Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015, ESP Guitars (NAMM Booth 213D) has unveiled a batch of exciting new artist Signature Series guitars and basses at NAMM.
“ESP has been synonymous with artist signature guitars since the very beginning,” says ESP director of artist relations and product management Chris Cannella. “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.”
Three new models are being created for ESP artist Gary Holt of the legendary thrash band 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. Another new addition to the ESP artist family, Javier Reyes of respected prog-metallers Animals as Leaders, is debuting the LTD JR-608/QM and the LTD JR-208.
A small selection of some of the new models
Both are 8-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. Also new to the ESP roster, jazz/fusion great Bunny Brunel is introducing the LTD BB-1004/QM and LTD BB-1005FL/QM.
Respective 4-string and 5-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.
A number of current ESP artists have also had additions and updates to their signature instruments. Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) is debuting four new models: the ESP Gus G/EC, ESP Gus G/RS, LTD GUS-200, and LTD GUS-200EC. These updated models are now available in Black Satin finish, and feature contrasting white pickup covers.
Will Adler 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. Respected shredder Andy James helped design the 7-string LTD AJ-7, while new and updated basses are being made available for Frank Bello of Anthrax (the 8-string LTD FB-208 and LTD FB-204), War/ PHILM bassist Pancho Tomaselli (the redesigned LTD PT-4), and Gabe Crisp (Whitechapel) with the GC-P4. Finally, other signature series models are returning to LTD’s affordable “200 Series”, including the Kirk Hammett (Metallica) KH-202 and KH-202 Left Handed, Michael Paget (Bullet for My Valentine) MP-200V, Tom Araya (Slayer) TA-200, and Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) SC-207 and SC-208.
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