Metallica's James Hetfield recently visited Guitar Center in San Francisco. The guitarist, who sat in the store's "little room," shared stories about his early fears, becoming a musician and rising to fame. He even played some guitar!
The Guitar World crew visited the ESP Guitars room at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. We were introduced to several new guitars from the company, including the new Alex Skolnick models from both ESP and LTD, plus the brand-new ESP USA series, which includes the Eclipse, Horizon and other models.
ESP Guitars has announced that its new ESP Original and E-II brands will become available in the U.S. in 2014. The availability of ESP Original and E-II brands in the U.S. allows the company to have a consistent set of products available around the world, something that ESP customers have requested for years.
The "Ghost Soldier" guitar was created by master luthier Masao Ohmuro. Two years after enrolling in ESP's Guitar Craft Academy in 1990, Ohmuro was asked to stay on as instructor. He continued teaching and began building and repairing guitars for ESP shops and artists.
The ESP Custom Shop has posted a fascinating time-lapse video of a guitar — the "Ghost Soldier" — being built. In the clip, you'll see the start-to-finish creation of the guitar in the ESP Custom Shop in Tokyo, Japan.