Posts Tagged ‘firewind’

Gus G interview: LTD Gus-600 EC signature guitar explained

December 20, 2010

In Total Guitar (Europe’s best selling Guitar Magazine) Issue 210’s (on sale 24 December) Rocked & Rated section contains the first UK review of Gus G’s new signature LTD. Gus has been using the guitar onstage with Ozzy since its announcement earlier in 2010, and we caught up with Gus – one of the most envied guitarists in rock – to get the skinny on his new axe.

What made you go for the Eclipse shape?

“For my role in Ozzy’s band I thought it’d be cool to go a bit more old school with the Eclipse shape. Obviously, there’s a big history there with Zakk and Randy playing Les Pauls, but I didn’t want to be just another guy that plays a Les Paul shape, you know? I’ve had my own thing for about the last six years with my ESP Random Star shape – it’s very identifiable – so I thought I’d do something a bit more unique.”

And what about the finish?

“My friend from Sweden, Patric Ullaeus, he’s a top video director and has done videos for Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, but he’s also been Firewind’s director and official photographer for the last six years or so. He originally got into art with another guy called Bjorn Johansson. They started doing all of these paintings and galleries, and they call it rock art, and that’s what it is. Very dynamic and very strong. Patrick sent me one of his designs and I was like, ‘Hey, that’s my guitar finish right there!'”

You’ve switched to Seymour Duncan Blackouts for the Eclipse…

“I’m not normally an active guy. I hated it until I played these, but there’s something that Seymour Duncan does that means they still maintain a passive sensitivity. You can hear the wood and hear the tone, and you can control each note as you want. It’s not just one f***ing sound like other active pickups usually are. They’re much louder, but at the same time there’s about 12dB less noise than other pickups.

The guitar’s volume/tone controls are quite sparse. Is there a reason for this?

“The reason is because I never use them, really. I’m quite minimalistic when it comes to that stuff. I never really use the tone knobs, and I’ve never needed a five-way pickup switch. I just switch between the pickups and use a couple of sounds, you know?”

Do you use the kill switch for effects, or is it more functional?

“Yeah, I have the kill switch in there to give some of those cool effects that Randy used to do. I use it pretty rarely, but it’s cool for songs like ‘Crazy Train’ and stuff like that.”

What made you go with the 25 ½-inch scale length?

“You know, it’s one of those things that becomes part of who you are. I’ve always played these necks, and I asked ESP for the same neck as my Random Star. I need to be able to switch guitars mid-set and play the same way. Obviously, switching guitar shapes can be a bit of a shock at first, so I wanted the necks to be the same.”

As with your other guitars, there’s no vibrato…

“I had a Random Star with a vibrato, but I very rarely used it onstage and we discontinued it. All of my guitars have stop-tail bridges. I’ve always felt more in control with the tone and sound with a standard bridge, so I want to keep going that way. I’ve never really felt comfortable with a Floyd Rose. You can play much heavier with a stoptail bridge, and you can control the notes better with more sustain.”

Have you used the guitar with Firewind yet?

“I haven’t actually used it onstage for Firewind yet, but it’s my signature guitar, man, so I may do. I’m still in love with my Random Stars, too. I’ll always play them, but my Eclipse is a cool guitar. I’m really happy to be doing something different, and people like it. It’s not like the other guitars out there!”

You can catch Gus on tour with Firewind at the Relentless Garage, London on 7 January. For the full review of the LTD Gus-600 EC, check out Total Guitar issue 210 (on sale 24 December – 20 January).

Gus G interview: LTD Gus-600 EC signature guitar explained
Ozzy/Firewind guitarist talks new signature six-string
Stuart Williams, Total Guitar

Also check:

GUS G on the cover of Metal Hammer

November 7, 2010
Photo by Patric Ullaeus |

Photo by Patric Ullaeus |

Gus G on the cover of Guitarra Total (Spain)

October 28, 2010
Photo by Patric Ullaeus |

Photo by Patric Ullaeus |

Guitarra Total (Spain) cover, Nov. 2010.

