Enter to win an ESP LTD 7 String Electric Guitar signed by Stephen Carpenter

by Editor in Chief ‎11-17-2015 08:59 AM - edited ‎11-24-2015 04:28 PM

I’ve been telling people for years that Best Buy has the best contests.  Okay, I admit, as Editor-in-Chief of the blog program here at Best Buy I am a little biased.  But in all honesty I have not seen any other company conduct so many really cool giveaways. That is especially true this holiday season. We kicked off this holiday season with an amazing toy contest, giving away approximately $5000 worth of the best toys of 2015 (in fact you can still enter until Thursday night).  And the contests will keep coming all through the holidays so return here often to enter them all.


Every contest we do has amazing prizes. This contest is no exception. The Prize is a highly coveted ESP LTD guitar. All of their guitars are highly coveted of course. They are endorsed by a huge assortment of guitarists like Ron Wood of the Stones and James Hetfield of Metallica.  However, they are best known for producing some of the heaviest, heart-pounding sounds of heavy metal.


Best Buy is a great place to go if you are a musician because of the huge assortment of musical equipment that we sell, especially online. Guitarists can find everything they need, including the best accessories to help them make incredible sounds. You’ll find amps, cables, picks: in fact we just did a blog post about the huge range of accessories to give you an idea of what’s available.



Best Buy also carries a huge selection of musical instruments. In fact, we already carry an assortment of ESP and LTD guitars and that selection is about to get a lot bigger. Soon we will be reviewing a couple of these new guitars on the blog, including my favourite 6 string model, the ESP Eclipse (shown on the right). To celebrate, we are offering a very unique chance to own a very unique instrument. The winner of this contest will win a 7 string ESP LTD Guitar that has been signed by Stephen Carpenter, guitarist of the Deftones who regularly performs with 7 and even 8 string guitars. This instrument features tons of great details:


  • Basswood body, Maple Neck, and Rosewood fingerboard
  • Thin U-shaped neck with 24 extra jumbo frets
  • Chrome hardware
  • ESP LH-307 Pickups

You’ll never want to put it down!  If you are a guitarist, this will be one of the coolest guitars you’ve ever played. If you are not a guitarist you’ll be motivated to take lessons so you can begin to enjoy this fantastic instrument.


How to enter


This contest is really easy to enter. In fact, there are 2 ways to enter. You can leave a comment here on the contest blog announcement telling us what will be the first song you’ll play on this ESP guitar. You can also leave a comment here on the contest blog announcement telling us the first accessory (perhaps an amplifier, or a guitar strap) you will purchase to go with this amazing  guitar. That means you can enter a maximum of two times.



What you can win


We will randomly select one entry from all eligible comments entered here on the blog. That person will win a brand new ESP LTD 7 string SC-207 guitar signed by Stephen Carpenter.


This contest will run from  November 17th until November 23rd.


Remember you can enter only twice, once by telling us the first song you will play on this guitar if you win, and once by saying what the first accessory is that you will purchase if you win this guitar. You can also share this article with friends and family so they too have a chance to win—after all music is for sharing!


Good Luck.



By , Editor-in-Chief


Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on Plug-in Blog as Blog Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen or having fun with his teenagers on the tennis court. He regularly shares fun and interesting articles on his Twitter account.  







Contest Rules for Best Buy’s
“Win a signed 7 string ESP Guitar from Best Buy”

(the “Contest”)

November 17 to November 23, 2015




How to Enter


1. No purchase necessary.


2. Entries may be made between 9:00 am PST on Tuesday, November 17 and 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday November 23 (the “Contest Period”) in the following method:


              a. Leave a comment on the contest blog announcement telling us what will be the first song you’ll play on this fantastic ESP guitar; or


              b. Leave a comment on the contest blog announcement telling us the first accessory you will purchase to go with this amazing ESP guitar



3. Only one entry per person per method of entry, for a total of 2 entries per person. Participants making more entries than permitted may be disqualified. Entries that are fraudulent are not permitted and will be declared invalid.  


