ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature KH-602 - Black

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Vibrato - Black
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Shred Like a Pro

The ESP LTD KH-602 solidbody electric guitar means business. Metallica axeman Kirk Hammett's signature guitar gives you a comfortable contoured alder body that fits you like a glove, while the speedy maple neck and buttery bound rosewood fingerboard pave the way for extremely fast fretting. The guitar's neck-through-body design delivers sustain for weeks, while dual EMG active humbuckers dish out a massive arsenal of tone and a Floyd Rose bridge serves up the vibe. Shred with a guitar that oozes quality, tone, and playability: the ESP LTD KH-602.

ESP LTD KH-602 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • ESP Signature Series guitars deliver the goods
  • ESP LTD - the perfect guitar for rock or metal
  • ESP guitars are built to rock hard
ESP Signature Series guitars deliver the goods

Working closely with the influential guitar slingers in their roster, ESP has built an impressive collection of artist signature instruments. From James Hetfield to Jeff Hanneman, these are the who's who of rock and metal guitardom - and their signature axes sport the personalized features and specs that make them unique. ESP's Signature Series is all about tone and playability - and because they're members of ESP's affordable LTD Series, these guitars offer incredible value. Try an ESP Signature Series solidbody electric guitar. You'll be amazed.

ESP LTD - the perfect guitar for rock or metal

ESP LTD guitars were created bring a more affordable version of the classic designs and quality of ESP guitars to a new market. The entire ESP LTD line of instruments features premium tonewoods, quality pickups, and solid hardware for a lifetime of use. An exacting eye to detail and quality means that every instrument is ready to rock when it leaves the factory. An impressive list of signature guitars by some of today's biggest guitar heroes shows the popularity and respect held by ESP LTD. If you're looking for the perfect rock or metal guitar, then you need to check out ESP LTD guitars.

ESP guitars are built to rock hard

ESP started as a manufacturer of after-market guitar parts in Japan in the late '70s. By the mid-'80s, ESP was making custom guitars for some of the biggest names in rock. An exacting eye toward playability and craftsmanship has made ESP Guitars one of the most visible and prevalent guitar brands in rock and metal. Their commitment to quality is second to none, and their impressive roster of endorsers proves it. Including George Lynch, Ron Wood, Gus G., Kirk Hammett, and Alexi Laiho, ESP makes the guitars that today's guitar heroes use.

ESP LTD KH-602 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Neck-through-body construction; 25.5" scale length
  • Deeply contoured alder body with double cutaway
  • Maple neck with extra thin U-shaped neck; bound rosewood fingerboard
  • 1.614" locking nut; 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • Black hardware; ESP tuners
  • Floyd Rose 1000 vibrato bridge
  • Active EMG 81 (bridge) and 60 (neck) humbucking pickups
Shred like a pro with the ESP LTD KH-602!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Signature
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Color Black
Neck Material Maple, Neck Thru
Neck Shape Extra thin U Neck
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 13.7" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay MOP artist signature inlay
Number of Frets 24 XJ
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.654"
Nut Material Locking
Bridge/Tailpiece Floyd Rose 1000 vibrato
Tuners ESP, black
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup EMG 60 Active Humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG 81 Active Humbucker
Controls Master volume; master tone; 3-way switch
Strings (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number LKH602

Customer Reviews

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So I've been looking at this guitar for some time and finally decided to get it. I have been hesitant because I have never had active pickups before and I expected them to just be hot metal sounds only pickups. Well they do not disappoint for a really heavy chunking Metallica sound but surprisingly the EMG 81 in the bridge cleans up and provides a really decent clean and slightly dirty rock and blues sound. I'm very excited about the playability of the neck on this guitar it's super fast and very comfortable to me. The frets are clean and there's not a blemish on it. The KH signature Skull and Crossbone inlays are spot on and right out of the box this axe was ready to play with only some minor string tuning. Sweetwater continues to provide me with quality knowledgeable support and instruments that are ready to play. Kent Sallaz has been my consultant for a number of years and he always goes above and beyond to be sure I get the best products available. Thanks Kent!
Music background: Avid Hobbyist

New favorite

I love this guitar . Looks , sounds , and plays awesome . I have many guitars and this is one of the best .

great guitar

wanted this for awhile and finally got it. seems really solid and put together well. perfect for hard rock and metal. Aaron's a great guy to deal with and you can't beat Sweetwater customer service.
Music background: guitar player, teacher
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