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ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar

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The ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar delivers the vibe and playability of Kirk's personal ESP guitar at a price we can all appre...Click To Read More About This Product

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The essential Hammett for an affordable price.

The ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar delivers the vibe and playability of Kirk's personal ESP guitar at a price we can all appreciate. 25-1/2'-scale maple neck, basswood body, ESP LH-301 pickup set, double-locking Floyd Rose bridge, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays on the rosewood fretboard. Black hardware and black finish.

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FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Locking nut
  • 43mm neck width
  • Extra thin flat neck
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Double-Locking Floyd Rose Special bridge
  • ESP LH-301 pickups

You won't find a better heavy-metal axe at this price. Order today.

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ESPLTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love it.

I'm gonna start off the bat, I do have minor tuning problems involving the Floyd Rose, but that's nothing a little inotation can't fix. The pickups are nice and hot, the bridge screams...Read complete review

I'm gonna start off the bat, I do have minor tuning problems involving the Floyd Rose, but that's nothing a little inotation can't fix. The pickups are nice and hot, the bridge screams while the neck is a nice warm. It has great action with the Floyd Rose. The divebombs sound great. Overall, I love this guitar, and would recommend it to any aspiring metal fan who's looking for a good upgrade in guitars. Hope you people found this useful.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could Be Better

In stock this guitar deserves no more than 3 stars but I can give it 4 because you can really work with it and upgrade it to become a better sounding instrument. The tremolo...Read complete review

In stock this guitar deserves no more than 3 stars but I can give it 4 because you can really work with it and upgrade it to become a better sounding instrument. The tremolo is not very good but it works fine and gets the job done. It can go out of tune easily if not set-up properly. The tremolo on mine deteriorated over time and has now been destroyed but that's not a problem for me as I will upgrade it. The pups aren't bad but they aren't good; you get what you pay for. Other than that it is an okay instrument for practicing and learning specially if you're a Metallica fan boy. The thin U-neck is very comfortable and the jumbo frets make it easy to play but there are way better guitars out there for the price.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it.

By Metalhead6628

from Murfreesboro, TN

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

I'm gonna start off the bat, I do have minor tuning problems involving the Floyd Rose, but that's nothing a little inotation can't fix. The pickups are nice and hot, the bridge screams while the neck is a nice warm. It has great action with the Floyd Rose. The divebombs sound great. Overall, I love this guitar, and would recommend it to any aspiring metal fan who's looking for a good upgrade in guitars. Hope you people found this useful.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Well....

By ExodusOwnZ

from florida

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

Well this was my second guitar, in terms of quality and price its great,the stock pickups were horrible, the neck is amazingly comfortable, not too heavy, the main thing thats bad about this guitar is the floyd, it wont stay in tune no matter how you tweak or fix it. If I do a simple divebomb the guitar will go COMPLETELY out of tune I mean its not worth it unless you change it to a original floyd or a kahler or something. Overall its great for beginners and such but if youf above beginner level - pro do not but this unless you willing to spend a lot of money changing everything.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very pleased...

By Sean M

from Racine,OH

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

The feel and sound of the insturment is great. Pick ups are hot. Great playability straight out of the box.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP/LTD KH-202

By Tj Wilson

from South Of Heaven

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

Mindblowing. Absolutley mindblowing. Get this guitar.
I must say, this guitar is a dream come true. I've had it for almost a year, and I haven't looked back ever since. It was my first guitar with a Floyd Rose, so I had some temper issues with it haha, but other than that. The playability is fantastic, the neck is just superb. Now, the pickups are hot and they give good signal. Pair it up with the right distortion, and you got yourself a stairway to metal. The Floyd Rose Special is a pain at times, but it's honestly worth it when you get it just right. I can do Dimebag-sounding pulls on it (Ex. Cemetary Gates outro) and screaming divebombs with it. But keep the saddles and locking nut clean, 'cause it'll put a ringing sound on the strings. If you're a MetallicA fan, or just an aspiring metalhead who wants a killer axe, I'd recommend this to you, and just about anyone else. LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.
Just about everything I could ever ask for in a guitar.
I bought mine used off Ebay so..this price is a bit high. But it's still worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