Who Can Enter


4. The Contest is open to residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence before the end of the Contest Period. Where an entrant is a minor, a parent or guardian who has reached the age of majority in his or her province of residence by the closing date of the Contest, must indicate acceptance of the Contest rules.


5. The Contest is not open to employees of Best Buy Canada Ltd. (“Best Buy”), and its parent, subsidiaries, or affiliated companies, their advertising and promotion agencies, or their other representatives or agents, or anyone with whom any of the foregoing is domiciled.



The Prize



6. There is one (1) prize available to be won: a 7 string ESP LTD Guitar, hand signed by guitarist Stephen Carpenter. The total retail value of the prize is approximately $659.99


7. Prize must be accepted as awarded. The prize may not be sold, transferred and no component thereof is convertible to cash.


8. Prize to be administered by Best Buy. All of the above Prize details are subject to change without notice at the Best Buy’s sole discretion.


9. All other expenses not specified herein are the sole responsibility of the winner. 


10. Prize is subject to the following restrictions:


     a. Prize is non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and not redeemable for cash;


     b. Prize must be accepted as awarded and may not be sold; and


     c. Best Buy reserves the right to substitute any of the prize with a prize of equivalent retail value in the event the prize are not reasonably available at their discretion.


Contest Draw


11. The contest will take place from November 17 at 9:00 a.m. PST until November 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST. One winner will be selected by random draw from all eligible comments made on the contest blog announcement. The draw will be made on November 24 at 10:00 a.m. PST at Best Buy’s office located at 8800 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC, V5J 5K3 


12. Following the draw, the selected entrant will be contacted using the contact information on their blog profile.


13. In order to receive a prize, the selected entrants must:


     a. Respond to the prize notification email or telephone call within forty-eight (48) hours of transmission;


     b. correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question; and


     c. sign a declaration stating that he/she:


          i. has read, understands and complies with the Contest rules;


          ii. releases and discharges Best Buy and its parents, subsidiaries affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and agents(collectively, the “Released Parties”) and


          iii. consents to the announcement of the winner's name and the use by or on behalf of Best Buy of the winner's name, address, photograph, likeness, voice or statements, and/or use of winning room for advertising and promotional purposes without any further compensation to the winner.


14. Should the prize winners fail to comply with any of the requirements set out in paragraph 13, their applicable prize will be automatically forfeited and another entrant will be selected by random draw.  


15. The chances of winning a prize depends on the number of eligible entries received.


Consent to Personal Information Use and Disclosure


16. By entering the Contest, participants consent to Best Buy’s collection, use and disclosure of the personal information provided in Contest entries for the administration of the Contest and in aggregated, non-personal form in order to create reports regarding Contest entrant demographics and consumer habits, which reports Best Buy’s may disclose to others.


17. Participants who indicate on their entry form that they wish to receive Best Buy’s e-newsletter further consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information (including their email address) by Best Buy for the purpose of providing the e-newsletter.  Signing-up for the e-newsletter will not affect the odds of winning.


Disclaimer and Liability Exclusion


18. Best Buy and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates will not, under any circumstances, be responsible for, or liable to any Contest entrant or any other person for:


     a. any erroneous, lost, damaged, late, incomplete, misdirected, deleted, defective, or altered Contest entries, regardless of the cause;


     b. any failure for any reason whatsoever of the selected entrant to receive a prize notification email;


     c. any changes in email addresses or email address assignments after Contest entry forms are submitted;


     d. any computer, online, telephone, or technical malfunctions or errors that may occur, regardless of the cause; or


     e. any damage or loss, including any loss of use, loss of production, loss of profits (anticipated or otherwise), loss of markets, economic loss, special, indirect or consequential loss or damage or punitive damages, whether in contract, tort or under any other theory of law or equity, arising from, connected with, or relating to the Contest or the submission of entries to the Contest or participation in the Contest or the Contest prize, or the use of the caweb site (including the downloading of any materials from that web site) and regardless of the cause or any negligence by Best Buy or anyone for whom Best Buy is responsible, and notwithstanding that Best Buy may have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage being incurred.


