ESP Vulture - Black Satin

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Active Humbucking Pickups - Black Satin
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James Hetfield Signature V

The ESP LTD Vulture is the latest and greatest signature model from Metallica's James Hetfield. The Vulture boasts many of the same features as his other models, including TonePros hardware, mahogany construction, and a 24.75" scale length. But its aggressively shaped body and identifiable headstock shape make this guitar one of the most lethal. And it is loaded with EMG active Het-Set humbucking pickups for high output with punchy dynamics. This LTD Vulture is built from the ground up for heavy metal.

ESP LTD James Hetfield Signature Model at a Glance:
  • Modern take on a popular body style
  • Hetfield-specified construction
  • James Hetfield signature electronics
Modern take on a popular body style

Hetfield's love of V-shaped solidbody electric guitars goes all the way back to the beginning of Metallica, and he's been playing them off and on ever since. The ESP LTD Vulture solidbody electric guitar brings this love to the ESP production line. The Vulture sports hooked wing ends and an identifiable headstock design. The body features a forearm comfort contour that adds to the guitar's intense lines while being a pleasure to play. The ESP LTD Vulture is definitely one of the most menacing-looking guitars in the Sweetwater Guitar Gallery.

Hetfield-specified construction

There is a consistency throughout all of James Hetfield's signature ESP LTD solidbody electric guitars. And the Vulture is no different. The body and neck are carved from warm and sustain-rich mahogany. A black ebony fretboard adds to the instrument's stealth looks while helping harmonics to jump out of the guitar. A combination of top-quality TonePros hardware and LTD locking machine heads ensure your performances are in tune, night after night. And the Vulture's 24.75" scale length is comfortable while keeping string bending effortless.

James Hetfield signature electronics

The engine that drives the ESP LTD Vulture James Hetfield signature solidbody electric guitar is the EMG active Het-Set. These humbucking pickups are based on the EMG active 81 and 85 humbuckers Hetfield used for years. But these pickups are voiced for a more dynamic response, one that will bring to mind a fantastic set of passive pickups. And though they retain the massive output Hetfield requires, they are fully capable of the shimmering clean tones that he is equally well known for.

ESP LTD James Hetfield Signature Model Features:
  • Jame Hetfield signature V-shaped electric guitar
  • Centered-sounding mahogany body and neck
  • Sleek and dynamic ebony fretboard
  • 2 x active EMG Het-Set humbucking pickups
  • Rock-solid TonePros bridge and tailpiece
  • Fast Thin U neck profile with 22 extra-jumbo frets
  • Locking machine heads keep you in tune
The LTD Vulture is an aggressive guitar with metal on its mind.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Vulture V
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Color Black Satin
Neck Material 1-piece Mahogany
Neck Shape Thin U
Radius 12"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots with custom vulture inlay at 12th fret
Number of Frets 22, Extra Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.653"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Tonepros locking tune-o-matic with tailpiece
Tuners Gotoh locking
Neck Pickup EMG JH-N Humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG JH-B Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number LVULTUREBLKS

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