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ESP Guitars Announces 30th Anniversary Kirk Hammett Signature KH-3 Spider

January 11, 2021
Metallica’s graphic artist Pushead designed a spider graphic specifically for this new instrument.
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Rig Rundown: Be Well’s Mike Schleibaum

January 6, 2021
Darkest Hour's cofounding guitarist details his brand-new signature ESP V and offers up sound secrets gleaned from producer/singer Brian McTernan.
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Rig Rundown: Strike Anywhere

November 18, 2020
Matt Smith’s setup might appear frail, but his disheveled ’82 SG and a half-powered JCM800 ignites a powder keg of melodic hardcore.
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Riff Rundown: Pallbearer's "Forgotten Days"

October 11, 2020
Devin Holt dissects the doom-y vertebrae in the 7-string spine of the title track from the band's forthcoming album.
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Rig Rundown: Unearth's Ken Susi

September 30, 2020
Go inside his impressive tone bunker, fortified with silver 7-string ESP sig models, 21st-century Fishman pickups, and stacks of 5150 and JCM800 disciples.
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Refunds & Unsold Merch: Orthodox’s Austin Evans on Pandemic Pandemonium

July 23, 2020
He’d just moved two states away to join his favorite hardcore band, only to be forced to cancel a sold-out record-release party and bail halfway through a tour.
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Rig Rundown: Sharptooth’s Lance Donati and Keith Higgins

July 8, 2020
The savage hardcore duo's rig seems deceptively simple ... until you see the trio of secret weapons zip-tied to the back of their Bogners.
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Wrath Reborn: Lamb of God's Willie Adler, Mark Morton & John Campbell

May 28, 2020
Despite parting ways with founding drummer (and brother) Chris Adler and the uncertain fate of a summer tour with Megadeth, the trio discusses their eponymous 10th LP’s triumphant declaration of identity.
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Code Orange: Attack of the Sonic Cyborgs

April 30, 2020
The outrageous guitar assault of Reba Meyers and Dominic Landolina on the band’s new Underneath explosively combines the analog and the digital—yet honors the heavy throb of hardcore’s beating heart.
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ESP Guitars Factory Tour

March 30, 2020
PG’s Perry Bean takes you behind the scenes to witness the care and passion put into the Tokyo outfit’s custom and production axes alike.
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ESP Guitars Unveils Phase III of New Models for 2020

January 8, 2020
The newly launched models include the '87 Series, and signature axes from Nergal of Behemoth, Javier Reyes, and Stephen Carpenter.
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Korn’s Head and Munky on Coping with Tragedy Through 7-Strings

January 2, 2020
It’s been 25 years since the downtuned guitar duo helped pioneer a sonic path that changed metal. Here they reveal how dealing with the loss of heroes and friends informed their 13th studio album, The Nothing.
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ESP Guitars Unveils Phase Two of New Models for 2020

December 18, 2019
The latest batch includes new basses, updated SN models, and three new LTD 200s.
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KXM's Songs from the Pressure Cooker

December 3, 2019
George Lynch and dUg Pinnick reveal how the band wrote and tracked 12 songs in 12 days to create their latest album, Circle of Dolls.
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ESP Guitars Unveils First Batch of 2020 Models

November 22, 2019
Check out the first 15 models that the company is rolling out for 2020.
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Alexi Laiho: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

June 18, 2019
The “Wildchild” brings back his neoclassical influences and takes a catchier songwriting approach on Children of Bodom’s 10th studio release, Hexed.
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Rig Rundown: Architects

June 12, 2019
Check out the digital stomps, profiling amps, and modern pickups the U.K. metalcore warriors use to ignite mosh pits across the globe.
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ESP Introduces Six New LTD 400 Series Models

June 7, 2019
All six of the new models have pro-quality components from makers such as Seymour Duncan, EMG, Grover, and Floyd Rose.
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No-Brainer Mods 2019!

April 11, 2019
Three entry-level axes and the DIY projects that turn them into secret weapons for the stage and studio.
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NAMM '19 - ESP LTD RM-600 Reba Meyers Signature Viper Demo

January 25, 2019
Reba Meyers, guitarist for hardcore outfit Code Orange, demos her new signature Viper model.
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