ESP USA Factory Tour — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Thanks to this just-posted video, you can take a tour of ESP's new ESP USA factory, which is in North Hollywood, California. </p> <p>You also can see how the company's new ESP USA models are built by hand by experienced luthiers. </p> <p>The music in the video is by <a href="">KXM, featuring George Lynch.</a></p> <p>For more about ESP USA, visit <a href=""></a>. For more about the new factory and the models being produced there, <a href="">head in this general direction.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> ESP ESP Guitars ESP USA Videos News Tue, 13 May 2014 17:56:24 +0000 Guitar World Staff 21243 at Video: The Making of ESP's "Ghost Soldier" Custom Shop Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>The ESP Custom Shop has posted a fascinating time-lapse video of a guitar — the "Ghost Soldier" — being built.</p> <p>In the clip, you'll see the start-to-finish creation of the guitar in the ESP Custom Shop in Tokyo, Japan. </p> <p>The "Ghost Soldier," which was created by master luthier Masao Ohmuro, shows off the detail and intricacy involved in a handmade ESP custom model. </p> <p>For more about the ESP Custom Shop, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>In other ESP news, the company has announced that its new North Hollywood, California, factory will open in 2014. the factory, which will be company's first-ever US-based factory, will produce a new line of ESP USA guitars. This new brand will be added to ESP’s existing worldwide brands, including ESP, LTD and the new E-II series, also coming in 2014.</p> <p>For more on this story, <a href="">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="385" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> ESP ESP Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:17:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli 19812 at ESP Guitars 2014 Gear Preview Booklet Available for Free as Part of Guitar World App <!--paging_filter--><p>ESP Guitars' new 2014 gear preview booklet is now available for free as part of the <em>Guitar World</em> app at the <a href="">Apple Newsstand</a>. </p> <p>You don’t have to subscribe to get it. The ESP gear preview booklet is free to anyone who has the GW app!</p> <p>You can check out the cover below.</p> <p>For more about ESP Guitars, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-13%20at%202.45.56%20PM.png" width="620" height="801" alt="Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 2.45.56 PM.png" /></p> ESP ESP Guitars News Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:55:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20722 at