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NAMM2017 ESP has always been known as the company who creates great custom instruments for our family of artists, and in some cases, allows people to get the guitars and basses that the artists design. For 2017, we have some great new Signature Series choices from some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. Check the rundown below, which includes links to full specs and some killer interviews on the gear direct from the source! Contact our sales staff at sales@themusiczoo.com or call 516-626-9292 to pre-order yours today!

Bill Kelliher of the widely-respected American rock band Mastodon joined the ESP artist family in 2016. For 2017, we’re proud to debut the LTD Bill Kelliher Sparrowhawk, which offers set-thru construction at 24.75” scale, with mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and Kelliher’s Lace Sensor Divinator signature pickups. The Sparrowhawk is being offered in Military Green Sunburst Satin finish. View a video rundown from ESP here:

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Brand new to the ESP endorsement roster is Brian “Head” Welch, a guitarist and co-founder of the influential nu-metal group Korn. His signature model, the LTD SH-7ET, is a 7-string guitar providing the latest in technologies that include the innovative EverTune constant tension bridge and Fishman Fluence pickups. The neck-thru-body design has a flamed maple top over its basswood body, a 3-piece maple neck with ebony fingerboard and glow-in-the-dark side dots, and it comes in See Thru Purple finish. View a video rundown from ESP here:

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Another recent addition to the ESP roster is Lars Frederiksen of the seminal punk rock band Rancid. His first ESP Signature Series guitar is the LTD Volsung, a set-neck model based on the Viper body style. It includes the artist’s own Seymour Duncan Lars Signature pickups, Gotoh tuners, and TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and comes in a killer Danish Camo Satin finish. View a video rundown from ESP here.

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Another new signature is for Kirk Hammett , who needs no introduction. The KH Demonology is black with a new daemonic art pattern throughout the body in white lettering. Full specs can be found here:

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We’re also announcing new and updated signature models for other musicians on the roster. These include the LTD GH-600NT, a new version of the popular model for Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece.

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Frank Bello, bassist of Anthrax, has updated his Signature Series offerings with the ESP Frank Bello Jazz and LTD FB-J4.

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Rob Caggiano, guitarist for the popular Danish metal band Volbeat, has updates for his signature guitars with the ESP Rob Caggiano QM and LTD RC-600QM. Both models feature quilted maple tops and silver accent colors.

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Finally, another ESP artist getting his first-ever signature bass is John Campbell of Lamb of God, whose LTD JC-4FM is based on the Stream body style.

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