Alexi Laiho Gets Four New Signature Models

Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho has four new Signature Series models introduced at NAMM 2009 from ESP and LTD.

Alexi Laiho Gets Four New Signature Models
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Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho, ranked one of the world's best guitarists, has four new Signature Series models introduced at NAMM 2009 from ESP and LTD. The ESP Alexi-Blacky, ESP Alexi-Scythe, LTD Alexi-600-Blacky, and LTD Alexi-600-Scythe will be available from ESP's network of dealers and international distributors. The ESP Alexi-Blacky and ESP Alexi-Scythe both feature a neck-thru-body design at 25.5" scale, with a light alder body and maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard. High-end hardware on the models includes Gotoh tuners, an original Floyd Rose bridge, and a single EMG HZ F-H2 pickup. An MM-04 on-off boost switch is also built into the guitar. The Blacky model incorporates a metallic black satin finish with a gloss black stripe and black pearl sawtooth fret marker inlays, while the Scythe model is a white finish with a black pinstripe, and scythe-shaped inlays. The new LTD versions of the Alexi Laiho Signature Series models offer very similar specifications, only substituting Grover tuners and a 1000 Series Floyd Rose tremolo. "We've been very fortunate to have a relationship with a guitarist of Alexi's caliber for the last six years," says Allen Steelgrave, ESP's director of marketing and artist relations. "As is the case with all ESP and LTD signature series models, the new guitars are based on the artist's exact specifications, and we've worked closely with Alexi to create these updated versions of his main guitar." Laiho has worked with ESP on all of his signature model guitars since 2003. Video footage of Alexi's new axes being displayed at this year's NAMM, along with brand new guitars from Metallica, can be viewed here. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    D4rkFate
    Set-Abominae wrote: He kinda looks like a manly Avril Lavigne
    You aren't the first I have heard say that lol and I love your user name! On topic...I never use the neck or middle pickups on my Washburn, I don't see why I would put them on a guitar if I were custom building it.
    Cacophonic
    Angela Gossow can scream.. But it's like a .. "Holy shit, that scared me scream." It's not really that great. She's garbage live.
    CodySG
    He's made out with other guys/fellow members before. And honestly, I couldn't give two shits if he was gay. I am kind of losing respect for ESP though... They make really good guitars...like, GODLY good guitars...but 90% of there high end stuff is sig models, and the other 10% are kind of boring/non original bodies usually with dot inlays... Who wants to play a King V/Rhoads with dots??? They should really start working on original/semi original body styles and get the non-LTD line up as good as their sig stuff. They're basically living off of sig guitars now...
    GREENWARRI0R
    BurningTheLives wrote: paul556 wrote: Muse=Rock wrote: they can't Ever heard of Angela Gossow? yeah, she sounds awful maybe you should quit listening to metal, if you even do that is.
    No. she, including Arch Enemy, are pretty garbage.
    juckfush
    Magero wrote: 1. He only has one pick up because HE doesn't like ths sound of a neck pickup. I'd assume that if you're willing to buy an Alexi Laiho Signature guitar, you're trying to emulate him or his tone in some way. Same reason he has no tone knob. He doesn't feel he needs it. 2. It's not black metal, nor is it Norweigen. CoB are melodeath. 3. He's not that good of a guitar player in the first place. He's sloppy live and he's very one-dimensional. 4. There is barely any difference between OFRs and LFRs anyway.
    Kudos for everything you covered. Although LFR as well as other licensed pieces of hardware are generally made from lower quality materials. But valid point though, I understand what you mean. On topic, I personally wouldn't consider him one of the 'greatest guitarists'. He's very one dimensional, as stated, and not very versatile at all. And the innovation of his playing is comparable to any other modern 'metal shredder'. Sticking to the A natural minor scale typically, and simply running up scales, utilising simple major, minor, and diminished arpeggios, and fairly sloppily at that. I just don't consider him that good, and as stated earlier, his signature models are blatant copies of Rhoad's Jacksons, only with differing colours.
    juckfush
    Sorry for the double post, but my reference to A natural minor is in respect to the modes in STANDARD tuning.
    ten_years_after
    i can understand long hair, mine used to be really long, but when you have it colored girlish like he does and wear make up and pose for pictures like an emo girl you might have some people wondering
    JamesNeverWake
    They make really good guitars...like, GODLY good guitars...but 90% of there high end stuff is sig models, and the other 10% are kind of boring/non original bodies usually with dot inlays... Who wants to play a King V/Rhoads with dots??? They should really start working on original/semi original body styles and get the non-LTD line up as good as their sig stuff. They're basically living off of sig guitars now...
