“The first guitar that I really fell in love with was a Les Paul – going to Gibson felt very full circle because that’s where I started”: Mark Morton on his future with the guitar giant, his enviable vintage collection and touring with Pantera

Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton poses with a Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: Gibson)

In September 2022, Gibson’s social media accounts shared the news of yet another high-profile endorsee joining ranks. Business as usual, then, were it not for this particular guitarist’s longstanding relationship with Jackson – a partnership that spawned a whole line of Dominion signature models. The artist in question, of course, was Lamb of God co-founder Mark Morton – whose guitar work over the last two decades has shaped the sound of modern metal and inspired waves of new bands in the process. 

But when we put it to him that the news came as a bit of a shock, given that he’d been wielding Jackson guitars pretty for the entirety of his band’s career, he explained how switching over to Gibson felt very much like coming home...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).