Die (musician)

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Dir En Grey @ Maquinária Festival 10.jpg
Die at Maquinaria Festival, 2009
Background information
Also known as Die
Born (1974-12-20) December 20, 1974 (age 42)
Origin Mie, Japan
Occupation(s) Guitarist, composer, record producer
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Dir en grey, DECAYS,
La:Sadie's, Ka・za・ri
Notable instruments

Die (born December 20, 1974, born in Mie) is a Japanese musician and guitarist. He is best known as one of the guitarists of visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously a member of La:Sadie's and before that he was in Ka・za・ri. In 2015 he announced that he will be the vocalist and guitarist for a side-band, DECAYS. Die is the second most credited composer within Dir en grey (after fellow guitarist Kaoru and at least up to Vulgar, at which individual credits for the music were dropped) and his songs tend to be more upbeat, such as "304 Goushitsu, Hakushi no Sakura", "Riyuu" and "Mr.Newsman".


Die is endorsed by ESP Guitars in Japan who provides him with most of his guitars, picks, and straps. He has two lines of signature-series guitar from the ESP Custom Shop guitars called the DDT and D-DR models. Both models are based on the classic Telecaster body, the original DDT model being a copy of it and the newer D-DR model appearing to be a combination of a telecaster and an ESP F-body. In live performances he mainly uses amplification and red covered cabinets by Mesa/Boogie (Road King amplifier and Rectifier 4x12 cabinets).[citation needed]

Both of Die's signature guitars have replica models available in Japan through the ESP and Edwards product lines. ESP offers replicas of the D-DR 300 and DDT #00004. Edwards offers replicas of the same models as ESP and a miniature DDT.


Brand Model Notes
ESP DDT #00001 Die's first signature and primary guitar before the D-DR series was made smartly.[1]
ESP DDT #00002 The only see-through black version of the DDT series.[1]
ESP DDT #00003 The only see-through dark green version of the DDT series, also the artist's first guitar to have the "Dir En Grey" inlay at the 12th fret.[1]
ESP DDT #00004 Just the same guitar as DDT# 00001 but also with band logo inlay on 12 fret 1
ESP DDT #00005 Just the same guitar as DDT #00003, but red color as DDT #00001 & DDT # 00004 1
ESP D-DR Prototypes Prototype models of the D-DR series and Die's first baritone guitars, with a 27 inch neck instead of the 25.5 inch of the DDT series.[1]
ESP D-DR 300 Die's second signature series from ESP from which he has multiple models. The D-DR 300 has the same neck length as the prototype, but a 5mm thicker body.[1]
ESP D-DR 300 7-String Since Dum Sprio Spero; uses ADADGBE and A# Standard tunings
ESP MC Custom Has a metallic grey finish.
ESP Eclipse Custom Has a brown and black snakeskin wrap finish on it. Die's only guitar to contain three sets of pickups. Can be seen in live performances of "Karasu".
ESP VP-SL7 7-String Red 7-String Viper; same tunings used on D-DR 7-Strings
ESP Die TE Custom Has 2 different models.
ESP Die LP Custom none
ESP MA-300 SA Acoustic used for Gauze.
Fender Esquire Used for recording
Morris MT5000 The artist's most regularly used acoustic guitar.

Pickups and other accessories[edit]

Die performs at Rock im Park in 2006.
  • Mesa/Boogie 6x Red Leather 4x12 Standard Rectifier Cabinet[2]
  • Mesa/Boogie Red Leather Road King Head[2]
  • Mesa/Boogie TriAxis Preamp
  • Mesa/Boogie Red Leather Dual Rectifier Solo Head
  • 2x VHT Power Amps
  • Roland JC-120 Combo Amp
  • Boss FV-300L Volume Pedal
  • Dunlop Crybaby 95Q Wah
  • Digital Music Corp. Ground Control Pro Foot Controller
  • Tech 21 SansAmp PSA-1 Preamp
  • MoogerFooger MF-102 Ring Modulator Pedal
  • EHX Small Clone Chorus
  • MXR Phase 100
  • EMG SA pickups at both bridge and neck on DDT #00001 and #00004
  • Seymour Duncan SSL-4 at neck and ESP SS-RI-120R at bridge on DDT #00002, #00003, #00005, and the D-DR Prototypes.
  • Seymour Duncan SH-1N at neck and SH-6B at bridge on D-DR 300
  • ESP custom-printed picks
  • ESP Dir En Grey series guitar strap

In the DVD that was included with the limited version of their new single, featuring Recordings of all three tracks, Die is seen using an Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff.

In their recent interview with GiGS No. 315, Die and Kaoru used the WARZY DRIVE by Shark Effect for the Dropped A tuning. Die also upgraded his POG to a POG2, The Eventide TIME FACTOR was added, and his Electro Harmonix Small Clone was Modified.


  1. ^ a b c d e "ESP DDT & D-DR series information". espguitars.co.jp. 
  2. ^ a b "Mesa/Boogie Artist Gallery: Die". mesaboogie.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. 

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