    I second that! Personally I find the tone a little generic too.. bordering robotic, but thats just my view.
    Who Sh0t Ya HxO
    ten_years_after wrote: i can understand long hair, mine used to be really long, but when you have it colored girlish like he does and wear make up and pose for pictures like an emo girl you might have some people wondering
    You basically just dissed the whole 80s era, lol.
    lolmnt
    Checked. Stop discussing if he looks like a girl or not. (there's something I never thought I'd have to say in here)
    rhcp01
    budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit
    they're melodic metal and finnish
    cloud041089
    no tone knob i understand.. but no neck pickup? i gotta have the neck pickup.. they bring out the beauty of arpeggios when playing up the neck.
    Who Sh0t Ya HxO
    AA00P wrote: budtoker420 wrote: some great norweigen black metal Lolwut? They're not black metal, nor are they Norwegian.
    lol I was thinking the same thing... that guy fails.
    dave1Mustaine
    um one of the best guitarists in the world are you kidding me hes good people dont get me wrong but he doesnt deserve to be called one of the best guitarists in the world
    marcelaguiar
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: World_War_Z13 wrote: holy crap! ive heard this band before but never knew their names and i thought the picture of him was a girl. Lol...yea he would make a really hot chick...
    wth are you talking about?? Thats creepy.
    demondown666
    World_War_Z13 wrote: holy crap! ive heard this band before but never knew their names and i thought the picture of him was a girl.
    in metal there is long hair a lot of times. where have you been?
    Ali-b912
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: And the oddest thing about his guitars is no tone knob and only one humbucker...
    alot of people find tone knobs redundant because they dont like the effect it has, and alot of people find neck humbuckers redundant because they dont like the sound they make. most of those people wont have them put on custom guitars, because it's a waste.
    zAg1619
    CodySG wrote: Andragon wrote: He deserves it. He's done so much for the death metal scene. I respect him. Grats, Laiho. And fools, stop arguing bout faggot-a$$ genres. It's fckin metal and that's all that matters. No...that's NOT all that matters. Generes are there FOR A REASON, not just to argue over what's the best, it's for finding music that you might like. Example. "I really enjoy listening to Testament!" "LAWL!!! You should listen to NILE!!! Dey boff meetal! You'll LOVE!!!!" And yes, I'm sure there are a lot of people that do like both bands, but I know a TON of people that just listening to thrash, or power metal, or death metal, and can't stand other generes. Yes, it's all metal, but generes are there for a reason...
    That's the best explantion I have seen on the importance of genres/sub-genres. Kudos
    DynastyPntbllr9
    budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit
    lol.....melodic death metal and not Norwegian
    Muse=Rock
    paul556 wrote: zAg1619 wrote: budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit Could you possibly be more sexist? You think chicks can't scream or shred? they can't
    Ever heard of Angela Gossow?
    Survivalism
    zAg1619 wrote: budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit Could you possibly be more sexist? You think chicks can't scream or shred?
    I roughly believe the point was "most chicks don't sing in a dude's voice," you dink.
    diabloinferno
    budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit
    but he still looks like a chick
    LazyLatinoRocke
    Pantera90 wrote: oh and plus the ****ing ibanez DESTROYER is back! that may be my next ibanez purchase...or the new RG7321..can't decide!! maybe one of the PGM100REs...GAH
    I saw that on their website. I don't really like the look of it though. =/
    DZCunuck
    Really, it can be one model where you pick the inlays, primary color and secondary color. Why make so many different models ESP? Anyways, I'd pick a black on white Jackson RR24 over any of those any day. And to all the people complaining that Laiho has enough sig guitars already; its not Alexi him self that decides to make more, it ESP. They are the marketing brain behind this.
    Shinozoku
    World_War_Z13 wrote: Shinozoku wrote: World_War_Z13 wrote: ok so it is a guy...wow Yeah, he's really hot for a guy lol! i didnt mean wow as in hot, i meant wow for how much he looked like a girl...
    But he is hot
    DZCunuck wrote: Really, it can be one model where you pick the inlays, primary color and secondary color. Why make so many different models ESP? Anyways, I'd pick a black on white Jackson RR24 over any of those any day. And to all the people complaining that Laiho has enough sig guitars already; its not Alexi him self that decides to make more, it ESP. They are the marketing brain behind this.
