These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the Holiday 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).
Alex Skolnick is among a few guitarists who have achieved multigenre success and acclaim, first as a wild young gun with the iconic metal thrash band Testament, and then as a tasteful and technically impressive jazzbo with the Alex Skolnick Trio.
Thanks to this just-posted video, you can take a tour of ESP's new ESP USA factory, which is in North Hollywood, California. You also can see how the company's new ESP USA models are built by hand. The music in the video is by KXM, featuring George Lynch.
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.
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.