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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Guitars and Guitar Players I've Never Heard Of. . .
16 January 2014
Perhaps a little off track for this blog, but it’s guitar-related. I’ll tie it all together at the end. Promise.
I’ve been cleaning house recently and I ran across a very nice, full-color 2011 ESP guitar catalog on my desk last night. No idea where I got it. I’ve never owned an ESP guitar. I’m not sure I’ve ever played one. I’ve seen them at GC, but that’s it. Anyway, I thumbed through the catalog before I tossed it in the trash and concluded that I am really out of touch musically speaking.
This was a fairly thick catalog – about 5/16” or so and it was chock full of guitar players who supposedly play ESP axes. (I’m sure they DO play ESP axes – because ESP probably not only gives them the guitars for free but also customizes them in U.S. custom shops so that their guitars bear almost no resemblance to the Korean-made ESP guitars sold at GC. But, that’s beside the point.) The point I was actually getting to was that, out of the dozens of artists in this catalog, I only recognized maybe 6 names – mostly of bands, not the artists themselves.
I think there were maybe a couple of guys who have played for Ozzie and one guy who plays for Alice Cooper. I, of course, recognized the guy from Slayer and Hetfield & Hammett from Metallica. But, that’s it. Most of ESP’s endorsed artists are guys I’ve never heard of who play for bands I’ve never heard of. There was one super-hot Asian-looking girl bass player, but I’d never heard of her or her band before. And, other than her, honestly, it kind of seemed like all you have to do to get endorsed by ESP is have a LOT of tattoos. Maybe ESP markets its stuff strictly to hard-core metal heads. Nothing wrong with that. All I know is that I was surprised there were so many endorsed musicians running around within the past 2 years that I’ve never even heard of. If my son hasn’t already taken out the trash, I’ll post some of the names and y’all can tell me if you’ve ever heard of any of these players or bands – and whether they’re any good.
Tie in to blog: Not a single one of the bands or artists I saw is represented on Rocksmith. (Alice Cooper has one song on RS, but the guy who played an ESP guitar for Alice Cooper in 2011 wasn’t even born when No More Mr. Nice Guy was recorded. I guarantee it.)
Speaking of guitar brands and people I’ve never heard of, my boss turned me on to some really cool looking guitars out of Chattanooga, TN by some dude named John Backlund. Check them out here: http://www.jbacklund.com/artists.html . This is not an ad or endorsement. My boss saw a Musician’s Friend catalog on my desk today and literally told me to browse the Internet to find this guy’s website and check it out. I’m just sharing it with you. I’d never heard of John Backlund before and I don’t know if his guitars are any good or not, but they’re damn cool looking! And, they can’t be too bad – Joe Walsh’s picture is right there on the Artists page holding one. No idea what they sell for. A lot, I suspect. But, maybe not. T-shirts are only $15. That’s less than you’ll usually pay for a Fender or Gibson T-shirt (although Musician’s Friend has some Fender T-shirts on sale for $10, as long as you don’t wear L).I know this post had almost nothing to do with Rocksmith, but it happens. I actually do have a life outside of RS and honestly I didn’t have anything very Rocksmithy on my mind today.