    Actually, he designs them, adn plays the Japanese versions live. The reason ESP made this American Scythe is because that was his first ESP custom, and it's one of his most desirable. And really they ARE all the same guitars with different color combos and inlays. There is the occasional pickup difference, but that's it.
    paul556
    Muse=Rock wrote: paul556 wrote: zAg1619 wrote: budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit Could you possibly be more sexist? You think chicks can't scream or shred? they can't Ever heard of Angela Gossow?
    yeah, she sounds awful
    Viking_Swede666
    hell yeah, I saw these models last saturday at the NAMM show, best time of my life, I was hanging uot with Alexi, Gus G, and Bob Katsionis! NAMM after parties ftw!
    BurningTheLives
    paul556 wrote: zAg1619 wrote: budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit Could you possibly be more sexist? You think chicks can't scream or shred? they can't
    Arch Enemy anyone? Angela can ****ing scream
    BurningTheLives
    paul556 wrote: Muse=Rock wrote: paul556 wrote: zAg1619 wrote: budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit Could you possibly be more sexist? You think chicks can't scream or shred? they can't Ever heard of Angela Gossow? yeah, she sounds awful
    maybe you should quit listening to metal, if you even do that is.
    CthulhuKaamos
    budtoker420 wrote: sick guitars and how the **** can u think alexi laiho is a chick ever heard him sing or shred some great norweigen black metal c.o.b. is the shit
    I'm sure a bunch of people have already jumped on this... but... A) They're Finnish. B) They're not Black Metal.
    GREENWARRI0R
    KsE909 wrote: therealtater wrote: I dont know why everyone says he is the worlds greatest guitarist, I honestly dont think he is that good, but I also dont care for the kind of music he plays either so that might have something to do with itHey if u dont like him or the music why did u open this page retard. And btw he plays at almost 13 notes per seconed. Can u do that?! Nope and neigther can i. I'm glad he gets more signature guitars, he kicks so much effing a**.
    Ummmmm MAYBE TO SEE THE GUITARS!?!?!?!??! Jeez it's not like coming here means you like the music or you suddenly are forced to listen to it. Grow up. Also, Speed≠a great guitarist by the way. He's definitely not a bad guitarist but far from being the best. He's very overrated.
    SlipKnoT_M666
    I own the pink pinstripe alexi 600, and you dont need the tone knob... i find it plays perfect without one!!!!
    Rtard_GWARRIOR
    To me. They will always be a Randy rhoads guitar. but the Alexi models are sexy. Mita vittua! noutaa minut ers kalja. My finn is a bit rusty.
    KsE909
    therealtater wrote: I dont know why everyone says he is the worlds greatest guitarist, I honestly dont think he is that good, but I also dont care for the kind of music he plays either so that might have something to do with it
    Hey if u dont like him or the music why did u open this page retard. And btw he plays at almost 13 notes per seconed. Can u do that?! Nope and neigther can i. I'm glad he gets more signature guitars, he kicks so much effing a**.
    lewis...
    I like COB and all but to say he's one of the world's best guitarists is rediculous. And no way are COB Melodic Death, that's just and insult to the greats like In Flames, Arch Enemy and At The Gates As for the guitars, they got nothing on Jackson but still, they look pretty sweet.
    what??
    Why only mention Alexi's new models? Mustaine, Amott, and Michael Angelo Batio got new guitars too. All they did was change the color and the inlays and called it a new model. Enjoy your ESP commercial.
    carcass_prowler
    CHILDREN OF BODOM KICK ASS! and i would **** alexi laiho given the chance, and enjoy it immensely!
    Metalmangini
    SG Man Forever wrote: Phe4rTheGod wrote: And the oddest thing about his guitars is no tone knob and only one humbucker... Most death metal guys use only their bridge pickup, and those that do hardly ever touch the tone knob. They focus on having one tone that gets the job done. Anyway, I'm glad they got that slipknot article off of here, it's good to hear some news for a real metal band.
    THANK YOU!! im so glad someone realizes slipknot and avenged sevenfold and all those other gay mainstream bands are not real metal.. children of bodom and kalmah and other european bands are the real deal
    Kuzak
    COB is the only death metal band i really like. ok im sorry if i labeled them incorrectly but i really can't tell the difference between black metal and death metal and what not. except black metal is the one that burns churches right. lol
    Shinozoku
    Magero wrote:4. There is barely any difference between OFRs and LFRs anyway.
    LFRs are harder to lock and wear down quicker. I know, I work with one on my Kramer (I let my friend borrow the FRII that came with it). They simply aren't as efficient as the originals.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    uhhh im sick of seeing cob labelled as melodeath. Theyre just really heavy power metal.