George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob) was the first endorser of the then still small company ESP in 1986, which had started modifying instruments. He simply liked the approach of the experienced Japanese and so he had the Kamikaze tailor-made for him.
A lot has changed over the decades. In the meantime, the manufacturer owns an Asian sub-label, LTD, which mass-produces inexpensive replicas of the mostly expensive custom models in China, Korea, India and elsewhere.
The GL-600 has an exalted V-shape that is only vaguely reminiscent of the great American model of the late 50s. The prongs are of different lengths, tapered and rounded on the side, admittedly very unique. The flat neck, the fingerboard with extra high frets and the body were optimised for a high playing comfort.
Two Seymour Duncan pickups provide the necessary pressure that the genre naturally requires, but due to their passive construction they allow for a large degree of dynamics. Those who use more sensitive playing techniques or like to work with the volume pot for gain control will get their money's worth here.
- Body: mahogany
- Neck: maple, glued in three parts
- profile: George Lynch original "U
- fingerboard: rosewood
- Frets: 22 XJ
- scale: 24,75"/ 628mm
- inlays: dots
- Nut: 42mm
- Pickups: Seymour Duncan Demon & Phat Cat Humbucker
- controls: master volume, tone, 3-way switch
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: TonePros System II Tune o Matic with tailpiece
- Mechanics: Sperzel Locking Tuners
- Colour: See Thru Black Cherry