ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar Black 886830394546

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The ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar delivers the vibe and playability of Kirk's personal ESP guitar at a price we can all appreciate. 25-1/2'-scale maple neck, basswood body, ESP... Read More

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Overview

The ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar delivers the vibe and playability of Kirk's personal ESP guitar at a price we can all appreciate. 25-1/2'-scale maple neck, basswood body, ESP LH-301 pickup set, double-locking Floyd Rose bridge, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays on the rosewood fretboard. Black hardware and black finish.

Features
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Locking nut
  • 43mm neck width
  • Extra thin flat neck
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Double-Locking Floyd Rose Special bridge
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Limited lifetime warranty on all guitars.
One year warranty on parts and electronics.


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ESPLTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (33)

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    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome guitar

I got this guitar two days ago and I'm in love with it. The floating bridge is great for divebombs and it's a blast to play. I highly recommend it.

I got this guitar two days ago and I'm in love with it. The floating bridge is great for divebombs and it's a blast to play. I highly recommend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

buy with caution...

after owning this guitar for quite some time, the best advice i could possibly give is to make sure you know EXCACTLY what you are doing when you get a guitar with a floyd...Read complete review

after owning this guitar for quite some time, the best advice i could possibly give is to make sure you know EXCACTLY what you are doing when you get a guitar with a floyd rose and locking tuners. first, you cannot tune the gutiar by the actual tuner pegs, because a very stong locking device is bolted on the neck that cannot be undone with your hands or any standard house tool. you can only tune using the fine tuners on the bridge, but even then you can only adjust the pitch within a very narrow range, meaning you CANNOT tune any of the strings beyond a half step or so. without getting into specifications, the way the floyd is constructed, you have to pick ONE tuning and stick with it. so, if you chose standard, that means, NO drop d, no half step down, nothing except standard eadgbe pitch. Another point,do not buy into the MYTH that your guitar will not fall out of tune, because it will, and very often, and, even with little to no whammy bar use, you have AT MOST two weeks before a string is altered to where it CANNOT be in tune, and you must have a tech fix it. Also, be aware that, because of its complexity, dealers will charge twice or even 3 times as much to restring your guitar than they would for other models, and to have them change the tuning, or even to restring it with a string size different from the previous one (e.g. nines to tens) they will have to adjust the bridge and it will count as a full setup, easily costing you 45-60 dollars. and keep in mind this is done more than or AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH. the only other notable shortcomings that may not be apparnent are the 1. the pickups,which are passive pickups and not as good as active pickups, however, you cannot place active pickups in this guitar, they will not fit, and 2. the clean sound you're going to get from this guitar is just not very polished. with all of that said, the guitar does have some features that can really shine (especially for its price), but the key is making sure it fits you style. This is not a guitar made for its sound, and it won't really qualify to be put through something like a Marshall. I played this through a marshall, and no matter what i did, the tones were incompatible and it was a nightmare trying to get a pinch harmonic or hear the notes when i was tapping. your best bet is to try a line 6 and crank up the gain and maybe even a wah-wah pedal, doing this solved most of my problems, along with DR brand strings, they compliment it very well. As for anyone who is not a metalhead, per say, just be warned this guitar WILL NOT suffice the playability or tonal qualities for classics like zeppilin and hendrix or any band where a les paul or fender is used. anything even slighty bluesy, like guns n roses and and the like are not going to work with this guitar. basically, this guitar was built by kirk h. for metal, and metal only, and it does it well. you can fake a blues sound by turning you lead volume knob as far down as you can while still getting sound, but its still not even close to the real deal. go for it if you want to play metal, but otherwise put a lot of thought out there before you buy. i gave it three stars but its really relative to what type of player you are, i know this review was not a rave but easily a five star if its right for you. hopefully this helped

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Matt

from NJ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    I'll tell you right now, all these negative reviews are people who don't have the faintest idea of how to use a floyd rose. This guitar will not go out of tune no matter how hard you bend the strings. The neck is amazing and I would love to get a fixed bridge guitar with a neck as slim as that. Really solid guitar but it's easy to be upset if you're clueless about using a floyd.

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    2.0

    it's ok!

    By Will R.

    from Bakersfield, CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    Sounds great on distortion clean tones suck unless your into like short funky stuff.
    Sustain on distortion is great trying to play clean it just wont hold a note.
    On the positive side very easy to play comfortable fretboard even on high side 12th and up.
    I may upgrade pickups I like the floyd rose no tuning problems! Looks good all around ok guitar!
    I say ok because its just not that great of a guitar maybe the more expensive version is better as to this one Icconsidered returning it but think a little tweaking and better pickups it would be great!

