It was sometime in the mid '80s that guitar hero George Lynch was on tour in Japan and happened across a little-known manufacturer of custom guitars. That company was ESP, a company that now boasts guitar titans like James Hetfield, Jeff Hanneman, Alexi Laiho -- and yes, still George Lynch -- among its roster of users.
As part of a whole slew of new products being introduced at this year's Winter NAMM, ESP has unveiled two new signature models for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the ESP Jeff Hanneman EC and the LTD JH-600EC.
In honor of 25 years of partnership, ESP is launching a brand new line of Kirk Hammett signature guitars, including the KH-DC, LTD KH-DC, and LTD KH-25, just three of ESP's 19 new products featured at this year's Winter NAMM.
Guitar World's Paul Riario review the ESP AC30E QM acoustic-electric guitar, a grand auditorium cutaway acoustic-electric with quilted maple top, back and sides, as well as a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard and bridge.