In the video clips below, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, shares the details of his new Jackson signature Star models, available in USA, X Series and JS Series versions.
Gus last year parted ways with ESP and signed up with Jackson guitars.
Gus G. has spent the past decade quietly affirming his place as one of metal's reigning guitar virtuosos. He has recorded more than a dozen studio albums, performed around the world as a member of acts ranging from ARCH ENEMY and DREAM EVIL to his own band FIREWIND, and has been Osbourne's guitarist since being personally handpicked by the heavy metal legend in August 2009.
"I'm beyond excited and honored to confirm that I've joined the Jackson guitar family," Gus said last June. "The fact that my custom shop axes are built by the legendary Mike Shannon, who built Randy Rhoads' first Jackson, gives me goosebumps and takes the excitement up ten notches! Thanks to the Jackson team for making things happen, and I am stoked for this new guitar chapter ahead."
Gus was born Konstantinos Karamitroudis in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1980 — the same year Jackson was born. His arrival brings even more heavyweight power and prestige to the Jackson family of world-class artists, continuing a long-cherished tradition of Jackson-wielding Ozzy Osbourne guitarists dating all the way back to Randy Rhoads and the company's 1980 founding.
"We are beyond thrilled and honored to welcome Gus G. into the Jackson family," stated Jackson artist relations manager Mike Tempesta. "His playing style, command of the instrument and dedication to the craft exemplify the type of artist that keeps the Jackson legacy alive and well. The entire Jackson team looks forward to an exciting future with the Greek metal god!"
FIREWIND's eighth studio album, "Immortals", will be released on January 20 via the band's longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe. The disc marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, having worked with Dennis Ward (UNISONIC, PINK CREAM 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.
"Immortals" is FIREWIND's first release with singer Henning Basse (METALIUM, SONS OF SEASONS), who previously toured with the band on various continents in 2007 and was most recently the singer in Gus's solo touring group.
Gus's latest solo album, "Brand New Revolution", was released in Europe in July 2015 via Century Media. The CD was made available through Century Media in Australia and South America, Dismanic/eOne in North America and King Records in Japan.