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ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar

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The ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar is the fifth Hetfield Signature Series guitar to carry his name since James and ESP joined force...Click To Read More About This Product

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A re-creation of Hetfield's modified Eclipse.

The ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar is the fifth Hetfield Signature Series guitar to carry his name since James and ESP joined forces in 1991. This latest guitar is manufactured to the exact specifications of James' Truckster, a modified ESP Eclipse-style stage guitar used on the St. Anger tour. This signature ESP Truckster features a multilayered finish strategically sanded through and fully distressed to simulate the original guitar.

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FEATURES
  • Set-neck construction
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • 3-piece mahogany neck
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Flag inlays with LTD at 12th fret
  • 22 XJ frets
  • EMG 81/60 active pickups
  • 2 volume and 1 tone control with 2 - 3-way toggles (toggle in upper position is inactive)
  • Satin chrome hardware
  • Sperzel locking tuners
  • TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece
  • White neck binding
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ESPJames Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly Versatile

By Relax 15

from Grand Rapids, MI

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Craftsmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • No Case Included

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

First off, this is a really well constructed guitar with attention to detail. The fretwork is flawless and the setup from the factory was just about perfect. I have come to expect this kind of craftsmanship from ESP/LTD products, and have yet to be disappointed. After almost two weeks of ownership, I have to say that the tonal variety of the pickups is just amazing. I have always found active pickups to be a bit "sterile" but EMG has really changed my mind with the "Het Set" signature pickups. If you think this guitar is all about Metallica, I would have to call you out. The truckster shines regardless of the pickup setting and has a bottom end like I have not heard from active pickups before. The neck pickup is simply amazing in my opinion, and I have been able to dial up a variety of inspiring tones.

Even if you don't like signature guitars, don't be afraid to give this one a shot. The truckster isn't a one trick pony, but rather an instrument with tremendous versatility!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

why is an ltd guitar so much money? they used to be an entry level esp, but now, just like epiphone to gibson, they have become much more expensive due to popularity/name recognition. this guitar is the same as the eclipse 1000, only with james hetfields name on it, so it really depends on how much you like the paint job.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Favorite Guitar

By Ironwolg-hZQg_

from Alabama

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Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in early 2008 and was blown away by now nice it sounded even on my crappy little marshall microstack. I eventually upgraded to a Marshall AVT 50 and now it sounds ridiculous. This guitar is very versatile, you can play anything on it and it'll give you the right tone. The EMGs really pack a punch on distortion, once you find the right settings you'll never want to try a different sound. Even though this guitar was built for a rhythm player, it sounds awesome when used for leads. All the notes cut through clearly and the sustaine is just beautiful. The neck is very comfortable, it's very thin and it's very easy to access the higher frets, surprisingly great for shredding. The guitar also looks amazing. Interesting fact: all of the LTD Trucksters apparently have different paint jobs on them, so your truckster will be unique to you. I must say, I was a bit angry when ESP released it in black, but I still do love my grey one. One of the best things about the finish is that even if you bump it or scratch it or whatever, it will just look like part of the design. Unless of course you break into the wood or have some other serious accident. Overall, it's a great guitar, it's the best sounding guitar I've got and I love using it. If you've got the money, get this guitar, you won't be sorry.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fell in Love

By Alexander Ivanov

from Russia

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

I owe this instrument for over a half of a year and Im absolutely satisfied. It plays and sounds really great. It designed really great and looks very cool. What is especially cool for me is the locking tuning system, which makes the process of changing strings very quick. There are only two disadvantages I found: only 22 frets and the weight. Its very heavy, but I got used to it after about a week of playing. And this guitar is not for funk music because of its humbucker pickup system. But if youre playing metalits the best choise. Im satisfied and I dont want any another guitar for metal. Its worth it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

I played this guitar at my local music store, and I have to say that this is a great guitar. Its extremely comfortable to play, and its a lot thinner than the Gibson Les Pauls which I usually dont like.The sound is amazing - the EMGs are very nice.Of course this guitar looks great too, so everyone who can afford one, and loves to play hard rock or metal, should buy this guitar.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP/LTD TRuckster

By st4ngeI2

from georgia

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Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

This is another well built guitar from ESP. The LTD model is no disappointment and is well worth it's cost. The combo mahogany body and neck create a rich thunderous sound. Clean - this guitar has a crisp clear tone with a thick accent. When pushing through distortion/overdrive - it delivers a thick and clear tone.The factory setup was perfect and played like a dream right out of the box.Definitely worth it!

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By lpman45

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

Alright I have owned several LTD models, Epiphone models, and several Gibson Les Pauls. This guitar can with out a doubt hold its own against those. It sounds great distorted and on a clean tone it sounds beautiful. Obviously sounds great for music like Metallica and you can get plenty of sounds from it, but, I think you are better off getting a nice epiphone and changing out the pickups. The les pauls by epiphone and gibson just feel better. They are in my opinion built better. Gibsons might be out of your price range but for less than this guitar get an epi of your color and swap out the pickups and you have just as good or a better guitar.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound!!!

