Michael Angelo Batio
Michael Angelo Batio was born February 23, 1956 also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is a guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois. His work has encompassed many genres, notably metal and its subgenres. Batio was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine in 2003. He was also listed as one of the "Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" by Guitar World Magazine, for which he wrote the column Time to Burn, and one of the "20 Greatest Shredders of All Time" by Total Guitar Magazine, both in April 2008. Batio also won the 2009 Guitar World Magazine Readers Choice award in the "Best Shredder" category. In November 2011, Michael won the Guitar World Magazine Readers Choice Award and was voted the "Fastest Guitarist of All Time." Over 440,000 votes were cast.
George Lynch was born on September 28, 1954. He is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with the bands Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Souls of We. He is ranked #68 in "100 greatest guitarists of all time" by Guitar World magazine.
George Lynch is a legend among fans of innovative rock guitar. It was 25 years ago, in the late '80s, that George discovered a small manufacturer of custom guitars while on tour in Japan, and he's been a believer in ESP ever since. George's custom guitars have long been a hallmark for ESP's Signature Series. We thank him for his years of support, and for the amazing music he's created with his ESP guitars.