ESP LTD KH-202 Signature Series Kirk Hammett Electric Guitar, Black

  • Provides guitar players with a cost-effective method to achieve Kirk Hammett’s feel.
  • The body is basswood, and the neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard.
  • The Floyd Rose Special bridge and locking nut are included.
  • Kirk’s skull-and-bones inlays, a fast, extra thin U-shaped maple bolt-on neck, 24 extra-jumbo frets, and a fast, extra thin U-shaped maple bolt-on neck
  • LH-301 pickups developed by ESP.
Brand ESP Guitars
Color Black
Top Material Type Maple
Body Material Basswood
Back Material Type Basswood
Neck Material Type Maple
Fretboard Material Type Rosewood
Guitar Pickup Configuration H
Hand Orientation Right
Guitar Bridge System Tremolo




Metallica’s main guitarist, Kirk Hammett, is the most famous heavy metal band in history. For almost 20 years, he has been the most well-known member of the ESP Guitars family. The LTD Signature Series KH-202 is back, bringing Kirk’s feel to guitar players at an accessible price. It has a fast extra thin U-shaped maple bolt-on neck, a rosewood fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets and Kirk’s skull-and-bones inlays, a Floyd Rose Special bridge, and ESP Designed LH-301 pickups, as well as a Floyd Rose Special bridge and ESP Designed LH-301 pickups. It comes with a black finish.

There’s nothing quite like shredding away to one of Kirk Hammett’s epic solos on one of his iconic ESP KH guitars if you’re a Kirk Hammett fan. Metallica aficionados, on the other hand, may find it difficult to justify spending over $5,000 on a premium KH-30. Thankfully, there are more budget-friendly options for getting a Kirk Hammett signature, with ESP’s LTD’s KH-202 being the cheapest of the signature brand.

The KH-202, like every other ESP guitar, is built to rock hard. Despite the pickup covers, the two ESP-designed humbuckers are passive, so the sound doesn’t have the same articulation as active pickups, but it’s still quite detailed. Cleans are pleasant and clear, with a little warmth, but this axe truly shines with a strong distortion pedal and a bit of wah. Powerful, hefty, sharp, and long-lasting owing to the bolt-on neck. It’s classic Metallica, and it’s impossible to complain about the price!

The KH-202 is unmistakably a lead guitarist’s guitar, with a strong, clear, and mix-cutting tone with a neck, frets, and bridge that make nailing a scorching solo a breeze. It’s a workhorse of a guitar, and for under $500, it feels like a fantastic deal.

2 reviews for ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett

  1. Earl Lewis

    This guitar is a dream come true, brings out harmonics like you’ve never heard before.

  2. Garry Goodman

    The guitar sounds incredible.

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