He has ESP custom models coming out, that is. Genre hopping guitarist Alex Skolinck has been added to the roster of ESP endorsers with his new Alex Skolnick EC and LTD AS-600 signature guitars, available in early 2014. Via Blabbermouth, the Testament guitarist says he was initially skeptical:

(I)n recent years, I’ve become a vintage guitar enthusiast, with standards that are tough for any manufacturers to live up to (and) what was being promised was a tall order: a new guitar bearing the same traditional quality I’d grown accustomed to, but with a fresh feel, a modern aesthetic, options for variation and greater durability. I’m thrilled to report that the project has succeeded on all counts.
Read more and take a look at the instrument at Blabbermouth.

Guitarist Alex Skolnick is a diverse talent who has created disparate music with Testament and his own trio. It’s no surprise, then, that his list of essential guitar albums, as described to Music Radar, is an eclectic assortment. In addition to landmark fare as Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow and Van Halen’s debut, Skolnick points to Miles Davis’ We Want Miles (featuring Mike Stern on guitar), Question and Answer by Pat Metheny and Live Album by Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit which stars guitarist Jimmy Herring. Skolnick on Live Album:

This is one of those records that, anytime I play it for somebody, it’ll make that person scratch his head and say, ‘Why have I not heard of this guy?’ It’s really that good. I was very impressed by Jimmy’s vocabulary on the guitar. His total approach to the instrument is vast.

Read the entire list at MR.

Right here.

Alexander Nathan Skolnick

This ad for the Ibanez 540S Series ran in Guitar School, September 1992. At that time Alex Skolnick was still on his first go round with Testament, supporting The Ritual. Alex and his gear are encased in glass as relics of the past. Prophetic for ’92?

Did you catch Guitar World’s “11 Essential Thrash Metal Albums”? Finally, a list that makes good sense. Aside from justifiably ubiquitous names like Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica, GW also hits on bands from the second and third tiers of thrash popularity, including Possession, Kreator, and Testament, about whose The New Order they note:

On the group’s second record, Alex Skolnick is a teenage shredaholic happily splattering sweep arpeggios all over the band’s thrashy grooves …

Check out the complete list right here.

Guitarist Alex Skolnick is busy these days, as summarized in a recent interview with Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. In the article he touches on changing record labels, a new Testament album and the new Alex Skolnick Trio album, Veritas:

I just wanted to make a statement about doing something that feels truthful. It’s a scary concept. People freak out about the truth. We all get in situations where we’re not being truthful, especially to ourselves. This was an album where I really felt like it felt right. This is what I want to do.

Read more and see the cover of Veritas at BW&BK.

Right here.

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