Congrats to Tony Rodrigues, Musicians Institute 2022 ESP Scholarship Winner

Congrats to Tony Rodrigues, Musicians Institute 2022 ESP Scholarship Winner

Put your hands together for Tony Rodrigues, the recipient of the prestigious 2022 ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute. In recognition for his efforts, this young guitarist from Brazil has been awarded by ESP, MI, and The Musicians Foundation with a scholarship prize that includes an LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Piezo in See Thru Black.

Tony arrived at MI with seven years of playing experience, stating that, "After many years of searching, MI was the place that offered the best opportunities to study and to enter the music industry.” Upon learning of his ESP scholarship award, Tony shared that "This scholarship represents a valuable recognition of my work as a guitarist, and gives me more opportunity and support to achieve my goal."

The EC-1000 Piezo is one of the most innovative and versatile guitars in the LTD Deluxe Series. It includes both standard magnetic pickups as well as a completely separate piezo pickup system, with a mini toggle switch to select between the standard pickup set -- the excellent Seymour Duncan ’59 and JB -- and a Fishman Powerbridge and Tailpiece, or even combine them both. This level of sonic flexibility continues to the guitar's dual output jacks, allowing you to route the pickups to different combinations of amplifiers or interfaces onstage for live performances or in the studio for recording sessions. The EC-1000 PIEZO offers a great-looking quilted maple top on its mahogany body.

Tony's goals at MI are pretty clear. He says, "I want to contribute to the music industry and be recognized as an artist writing my own songs and music as well as being able to play for some big artist(s) while I continue to improve my career in the modern social media world." Congrats to him from all of us at ESP!

Dioer D.

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Frederick B.

Congrats Tony!  We expect to see some videos playing that awesome guitar.  The Piezo pickups will give you creative flexibility, so we wait to see some awesome compositions! \m/