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Encyclopedia > ESP Guitars
ESP Guitar Company
Type private company
Genre All
Founded Tokyo, Japan, 1985
Founder Hisatake Shibuya
Headquarters 10903 Vanowen Street
Burbank, California 91605
United States
Key people Matt Masciandaro president,
Peter Trojkovic CEO
Area served Worldwide
Industry musical instruments
Products Custom Electric guitar
Electric guitar
Bass guitar
Subsidiaries LTD Guitars
Owner Hisatake Shibuya
Website [1]

ESP Company, Limited (株式会社イーエスピー Kabushiki Gaisha Ī Esu Pī?), located in North Hollywood, California, is a prominent manufacturer of electric guitars and basses, originally from Japan. The ESP Guitars logo. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tokyo ), the common English name for the Tokyo Metropolis ), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ... For the sequel to the computer game Entrepreneur, which has no article of its own, see The Corporate Machine. ... North Hollywood is a district in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... A musical instrument is a device that has been constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... North Hollywood is a district in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. ... An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ...

Contents

History

In 1975, Hisatake Shibuya opened a shop called Electric Sound Products (ESP) in Tokyo. It provided custom replacement parts for guitars. In 1976, ESP gained a reputation as a provider of high-quality replacement parts. At this time, ESP also began crafting guitars under the ESP and Navigator brand in the Japanese market. Tokyo ), the common English name for the Tokyo Metropolis ), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ...


ESP replacement parts were first introduced into the US in 1983. ESP began crafting custom instruments for local New York artists between 1984 and 1985. Among these artists were Page Hamilton of Helmet, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Bruce Kulick of KISS, and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones. At this time, ESP also introduced the 400 Series as the first production line distributed in the US. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Page Hamilton (born May 18, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is a singer, guitarist and record producer, mostly noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. ... Helmet is an African funk band formed in Guinea-Bissau by George W. Bush (vocals/dildo) with Pinochet (dildo), Osama Bin Laden (dildo) and Saddam Hussein (dildo) in September 11, 2001. ... Vernon Reid (born August 22, 1958) is a guitar player, perhaps best known as the founder and primary songwriter of hard rock group Living Colour. ... Living Colour is a hard rock band formed in New York City in 1983 by Vernon Reid. ... Bruce Kulick (born on December 12, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) was the lead guitarist for the rock band KISS from September 1984 to February 1996. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...

ESP Pointed Headstock.
ESP Pointed Headstock.

In 1986, George Lynch discovered ESP while on tour in Tokyo. Lynch walked into an ESP shop looking for a replacement neck and learned that ESP also built custom guitars. As a result, his famous ESP Kamikaze was made. ESP soon introduced the M1 Standard, MI Custom, Horizon Custom, and the Surveyor bass into the market. Image File history File links ESP-headstock-sharp. ... Image File history File links ESP-headstock-sharp. ... George Lynch (b. ... ESP Kamikaze is a guitar model distributed by ESP. The Kamikaze was created when George Lynch entered an ESP shop in Tokyo while on tour looking for a replacement neck. ...


In 1987, Kirk Hammett of Metallica discovered ESP and made his ESP KH-2 which was later released as a signature model in 1989. At this time, ESP released George Lynch's Kamikaze as its first signature model. ESP based its headquarters in a loft in downtown New York City on 19th Street. In 1989, the headquarters were moved to 48th Street near the famous music stores. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Between 1990 and 1992, ESP expanded its Signature Series as well as its standard product line. The US replacement parts business was discontinued in order to switch focus solely on the guitar and bass line as well as the custom shop.


In 1993, ESP moved its headquarters again but this time it was relocated to Los Angeles. There, ESP opened an office on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. In 1996, LTD was created to produce ESP's high-quality products in a more affordable line of production. Soon after the introduction of the Korean and Indonesian made LTD lines, ESP discontinued selling the majority of it's Japanese made flagship instruments in the United States due to the prices involved in exporting to the Americas. The lone exception was ESP's artist signature lines, which remained ESP (rather than LTD) models. In the early 2000s, ESP resumed shipping the standard Japanese manufactured lines to the United States (where they are very popular among metal and hard rock players), albeit at greatly increased prices compared to the early 90s. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Sunset Boulevard (officially known as West Sunset Boulevard, except in Beverly Hills) is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. ... ...


