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Open-Box ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar Black

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In most respects the limited edition ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar is an M-II Deluxe that's been loaded with screaming EMG-8...Click To Read More About This Product

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(Open Box) This is exactly the same instrument ESP makes for Kirk to his specifications.

In most respects the limited edition ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar is an M-II Deluxe that's been loaded with screaming EMG-81/60 active humbuckers. The extra thin flat neck has a 24 extra-jumbo fret fingerboard to provide a springboard to intense, fleet-fingered flurries of riffage and extreme note bending. The finely crafted skull-and-crossbones pearl inlays add an extra dollop of menace. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Bolt-on neck construction
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm neck width
  • Extra thin flat neck contour
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Floyd Rose Original tremolo bridge
  • Locking nut
  • EMG-81 active bridge humbucker
  • EMG-60 active neck humbucker
  • Black hardware
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ESPKH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Killing tone!

Ok, I just need to correct another suscriber here. As a huge fan of Metallica, I know many things on this band. One of them is that Kirk's using two kind of guitars...Read complete review

Ok, I just need to correct another suscriber here. As a huge fan of Metallica, I know many things on this band. One of them is that Kirk's using two kind of guitars with the M-II shape : Bolt-on and neck-thru. No one's better than the other, the difference is what are you really looking for? For a clearer sound with more high range, choose the Bolt-on. For a deeper sound with more bass... choose the neck thru body. Kirk's using both of them. The KH-2 bolt-on just got an amazing sound, nice feeling, nice tone. Buy it if you want a guitar that will stand you for the future decades!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great crunching tone known to wake the dead

It has a really deep sustained crunch, where the EMG's come into play. It will singe your eyebrows if you crank into the 8 to 10 range on your standard 100 watt rig....Read complete review

It has a really deep sustained crunch, where the EMG's come into play. It will singe your eyebrows if you crank into the 8 to 10 range on your standard 100 watt rig. With the right tube amp, it keeps the metal alive!!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killing tone!

By ESP Freak

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands

    Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    Ok, I just need to correct another suscriber here. As a huge fan of Metallica, I know many things on this band. One of them is that Kirk's using two kind of guitars with the M-II shape : Bolt-on and neck-thru. No one's better than the other, the difference is what are you really looking for? For a clearer sound with more high range, choose the Bolt-on. For a deeper sound with more bass... choose the neck thru body. Kirk's using both of them. The KH-2 bolt-on just got an amazing sound, nice feeling, nice tone. Buy it if you want a guitar that will stand you for the future decades!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    KH2 Kirk Hammett Signature

    By Guitarguru

    from Scranton, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      The KH-2 is by far the best playing bolt on guitar I have ever played. I have been playing guitar for 22 years and I am completely blown away every time I pick it up. The EMG 81's sound amazing and for some reason this guitar is not plagued with the screechy mids that many super strat bodies are plagued with if they have active electronics or other types of high output pickups. It also has a pretty decent low end response and warm sound. The neck profile is very fast and the fretwork is flawless. This guitar shreds and the sound is huge. If you have 9-42 guage strings, the guitar sounds a bit thinner. The chunk factor dramatically increases if the strings are 10's. I've actually played this guitar with 11-48's before and its a wall of sound. The guitar stays in tune better than any guitar (nolt on, set neck, neck through. The people on here who who claim that this guitar stays in tune for a week at a time even with hard playing are not exaggerating. I have only owned and played high end USA madeguitars for the past 10 years and this is the best in my collection. It's expensive for a bolt on, and the price jump is significant from a regular M-II, but it is worth it if you want a light weight professional instrument that's built to last, sounds great, and is very versatile. This guitar is not a one trick pony.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best guitar I have ever owned!

      By Thundergod-SpTgJ

      from Nashville, TN

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I have wanted this guitar since I was 13 years old (I am 31 now) and I finally own it as of September 2008. It has lived up to the hype that I have read about for several years. I primarily play hard rock/metal music and this guitar screams just that! I use a Rivera Knucklehead 100R through a Marshall 1960 4X12 cabinet. I own 4 ESP (not LTD) guitars and this one is by far the best. The neck is super smooth and the pickups sound great, even on clean channel! I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a guitar specifically for hard rock/metal.

      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      it rips

      By Sive2006

      from Trenton, MI

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      My friend let me play this guitar and it shreds so well i didnt want to give in up it was awesome. The guitar sounds great and it goes out of tune maybe once every three months and i mean three months of playing 12 hours a day like i do.im 11 and have been playing for 7 months and shred like i have been playing for 12 years literaly and i know what good gear is.its great buy it its worth every penny

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent Instrument

      By anickell

      from Aberdeen, WA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I owned an ESP KH-2 for nearly ten years. It is an exceptional instrument and extraordinarily well-constructed; the Floyd Rose bridge and locking nut work in concert to consistently keep the guitar tuned. The action is incredible and allows for fast leads; the neck is uncommonly wide and VERY thin. The EMG pickups are bassy yet lack treble definition when clean, though spectacularly warm and punchy when overdriven.Overall, this instrument was created for metal. It is nowhere near as versatile as a Les Paul, Stratocaster, or Gretsch. "One trick pony" is a term that could be accurately applied to the ESP KH- if you can only afford one high-end instrument, you're better off with a Gibson.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      KH-2

      By Nick-5VfkS

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      This guitar screams metal! If you love Metallica, Slayer, Pantera or Black Sabbath, this is the guitar for you. With two loaded dual EMG 81 active set pickups in the neck and bridge you get monster lows, and thick rich highs. As well as the EMG's you also get an origanal floyd rose locking tremolo, great for wammy bar dives and many other guitar techniques. Strings never go out of tune once locked in! (I reccomend ernieball skinny top/heavy bottom 10.-52. strings for the best output on this guitar.) The guitar is made of only the best wood (alder body, and mahogony/rosewood for the neck and fretboard. The electronics are top of the line and are set to Kirks specifications. Another great feature si the custom skull and crossbone inlays, a great way to give this guitar even more character than it already shows, a perfect end to a perfect guitar. GO OUT AND GET ONE!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You are gona love this guitar

      By Daniel Romero

      from Santiago, Chile.

