November 2014
ESP Proudly Sponsors “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas”… Enter for a Chance to See It!

“Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas” is a Broadway-style show that premiers November 4 at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, IL. And now, we’d like to give you and a guest a chance to see it too! The play tells the story of a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are long over. This classic story of a battle between evil and the Christmas spirit was created by none other than Dee Snider, the famed singer from Twisted Sister who has since gone on to achieve fame in acting, screenwriting, and as a radio personality. Dee also stars in the show, and we’d like a lucky ESP community member to see it live and in-person! The winner will receive two roundtrip plane tickets, and two nights of deluxe hotel accommodations in downtown Chicago within walking distance to the theater, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner during your stay. The winner will also get the full VIP Dee Snider Experience, with premium seating in the first two rows of the theatre, a meet-and-greet opportunity with creator/ star/rock legend Dee Snider, along with photos and autograph signings.
Knotfest 2014: An ESP Extravaganza

Over the weekend before Halloween, we got to hang out in San Bernardino at Knotfest, the concert festival created by the members of Slipknot. But what we really liked to see was the number of ESP players at this festival! Check it out… there was Frank Bello of Anthrax, pulverizing people with his ESP Signature Series bass. Testament blew people’s minds, with Alex Skolnick also playing his own ESP Signature Series guitar. Were there more ESP and LTD signature players there? How about Mark Heylmun and Danny Kenny from Suicide Silence, or Alex Wade, Gabe Crisp, Ben Savage, and Zach Householder from Whitechapel, or Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver, or Rob Caggiano of Volbeat? As if that weren’t enough ESP insanity, Knotfest also included ESP players like Brian Eschbach (The Black Dahlia Murder), Mitch Harris (Napalm Death), Alan Ashby and Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men), and Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel (Atreyu). Take a look at the photo gallery of ESP players taking Knotfest by storm at the link below.
Guitar World Reviews the ESP USA Eclipse

One of the highlights of this year at ESP has been the establishment of our first-ever USA-based factory, created with the sole purpose of crafting our ESP USA instruments. Three models have been made available so far: the USA Horizon, the USA M-III, and the subject of a review in Guitar World Magazine’s special Holiday 2014 issue, the USA Eclipse. Editor Paul Riario says, “The overall features of the Eclipse USA present a familiar formula—figured maple top, mahogany neck and chambered body, dual humbuckers, 24 3/4–inch scale, and so on—but several details make this model stand out from the usual classic clone. The “set-thru” neck joint is particularly impressive, featuring contours that smoothly and seamlessly bring the neck and body together as if they were one continuous piece of wood. The ebony fretboard, 22 extra jumbo frets, 12-inch radius and thin U-shape neck profile provide the fast action and silky playability today’s players demand.” Visit the link below to read the review snippet and watch Paul’s video demo of this outstanding high-end guitar!
Exodus Returns with New Album, Video

Formed in 1980, Exodus is widely acknowledged as the band that started the entire genre of music we call thrash metal. For their tenth studio album release (and their first in over four years), Exodus proves why their legendary status in the heavy music world is so well deserved. Check out the new official music video for "Blood In, Blood Out", the title track from the new album on Nuclear Blast Records, and note that both guitarists in the band are rocking ESP and LTD. Gary Holt, who has a signature series guitar forthcoming, is seen playing an ESP RZK-II Burnt as well as an LTD EC-1000FR, while Lee Altus brutalizes his ESP V Series.


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ESP Community Points Rewards

If you have yet to start taking advantage of ESP’s Community Member Points Rewards system, no worries: a fresh points contest starts at the beginning of each month. What’s the benefit to you? The top ten point earners for each moth will get a download code for six months of free online guitar or bass lessons from Dangerous Guitar. The top five point earners will win a package of “ESP Swag”, like shirts, hats, banners, and more. But wait… the #1 point earner each month will win an LTD guitar! All registered members of the ESP community worldwide are eligible to win. Start building your points now!