ESP Finally Launches KIRK HAMMETT Signature Series

After roughly a year of teasing, ESP has finally unveiled their new line of Kirk Hammett signature guitars. The guitars go by the KH-V name and come in Black Sparkle, Red Sparkle, and Metallic Gold finishes. All three have matching headstocks and are modeled heavily after Hammett’s ESP USA V-1 custom model.


The KH-V models offer a Korina body, extra-thin Maple neck, Macassar ebony fingerboard, 24 extra-jumbo frets, and come loaded with a TonePros bridge and LTD locking tuners alongside Hammett’s signature EMG Bone Breaker pickups.

“I actually got goosebumps when I saw the KH-V for the first time,” said Hammett. “It was like the perfect hybrid of reality and my vision. It’s such a beautiful guitar. I strapped it on and played it later that day; just jamming out with friends for four or five hours. It’s an amazing, amazing guitar.”

“For over three decades, ESP has been honored to create the guitars Kirk Hammett uses as an integral part of Metallica’s sound,” added ESP president and CEO Matt Masciandaro. “The KH-V is yet another distinctive guitar that Kirk will use to further Metallica’s legacy.”

The KH-V will be available later this month.

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