Last week we told you a bit about Schecter’s new guitar offerings for the coming year, and I’d thought they had a lot – turns out ESP’s roster has grown even more considerably, and with far crazier new shapes and a slew of new signature models.
1. Gary Holt Signature
Having replaced Jeff Hanneman (who also had a signature guitar with ESP) in Slayer, he was a shoo-in for a signature axe. They look appropriately bloody.
2. Javier Reyes Signature
Say what you will about his brand-hopping, Javier Reyes was gettin’ himself a damn signature. And he’s earned it – playing second fiddle to Tosin Abasi is like being sidekick to Batman – a fuck ton of difficult work with not as much recognition as you deserve. I think it’s a little weird looking myself, but it certainly is distinct, unique, and recognizable, so score one for branding (and isn’t that the point?)
3. New Gus G, Will Adler, and Andy James models
Basically just minor updates to their previous signature editions. Lookin’ good, but not much to report.
4. FRX and Arrow Available as LTD Models
I first saw the violin-like FRX body shape at last year’s NAMM, available as an ESP model, but now it and the Rhodes-esque Arrow are available as more affordable LTD versions. Sort of an extreme shape, but it evokes a classical style and so retains a familiar feeling.
Like I said, there’s a lot of other stuff coming out that might be of interest to you, so be sure to see it on the official site. You can also expect some in-depth coverage of the full ESP lineup from us at this year’s NAMM 2015 in just a few short weeks.