James started using this guitar around the release of the “Load” album in 1996, but it was likely used during the studio sessions as well. The guitar was built by ESP and painted by Dino Muradian to feature an elk skull surrounded by barbed wire. Dino used a technique called pyrography – a process of burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. The barbed wire extended on the fretboard as well, serving as inlay.more
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