Similarly to Ibanez, ESP's chief competitor in Japan, ESP was initially known for making high quality and customized replicas of famous American guitars, including hot rodded Stratocasters and Gibson Explorers. The latter model (known as the EXP) shot to fame when avid ESP user James Hetfield's band Metallica became extremely popular in the early 90s. Models similar to Hetfield's black EXP even today sell for hundreds of dollars beyond the original retail price. However, just like Ibanez, when the Gibson company realized the extent to which ESP was denting into the sales of it's own guitars, it filed suit to prevent the sales of these guitars in the Americas and ESP redesigned it's lines to be less similar to the American models. “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... The Gibson Explorer (now marketed as X-plorer and Explorer Pro), made its debut in 1958, then known as the Futura. ... James Alan Hetfield (born 3 August 1963, Downey, California[1]) is the main songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist and a founding member of the American thrash/heavy metal band Metallica. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ...


In 2002, ESP was ranked among the music industry's fastest growing companies. This is largely due to the Fender buyout of Jackson Guitars, whom ESP struggled to keep up with throughout the 1980s and 1990s with. With the buyout, many Jackson endorsers switched over to ESP, due to their stunningly similar design, playability, and quality of their guitars and basses (this has ignited a feud between players, with Jackson players citing ESP as inferior and copy instruments, while ESP players say the same about Jackson). Some of these artists who left Jackson for ESP included Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Adam Darski of Behemoth, Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom, Roope Latavala of Children of Bodom, Galder of Dimmu Borgir and Silenoz of Dimmu Borgir. In recent trends however, guitarists like Mustaine, Glenn Drover, Darsky, and Rob Barret of Cannibal Corpse left ESP for another American company, Dean Guitars. The Jackson logo Jackson is a guitar manufacturer originally owned and operated by Grover Jackson, a partner of Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitar Repair. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Adam Michał Darski (born June 10, 1977), stage name Nergal, is a Polish metal musician for the blackened death metal band Behemoth. ... Alexi Wildchild Laiho (born Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho) is the guitarist of the bands Children of Bodom (where he is also the vocalist), Sinergy and Kylähullut. ... Dean Guitars is a manufacturer of musical instruments. ...


ESP introduced its Xtone line, beginning with the semi-hollow Paramount Series. In 2005, ESP celebrated its 30th Anniversary and released James Hetfield's "Truckster" into its Signature Series. In 2006, ESP showcased 22 of its newest Signature Series and Standard Series models at Winder NAMM 2006. The Standard Series models included such famous models as the ESP LTD EC-500 and the ESP LTD B-500. Among the signature artists showcasing their newest ESP models and signing autographs at the ESP booth were Dave Mustaine, George Lynch, Stephen Carpenter, Michael Wilton, and Page Hamilton. ESP James Hetfield Truckster is a guitar model distributed by ESP. The Truckster is also produced in a LTD version. ...


Manufacturing operations

In 1996, ESP started a new brand, LTD. The LTD guitars are similar to ESP guitars and more affordable. The 400 series LTDs are made on an assembly line in Korea whereas the series below 400 are made in Indonesia. LTDs are made out of cheaper materials than ESPs and ESPs use better quality hardware. The custom ESPs are handcrafted in Japan while the standard ESPs are made in factories in Japan.


Popularity

ESP found fame by providing guitars for guitarists who went on to become leading exponents of thrash metal music in the 1980s, along with Jackson Guitars, including Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. As a result of these endorsements, ESP has gone to become one of the most popular suppliers of guitars for use in (usually) heavy metal music. They have, however, introduced signature guitars from other artists such as Ron Wood (guitarist in The Rolling Stones). LTD tends to make cheaper more affordable versions of artists signature guitars. Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by its signature high speed and aggression. ... The Jackson logo Jackson is a guitar manufacturer originally owned and operated by Grover Jackson, a partner of Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitar Repair. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ...


Models

Number structure

Structure of ESP's model numbering is somewhat complicated, mostly because the scheme changed throughout time. It can be summarized as following.

