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ESP teams up with fine artist Dino Muradian for jaw-dropping hand-burned Pyrograph Series

ESP USA Pyrograph Series
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In what might be the most eye-catching guitar announcement of 2020 – particularly for metal players – ESP has unveiled the Pyrograph Series, a line of three electric guitars boasting ornate hand-burned artwork by fine artist Dino Muradian.

The series comprises the M-I FR-DLX Skulls & Crows, the M-II Hardtail Great Wave, and the TE-II Hardtail Snake Skin. With only 10 of each model available, these guitars are ultra-limited edition, and while their prices tags are yet to be revealed, we expect them to fully reflect this.

Each guitar in the line is built at ESP's North Hollywood, California production facility, and features a body-matched pyrograph headstock design with a mirrored ESP logo and signed certificate of authenticity.

ESP USA M-I FR-DLX Skulls & Crows

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Sporting a gothic image of piled skulls and an equally macabre flock of crows, the ESP USA M-I FR-DLX Skulls & Crows is constructed of a mahogany body and flamed maple top, and a bolt-on quarter-sawn maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard.

Electronics include a singular Seymour Duncan ’59 Custom Hybrid bridge humbucking pickup, which is controlled via a single volume knob with push-pull coil splitting functionality.

Other appointments include a Floyd Rose tremolo system with an R3 locking nut, Dunlop locking strap buttons, a two-way adjustable truss rod with graphite reinforcements, deluxe mother-of-pearl offset block inlays and black hardware.

ESP USA M-II Hardtail Great Wave

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Also sporting a mahogany body with a flamed maple top, the ESP USA M-II Hardtail Great Wave dons an awe-inspiringly intricate wave design based on The Great Wave off Kanagawa, a famous woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai.

It also features a bolt-on quarter sawn maple neck, and a 24-fret ebony fingerboard with abalone dot inlays.

This guitar features a Seymour Duncan HH pickup configuration, with Sentient model in the neck position and a Pegasus in the bridge. These are controlled via singular volume and tone knobs and a three-way selector switch. Push-pull functionality is also available on the tone knob.

Other features include a Hipshot fixed bridge, Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners, an extra thin U neck profile and Dunlop locking strap pins.

ESP USA TE-II Hardtail Snake Skin

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ESP describes this one as potentially “the most badass limited edition guitar ever made”. With a design based – rather convincingly – on the skin pattern of a boa constrictor, the ESP USA TE-II Hardtail Snake Skin boasts a mahogany body, though this time with a quilted maple top.

Completing its construction is a bolt-on thin U-shaped quarter sawn maple neck and 22-fret ebony fingerboard with offset abalone dot inlays.

This guitar is equipped with a Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special set of humbuckers, which can be controlled via master volume and tone knobs and a three-way selector switch.

Other features include a Hipshot fixed bridge, Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners, chrome hardware and Dunlop locking strap button.

For more information on the Pyrograph Series, head to ESP Guitars (opens in new tab).

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).