George Lynch (musician)

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George Lynch (b. September 28, 1954) is a heavy metal guitarist best known as a member of the band Dokken.

Lynch was born in Spokane, WA and raised in Sacramento, California. Lynch emerged in the 1980s (after working as lead guitarist in Dokken since the late 1970s) as one of the most highly respected modern mainstream guitarists, in league with players like Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, and John Norum.

After leaving Dokken in 1990, George formed his own rock band Lynch Mob and later worked with former Dokken bandmate Jeff Pilson on a project entitled Lynch Pilson.

Though Lynch rejoined Dokken in 1994 for two albums and three years of touring. He still found time to tour with his own band, appear at guitar clinics for ESP guitars, and attend the annual NAMM Show. In 1997, Lynch left to pursue other projects, while Dokken continued with John Norum taking up guitar duties again, having worked on Don Dokken's solo album and tour.

He is arguably most famous for his work in Dokken and his use of ESP guitars. George has more signature model guitars in his name than any other ESP endorsee and also of any other guitar manufacturer. His Skull and Bones guitar is one of the most famous in modern rock.

His use of vintage Marshall & Diezel amps and effects units to achieve his famous tone is legendary in rock guitar circles as is his famous legato technique and use of the scale, 'Gothic Octave'.

VH1's Where Are They Now? documentary program showed him as a keen bodybuilder who embraces healthy lifestyles and records and tours with his solo projects.



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