Michael Wilton, guitarist for Queensrÿche and a longtime ESP player, now has a Signature Series acoustic guitar: the LTD MW-DC1E.
“Michael Wilton, or ‘Whip’ as his friends call him, is an outstanding player who has been part of the ESP family for a long time,” says Allen Steelgrave, ESP’s director of marketing and artist relations. “Some of Queensrÿche’s biggest hits, like “Silent Lucidity”, are based on acoustic guitar lines. It’s very fitting that Whip has now become the first ESP Signature Series artist with an acoustic model.”
The LTD MW-DC1E is a customized version of the LTD Xtone Exotic Wood Series EW-SM acoustic guitar. It’s a set-neck dreadnought with a cutaway at 25.5” scale, 21XJ frets, and a natural gloss finish on its spalted maple top, back, and sides.
The guitar features a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard and bridge, with the entire body, neck and headstock bound with Abalone purfling. The LTD MW-DC1E also offers a built-in B-Band T-55 4-band preamp with onboard tuner and XLR output option. Other custom features include chrome hardware, bone nut & saddle, diamond-shaped abalone inlays, and a custom pearloid/abalone “winged demon skull” inlay at the 12th fret.