ESP USA LIMITED EDITION
Created as a collaboration between the luthiers at the ESP USA Shop in California and fine artist Dumitru “Dino” Muradian, the limited-edition ESP USA Pyrograph Series takes advantage of Muradian’s innovative and completely unique technique in burning highly-detailed artwork into wood, known as pyrography. The artwork on each of these guitars is hand-created by Muradian, and quantities of these models will be limited to only 10 of each as a result.
Three guitars in this collection are being made available: the ESP USA M-I FR-DLX Skulls & Crows, the ESP USA M-II HARDTAIL Great Wave, and the ESP USA TE-II HARDTAIL Snake Skin. Each guitar starts as a handcrafted instrument built by the experienced luthiers at ESP USA’s North Hollywood, CA facility, using the finest tonewoods and components. The ESP USA Pyrograph Series guitars offer a mahogany body with flamed maple top as the canvas for Muradian’s artwork. Then, under magnifying lenses, the artist painstakingly creates each of the pieces of musical instrument art with an unprecedented level of depth, dimension, texture, and expression in each piece. The artwork is situated on both the body and the headstock of the guitar, taking advantage of each instrument's unique dimensions to produce artwork that perfectly complements its shape.
Dino Muradian started his lifelong focus on pyrographic art in 1965 in his native Romania. Departing the country amidst political turmoil in 1983, he eventually emigrated to the USA. Soon thereafter, he established himself as a serious artist by doing impressive woodburned portraits and reproductions, but soon realized that the limitations of typical tools like standard soldering irons wouldn’t allow him to do his best work, so he created his own unique pyrography tool that he could apply in different positions for intricate shading and other precise techniques. The new limited-edition ESP USA Pyrograph Series is not the first time Dino has worked with ESP. He has created artwork on a number of customized ESP guitar models going back to the 1990s, and his acclaimed earlier work includes a wood burned version of the George Lynch Skulls & Snakes signature model, as well as an EX-shaped deer skull motif he created for Metallica’s James Hetfield.
To purchase one of the limited-edition ESP USA Pyrograph Series models, view our list of participating dealers and distributors at the bottom of this page.
M-I FR-DLX Skulls & Crows
Made at the ESP USA facility in Southern California, this M-I FR-DLX features a detailed, desolate landscape of piled skulls and black crows, hand-burned into the guitar’s surface by artist Dino Muradian. 10 available worldwide.
M-II HARDTAIL Great Wave
Known as the most recognizable work of Japanese art in the world, the iconic Great Wave is hand-burned by artist Dino Muradian with extraordinary detail into this high-end M-II model created by our ESP USA luthiers. 10 available worldwide.
TE-II HARDTAIL Snake Skin
Detailed, hand-created artwork of a boa constrictor snake skin design is burned into this world-class ESP USA guitar’s body and headstock by artist Dino Muradian, making it one of the coolest TE guitars ever created. 10 available worldwide.