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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Black hardware
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ESPLTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 78 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    damn good axe

    By gas man-nmIGu

    from key west ,fl

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

    I have been playing for 15years and let me tell you, this guitar is worth every penny. The only differance I can see between this axe and the kh-2 neck-thru is the d*** tuners(which dont affect sound or playability). Out of the box I had to make a few small adjustments, but within 30 minutes I would say that this is the best guitar I own. The sound is fantastic, and the neck is very fast. Now that the ltd version has an alder body vice maple, there is no reason to spend the extra grand on the real deal(kh-2) unless you are a label whore. And if that is the case, you probably dont know any better. If you are a begginer or a pro, this axe is great.

    (2 of 2 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)

     
    4.0

    Always wanted one

    By Rockman

    from Tennessee

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I've wanted one of these for a long time and finally took the plunge. I'm very happy with the sound and construction of this guitar. Note that at least as of early 2018, there is no longer a "KH-602" inlay on the 24th fret. There are two small skull inlays like on the new Purple Sparkle model.

        The neck is super smooth on this guitar as mentioned by everyone else. The only thing I am having trouble getting used to is the extreme bevel of the fret ends. If I'm not careful it's easy for me to push the low E off the fretboard.

        Tuning the Floyd Rose bridge takes some patience, but once you get it dialed in it stays locked down. I like it.

        (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

          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

          9 out of 10 Stars

          By Brosche

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Smooth, think neck
          • Spot-on Metallica sound

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

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

            I played on an Ibanez S-series for years and it was my go to for playing metal. I also own an American Standard Fender Stratocaster. I bought this guitar because I love playing Metallica songs and solos just jamming at home. This is by far my favorite guitar to play on now. The extra jumbo frets make soloing a cinch and have improved my capabilities. The heavy metal crunching sound is AWESOME and I only play on a Line 6 with one 12" speaker. My only disappointment is with some buzzing frets. The repair technician at Guitar center told me I have uneven frets, which would need to be repaired to get rid of the buzzing on both E strings, which is still present even after having the guitar set perfectly to spec by Guitar Center. You can't hear the buzzing through the amp, but I expected to receive near perfection from ESP/LTS when paying such as high price tag. QC those frets better before you release the guitars ESP South Korea! Or cut the price!

             
            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!!!

               
              4.0

              Absolutely beautiful !

              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

                  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.

                   
                  5.0

                  this guitar is awsome price is right

                  By ripper

                  from new york

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                  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

                       
                      5.0

                      a great guitar

                      By vader666

                      from Undisclosed

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

                      This guitar is sprawling with great features. The Floyd rose bridge is efficient and has not yet failed to stay in tune. The XJ frets are amazing... after playing my friends Jackson, I noticed how much of a plus it is to have the extra fat frets, his Jackson had smaller frets and higher notes were harder to tap. The pickups are flawless. The only problem is the parts to the Floyd rose nut and bridge are starting to rust...

                       
                      5.0

                      Whoa!

                      By VIKeor

                      from Poland

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

                      Look great, plays amazingly... but it's kind of crappy on weak amps. Get a good amp... and wow! EMG-81's are funky. Inlays are super funky. Anyway... have some $ to spare, this is a must buy!

                       
                      5.0

                      KH-602: Love it

                      By KHFAN602

                      from Quebec City

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

                      I got this guitar several months ago and I absolutely love it. I really wanted this one mainly for its sound, pure metallica fan... I figured: love the band, get the sound. It's a beaut to play, though I dont find the fingerboard particularily fast, I have only been playing over a year. I got it down tuned and the sound is just pure heavyness. I also didn't know much about the FR until I got to use (and abuse) it. My sell on this instrument was it's sound ans smooth playability. For a quality guitar your definitely getting the bang for your buck.

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice nice

                      By creepingdeathx9x

                      from Nj

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

                      Well, this guitar is very good, has a clean sounds with or without distortion, and the emg pick ups are awsome, its highs are amazing, and is deffinantly the guitar i was lookin for, except i wanted an rr5, which i have played in a sam ash, its alot better than kh-602 but for an affordable price kirk is the best one.

                       
                      5.0

                      Played this in a store... it rocks!!!

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

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

                      I sat down, plugged it in and turned up the reverb on the amp, played the interlude by KH on "The Unforgiven" Tried both the bolt-on version and the neck-thru body. Noticeable sustain difference, both very good quality, but I liked the neck-thru version the most.

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