ESP Previews New Models, New USA Factory!

espthumbIt’s no secret that ESP has been planning to hugely revamp their line in 2014, with the roll-out of the new E-II brand, new signature models and other fun stuff. They’ve just dropped a whole bunch of new models onto their website for us to drool over ahead of NAMM, and many of them sport some pretty damn tasty Seymour Duncan pickups, like the Mystique FR with a Custom 5 in the bridge position and ’59 at the neck. But some of the biggest news is that ESP is opening its own USA factory this year! It’s in North Hollywood, and here’s what ESP President Matt Masciandaro has to say about it: “This is a significant milestone for ESP. For years there has been a demand for a domestic factory, allowing us to create guitars that are 100% made in the USA. Weʼre very excited about the new opportunities for ESP dealers, and new choices for our customers.” Read More …

Alex Skolnick Joins The ESP Family

alexespTestament’s Alex Skolnick has just announced that he’s joined forces with ESP Guitars for a new signature model. Available in January 2014, the ESP Alex Skolnick EC and the LTD AS-600 will be offered in two finishes: Silver Sunburst (SSB) and Lemonburst (LB). Based on ESPʼs popular Eclipse body style, the guitars feature a set-neck design at 24.75” scale, with a full-thickness mahogany body, mahogany neck, a custom headstock, rosewood fingerboard with custom inlays, Grover tuners, TonePros locking TOM bridge with stop tailpiece, and an Alex Skolnick signature Seymour Duncan pickup set.

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INTERVIEW: Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan

one-of-us-is-the-killerThe Revolver magazine Golden Gods awards are always a huge highlight on the metal calendar. It’s a chance for the heavy music community to get together over a few drinks – okay, a lot of drinks – remember a few fallen comrades (this year’s event took place just hours after the announcement of the death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hannemann) and to just generally celebrate heaviness in the same way that the mainstream music celebrates itself at the Grammys, or the film industry celebrates itself at the Oscars, or the theatre scene does with the Tonys. Of course, with the exception of the Bret Michaels incident a few years ago, the typical Tonys telecast doesn’t involve screaming, or bleeding copiously from the head – which is what happened when Dillinger Escape Plan took the stage at this year’s Golden Gods, with the added bonus of fire. Lots of it. “Aaha. There was certainly a lot of confused faces in the crowd,” laughs guitarist Ben Weinman. “I think that’s why they asked us to do the job.” Read More …

MUSIKMESE: ESP shakes things up with E-II range

This has been rumoured for a few months, but now it’s a reality: From 2014, the only guitars to bear the ESP name will be Japanese Custom Shop models. The Standard series will come to an end and the new (and continuing) guitar models will be named E-II.

ESP has plenty of great pics on their Facebook, but here are a couple of teasers. I gotta say, this 8-string is reeeeeeally doing it for me. If you’re here in Australia, keep an eye on Bmusic for all the new models.

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LTD Bela Lugosi’s Tales From The Grave guitar

ESP Guitars will release a Limited Edition Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave LTD Guitar in November. It’ll be signed by both Bela Lugosi, Jr. and the artwork designer Kerry Gammill, publisher of Monsterverse Entertainment.
LTD will only make 325 of these made, complete with a limited edition coffin case. Get in quick or Kirk Hammett will buy them all. Might I suggest you preorder from the fine folks at bMusic?
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BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE ELECTRIC GUITAR & COFFIN CASE!

(LOS ANGELES) ESP Guitars is coming out with a limited edition LTD Dracula Bela Lugosi Dracula Guitar. There will be only 325 of these made Worldwide. They come with a limited edition killer coffin case as well.

This guitar will be featured at Comic-Con International 2012 (SDCC 2012) in San Diego this July and will be heavily publicized by ESP in Premier Guitar Magazine in the October issue.

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