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      Have it since 1998. Sound is very very nice.10 years of use and i only have to replace the knows once, nothing else, very good quality on all parts.Plug in into an old marshall and it will rock your head off!!!Buy it if you can afford it, you are gona fall in love with her =P

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite Ax

      By Dan A.

      from Binghamton NY

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I gotta start by saying that this is the best guitar i have played through. I have owned this model since 1994 or "95" I can't quite remember but this ax has held up through thick and thin.I am not kidding this guitar has been through it all and it still plays and sounds like it did when I bought it. I own quite a few guitars including the kh3 model and this is my favorite.If you have the money to spend on a high quality instrument then I highly recomend this model.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      King of ALL guitars..

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar yesterday and it's the best guitar i've ever tried. The Emg's rule... awesome clean and rockin' distortion.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Britany Barlow

      By Something_Beautiful

      from Garden City, Kansas

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      Um... well i'm a struggling musician and yes I am a girl I used about 50 paychecks saved up from working at mcdonalds because i'm only a junior in highschool to buy this guitar but let me tell you it was well worth it. I also recommend the ESP LTD Ax 400 I also own that one as well and there both worth the money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      METAL GOD!

      By Total Eclipse

      from Albany, NY

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      There are few guitars out there that deliver in all fields. This thing sounds good, looks good and plays good. It's one of those guitars that make you feel cooler than you actually are when you put it on. The EMG's scream, but can be dialed down to give a good clean tone, very warm and bassy. The original Floyd Rose stays in good tune and allows you to do those awesome Dimebag harmoic screams. The factory setup is pretty much perfect.I am not a big Metallica fan, but this instrument stands on it's own.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      wow this guitar is amazing the sound is so clear.u can do almost anything with this guitar.the skull inlays on the fret board is so cool it grabs everyones attention.the locks on the head so it never goes out of tunes when ur doing a sick solo. its exspensive but very worth it.

       
      5.0

      Kirk 'Em All!

      By Chris

      from NJ

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        I had this for my birthday and the craftsmanship is at it's finest. Being a Kirk Hammett fan, I believe it's the best gift I could ever have! KH amp next hopefully. ;)

         
        5.0

        METALLICA ROCKS

        By me-6DF6w

        from San Antonio, Texas

        See all my reviews

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        I tried this one out, and the strings are really light. The pickups also distribute a really clean tone.

         
        5.0

        The best guitar I've ever encountered! 2 thumbs up

        By ATFguitarist

        from Charlottesville, VA

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        Action, tremelo, body size and weight are all perfect. A joy to play.

         
        5.0

        Absolute king of M-style guitars

        By ESPNut

        from Texas

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        If you want heavy kick in the head tone, then this guitar is your ticket. Crunch of an LP with piercing lead of a Strat. You can't go wrong with this one man.

         
        5.0

        Well made ESP for metal's premier guitar virtuoso

        By SynthetikFury

        from Santa Barbara

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        I've owned a KH2 for about 2 years now, I love it. It sounds much better than my Ibanez. Distortion feel is like nothing else. Sustains for weeks! Clean tones sound awesome with a chorus, flange, wah-wah, phaser... etc

         
        5.0

        It's ******* sweet!!!

        By does1realyknow

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        I have played it everyday since I got it. The pickups are great, the look is great, and I love the jumbo frets!

         
        5.0

        KH-2 Bolt-on: For when you've graduated

        By Lord Scotticus-gUclZ

        from Painesville, OH

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        The KH-2 bolt-on is the guitar of choice for the shred-metal guitarist ready to graduate from the minor leagues. The specs are well-known all over the Internet and on the lips of every metal guitarist, but here's what you might not have known:The KH-2 bolt-on is *not* an "exact replica" of Kirk's main stage guitar. Kirk's main stage guitar is a neck-thru, not a bolt on.The KH-2 is available in neck-thru IN THE UNITED STATES. They can be ordered. They're also about $500 more than the bolt-on.The KH-2 bolt-on has everything, literally everything, you need in a gig-worthy attention-grabbing main axe. People will know what you're about the moment they lay eyes on it; it's an honest-to-god working guitar for the guitarist who demands more.The neck is flat and wide, in fact it feels "extra flat" as though the curve of the neck is interrupted in the rear to make it like a shelf in the back. Hard to describe, amazing to play. "Extra Jumbo" really means exactly that in the frets; they're HUGE. To you, this means faster, easier fretting that's definite and true on all 24 frets.The only thing I'd change about this guitar is the positioning of the volume knobs. I believe that since it's obviously a primarily metal guitar (read: KIRK HAMMETT) that it's safe to assume you'll be playing it mostly from the rear EMG 81. Therefore, the rear pickup volume control should be most accessible. It's not. The knob just off from the bridge pickup is the NECK pickup volume, the middle knob is for the bridge pickup, and the bottom knob is tone. In fact, I've rewired mine so that the volume knobs are reversed, and glad I did.There's simply nothing else to buy; save your money! You need this guitar!

         
        5.0

        ESP KH-2

        By ESPGUY-tdu0b

        from MO

        Comments about ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        This M-II rules! Even if you dont like KH..like myself you will still love this guitar!

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