Watch Jason Richardson shred in honor of Alexi Laiho after buying his signature ESP V

Jason Richardson and Alexi Laiho
(Image credit: Jason Richardson/Instagram / RONI REKOMAA/LEHTIKUVA/AFP via Getty Images)

On January 4, 2021, it was announced that Children of Bodom frontman and trailblazing electric guitar legend Alexi Laiho had passed away, sparking an outpouring of tributes from the music world.

At the time, Jason Richardson – just one of countless guitarists whom Laiho inspired with his world-renowned playing – offered his own voice in honor of Laiho, writing that without his influence, “I wouldn’t have become the player I am now.”

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.