Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu Give You the “Here’s Why My Signature Guitar Rocks” Sales Pitch

Jackson Guitars know what’s up: Coreys are dreamy. Ever since those Lost Boys got a License to Drive you’d Dream a Little Dream that would leave you Blown Away. But Jackson’s favorite Corey isn’t Haim or Feldman, it’s Beaulieu. That’s why they teamed up with the Trivium guitarist to release a signature variation of the company’s King V last year (that’s King “Vee” by the way, not King “Five”).

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He has a 6 and a 7 string version with no tone knob, an unfinished neck, Seymour Duncan Blackouts pickups (the pluralization of that pickup title always weirds me out, because it remains even when you’re referring to individual models), and this… um, distinctive cutout on the back in Beaulieu of the standard V. I’ve never been a pointy guitar guy, but what do you guys think of it? It kind of reminds me of an evil overlord’s scepter on a bad kids’ cartoon.

Meanwhile, Frank Bello, the most enthusiastic guy in thrash metal, wants to give you the lowdown on his ESP signature bass, which also comes in a less expensive LTD variant. He doesn’t go into a lot of detail but it’s an alder bass with a maple neck and ebony fretboard. Most of Frank’s excitement is channeled towards how much he loves the EMG PJX pickups in there.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.