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 Martin Renaud, 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 BrentJohnston
on ‎11-19-2015 11:46 AM

First accessory I would buy would be a premium leather strap

by raynebow58
on ‎11-19-2015 11:56 AM

My first accessory would be a guitar strap

by rishunjain
on ‎11-19-2015 12:10 PM

The first song I would play would be "Break my stride" by Matthew Wilder.

by rishunjain
on ‎11-19-2015 12:11 PM

The first accessory I would buy would be an amplifier.

by hogorman
on ‎11-19-2015 12:41 PM

I would play Crazy on You by Heart.

by hogorman
on ‎11-19-2015 12:41 PM

I would get a stand for it first.

by The Bestower JustJim65 The Bestower
on ‎11-19-2015 12:45 PM

Stairway To Heaven!

by The Bestower JustJim65 The Bestower
on ‎11-19-2015 12:46 PM

Yeah, a guiter strap sounds good.

by missfancynancy
on ‎11-19-2015 12:46 PM

Beautiful guitar! If I win this I will use best buy to update my recording studio! Ok ok my mini studio and this would be the incredible addition to it!!! 


by Chip
on ‎11-19-2015 01:04 PM

I will play the unforgiven

by ptrott
on ‎11-19-2015 01:25 PM

I will play "Sweet Jane," by Lou Reed.

by ptrott
on ‎11-19-2015 01:27 PM

The first thing I'd buy to go with the guitar is a Wah peddle.

by ptrott
on ‎11-19-2015 01:28 PM

The first song I'd play is "Sweet Jane," by Lou Reed.

by Sue
on ‎11-19-2015 01:29 PM

First thing to purchase - a beautiful guitar strap

by Sue
on ‎11-19-2015 01:32 PM

First song to play: Yesterday

by MattDal
on ‎11-19-2015 01:41 PM

First song: Obsessive devotion by Epica

by RyanDee88
on ‎11-19-2015 01:46 PM

The first song I'd play is Nothing Else Matters - Metallica. 

by RyanDee88
on ‎11-19-2015 01:48 PM

I'd by a set of electric drums to go with the guitar. I've always wanted some and I'm torn between buy a 7 string and those. So winning this would make my decision much easier.

by BradMoseanko
on ‎11-19-2015 02:37 PM

Theme Song to Game of Thrones

by BradMoseanko
on ‎11-19-2015 02:37 PM

First thing i would purchase would be a new strap

by The Bestower TessAlana99 The Bestower
on ‎11-19-2015 03:15 PM

Slayer   ...... Metal Storm/Face the Slayer...Smiley Tongue

by Starfishlover
on ‎11-19-2015 03:23 PM

I would play Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns N' Roses.

by the_jbourne
on ‎11-19-2015 03:23 PM

The first song I would try to learn would be Metallica's version of Whisky in the Jar.

by the_jbourne
on ‎11-19-2015 03:27 PM

The first accessory I would get would be one of the guitar cases for it, or if it came with one then a strap for it.

by Starfishlover
on ‎11-19-2015 03:28 PM

The first accessory I would purchase to go with this amazing ESP guitar would be a guitar stand.   

by KyaleStokes
on ‎11-19-2015 03:39 PM

I'd play dust in the wind Smiley Happy)

by mookiebud
on ‎11-19-2015 04:06 PM

Maybe because I play bass as well ... 


Smooth - Santana

by mookiebud
on ‎11-19-2015 04:08 PM

.... as for accessory, I get a guitar gig bag (although I'm not good enough to gig Smiley Happy 

by DarrahBailey
on ‎11-19-2015 04:10 PM

CRAZY Train by Ozzy!! 

by DarrahBailey
on ‎11-19-2015 04:10 PM

I would HAVE to buy an amplifier to go along with this beauty! 

by silencio
on ‎11-19-2015 04:16 PM

I would play I Ran by Flock of Seagulls!!!!!!!!!

by pmkpmk
on ‎11-19-2015 04:19 PM

 The first song I will play is The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel.

by pmkpmk
on ‎11-19-2015 04:20 PM

I will purchase  an amplifier

by fmongrain
on ‎11-19-2015 04:41 PM

Smiley HappyI'll play Wish you were here (Pink Floyd) ! 


by fmongrain
on ‎11-19-2015 04:43 PM

I Will buy an gt-100 multi-effects  pedal (Boss).

by daninsask
on ‎11-19-2015 04:48 PM

I'll play something easy as I learn

by daninsask
on ‎11-19-2015 04:49 PM

the first thing I'ld buy would be a nice case to protect it

by 5poonie
on ‎11-19-2015 05:24 PM
I would play Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters.
by 5poonie
on ‎11-19-2015 05:25 PM
I'd definitely buy an amplifier to go with this guitar (amongst other things).
by memberry
‎11-19-2015 05:44 PM - edited ‎11-19-2015 05:53 PM

The first song I would play on my new ESP 7 string would be Minerva By Deftones to honor Stephen Carpenter and take advantage of my blistering emg pickups.

by judycc
on ‎11-19-2015 05:45 PM

The first thing I would learn to play would be 'the Hawaiian Wedding song' and the first thing I would buy to go with it would be an amp.


by memberry
‎11-19-2015 05:49 PM - edited ‎11-19-2015 06:15 PM

I would  buy a Marshall Combo Amp to get a good  beefy metal tone out of my new 7 string.  

by markmartin
on ‎11-19-2015 06:03 PM

Stairway to Heaven.

by marthamartin
on ‎11-19-2015 06:04 PM

Green onions.

by angelofna4o
on ‎11-19-2015 06:30 PM


by wyldemusick
on ‎11-19-2015 06:35 PM

Given my usual habits, the first song played on this guitar would be like the first song played on all my guitars -- something original that I'm working on.

by mperkins37
on ‎11-19-2015 06:47 PM

First song? An Original called Zombie Disease.. Thanks

by sinhead83
on ‎11-19-2015 06:47 PM

Stairway to Heaven

by mperkins37
on ‎11-19-2015 06:48 PM

First Accessory? The Strap that keeps it secured to me& Straplocks of course, Thanks Again

by wyldemusick
on ‎11-19-2015 06:48 PM

As for the first accessory, actually, yes, an amplifier, as I need a new amp to replace my not-well Crate.