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ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar  

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The ESP Kamikaze 1 George Lynch Signature Electric Guitar features a maple body and neck with an ebony fingerboard that boasts 22 extra-jumbo frets. ...Read More

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Custom graphics and some super-hot electronics make this one deadly enough to suit guitar god George Lynch.

The ESP Kamikaze 1 George Lynch Signature Electric Guitar features a maple body and neck with an ebony fingerboard that boasts 22 extra-jumbo frets. Hardware on the ESP Kamikaze is black and includes a Floyd Rose Original tremolo. Pickups are a Seymour Duncan George Lynch Screamin' Demon humbuckers teamed with an ESP SH-100 single-coil. ESP includes a hardshell case with the George Lynch Kamikaze 1 Guitar.

FEATURES
  • Bolt-on neck construction
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 45mm neck width
  • 43mm locking nut
  • GL Original U neck contour
  • 22 XJ frets
  • Black Hardware
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Floyd Rose Original tremolo bridge
  • Seymour Duncan George Lynch Screamin' Demon bridge humbucker
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ESPKamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best quality guitar I ever played

I own three ESPs and have played for around 15 years.
All are GL signatures ( Kmai 1 prototype - one of 25 I believe a Kami 2 which is my favourite,...Read complete review

I own three ESPs and have played for around 15 years.
All are GL signatures ( Kmai 1 prototype - one of 25 I believe a Kami 2 which is my favourite, and a Skulls & snakes model with strat headstock and side dot markers. They are all way better than any other guitar I have ever owned (2 gibson custom USA models, a PRS 1988 24 fret standard, and an Ibanez Artist 1981 + a RG Presteige. By comparision, these have far better build quality, to me, better sounding having great string separation ,and clean up well with the volume pot, and yet are very powerful and easy for coaxing harmonics from.I think the pickups were ( in all three) SL120 in the kneck, and Im not sure about the bridge pickup.
(I didnt have the later screaming demon pickups on any of mine as all my guitars were very early ones, - (the demons are in my view too bright).
They are built to last, and are simply hewn from granite - they fell that solid.
I can throw it around at a gig, knowing it wont break, and it plays phenomenally well as these have the best kneck, being wide/ big, but super slinky and fast as hell. All in all, I would not sell my 3 Esps at any price, as I would never find anything that I think would be as good.
The blue Kami has gigged mercilessly, and still plays like a dream, and sounds like god - its one in a million.

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WORST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE!!!

I owned this guitar about a year ago when I was in a George Lynch "phase" and I must say I am still regretting it. For as much money as I...Read complete review

I owned this guitar about a year ago when I was in a George Lynch "phase" and I must say I am still regretting it. For as much money as I payed for this thing the quality was sure lacking. As you may know the paint job on this is not actual paint but it is a graphic and some of the colors on mine were bubbled up. This is an overall bulky guitar with the body and neck being made of maple. I didn't think it was as heavy as some people say. The neck is wide and really would better fit someone with big bulky hands rather than me with skinny hands. The push/pull volume/pickup selector knob feels like it would fall off eventually. It sounds alright but is nothing incredible and it sustains fine. I've played guitars nicer than this for a third of this price. It just looks cheap aside from the ebony fretboard and pearl dot inlays which don't really help much anyways. Really the only nice thing about this is that it has an Original Floyd Rose but my Schecter Hellraiser FR has one to so its not some rare and unique feature. As a final note I'd like to add that you would think that if you would want to sell this thing that you'd make a profit or atleast get your money back. WRONG, I lost half of the money I payed for it when I sold it, not because I was ripped off but because a pre-owned Kamkikaze just isn't worth that much, look at any blue book value. I'll never buy an ESP or LTD again and its all thanks to the Kamikaze. I understand others have had a better experience with this guitar but all I can do is telly of my experience and I beg of you to try this thing out before you buy it. I'd hate to see someone make the same mistake that I made.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best quality guitar I ever played

By Ultimagtr650

from UK

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I own three ESPs and have played for around 15 years.
    All are GL signatures ( Kmai 1 prototype - one of 25 I believe a Kami 2 which is my favourite, and a Skulls & snakes model with strat headstock and side dot markers. They are all way better than any other guitar I have ever owned (2 gibson custom USA models, a PRS 1988 24 fret standard, and an Ibanez Artist 1981 + a RG Presteige. By comparision, these have far better build quality, to me, better sounding having great string separation ,and clean up well with the volume pot, and yet are very powerful and easy for coaxing harmonics from.I think the pickups were ( in all three) SL120 in the kneck, and Im not sure about the bridge pickup.
    (I didnt have the later screaming demon pickups on any of mine as all my guitars were very early ones, - (the demons are in my view too bright).
    They are built to last, and are simply hewn from granite - they fell that solid.
    I can throw it around at a gig, knowing it wont break, and it plays phenomenally well as these have the best kneck, being wide/ big, but super slinky and fast as hell. All in all, I would not sell my 3 Esps at any price, as I would never find anything that I think would be as good.
    The blue Kami has gigged mercilessly, and still plays like a dream, and sounds like god - its one in a million.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    WORST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE!!!

