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December 23, 2010

The RockART guitar on the cover of Total Guitar Europe’s best selling guitar magazine – On sale 24 Dec 2010.
The Gus G signature guitar is wrapped with the art of Björn Johansson & Patric Ullaeus.

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

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RockART @ Gothia Towers

September 19, 2010
RockART @ Gothia Towers

RockART @ Gothia Towers

by Björn JohanssonPatric Ullaeus

18 sept – 28 nov 2010

Gothia Towers
Mässans Gata 24, Göteborg
031-750 88 00

Click here to see more pictures from the art exhibition.


RockART @ Gothia Towers
Den 18 september-28 november intar en annorlunda utställning Gothia Towers. Då är det dags för RockART – nyskapande konst med attityd lånad från rockmusiken och popkonstens ifrågasättande av konventioner.

“Björn Johansson och Patric Ullaeus skapar nytänkande konst med New York känsla. Har aldrig sett något liknande.”
Joakim Hjerpe/Konstsamlare

“Machine Gun Kelly is back. Now in the Art business. Watch Out!”
Jörgen Svesson/Konstprofessor

“Tung musik behöver tung konst. Patric och Björn har skapat något brutalt men samtidigt vackert. Precis som vår musik!”
Anders Fridén/In Flames

“… vad det smäller! …det här är konst som frambringar samma känslor som tung Rock and Roll. Det här är riktigt häftigt”
Joey Tempest/Europe

“Dynamic, Elegant, Strong, with Character. That’s what I call RockArt!”
Gus G/Ozzy Osbourne

RockArt – konst utanför ramarna
Männen bakom RockART är Björn Johansson och Patric Ullaeus. Båda är väldigt välmeriterade, fast inom vitt skilda områden. Bägge har en oomtvistad känsla för estetik och skapande – var och en inom sitt gebit.

När Patric Ullaeus och Björn Johansson samarbetar händer därmed något oväntat, något spännande och något som man faktiskt kan beteckna som helt nytt – RockART.

Patric Ullaeus har sin bakgrund i filmvärlden. Han har gjort sig ett stort namn internationellt, främst genom sina visuellt spännande musikvideos. På senare år har det handlat mycket om tung rockmusik och inom den genren har han jobbat med många av de största över hela världen. Det var också några av banden som först “upptäckte” Björn’s och Patric’s konst. Det är inte många konstnär som kan skryta med att de första verken hänger hemma hos rockstjärnor!
– Att höra folk säga att de inte sett något liknande förut är ju helt fantastisk, säger Patric Ullaeus.

Björn Johansson, å andra sidan, är en väletablerad designer som i över femton år formgivit och producerat egna möbelkollektioner. Han har arbetat för flera av de största möbeltillverkarna. Björn har alltid tyckt om att arbeta med gedigna material och utmaningen i detta samarbetet var att dels få överföra sin omvittnade kreativitet och sitt tekniska kunnande till en helt annan disciplin. Visserligen har Björn målat länge, men detta är någonting helt annat.
– Kombinationen design och rock blev så häftigt som jag trodde, säger Björn Johansson.

Den nya gitarren som konstnärerna designat åt Ozzy Osbourne-gitarristen GUS G kommer också att finnas med under utställningen.

Utställningen kommer främst att hålla till i hotellobbyn och lobbybaren Livingroom men verk kommer även att finnas på Gothia Towers italienska restaurang Incontro.

RockART-utställningen pågår 18 september-28 november. Välkommen på vernissage lördag 18 september klockan 12.00-15.00

För mer information:
Björn Johansson, 0708-18 49 61,
Patric Ullaeus , 0708-557 357,

Gothia Towers:
Lena Johansson, 031-750 88 63,

RockART @ Gothia Towers

September 13, 2010

RockART @ Gothia Towers


May 5, 2010
RockART with Crank It Up @ FUZZ Guitar Show

RockART with Crank It Up @ FUZZ Guitar Show

8-9 May 2010 @ FUZZ Guitar Show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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