Check out Gary Holt’s new Hutchinson-customized ESP!


Gary Holt recently posted photos of a new guitar on his Instagram, commenting: 

‘The sickest collaboration ever between myself, @espguitars and the insane skills of @hutchinsonguitars, to create a six string medieval woodcut guitar!!! 

Hutchinson: Gary contacted me over a year ago, after seeing some of my Viking and Medieval concepts. He had the great idea of doing a medieval woodcut carved on the guitar. I came up with some designs, but it was put on hold until he had the right guitar from the ESP Custom shop made.

October comes round again and I receive the bare wood guitar; a super heavy custom Holt Eclipse! So I set to work to create a Medieval Satanic scene, satirically referencing the Ascension, and taking ideas from old historical Occult woodcuts. I even included a levitating cat!    

The fretboard was left plain, except for a 12th fret inlay of 666 in Roman numerals, and the ESP logo was translated into an Old English font, carved into the headstock.

It’s the most intricate guitar carving I’ve done to date. It was a balance between too much fine detail and making the Baphomet image stand out enough to be visible on stage. I think it works! The guitar is being used on the current Exodus tour.

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts accept requests for new custom concepts and designs, offering extensive modifications to existing guitars, or complete concept instruments built to the highest standard. Due to high demand, there is a reserve list that potential customers can apply to on the website 

Photos by: Thorsten Seiffert/