Slayer and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has come up with some unique electric guitar designs over the years – including one painted in his own blood – but now he and Huthinson Guitar Concepts have created a medieval woodcut design on one of his ESP Holt Eclipse models, creating what some are calling the “ultimate Satanic guitar.”
“Gary contacted me over a year ago, after seeing some of my Viking and medieval concepts,” explained James Hutchinson. “He had the great idea of doing a medieval woodcut carved on the guitar. I came up with some designs, but it was put on hold until he had the right guitar from the ESP Custom shop made.
“October comes ‘round again,” he continued, “and I receive the bare wood guitar; a super heavy custom Holt Eclipse! So I set to work to create a medieval Satanic scene, satirically referencing the Ascension and taking ideas from old historical occult woodcuts. I even included a levitating cat! The fretboard was left plain, except for a 12th fret inlay of 666 in Roman numerals, and the ESP logo was translated into an Old English font, carved into the headstock.
“It’s the most intricate guitar carving I’ve done to date,” he said. “It was a balance between too much fine detail and making the Baphomet image stand out enough to be visible on stage. I think it works! The guitar is being used on the current Exodus tour.”
Sources: Richard Bienstock, Guitar World, February 28, 2020, and The ESP Guitar Company.