The thrash-metal legend keeps things simple with signature ESP guitars, and a mix of analog and digital gear.

Holt's ESP LTD GH-600 in basic black sees a lot action every night and it comes loaded with EMG pickups (89R in the neck and 81 in the bridge). All of his guitars are strung with custom Dunlop .010-.050 Heavy Core strings.

(89R in the neck and 81 in the bridge)

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Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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