LTD F - 400 FM STBLK
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
ESP ECLIPSE - II VB
(1) (2) (3) (5)
ESP KH - 2 BLK
(1) (2) (3) (5)
Xtone PC - 2 V STR
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
LTD B - 405 ASB
(1) (2) (3) (5)
  • (1) brand
  • (2) model name
  • (3) additional index
  • (4) special features
  • (5) finish color

All guitars have either ESP, LTD or Xtone brand (1) (LTD is sometimes spelled as ESP LTD to remind of ESP participation). Generally, ESP guitars are built in Japan using premium woods and hardware and considered to be of higher quality than LTD and Xtone guitars, manufactured on assembly lines in Korea and Indonesia[2]. Note that as of 2006, no ESP guitars are manufactured in US[3]. 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Next, the model gets its basic naming from the shape of the body (2), such as EC, EX, EXP, F, H, etc, except for some rare custom shop cases. Some body shapes have evolved over several revisions, designated by additional index, such as ECLIPSE-II in region (3). Basic body shapes used by ESP are the following. Note some shapes have both short name and long name, longer name being used by top ESP instruments, while shorter name used by cheaper LTD instruments.


Though they are incredibly similar to numerous other instruments (the AX series bearing a striking resemblance to the BC Rich Virgo and BC Rich Warlock, the ESP M series being similar to the Jackson Soloist and ESP V series similar to the Jackson King V), ESP has been mainly lawsuit free when it comes to guitar shapes. The only major guitar company to file a lawsuit against ESP was Gibson guitars, who claimed that ESP's Eclipse series was too similar to Gibson's famous Les Paul guitar, but it failed. The reason was due to the fact that numerous other companies practiced the single cut design shape but were not exact rip offs of the Les Paul, as was the case with the Eclipse. This article is about the musician. ...

Name Similar body shapes by other vendors
Short Long
N/A Amaze Fender Jazz Bass
AP N/A MusicMan Stingray
AX N/A B.C. Rich Warlock, B.C. Rich Virgo
EC Eclipse Gibson Les Paul
EX / EXP Explorer Gibson Explorer
F Forest B.C. Rich Virgin, superstrats
H Horizon Carved superstrats
N/A Jerk Kramer 1984
M Mirage Ibanez RG, flat superstrats, Jackson Dinky,soloist.
PB Potbelly PRS Guitars, carved superstrats
RD Reindeer Similar to F series
N/A Snapper Fender Stratocaster
RS N/A Dean ML, Dean Razorback
SV Striking V Jackson Randy Rhoads
N/A Throbber Fender Telecaster
V N/A Jackson King V
VP Viper Gibson SG
N/A Vintage Plus Series Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Precision Bass

Most signature models have some sort of unique name, such as TRUCKSTER or STEF CARPENTER in this position. However, most signature models are usually just slightly modified original ESP body shapes: for example, TRUCKSTER is a modified EC, STEF CARPENTER is a modified MH. The Jazz Bass (or J-Bass) was the second model of electric bass guitar created by Leo Fender. ... The Music Man is a musical play written by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey; it premiered on Broadway in 1957. ... B.C. Rich use unusual shapes for their guitars, like this Warlock model. ... The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable solid-body electric guitar designs in the world. ... The Gibson Explorer (now marketed as X-plorer and Explorer Pro), made its debut in 1958, then known as the Futura. ... B.C. Rich use unusual shapes for their guitars, like this Warlock model. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Ibanez RG series are the most numerous (in terms of various models) [1] and arguably the most popular series of Ibanez electric guitars produced by Hoshino Gakki. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A dark blue Jackson Dinky with a hardtail, 2005. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... This is the most well known Dean Guitar due to the radical look and V shaped Headstock. ... The Dean Razorback is an electric guitar made by Dean Guitars. ... The Jackson Randy Rhoads was the signature electric guitar model of guitarist Randy Rhoads, and is now produced by Jackson Guitars. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is a typically dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... The King V is a v-shaped, electric guitar made by Jackson Guitars based on the Gibson Flying V as well as the Jackson RR model, which was designed and built for the late Randy Rhoads. ... The Gibson SG is a popular model of solid-bodied electric guitar that was introduced in the early 1960s. ... “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is a typically dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... The Fender Precision Bass, known as P-bass for short, is the first model of the electric bass designed by Clarence Leonidas Fender and brought to market in 1951. ...


LTD models include some sort of 2- or 3-digit number in region (3) that roughly estimates quality / price of the guitar. Lowest quality / most budget LTD models have 50 (LTD EC-50), higher price / quality models have this index up to 1000 (LTD EC-1000VHB).


Few other signature models are named in a different manner, for example, KH (Kirk Hammet) models. Model name (2) alone doesn't determine body shape, additional index (3) is used. For example - KH-2 and KH-3 - these are two completely different guitars: KH-2 is modified M body shape, KH-3 is modified EC body shape, but these indexes (2 and 3) are important. Usually, these ESP models have LTD-branded copies that have last digit matching model index from original ESP model. For example, ESP KH-2LTD KH-602, ESP KH-3LTD KH-603.


