There’s no musician in the world with a closer association to ESP Guitars than George Lynch. Beginning in the early 1980s when he stopped by the then-relatively unknown ESP headquarters in Tokyo to check out some guitars during one of Dokken’s tours of Japan, George and ESP have been intertwined in a way that’s extraordinarily rare between an artist and guitar manufacturer. His own designs for high-performance instruments that wouldn’t compromise his immense technical playing abilities have been hugely influential on the guitars that ESP has produced ever since. Ranked by many publications as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, George has remained a vibrant and boundary-pushing musician throughout his long and successful career.

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George Lynch Photo by Kevin Baldes.