Other Matters


19. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as intended by Best Buy, including due to computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause that corrupts or interferes with the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Best Buy may, at its sole discretion, disqualify any entrant responsible for such misconduct and cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.




21. Return of any prize notification email as undeliverable may result in disqualification, and an alternate winner may be selected.


22. Decisions of Contest judges in respect of any aspect of the Contest are final and binding on all entrants.


23. Participation in the Contest constitutes acceptance and agreement to these Contest rules.


24. Best Buy reserves the right, at their option, to publish the winner's name, address, photograph, likeness, voice or statements without any further compensation to the winner.


25. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and local laws and is void where prohibited by law. Best Buy may, where required by law, disclose contest entrant information to the government.  If any provision of these rules is found by any court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, all other provisions will remain in full force and effect.


26. Best Buy may, where required by law, disclose contest entrant information to the government.


27. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of this publicity Contest may be submitted by a resident of the Province of Quebec to the Régie des alcools, des jeux et des courses for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted by a resident of the Province of Quebec to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.  


by ginette4 on ‎11-19-2015 03:47 AM

The first accessory would be an amp

by agallant on ‎11-19-2015 03:54 AM

My first song: He Bo Diddley

by agallant on ‎11-19-2015 03:55 AM

First accessory: an amp


by TEREIDSKI on ‎11-19-2015 04:27 AM

First Song would be "Sunshine of your Love" by Cream

by TEREIDSKI on ‎11-19-2015 04:28 AM

My First Accessory would be a Fender Supersonic 60 Amplifier.

by smian on ‎11-19-2015 04:40 AM

'Start me up' by the Rolling Stones, of course!

by kcazguy ‎11-19-2015 04:43 AM - edited ‎11-19-2015 04:43 AM

Dragonforce - Above the Winter Moonlight


The 7th string will allow me to play the lower chords!

by kckaat on ‎11-19-2015 05:26 AM

Well I would not be playing anything on it as I would butcher any song attempted, but my son would love to play anything from Slayer. I would rather he played a little Purple Haze.

by kckaat on ‎11-19-2015 05:27 AM

The little accessory we would purchase is a Marshall amp.

by pvilchez on ‎11-19-2015 05:45 AM

So far I've only played up to 6-strings, but I've always wanted to jam out to Tesseract's debut album, and they use 7-strings.

by pvilchez on ‎11-19-2015 05:47 AM

The first thing I'd get are some strap locks to make sure this thing is nice and secure!

by FatimaFaisal on ‎11-19-2015 05:56 AM

Sad Song - Rachel Renaud

by FatimaFaisal on ‎11-19-2015 06:01 AM


Ballad of BJC

by jetsgone on ‎11-19-2015 06:03 AM

Being a beginner, I think Smoke on the Water might be the first song.

by gibson_x on ‎11-19-2015 06:17 AM

First sont I would play would be High Road by Mastodon

by gibson_x on ‎11-19-2015 06:18 AM

First thing I would buy would probably be a nice case unless it came with one, then it would be strings

by WhipJack on ‎11-19-2015 06:38 AM

The first song I'd play on this beautiful ESP guitar would be Metallica's The Four Horsemen.

by lasereuropean on ‎11-19-2015 06:38 AM

I'd get a velvet blue strap and bang out SKY CHARIOTS by SLOUGH FEG.


Only the stoutest stock of northern men!