\../ This guitar ROCKS \../

By Skefree James

from Peoria,Illinois

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

Can't go wrong with this guitar, I have had 100's of instruments and this TOPS them ALL....
Opening the box was an exciting moment, Seeing this guitar for the first time gave me chills.... The Floyd Rose was already dialed in, The guitar was practically in tune, I am getting a fret buzz but this can be adjusted and I am sure it will disappear. LOOKS AWESOME, I am 30 years old and I have wanted a Kirk Hammett guitar since I was 12 years old, To any MetallicA fans or guitarists, BUY THIS GUITAR, It is light weight and plays like a pro!!!!
ESP logo is everywhere but the headstock, They put good parts on this BEAST!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

KH-202

By josh-3cuVT

from austin, TX

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

for the price, nothing compares. the pickups arent top of the line (theyre just a cheaper version of EMG passives) but it still sounds great. it has an extremely fast neck, and i love this guitar!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR

By Michael Knight

from Los Angeles

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

I've always wanted this guitar because it looks bad ass, ESP is a great guitar company and I'm a Metallica fan. This guitar is not just a crappy guitar with a stars name on it. It really shreds, the sound is pretty good, the neck feels nice, the pickups are pretty good & stays in tune pretty good if you tune it right. Very happy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

KH 202

By OverTheHills&FarAway

from no one lives in Montana

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

It looked great when I got it out of the case. The guitar would not stay in tune and the bridge broke a few strings. I owned the guitar for a little over two years and tried to get use to it but I ended up trading it in on a new amp and bought a Gibson SG standard and have never looked back. Save your money and buy a Jackson.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Could Be Better

By TheHomieDavid

from Salinas, California

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

In stock this guitar deserves no more than 3 stars but I can give it 4 because you can really work with it and upgrade it to become a better sounding instrument. The tremolo is not very good but it works fine and gets the job done. It can go out of tune easily if not set-up properly. The tremolo on mine deteriorated over time and has now been destroyed but that's not a problem for me as I will upgrade it. The pups aren't bad but they aren't good; you get what you pay for. Other than that it is an okay instrument for practicing and learning specially if you're a Metallica fan boy. The thin U-neck is very comfortable and the jumbo frets make it easy to play but there are way better guitars out there for the price.

 
5.0

ESP/LTD KH-202

By shredder14

from Richmond, VA

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

This was the first real guitar (by real I mean the first guitar that was not a cheap beginners guitar). I bought this used almost 3 years ago at a local guitar shop and since then i have gotten many guitars, les pauls, dean mls, sg's, but this one is definitely one that i will never sell. This guitar keeps up with all the rest of mine, but i made a few adjustments to it. 1. i added EMG 81/85 and 2. i put an OFR on it. The OFR is so much better than the licensed floyd already installed. it has great playability, low action, lightweight, and comfortable to play sitting down or standing up. definitely a must buy!!

 
5.0

AMAZING GUITAR

By guitarmazdur

from westborough MA

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

DONT LET THE LOOKS FOOL YOU.although the skull inlays, reversed headstock, and black paint job make this look like a death metal guitar, it sounds amazing no matter what you play on it. even if you dont like metallica, this guitar is perfect for the intermediate guitarist who is looking for a fast, slick, long-lasting, and overall BEAST guitar.

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money!!!

By Silverflow-dW6pk

from Colorado

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

Ok So I bought this guitar today and I must say I am very impressed with it. I have been playing for 20yrs and I am an active musician and this is a great guitar for the money. I have read some of the reviews on hear where people did not like this guitar for one reason or another but I believe that just boils down to personal preferance and knowledge about guitars. for those of you with problems keeping it in tune go get a proffesional to set it up for you!! a guitar that is not set up properly will have those problems exspecially with a floyd rose on it!! as far as for mine it stays in tune no matter how many times I dive the whammy bar!! it has a great sound and feel the neck is nice and thin and very fast the guitar has a great sound geat action and a great look. the clean sound with chorus is really nice.I play southern rock to metallica and this guitar works great for me. this is my second ESP I also own 3 les pauls an SG and a shecter I love all my guitars and this kirk hammett signature ESP is a welcome addition to my ax collection!!

