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ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Thru-body neck for more sustain and tone.

The ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Guitar is great for lightning fast leads. With the KH body style and Kirk's trademark skull-and-crossbones inlays, this ESP guitar steps up with an alder body, rock-solid maple neck-thru construction, a rosewood fingerboard, EMG-81/60 active humbuckers, and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo. Extra-jumbo frets. Black hardware. 2 volume, tone, and 3-way switching controls.

FEATURES
  • Neck-thru-body construction
  • Alder body
  • 3-piece maple neck
  • Extra-thin U-shaped neck contour
  • 25.5" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • design
  • 42mm nut width
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • Dual EMG-81 bridge and EMG-60 neck active humbuckers
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo bridge
  • Locking nut
  • ESP tuners
  • 2 volume, tone, and 3-way switching controls
  • Skull and bones inlays
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ESPLTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 76 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Would definately buy another one

I play lead guitar in Rock/Metal band and own 14 guitars and this guitar is now my favorite to use, the feel and sound is perfect and love the all black look and...Read complete review

I play lead guitar in Rock/Metal band and own 14 guitars and this guitar is now my favorite to use, the feel and sound is perfect and love the all black look and skulls and crossbones, the Floyd rose works great, its so easy to play fast solo's I highly recommend this guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its not a bad guitar just not my type

Feature and construction wise the guitar is pretty good, the neck-thru design feels great and the cutaway allows the high frets to be played easily, and the emg pickups sound amazing.That being said the...Read complete review

Feature and construction wise the guitar is pretty good, the neck-thru design feels great and the cutaway allows the high frets to be played easily, and the emg pickups sound amazing.That being said the guitar looses points for playability.The main problem with this guitar is the neck. The neck is really beefy but also really slim sort of like a "U" shape ,now this is just a matter of personal preference I personally prefer guitar to have a wide flat neck but if you like this kind of neck then disregard this statement. The construction of the bridge is fairly poor though, if you have to do heavy palm muting the bridge begins to move and changes you note, that being said you could go out and buy an extra spring or up your string gauge but on a floyd rose that is easier said than done

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Would definately buy another one

By DodgeMan

from Humphrey, AR

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fantastic Guitar
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Looks great
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sounds Great

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

    I play lead guitar in Rock/Metal band and own 14 guitars and this guitar is now my favorite to use, the feel and sound is perfect and love the all black look and skulls and crossbones, the Floyd rose works great, its so easy to play fast solo's I highly recommend this guitar.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    well worth its price

    By The dude from Finland

    from Lappeenranta, Finland

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Bang For The Buck
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      Ordered this used guitar shipped to Finland, with a few doubts in my mind. Except for a little bump (mentioned in the ad), the guitar was in excellent condition and delivered overseas in 8 days !

      A few white spots on the edges of the fretboard, otherwise it is neatly finished, well balanced, stays in tune, and the EMG81/60 sound perfect.

      My first Floyd Rose tremolo, scared me a bit quite frankly, but it was easier to tune and intonate that I tought.

      The thin neck and 24 frets are a plus, but the sound of it coupled to a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone effect pedal, with forever sustain, is great for metal music. The guitar is easy to play, the extra-jumbo frets need only very light string pressure and make fast playing easyer.

      Even shipped overseas to Europe, and after custom taxes (3.7% on the guitar and VAT24% on the guitar + shipping expenses), it still is much cheaper that anywhere in Europe. Musician Friends' customer service was very helpful and I would buy from them any time again !

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      There Is No Equal

      By Evan Lam

      from Brooklyn, NY

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      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      I wanted a super-Strat with dual humbuckers, an original Floyd bridge, 24 frets and preferably neck-through body and I was checking out the Jackson SL2H, the Ibanez RGT42DX, and the LTD KH602. Well, I've had bad experience with Ibanez tremolos in the past even on their Japanese high end models so they were out. The Jackson is beautiful and made in the USA but pricey. So I took a chance with the KH602 and this guitar blew me away. My friend asked, 'What did you do to the neck, it's so fast! Did you glaze it?' You will not find many guitars with an original Floyd bridge for this price. The two EMG 81's on it give a sharp attack through my Marshall JCM2000 Triple Super Lead amp with sustain to spare. The black finish has a lustrous shine. You can shop around and compare or you can heed my advice: This is simply the best guitar of its kind you can buy for the money!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Practically Custom.

