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André Olbrich


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André Olbrich (born May 3, 1967, in Düsseldorf, Germany) is the lead guitarist of the German power metal band Blind Guardian. He is one of the band’s founders together with vocalist Hansi Kürsch, and serves as one of its main songwriters.


Olbrich’s style is influenced by his favourite bands, which include Judas Priest, Megadeth and Black Sabbath. Additionally Olbrich uses much the staccato technique and many other speed metal techniques. He is listed on Guitar World’s list of the “100 Greatest Metal Guitarists”. André’s guitar work revolves around vocalist Hansi Kursch’s singing. Detractor’s of this state that Olbrich’s playing does not follow the common metal format, due its lack of shred guitar in solos. Like many other guitarists however (in particular Slayer guitarist Kerry King) he believes having his own style is more important than being good at what someone else already has done.


Olbrich has been known to use the following:

* ESP Original Series Horizon Custom

Body: Alder
Neck: Maple (Neck-thru)
Pickups: 2x EMG 81
Floyd Rose Tremolo System
24 Jumbo Frets

* ESP Original Series M-II Neck Thru

Body: Alder with Maple Top
Neck: Maple (Neck-thru)
Pickups: 1x EMG 81 (bridge) 1x EMG SA (neck)
Floyd Rose Tremolo System
24 Jumbo Frets

* ESP Original Series Explorer Custom

Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple (Neck-thru)

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