Luthier Spotlight: ESP Custom Shop Guitars by Master Luthier Masao Ohmuro
It shows a custom guitar, the Ghost Soldier, being built from start to finish.
The Ghost Soldier guitar was created by master ESP luthier Masao Ohmuro. Two years after enrolling in ESP's Guitar Craft Academy in 1990, Ohmuro was asked to stay on as an instructor. He continued teaching and began building and repairing guitars for ESP shops and artists.
In the photo gallery below, you can check out more of Ohmuro's designs. If you have a favorite, tell us in the comments or on Facebook. All of the guitar descriptions were written by Ohmuro.
For more about the ESP Custom Shop, visit espguitars.com/pages/custom-shop.
In other ESP news, the company recently announced that its new North Hollywood, California, factory will open in early 2014. The facility, 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 brands, including ESP, LTD and the E-II series, also coming in 2014.
For more on this story, head here.
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Orihalcon is made from a metal used in the lost city of Atlantis. The concept on this guitar was that it’s a legendary guitar that sank into the sea with Atlantis, and it was salvaged many years later.
This guitar is an image of Shinigami (god of death) slashing a scythe direct into the body. This god of death shows his face through the cyclone that has formed a crack spread throughout the body, and he seems ready to cut someone’s neck at any moment. The scythe is angled to penetrate diagonally through the body.
Shinigami and RV Snake are "brothers" made with with a similar type of concept.
Sakoku features a bullet hole in the guitar body in three dimensions. This custom guitar was named Dankon ("bullet mark" in English). The original image came from the Japanese Edo era, the Shogunate, the “national seclusion”(Sakoku in Japanese) and Admiral Perry’s visit to Japan to open up the seclusion.
The basic concept of this guitar is European medieval culture in the early Edo era. A Japanese person named Amakusa Shiro was a Christian who led a rebellion against the oppression of Christians by the Tokugawa shogunate. The body shape, a cross broken right and left, is from the image of the sea in the story of the 10 Commandments. This art expresses the resurrection of the charisma of an old era from a coffin enshrined in an old church.
Kizoku was built with a motif of a cross. This guitar expresses the nobility god of death who was sealed in the cross in olden days and is trying to break the cross sealing the prevention against evil. He is seeking an opportunity to get out to this world after many years.