Alexander Nathan Skolnick (born September 29, 1968), is an American metal and jazz guitarist who is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, and heads the jazz band Alex Skolnick Trio. According to a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll he is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time as well as one of the fastest guitarists in the world.
Born and raised in Berkeley, California by a “non-traditional” Jewish family, Skolnick began playing the guitar at age nine. He was influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Scorpions. He was a student of renowned guitarist Joe Satriani and was one of many guitarists (Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett,Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan) who studied under Satriani to achieve fame. His parents, Jerome Skolnickand Arlene, both PhD graduates from Yale University, were professors of sociology at New York University and have previously taught at UC Berkeley. Skolnick has an older brother, Michael.
Skolnick was a member of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band Testament from 1983 until his departure in 1993. He returned briefly to re-record some old material for the band’s First Strike Still Deadlyrelease, as well as the “Thrash of the Titans” all-star performance in 2001, before returning full-time four years later.
After his first departure from Testament, Skolnick joined the band Savatage in 1994 for the recording of Handful of Rain, as well as its follow-up live album and home video release Japan Live ’94. In 1991 he recorded and toured with the Stu Hamm band. He also played guitar for Ozzy Osbourne in 1995. In 2004, Skolnick made a guest appearance on Lamb of God‘s Ashes of the Wake album, recording a solo for the album’s instrumental title track.
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LTD ALEX SKOLNICK Silver Sunburst AS-1
With versatile precision, guitar virtuoso Alex Skolnick can do it all. From metal to jazz, his superior playing has earned Alex a reputation as one of the most well-versed guitar players in the world. Whether he is dominating stages with thrash metal godfathers Testament, or exploring new musical territories with his namesake jazz trio, Alex continues to amaze crowds around the world with his intense and melodic playing style.
- The LTD Alex Skolnick AS-1 SSB has a Mahogany Body with a Maple Top, Mahogany Neck with a Rosewood Fingerboard
- This Guitar comes equipped with a Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece and Grover Tuners
- It has Set-Neck Construction with a 24.75″ Scale, 22 Extra Jumbo Frets and a “U” Neck Contour
- The Pickups are passive Seymour Duncan JB(b) & ’59(n)
- The Controls are Vol/Vol/Tone(P/P)*/Toggle Switch *(Coil Split for Neck P.U.)
- Hardshell Case Model: CECFF Sold Separately