Widely known as Madonna's guitar player, Monte Pittman is a highly respected musician who also shines as a solo artist on Metal Blade Records. We're happy to announce that Monte has now joined ESP's acclaimed artist endorsee roster.
“We are completely stoked to have Monte performing and recording with ESP,” says ESP director of artist relations Chris Cannella. “As a guitar player who takes on serious high-profile gigs and whose music spans multiple genres, Monte is a fantastic representative for our ESP and ESP E-II brands.”
“ESP have a wide variety of guitars for any of your needs. They look amazing, sound massive, and are some of the finest constructed guitars I've ever played,” says Pittman. “I'm looking forward to our future together as they help me take my guitar playing, songwriting, and live performance to the next level."
Monte Pittman moved from Texas to LA at the turn of the century to work as a professional musician. Soon after, he began giving guitar lessons. One of his first students was Madonna. A month after her first lesson, he was invited to join her onstage at the David Letterman Show to promote her album Music. He has since played guitar on all of Madonna’s live tours and albums. He also shares writing credits on some of her songs, and was the guitarist during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. Pittman is also known for performing, writing, and recording with the influential metal band Prong.
Pittman’s successful solo career has seen his first acoustic album The Deepest Dark listed in best-selling acoustic album charts, and his second rock album Pain, Love & Destiny made iTunes’ Top 200. Most recently, he signed to Metal Blade Records and released his latest album The Power of Three, marking his return to heavy music. Produced by famed Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen, the album also features fellow ESP player Alex Skolnick (Testament) as a guest artist on the track "All Is Fair In Love And War". Pittman has also recently appeared in a demo video for ESP’s new E-II FRX guitar.