    By Steve-ca-KT

    from Midwest US

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I owned this guitar about a year ago when I was in a George Lynch "phase" and I must say I am still regretting it. For as much money as I payed for this thing the quality was sure lacking. As you may know the paint job on this is not actual paint but it is a graphic and some of the colors on mine were bubbled up. This is an overall bulky guitar with the body and neck being made of maple. I didn't think it was as heavy as some people say. The neck is wide and really would better fit someone with big bulky hands rather than me with skinny hands. The push/pull volume/pickup selector knob feels like it would fall off eventually. It sounds alright but is nothing incredible and it sustains fine. I've played guitars nicer than this for a third of this price. It just looks cheap aside from the ebony fretboard and pearl dot inlays which don't really help much anyways. Really the only nice thing about this is that it has an Original Floyd Rose but my Schecter Hellraiser FR has one to so its not some rare and unique feature. As a final note I'd like to add that you would think that if you would want to sell this thing that you'd make a profit or atleast get your money back. WRONG, I lost half of the money I payed for it when I sold it, not because I was ripped off but because a pre-owned Kamkikaze just isn't worth that much, look at any blue book value. I'll never buy an ESP or LTD again and its all thanks to the Kamikaze. I understand others have had a better experience with this guitar but all I can do is telly of my experience and I beg of you to try this thing out before you buy it. I'd hate to see someone make the same mistake that I made.

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    5.0

    My favorite guitar...the Kamikaze

    By Ducky-ROOZ.

    from Florida

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I've played guitar for 23 years. Out of the dozen or so guitars that I've owned, I finally broke down six months ago and bought the ESP Kamikaze 1. This guitar is incredible. I don't even touch another guitar anymore. Nothing that I've ever played comes even close to the Kamikaze.

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I HAD this guitar!

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I LOVE esp's I have had more than I can count. Growing up on DOKKEN I dreamed of the Kamikaze! It was the one I had to have. After getting it I found that my dream was a nightmare. This guitar first ways 20+ pounds it is heavy as hell. I see why George is so big now. It played like crap and the Lynch pickup was so bright it just sounded like crap. I was not happy at all with this guitar. If looks could kill this guitar would be on deaht row. But another thing is the paint isn't paint. You can see it's just a cut out they clear coated over. Sorry, I want a better guitar than this. Again nothing aginst ESP because I think they are one of the best out there but this one is a DUD!

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    5.0

    ESP Kamikaze 1 George Lynch

    By Ducky-ROOZ.

    from Florida

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitars for over 20 years. George Lynch has always been my favorite guitarist and I've heard that this guitar is incredible. I couldn't afford one in the past, but finally found the means to buy one. What a gift this baby is. Absolutely INCREDIBLE. This baby is as heavy as a machine gun (I'm a US Marine so I do know how a heavy a machine gun is!)...but she rumbles when you play her. Absolutely superb. Now I wonder why I waited so long to get this fantastic axe. I love my new guitar. They are quite expensive. But you get what you pay for. I'd give it 5 stars across the board and say honestly that it is the best guitar that I've ever played. I am searching no longer. I found my "perfect" Guitar. Amen. God Bless You All. "Ducky"

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    5.0

    Old reliable metal machine

    By yeti67

    from Vancouver, Wa

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I have 2 ESP Kamikaze's, one like this, and a custom shop model. They both rock! I really like the wide necks, as it gives me room for tapping, etc. This has been my most versatile guitar as it can play many different types of music well. I would highly recommend buying one if you like to have fun and play old 80's cover tunes,etc.

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    5.0

    worth every dollar

    By esp_freak

    from ryan oneil of logan wv

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    i personally think this is the greatest guitar every. It has a great sound and feel to it. so to everyone buy this guitar

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wicked Sensation

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    Ok this is a shredder. Hands down, it's built for legato runs, vibrato, tapping and speedpickin'. Best neck I've ever seen or played in my life. Wouldn't know how you could improve on this guitar. The perfect machine.

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    5.0

    Nothing Better

    By kennyWayne

    from New Orleans

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I have many quitars LP Chavial ESP Ephone Jackson The Kamikaze has the most proffessonal sound and feel out of all my other quitars.

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    5.0

    Kickaxe

    By Ara

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about ESP Kamikaze-1 George Lynch Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is probably the best looking guitar I have ever seen. ESP is a great brand that you can trust and wont let you down when it comes to quality. The only reason I gave it a 9 on features is because of the bolt on neck which I'm not a huge fan of and the 22 frets. Id like to just go that tiny bit higher with 24 frets. I plan on buying this guitar the second I can afford it and playing it until my arms fall off.

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