the banishment

George Lynch primarily used his signature ESP Super V on the upcoming album with the Banishment. This ESP T-Style is one of his other main guitars.

Photo by Sebastien Paquet

The ’80s shred icon opens up about his new industrial-metal trio, the Banishment, trying to avoid old crutches, and seeking out new sounds—including by miking speakers inside ammo boxes and trash cans.

As the lead guitarist of platinum-selling hard rockers Dokken and with his solo group Lynch Mob, George Lynch was one of the most influential and visible guitarists of the 1980s. It's no stretch to say that Lynch played an integral role in defining the sound and aesthetic of the '80s shred guitar hero. He was the first major player to have a line of artist models with ESP Guitars when they initially hit the scene, his charismatic stage presence and look were often copied by hordes of fledgling shredders at the peak of the gunslinger guitarist movement, and his signature instrumental feature, “Mr. Scary," off Dokken's 1987 album, Back for the Attack, is still cited by many as one of the most vital documents of '80s rock guitar.

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