Battling trees! Wrestling rocks! Summoning Voden's strength! Enemies drop!

by WhipJack on ‎11-19-2015 06:40 AM

The first piece of equipment this guitar would need is a nice loud Marshall amp!

by ManitobaPearl on ‎11-19-2015 07:02 AM

The first song I would play is Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

by ManitobaPearl on ‎11-19-2015 07:04 AM

The first accessory I would purchase is guitar picks.

by pbfvoo on ‎11-19-2015 07:31 AM

i'd definitely be looking at getting a solid guitar case to protect this new baby!

by pbfvoo on ‎11-19-2015 07:32 AM

first song to be played on it?  probably "To Be With You" by Mr. Big!

by Andie13 on ‎11-19-2015 08:45 AM

I will create an electric version of Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban. Smiley Happy

by intensev5 on ‎11-19-2015 08:50 AM

Stairway to Heaven 

by Tricks73r on ‎11-19-2015 09:02 AM

If I get this beauty, I'd start off by ripping Cliffs of Dover

by Tricks73r on ‎11-19-2015 09:03 AM

The first thing I'd buy if I won this gorgeous axe? A hundred packs of strings and a thousand picks. I wouldn't want to ever have to stop playing!

by cjworld on ‎11-19-2015 09:21 AM

The first song I try to play when I win this guitar?  For some reason Stairway to Heaven popped into my head.  Ha.  Maybe something a little shorter ... love the rife on Snow by RHCP so let's go with that.  

by cjworld on ‎11-19-2015 09:23 AM

And the first accessory I will buy to go with my new guitar will be a smoking amplifier ... from Best Buy of course.

by smaug on ‎11-19-2015 09:41 AM

I am playing RS 2014, haven't mastered Titus Andronicus' A More Perfect Union... That's the one I'm going to play if win this guitar!

by bagget on ‎11-19-2015 09:43 AM

'Smoke on the Water' of course. Isn't that the first song everyone plays on a new guitar?

by bagget on ‎11-19-2015 09:43 AM

My first accessory will have to be a guitar strap.

by PalushkaDraper on ‎11-19-2015 09:46 AM

I would play Eric Clapton's Layla

by PalushkaDraper on ‎11-19-2015 09:47 AM

I would buy a Boss Guitar Multiple Effects Pedal to go with this amazing Guitar. Thank you!


by hopebc53 on ‎11-19-2015 09:49 AM

first song i would play is BORN TO BE WILD!  I would get a very cool amp to go with it...awesome prize! Smiley Wink

by GamesAndMusic on ‎11-19-2015 09:58 AM

First song i would play is Master of Puppets from Metallica.  I would also purchase a new amp and decent guitar stand to showcase this beauty!

by smaug on ‎11-19-2015 09:59 AM

The first accessory that I will buy for this guitar will be a Zoom G1Xon Guitar Multi Effects Processor Pedal. I already have cables and an amp

by tripper53 on ‎11-19-2015 10:12 AM

I want You by The Beatles

by tripper53 on ‎11-19-2015 10:15 AM

I would buy a guitar case

by BillRyan on ‎11-19-2015 10:21 AM

"Can't Cure The Fire" by Burning Rain

by BillRyan on ‎11-19-2015 10:23 AM

I would buy a Fulltone SSTE effects pedal

by stuttsdc on ‎11-19-2015 10:40 AM

Before I crank up the juice, I like to hear the guitar itself....clean and chimey.  So, I'd probably fingerpick Blackbird before I wail away.

by stuttsdc on ‎11-19-2015 10:41 AM

First thing I'd purchase to go along w/the guitar is a new amp.  My current amp is on the fritz and this would be reason enough to get a new one.


by vfenix on ‎11-19-2015 10:54 AM

I think my pick would be Billie Jean by Michael Jackson, great contest!

by mecharoach on ‎11-19-2015 10:54 AM

'Tears Don't Fall' by Bullet for My Valentine

by mecharoach ‎11-19-2015 10:55 AM - edited ‎11-19-2015 10:57 AM

This beauty would need a black leather strap, maybe with some metal spikes/studs through it....and some strap locks for safety.

by JoshSiemens on ‎11-19-2015 11:13 AM

I would play Stairway to heaven first.

by JoshSiemens on ‎11-19-2015 11:14 AM

I would also buy a nice guitar strap to go with this beauty.

by raynebow58 on ‎11-19-2015 11:40 AM

The first one I would play would be  House of the Rising Sun by the Animals.

by BrentJohnston on ‎11-19-2015 11:46 AM

First song I would play would bw La Grange