By JFan

from Dallas,TX

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

This is one of the best sounding guitars I have heard in a while. Deep grunts from the strings right out of the box. Great guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By musicman123-OiHL-

from Kentucky KY

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

Ok, all I can say is, WOW! This guitar is incredible! Monster sustain, lots of punch and even hetfeild settings which are amazing! This is clear when i wnat it clear, when on distortion, the news gets better. This guitar is a MONSTER! The paintjob looks cool, so does the fact that the toggle switch on top is inactive, but don't worry, you still got the one on the bottom which is all you need! The EMGs on this thing are just EPIC! I recommend this guitar for anyone who knows what a real guitar should be!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One badass guitar.

By LupeGaru

from Devine, TX

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

This guitar feels great in the hands, the sound is phenomenal. It looks great (matter of opinion) The sperzels make string change a breeze, but it does detune fairly often (mabey just mine?).I would recommend this guitar..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing But Excellence

By JoeR.

from Atlanta GA

Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

Ive played many guitars ove the years and I must say this is an all around great guitar ! from head to toe nothing but Krunch !Played thru a mesa boogie triple rectifier theres nothing but sweet sweet tones . I would highly reccomend this guitar to everyone.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Brah

By Scott.

from Floriduh

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fat Sound
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    Alright so I'm 16. My dad's friend Tom is the one that won the Truckster Giveaway back in 2011, and he happened to get the grand prize. I got big into Metallica about a year ago and remembered he had a Metallica guitar. So I got a job and bought it off of him. Lo and behold, it's the best guitar I've ever played. It feels so good, has such a fat and aggressive tone. I can't stop playing it. I can play anything from Metallica to AC/DC, to Hendrix and Skynyrd. I highly recommend getting this beast.

     
    5.0

    CRAZY....Hotrod Guitar !!!!

    By TruckerMan01

    from The Burg, IN

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is simply amazing. It is more comfortable than a Gibson or Epiphone, Les Paul. I plugged it into a Marshall 2x50 watt combo and it SCREAMED!!!! The EMG pickups sounded great. Excellent mechanics on this one. The finish is awsome and durable. I have played many ESPs and this sounds the best of them all. Wish this was more affordable, so I could add it to my collection sooner!!!!

     
    5.0

    Excelent

    By Kasey-k8PaT

    from Wichita, KS

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is FLAWLESS. I've had it since late September, and its now April. I've done a few shows with it, and have had ZERO problems. The EMG's combined with the Mahogany body and neck make this a very clear sounding guitar. It handles excessive down-tuning very well which is good for me, but also sounds brilliant in 1/2 step down. Absolutely worth EVERY dollar spent. A wise investment for anyone.

     
    5.0

    Wow

    By Look to the sky before you die......

    from Sioux Falls

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is Some Kind of Monster, I have owned it for about 2 months now. It has amazing low end and screaming highs. But the pickups include an 9 volt battery for like 2000 playing hours. Dont know if you guys would like it. My previous Les Paul model rules and this one does too. You should totally get it if you want that Hetfield sound.

     
    5.0

    this thing seriously rocks

    By espuser18

    from McConnellsburg, Pa

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    I just got this guitar last night. Sounds awesome and plays better. The action is very low, and the EMG's rock. The clean sound is excellent with the neck pickup, but a clean with the bridge isn't 100%. Its always a little distorted. For metal, the EMG 81 is awesome. The finish is sweet. Quit reading, and go buy one now!

     
    5.0

    This guitar rocks

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar when it first came out. I use a Mesa Boogie 3 channel duel rec and overside boogie cab. Togetehr they sound awesome for hard rock. The EMG 81/60 are perfect for the crushing sound. The guitar very esy with plenty of action. I prefer this over my Les paul most of the time. Get this guitar...you wont be disappointed.

     
    5.0

    guitarist

    By espis the best

    from sanfransico, california

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is great! I bought this guitar a while back and it has no flaws, It has a life time warranty too! The EMG's sound great. The EMG 60 and 81 sounds great for the truckster. If I were you, I would really get this guitar. It's the best I've gotten so far.

     
    5.0

    Good metal guitar.

    By MPO1988

    from Massachusetts

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    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    I played this guitar in a music store. I plugged it ina nd played some Metallica riffs, and Randy Rhoads licks and some Judas Priest. Stuff like that. The guitar sounded amazing a had a nice comfortable feel in it. I even drew a bit of a crowd in the store too! hahaSo basically, if you play Metallica songs, you will love this guitar. Even if you don't like Metallica but you still play metal music, it's a great guitar.I know Hetfield is a rythm guitarist, but this guitar works good for leads too!

     
    5.0

    The perfect match for a Metal fan

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP James Hetfield Truckster LTD Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar for my birthday in May, and I was blow away. Well, I actually mine in June, thanks to the backorder. But wow - I use a Fender Frontman 25R amp (and I am planning to buy the Peavey XXX Stack), but with the Truckster and a Digitech Metal Master Distortion Pedal, this thing sounds amazing, probally thanks to the EMG 81/60 active pickups. You can hit some insane pinches this guitar as well. And it's amazingly light too. I've had it for a few months now, and this is definitely one of the best guitars that I've ever played.

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