FIREWIND – ‘World On Fire’

September 17, 2010

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The Greek melodic metal phenomenon FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G. has returned with the scathing new studio album effort entitled “Days Of Defiance”, which is easily their defining musical moment. The much anticipated disc is set for an October 25th, 2010 worldwide release via Century Media Records. “Days Of Defiance” is a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years, which was clearly showcased on the Digital release of the album’s blistering lead-off single, “World On Fire”, which is out now via all relevant digital retail outlets!

Gus G., currently on tour in Europe with Ozzy Osbourne, comments on the video as follows: “The video for ‘World on Fire’ was shot entirely on green screen and I think this time Patric Ullaeus has outdone himself! The concept is based on the album cover artwork and it’s something we’re doing for the first time on a video of ours. There’s a barbaric vibe to it, lots of fire, metal warriors and even a Valkyrie. We’re very pleased with the final result and we believe this is our best video yet. Check it out and let the FIREWIND rage on!”

The clip was shot by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus / (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, etc.), who has worked with FIREWIND’s visuals on the previous two albums already.

Photo by Patric Ullaeus |

Photo by Patric Ullaeus |

FIREWIND ‘World On Fire’

August 12, 2010

Director Patric Ullaeus has finished the work on the new FIREWIND music video ‘World On Fire‘.


August 8, 2010

Director Patric Ullaeus has finished the work on a new music video for FIREWIND.


May 26, 2010
FIREWIND 2010 photo by Patric Ullaeus

FIREWIND 2010 photo by Patric Ullaeus

As a first taster of great things to come, FIREWIND are currently featured on the May’s edition (Issue 205) Judas Priest tribute CD of UK’s Metal Hammer magazine, where FIREWIND present an addictive version of the classic “Breaking The Law”.
Photo by Patric Ullaeus.

FIREWIND will Set The World On Fire

April 7, 2010

director Patric Ullaeus & FIREWIND

director Patric Ullaeus & FIREWIND

FIREWIND came to Sweden to work with director Patric Ullaeus and his Revolver Team for two new videos and photo sessions.

The RockART guitar unveiled

March 28, 2010
Gus G & Patric Ullaeus with the RockART guitar | Ltd GUS-600 EC

Gus G & Patric Ullaeus with the RockART guitar | ESP Ltd GUS-600 EC

Today Gus G‘s RockART guitar was unveiled at the Frankfurt Messe in Germany. The guitar is Gus G‘s Ozzy Osbourne signature model and the Art Design & Graphics are made by Björn Johansson & Patric Ullaeus.

Europe’s biggest guitar magazine Total Guitar highlighted five things among thousands of new products shown on the Frankfurt Messe. The RockART guitar | ESP Ltd GUS-600 EC being one of those five. Click here to read about it.

Gus G’s new signature model | GUS-600 EC

March 13, 2010
Revolver EC - Gus G signature model. Design by Björn Johansson & Patric Ullaeus

RockART by Björn Johansson & Patric Ullaeus for Gus G

ESP Guitars announces Gus’ new Signature Model!!

ESP Guitars have announced today Gus G‘s new signature model, which will debut @ the Musik Messe in Frankfurt on March 27-28th!!

Read the official press release below:

You probably already know that Firewind member (and ESP guitarist) Gus G. is now playing with Ozzy Osbourne. He’s designed a sweet new guitar for his new gig: the LTD GUS-600 EC. Based on the single-cutaway ESP Eclipse shape, this guitar is insanely cool and totally unique. It features a custom graphic finish along with custom “Gus Fire” inlays. Unlike most EC models, the new Revolver EC has a 25.5” scale with set through construction, and features a mahogany body with a maple neck (22 XJ frets) and rosewood fingerboard. It also offers Seymour Duncan Blackout ABH-1 active pickups, with a single volume control and an on-off mini switch. The GUS-600 EC uses black nickel hardware, including ESP locking tuners and a Tonepros TOM bridge and tailpiece.

As for the art design on the guitar, Gus wanted to go for something different this time. So he teamed up with Patric Ullaeus & Björn Johansson who came up with the graphic and the whole concept of “RockART“.

Patric Ullaeus is an acclaimed director and photographer and among other acts, he has shot 3 Firewind videos and has also been the band’s photographer since 2006.

Read more about Gus G here.
Visit ESP here
About Björn & Patric here
About Revolver here