 
2.0

Enter buzzman

By Mr. Jaketastick

from Kansas City, MO

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

i tried this guitar yesterday at guitar center and thought that it looked good but that was all first of all the pickups are cheap, and they give off a lot of buzz i used a line 6 but it wasn't the problem i have the same amp at home the neck was flat and it had several dead frets on it the only other good thing i can say about it is that the floyd rose trem was absolutely amazing but i do not recomend this guitar unless your gonna spend a lot more money to fix it up.

 
4.0

Nothing special

By Sorry, Kirk...

from Santa Cruz, CA

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

This guitar has a great sound and is fast, fun and looks sweet. But it has one major flaw. It doesn't stay in tune for s***. You play 20 power chords and your E string goes down a half step. It is absolutly terrible. Not a guitar for live shows. This guitar is fine for practicing in your bedroom or showing off to friends but don't expect to be amazed.

 
5.0

My thoughts on the KH-202.

By somewherebetween5-4_IOr

from Springfield, Ohio

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

The LTD KH-202 guitar has not let me down since I first bought it about four years ago. It does have a slight problem with staying in tune, especially brand new. But, after some usage and slamming on the bar, it is no longer a problem. I have pressed the bar to completely slack all the strings and it has not even broken a spring or any strings. Plays pretty fast and the EMG's sound wonderful comming though my BOSS Metal Zone 2. The cleans however, sound a little thin without any added effects or eq's. But, after 4 years of live shows, touring and falling off my guitar stand multiple times, there is a slight short in the first volume knob and the EMG frames have cracked, but other than that, it has remained in perfect condition. I don't even have a case for it and it has still held through all the storms. Overall this is a very strong and great sounding guitar.

 
5.0

best guitar ive ever bought!

By metalhead14

from saginaw, mi

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar i ever bought, and this will be the best guitar you will ever buy. the neck is thin and smooth so you can slide up and down that thing all day. the pickups are thick, meaty and sound great!. this thing never goes out of tune, even if you whammy the crap out of it 4 hours straight. the 24 frets really help for playin metal, and you gotta love the skull inlays, BUY IT NOW!!!!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

I hanve this guitar and it's amazing!! I am a huge fan of Metallica and Kirk Hammett is my idol and i love black guitars that have alot of frets. So I thought this was the perfect guitar for me and it was!! And I love the wammy bar! :) But if your not a big Metallica fan like me and don't know who Kirk Hammett really is thats still ok! This is still an awsome guitar!!! I definitly recomend this guitar to anyone! Just wait tell you see what you can do with this guitar!!! :) Metallica and Kirk Hammett ROCK!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

i wish i had this

By trainofconsequence

from Undisclosed

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Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

my friend has this guitar and its so freaking awesome, ive used it a few times and i like the feel and sound of this its really cool i wish i had it

 
5.0

KH 202...beast guitar

By TallicaDude418

from NJ

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

I have had this guitar for about a year and a half and I can say that I will never let go of this guitar. The floyd rose is amazing and it never goes out of tune. Since I play alot of chunky, palm muted metal a-la metallica, parkway drive etc, the tremolo bar tends to get in the way so I don't usually use it. Definetly recommended for an intermedite guitarist who wants a guitar that will stand up to its name and the test of time. Would have a backup for gigging though because strings tend to break more often then not. Overall Awesome guitar

 
5.0

Wicked Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

This guitar is sooo awsome... actually bought it back in january 2008. I got this and the first time I hooked it up to my pedal and started jammin it was so good. It has a good clean tone and crazy distion aility. The floyd is nice and the neck is fast. Its a beastly guitar but I replaced the black nickel floyd neck nut knobs and tuners with solid black ones so its cooler and pop some EMG 81s in there so its basiclly its the KH2

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