For fans of guitarist Michael Paget, also known as “Padge” of the band, Bullet for My Valentine, there are two new items on the market for the guitarists who endeavor Padge’s aggressive style, the LTD MP-600 and the ESP Michael Paget Signature Series models. The ESP model is an exact replica of Paget’s custom ESP guitar that he is seen so often playing on tour.
Paget’s band (Bullet for My Valentine) hails from Brigend, Wales located in the United Kingdom. Although they originally formed in 1998, you probably have only heard of them as of this year when they released their current album, Scream Aim Fires, which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 charts. That’s impressive, but Paget and his band have put in their hard work constantly touring since their 2005, (The Poison) which broke them reasonably well into the United States music scene, which landed 375,000 copies sold in the US alone.–Scream Aim Fire topped sales of 53,000 in the first week alone.
Paget says the band’s sound (think a mix between the My Chemical Romance and AFI) and his style of playing is the result of inspiration from bands like Metallica, Machine Head, Slayer, Testament, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and more. Although the overall sound of the band is mixed down a little to appeal to mainstream artists, Paget’s muses are reflected in the constant vibrating metal riffs that he pounds out to heighten the heavier tone of the hard rock music. He credits his ESP guitar for helping him emulate their sounds systematically as Paget custom designed it to developed for the violent attack that it produces.
The ESP custom guitar is the same as the ESP Michael Paget signature model. It?s a V-shaped guitar with a neck-thru-body at 25.5” scale, mahogany body equipped with an ebony fingerboard and custom inlays with 24 extra jumbo frets. Hardware is black nickel (you know it… this guitar cannot be anymore more black), including Sperzel locking tuners and a ‘Tonepros’ locking bridge. The pickups on this axe are the famous EMG 81 at the bridge, and EMG 85 at the neck. A strategically placed skull with pistols superimposed on the UK flag graphic is beneath the bridge. If your budget is a little too tight for the ESP Signature model, check out the LTD MP-600, which offers the same specs minus the custom graphic, and with ESP tuners instead of Sperzels.