TESTAMENT and former TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK announces his brand new signature model guitar from ESP Guitars.
“When ESP offered to build my signature instrument, I admit being a tad skeptical, for two reasons: First, in recent years, I’ve become a vintage guitar enthusiast, with standards that are tough for any manufacturers to live up to, especially those whose history begins after 1970. Second, what was being promised was a tall order: a new guitar bearing the same traditional quality I’d grown accustomed to, but with a fresh feel, a modern aesthetic, options for variation and greater durability. I’m thrilled to report that the project has succeeded on all counts.”
“When the guitar first arrived, there was no question it was beautiful. Plugging it in, it sounded great. But not wishing to rest on the initial reaction alone, I began to put the instrument through rigorous challenges. First, there were blindfold tests: someone would hand me the guitar, alternating with my vintage Les Pauls and my previous signature model by Heritage, based on the Les Paul and built in the original Gibson factory (a fine instrument but somewhat ‘locked in’ design-wise and extremely difficult to acquire, even for me). While I won’t say that they all felt exactly the same – even identical models have their own individual personalities – I will say that the new ESP felt instantly in the same league, easily qualifying for a seat at the table. At that point, I knew it was safe to move onto the next phase.”
To read more of what Alex had to say about his signature model ESP, visit his official blog.