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    5.0

    Good Metal Guitar

    By Steal Can Dan

    from Vermont

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I've been looking for a good solid metal guitar for a while and this one is pretty close to what I had in mind. The pickups that came in it are good for passive pickups but I had a set of active 81/60s from another project i swapped in along with a brass block in the bridge and what a world of difference in tone. This thing sounds as good as my Gibson LP now (doesn't play as good). The frett board felt a little rough but I slapped some GHS Fast Fret on it and it plays great.

      Setup was great out of the box, low action, no fret bus and the intonation was spot on. I picked up this guitar on a deal of the day from GC so the price was right. The only weird thing I had was I'm used to playing Gibson and Fender guitars which have a more narrow neck than esp guitars. Not a big deal but took some getting used too.

      Overall very happy with this guitar after I put some work into it.

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      3.0

      Solid guitar- but neck bent and fret work needed

      By Tim Gable

      from Malvern, PA

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar having played ESP's in the past and always have enjoyed the way they play. I was eye balling this one and my girlfriend surprised me with it. The guitar feels solid, has decent sustain, and a quick neck. BUT, out of the box, the setup was all wrong. The FR trem is setup pretty much backwards, Low E frets out the whole way as the truss rod is too tight, and there are 3 dead frets on the high E & B strings that will require Luthier work. I know some people will say that "every guitar has to be setup after you buy it" but this is just ridiculous... I'm hoping I just got a bad apple here and nobody else has this experience.

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      4.0

      Great guitar for the Price

      By Frank Cippartino

      from NY

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I haven't put it down since I got it. Once I figured out how to tune the Floyd Rose properly its awesome. I am going to replace the bridge pickup with a Dimebucker but only because I want a really hot pickup without going to active pickups. The pickups are fine otherwise. With a good amp and distortion pedal this thing screams. The action is really close for shredding and the neck is really thin. It was just what I was looking for in a metal guitar. I am used to a much fatter neck on my LP. I highly recommend it, not just for the beginner but for anyone.

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      5.0

      AMAZING!!!

      By zak rynn

      from ohio

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar exactly a year ago and let me tell you... I'm in love. I love the slim super smooth neck. No matter how humid it is, it never seems to get that "sticky" feeling that you can sometimes get. I also love the overall feel and look of the guitar too. The ESP humbuckers, all though passive, really pack a punch. You can play anything from lamb of god to bb king and everything in between. I can't really say if the floyd rose is good or not because this is the only guitar I've ever owned other than my strat, so I can't really compare. It is kinda hard to tune, so I would recommend keeping it in one tuning most of the time. Other than that it looks amazing, especially the rosewood fretboard the crossbone inlays. It's got a moderate weight to it but its super comfortable to play standing, sitting, and even laying down. For the price nothing that i played even comes close. I would recommend the kh-602 but if you're looking for a really good moderate level guitar and your on a budget, then this one's for you.

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      5.0

      awsome guitar

      By Charlie LI

      from Long Island NY

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      This guitar playled awsome right out of the box and everybody said tunning this guitar with the floyd rose was difficult you just need to take your time once its there it stays in tune well and the sound is more than exspected and more this guitar is a great metal guitar and restringing is not bad just UTUBE how to string it's really not that bad over all and awsome guitar i recomend it to anybody looking for a good metal guitar or any other type of music you desire

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      5.0

      Outstanding!

      By Chris

      from McLean, IL

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar for my birthday about 3 days ago and i have one word to describe it. AMAZING! This guitar has been my dream guitar ever since i started playing. The floyd rose system is kind of a pain at first but once you figure it out, it's awesome! Just last night i played for 6 hours and i never got tired of it. It stayed in tune the whole time. When you tune the guitar i recommend unlocking the bolts but don't take them off, then start with low e, high e, b, a, g, then d. Keep doing that until it is tuned. Also make sure the low e says a little sharp because it'll even itself out. After that, lock the nuts back on and fine tune it with the same tactic. Once you tune the guitar it'll stay in tune for a LONG time!

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      3.0

      Pretty but a Pain

      By London

      from oklahoma

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I wanted this guitar for about 2 years and just recently worked up enough money to buy it. It looks great and sounds great.. but if u want to change tunings often..then watch out. I have tried multiple times to down tune and up tune.. each time the floyd rose lifts and breaks a string. It is insanely stressful and a major disappointment.

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      5.0

      Great Purchase

      By Jmetal

      from Chicago,IL

      Comments about ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I got this for my birthday 2 weeks ago i already had Kirk's Amp,Wah pedal,and picks(i know im a fanboy;) so i wanted his guitar i would recomend this to a more experienced player because there are things you have to do to it that you dont do with a normal guitar every month or so you have to retune it because of the wammy but in that month whenever you tune it there are little bolts above the bride that you tune it with but i love the guitar great size jumbo frets

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