This LTD V-500 is definitely the most sentimental guitar I own. It was my first “proper” guitar after I started learning how to play. It has been with me through the album recording of my first band Dark Symphonica, through to many gigs over the years. It’s my go to for a heavier metal guitar tone and its slim neck profile makes it a dream rhythm guitar to play.
An absolutely majestic shredder! While his technique and speed is incredible, I actually am most impressed by his composition of melodies, and catchy rhythm guitar riffs. He’s produced countless classics from his time in Nevermore, and throughout his solo career. I absolutely love how relentless and expressive his playing is and has proved to be more than a one trick pony.
One of my first major guitar influences was Marty Friedman. His vibrato and bending technique gives his playing a unique voice that is enviable. Melody is always first with Friedman, and he’s greatly influenced my approach to lead playing.
Raouf Araji (Seraphic)
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