      By TheDeathMetalFreak

      from Wilkesboro North Carolina

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      My friend has this guitar, and I love playing it when we jam. All I have to do is literally touch the string and it's on the fret with no fret buzz, making some easy, fast playing. The floyd rose keeps it in perfect tuning no matter how hard I slam the strings or abuse the tremelo. Neck-thru is very nice and provides extremely comfortable access to the higher frets.The EMG-81 pickups scream on distortion! And, dispite what I've heard from other people: the EMG-81 clean sound is warm and full.The pictures don't do this guitar ANY justice!The finish is wonderfully glossy and the inlays sparkle!This guitar is pretty much what any metal-head would dream of as a custom for a thousand to two-thousand less.Get this guitar, you wont regret it.[All sound experienced was done through an ADA MP1 Tube Preamp into a Marshall 1x12.]

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      THE BEST GUITAR EVER

      By ESPforlife

      from The bowells of hell

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      Best guitar ever crushes ibanez dean and shecter combined. Floyd rose stays in tune really well when set up properly super fast neck with extra jumbo frets lets you completely shred like crazy. Its so awesome get one!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One word......................Amazing!

      By mcopen24

      from Cape Girardeau, MO

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      This guitar is an amazing guitar, the sound and "playability" is top notch! The divebombs sound amazing also and it doesnt come out of tune due to the floyd rose! This guitar is extremely easy to solo on, but I only had one problem: in live shows, the "playability" becomes harder when my hands would get sweaty because of the wax finish on the neck but, other than that I highly recommend this guitar to anyone because this guitar sounds great in any style.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding quality and price!

      By alcoholicespfan

      from Steamboat Springs, Colorado

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      Outstanding guitar. Has the lowest action i have played and the neckthrough design is flawless. The floyd rose 1000 series plays identically to the floyd rose original... it does come with a crappy pot metal sustain block, Floydupgrades.com fixed that. The A sting intonation was off by more than 1/4 inch when delivered. that was the reason for the 4.5 overall rating. The EMG's sound amazing. Great metal guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Perfect Guitar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      I Don't know where to begin in telling you that this guitar has everything! people write stupid reviews sayin the floyd rose bends the note when you palm mute. I can't honestly tell you that that isn't true, but I can tell you that statement is faulty at best to leave because thats what it is intended to do in the first place. If you want more tension and less bending, put another spring on, or change your spring guage. If you want to complane about a great guitar doing what it was invented to do, then I would suggest playing a set bridge. But to those who enjoy balls out metal, clean beautiful music, or grungy blues, you will be impressed with the ESP/LTD KH 602!! Ive wanted this guitar for 11 years, and let me tell you it was worth the wait. the thin neck and the extra large frets makes your music a mudslide of thrashy notes! So if you like perfection and clarity, this is the guitar for you! Affordible and perfect, BUY THIS GUITAR!!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Made for metal

      By Aybomb

      from Northern CA

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

      It doesn't get any better than thisIt doesn't matter if you like Kirk Hammett or not, this guitar will not disappoint. I plugged straight in to a Line 6 112 combo amp and became hypnotized by the sound of heavy metal chunkyness. The KH-602 so balanced and quick that you will not want to put it down. I first wanted to build a custom axe but then realized that I would be building a similar guitar like the KH-602 but would have spent over a thousand more. Talk about value. The EMG's speak for themselves. It's a real solid piece that I could not have designed better myself.

       
      5.0

      KH-602

      By Novice shredder

      from Colorado Springs, CO

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar:

        The guitar was delivered in mint condition (which I expect for what I paid), no dents, scratches or foreign paint from being handled roughly. The unit has great hardware (read specifications). The skull and bones inlays are a very cool addition ; if you enjoy Kirk Hammett's work, then this guitar makes it that much sweeter when you can play it for yourself. I recommend for those of you who are riding the fence on purchasing the KH 602...go for it. If I had the cash, it would be the ESP; if only to make it that more authentic. Other than that, love it!!!

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