ESP Guitars Welcomes Mick Thomson (Slipknot) to Artist Roster

ESP Guitars Welcomes Mick Thomson (Slipknot) to Artist Roster

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA (MAY 16, 2023) – ESP Guitars has announced that acclaimed guitarist Mick Thomson of iconic American metal band Slipknot has joined the ESP artist roster. The company also confirmed that a new ESP/LTD Signature Series guitar is in development for Thomson.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mick as part of the ESP family,” says Tony Rauser, ESP Director of Artist Relations. “Mick is one of the most respected and influential players in the world of metal guitar. The intensity of his aggressive playing style with Slipknot fits perfectly with the energy at ESP.”

“Couldn’t be happier to be in the ESP family,” said Thomson. “So impressed with everything I’ve been playing live, and there’s a great energy with everyone I’ve dealt with. We are currently working on specs for some customs that I know will be killer. It’s been taking longer than expected, as deciding on a model hasn’t been easy. Too many possibilities for monster guitars. Admittedly, It’s been a great problem to have."

Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, Mick Thomson joined Slipknot in 1996, not long after its initial formation. The band has been nominated for 10 Grammy awards and has received a multitude of other honors. Slipknot has sold over 30 million albums worldwide since their self-titled debut was released in 1999. Known in Slipknot as #7, Thomson’s innovative guitar style has brought him acclaim across a wide range of metal publications, and has been described as highly influential on many players who sought to capture his unique blend of downtuned riffs and hypnotic lead lines. In addition to seven studio albums, Slipknot has released two live albums, a compilation album, and five live DVDs. Their latest album The End, So Far was released in September 2022.

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He really is one of the better guitarists out in the world. Root, is really good too. I watched a short interview on YouTube of him talking about taking older songs but so little changes with the riffs and to quote a man “ We were just taking shit and throwing it back and forth.” I love that. Just playing around and having fun with it.

Robin N.

The best guitar player I've ever heard of! This is the legend! Like how I love my auto doors at home, I also LOVE this guy so much! I look up to him, I hope someday I can even finish playing the full song in a guitar lol

Janine S.

Will you email members if he ever does a signing / store visit?  Thanks

Albert  D.

The best guitar player


Michael G.

Any news on if he'll be getting an eclipse artist series? 

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