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    Five New Guitar Models Available from ESP, E-II and LTD



    At the end of 2020, which had already been a challenging year for everyone, we received the news that ESP signature artist Alexi Laiho had passed away. This was a terrible blow to many of us at ESP who had grown to become personal friends with this thoughtful, kind, loyal, and incredibly talented guitarist whose impact on modern metal cannot be overstated. Alexi first joined the ESP artist roster in 2002 as an outstanding up-and-coming musician, and by 2006, we’d introduced our first Alexi Laiho Signature Series guitars.

    Over the year previous to his death, we’d been working closely with Alexi on the creation of the first new models to add to his Signature Series in more than seven years. Alexi was very excited about these new guitars, which he helped design in conjunction with ESP, and he’d already begun using his new ESP Custom Shop models in recording and live shows with his band Bodom After Midnight. It was very important to him that we also offer these new models in our LTD Signature Series, providing a more affordable option for guitarists and fans all over the world.

    Alexi’s prominence as one of the most important figures in guitar playing continues with these five new additions to his Signature Series. These new models are all guitars that both honor Alexi Laiho’s legacy and allow his tremendous musical influence to continue on players of today and tomorrow.



    https://www.espguitars.com/pages/ale...VkFkDUhXPnJOUM

    #2
    Aah, a little good ol' fashioned postmortem profiteering.

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      #3
      Dig these more than the last few he's put out but I may be biased as a purple fan lol.

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        #4
        Semi related has anyone see the Roope Latvala interview from this year? Pretty depressing... (His sig. guitars were seriously cool)

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          #5
          Like I said in the Official MetalMusicians.org Discord Channel™ I hope his family is getting a nice chunk out of this.

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            #6
            Other than the inlays, I think these look pretty cool. Normal sharkies would look better.

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              #7
              These were already in the works before Alexi died, so it doesn't seem exploitive to produce them. It's a bit like Jackson producing the Rhoads model after Randy died.

              Now, if we start having Laiho models that he had nothing to do with (ala the various later Dime guitars), then that's different.

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                #8
                Originally posted by jacksonplayer View Post
                These were already in the works before Alexi died, so it doesn't seem exploitive to produce them. It's a bit like Jackson producing the Rhoads model after Randy died.

                Now, if we start having Laiho models that he had nothing to do with (ala the various later Dime guitars), then that's different.
                Are you trying to say that Dime's Quad Cotex preset pack isn't legit bro?

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                  #9
                  A Hum/Sinlge RR? I approve!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jacksonplayer View Post
                    These were already in the works before Alexi died, so it doesn't seem exploitive to produce them. It's a bit like Jackson producing the Rhoads model after Randy died.

                    Now, if we start having Laiho models that he had nothing to do with (ala the various later Dime guitars), then that's different.
                    <Kim Goss has entered the chat>

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                      #11


                      Seriously, fuck the douches in the comments saying this lad is too thin/ill.

                      Regrettably, I've decided that I love the colour but would want an OG Jackson headstock and straight sharkies as a minimum on this thing.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Chris View Post
                        Aah, a little good ol' fashioned postmortem profiteering.
                        I don't know man.
                        They are keeping his legacy alive!

                        It's like, why do they still sell shirts, merch, albums with Motörhead, The Beatles, or ANY other bands that have most or even all members dead by now?

                        Imagine if they would "he's dead, so now we will forget about Alexi and not make any of his personally designd products"

                        Then the memory of him would fade away.

                        I wasn't a fan of Children Of Bodom per se but he was a massive influence, and this will make his music and guitars continue to inspire new guitarists to make their own music and down the road maybe create another legend (hopefully)




                        BESIDES THAT


                        I have nothing to base this on but I would BELIEVE that his family will recieve inheritence from sales. I hope so!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Dominic View Post


                          Seriously, fuck the douches in the comments saying this lad is too thin/ill.

                          Regrettably, I've decided that I love the colour but would want an OG Jackson headstock and straight sharkies as a minimum on this thing.
                          I don't have a clue who that dude is, but man he can play his ass off.

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                            #14
                            He/his band certainly like Soilwork.

                             

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chris View Post
                              He/his band certainly like Soilwork.
                              They used to be a promising thrash band (the whole band were under 20 on this release).



                              - then took a more metalcore turn with the last album

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Chris View Post

                                I don't have a clue who that dude is, but man he can play his ass off.
                                I'd not heard of him either, but thought he played great in a style more than suitable for demoing this guitar.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Markus View Post

                                  They used to be a promising thrash band (the whole band were under 20 on this release).



                                  - then took a more metalcore turn with the last album
                                  This rules. Always kind of a bummer when you find something like this and then their subsequent releases aren't quite to your taste.

                                  I remember finding this video years ago, eagerly awaiting their first full album for a couple years, and then just not gelling with it when it came out.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Hulk Krogan View Post

                                    This rules. Always kind of a bummer when you find something like this and then their subsequent releases aren't quite to your taste.
                                    Yeah, the first two albums were fast thrash, a bit immature (especially the lyrics, they're a bit cringeworthy), but cool. The third album was somewhere in between the two songs posted in this thread. I was hoping they'd stick to thrash, but add some complexity and maturity to the songwriting - but if they don't want to play thrash anymore, I guess no one can force them.

                                    An even more extreme example is Ultra-Violence, who went from this



                                    to this:

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