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ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar Black 

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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 ...Read More

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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

To get the real Kirk sound, you need the real Kirk guitar. Order today.

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ESPLTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 76 reviews)

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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

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
    • Jamming (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    well worth its price

    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...Read complete review

    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 !

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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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    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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      4.0

      Absolutely beautiful !

      By Novice shredder

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          The guitar was delivered in mint condition (which I expect after paying almost a grand. The unit has great hardware ; read specifications. The skull and bones inlays are super cool and fit my personality, 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; only to make it that more authentic. Other than that, love it!!!

          Maybe this is just me being critical, I believe the black surface could be better. In the right light the finish looks wavy, almost if they it went through the planer too fast. I also have a cheap Ibanez R-120, and the surface is of better quality on the 120.

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          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.

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            5.0

            this guitar is awsome price is right

            By ripper

            from new york

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                love the guitar floyd rose on this guitar is awsome pickups are great neck is sweet

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                (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 !

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Very good investment

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

                  The guitar is simply fantastic. Looks great, plays great and is a steal! Musician's Friend was very helpful and easy to work with as well. Thank you guys. My only complaint was that the neck of the guitar has some white marks on it, which I have been told should go away with time. I personally notice them because I know they are there, but no one else has noticed them. Don't hesitate with this guitar though, it's fantastic!

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                  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.

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                  (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.

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                  (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!!!

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                  5.0

                  Excellent guitar!

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

                  I bought this guitar about 4 1/2 years ago and would have to say this guitar is on par with guitars costing alot more. One thing I would like to say and I haven't seen this mentioned, is that when I bought mine years ago it cost more but it also came with an Original Floyd Rose(made in germany) not the Floyd Rose 1000(made in korea). I guess that's the reason for the price drop. The 1000 is suppose to be just as good but wonder how well it stays in tune. The 1000 is also only offered as OEM and cannot be purchased after market only the Original or the Special. From reading the other reviews it seems like the 1000 is a quality piece. My guitar also came with 81/81 EMG's while the new ones now come with an 81B/60N configuration. I switched to an 85 in the neck which sounds sweet.

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