Xtone models also seem to use both (2) and (3) to designate a body shape, i.e. PC-1 and PC-2 have different body shapes.


LTD bass guitars sometimes use last digit of region (3) to show a number of strings, i.e. LTD B-405 is a 5-string bass, LTD B-404 is a 4-string bass, LTD B-208 is an 8-string (4×2 string) bass. A similar practice is used on LTD guitars which have 7-strings(i.e. LTD STEF-607)


Normal ESP guitar models usually do not include such index.


Some models include various "special features" designators (4), for example:

  • FMflamed maple body top.
  • QM - quilted maple body top.
  • VB - vintage black color.
  • NT - No tremolo system fitted. This designation is only used on models where the option of a tremolo is possible.
  • V - licensed Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.
  • BARITONE — longer scale, heavier strings, lower sounding baritone guitar.
  • Rosewood - rosewood fingerboard.
  • Maple - maple fingerboard.
  • w/EMGs - guitar is equipped with EMG pickups.
  • w/Seymour Duncans or w/Duncans - guitar is equipped with Seymour Duncan pickups.

And last, finish color code can be included in model name (5), for example: Guitar with flamed maple Flame or flamed maple is a type of maple in which the grain pattern of the wood has an abnormality that produces distinct lines known as flames. ... Quilt or quilted maple is a type of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted, producing a quilted look, often a water-like pattern. ... The Bigsby vibrato tailpiece (or Bigsby for short) is a type of vibrato device for electric guitar designed by its namesake Paul A. Bigsby. ... Mustapick Deep Baritone Guitar Baritone guitar It was actually the Danelectro Company that first introduced the Baritone Guitar to the music world in the late 1950’s. ... EMG-85: one of the most popular active EMG pickups EMG, Inc. ... Seymour Duncan is a company that is most famous for manufacturing of guitar pickups, and currently has a line of effects pedals. ...

  • BLK - black
  • BD - black with black diamond plate
  • BLKS - black satin
  • STBLK - see-thru black
  • VTB - vintage black
  • BCH - black cherry
  • STBC - see-thru black cherry
  • TTM - titanium
  • OW - Olympic white
  • VHB - vintage honey burst
  • SW - Snow white

Series

ESP Signature Series ESP produces several guitar and bass guitar models based on the custom models of several artists who endorse ESP. The production line of the signature series ESP models includes: ESP James Hetfield ESP Kirk Hammett ESP Dave Mustaine ESP George Lynch ESP Alexi Laiho ESP Stephen Carpenter ESP Jeff Hanneman...


Guitar Series

Dependent of target market (i.e. Asia, US, Europe) and brand (ESP, LTD or Xtone), various models are organized in marketing series.

In Japan ESP has brands of differing quality, most notably the ESP Edwards Series and the ESP Grass Roots Series. The Edwards brand is comparable to the Ltd series, but many have stated the guitars are comparable to the the guitars under the name of ESP in terms of quality. Grass Roots is generally considered to be the value-performance range in ESP Japan. The Japanese ESP Navigator Series is the most prestigous and costly range of ESP guitars (Worldwide) and the Gibson and Fender replicas exceed the cost of Fender and Gibson’s own Custom Shops. Ltd is also available in Japan, although in terms of popularity they are ranked lower than the other brands. The ESP AX series is a series of electric guitars produced by ESP. The AX Series is produced in LTD in the United States and Europe. ... ESP Eclipse is a guitar model distributed by ESP. There are many different variations of the guitar, including the ESP Eclipse-II, the ESP Eclipse Custom, the ESP LTD EC-1000 and the ESP LTD EC-500. ... The ESP EX is a series of electric guitars produced by ESP produced in the United States, Europe and in Japan with the ESP logo as part of the ESP Original Series. ... The ESP LTD M-series short for Mirage, are superstrat style solid body electric guitars manufactured by ESP. All except one of the M-series guitars are manufactured in Indonesia, with only the M-400 model being manufactured in Korea. ... The ESP Original Series includes the following: ESP EX Series ESP EX-100 ESP EX-102 ESP EX-200 ESP EX-250 ESP EX-280 ESP EX-300 ESP EX-350 ESP Forest Series ESP Forest-STD ESP Forest-CTM ESP Forest-GT ESP Forest-G ESP Oyaji Forest ESP... The ESP 400 Series was the first production line produced by ESP. Models included: ESP S454 ESP S465 ESP T453 ESP T463 ESP P457 ESP P464 ESP J464 ESP Guitars Category: ... The ESP Edwards brand is a brand that produces guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... The ESP Grass Roots brand is a brand that produces guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... The ESP Italia brand a brand owned by the Italia guitar company and distributed by ESP. Products in the brand include: ESP Italia Series Italia Monza Italia Mondial Italia Mondial Classic Italia Maranello Speedster Italia Maranello Semi-Tone Italia Lusso Itallia Torino V Italia Rimini 6 Italia Rimini Double Neck... The ESP Lakland brand is a brand that produces bass guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... The ESP Navigator brand is a brand that produces guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... The ESP SV is a series that is only produced in the Japanese and European market. ... The ESP Edwards brand is a brand that produces guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... The ESP Grass Roots brand is a brand that produces guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... The ESP Navigator brand is a brand that produces guitars solely in the Japanese market. ... // Gibson may refer to: Gibson Amphitheatre Gibson Appliance Gibson Girl Gibson Guitar Corporation Gibson cocktail Alexander Gibson (conductor) (1926–1995), Scottish composer and music director Alexander Gibson (industrialist) (1819–1913), Canadian industrialist Alfred Gibson (?–1874), Australian explorer Althea Gibson (1927–2003), African-American tennis player Bob Gibson (born 1935), American... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ...


Bass Series

  • ESP Surveyor Series
  • ESP Vintage-4 Series
  • ESP B-1000 Series
  • ESP D Series
  • ESP AX Series
  • ESP Viper Series
  • ESP Eclipse Series
  • ESP Forest Series
  • ESP B Series

The ESP F, or Forest Series is a series of bass guitar produced by ESP Guitars in LTD in the United States and Europe. ... The ESP LTD B is a series of bass guitars produced by ESP Guitars in LTD. All basses in this series come with thin or extra thin U neck shape. ...

Artists

A number of popular musicians play ESP guitars - mostly from the genres of rock and heavy metal - including: For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ...

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Keenan, born May 8, 1967 , is the guitarist and vocalist for the Heavy metal band Corrosion of Conformity. ... Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band. ... Look up Down in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Woodroe Woody Weatherman is lead guitarist for the metal band Corrosion of Conformity. ... Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band. ... Jeff Hanneman (born January 31, 1964, in Oakland, California) is the guitarist and a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Valparaíso, Chile) is the bassist and lead vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Erno Emppu Vuorinen. ... Nightwish is a Finnish Symphonic power metal band formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee. ... Alexi Wildchild Laiho (born Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho) is the guitarist of the bands Children of Bodom (where he is also the vocalist), Sinergy and Kylähullut. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Roope Latvala (born June 25, 1970) is a Finnish guitarist who currently plays with the bands Children of Bodom and Sinergy. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Alexander Kuoppala (born April 11, 1974) was the rhythm guitarist from the band Children of Bodom from 1995 to 2003. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Kai Michael Hansen (born January 17, 1963, in Hamburg, Germany) is a power metal guitarist and vocalist. ... This article is about electromagnetic radiation. ... Helloween is a German power/speed metal band founded in the early 1980s by members of Iron Fist and Powerfool. ... Wayne Static (born Wayne Richard Wells, November 4, 1975 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American musician, and currently the singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and programmer for the Industrial band Static-X. His hometown is Shelby, Michigan and he graduated from Western Michigan University. ... Static-X is an industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA. Formed in 1994, they are signed to Warner Bros. ... Willie Adler (born January 26, 1976) is one of the two guitarists of the metal band Lamb of God, and is the younger brother of bandmate Chris Adler. ... For the band, see Lamb of God (band). ... Michael Amott, 2003 Michael Amott (born July 28, 1969 in Britain, raised in Halmstad, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the grindcore band Carcass. ... Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, formed in 1995 by ex Carcass guitarist Michael Amott. ... Spiritual Beggars is a stoner rock band from Halmstad, Sweden. ... George Lynch (b. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lynch Mob are a band featuring former Dokken guitarist George Lynch, who has been the bands only permanent member. ... KMFDM guitarist Jules Hodgson at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jules Hodgson is the guitarist for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... KMFDM is an industrial rock band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. ... For other meanings of Pig, see Pig (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Max Cavalera was the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the metal band Sepultura, before forming Soulfly in the late 1990s. ... 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