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Joining the Bill Kelliher Signature Series, the ESP LTD Royal Shiva electric guitar brings the design ingenuity of Mastodon's guitarist to life. With its unique double-cutaway body shape and eye-catching Silver Sunburst finish extending across the back of the body and neck, the Royal Shiva makes a bold visual statement on stage. It uses a traditional set neck construction joining a maple-capped mahogany body to a three-piece maple neck, providing stability, sustain and a muscular tone. The Macassar ebony fingerboard has large mother-of-pearl block inlays and 22 extra-jumbo frets for comfortable soloing access. Pro-tier nickel-finished hardware includes a TonePros bridge and tailpiece, LTD locking tuners and Bill's signature Mojotone Hellbender humbucking pickups, designed for raw, menacing tones as well as complex, articulate cleans. With the Royal Shiva's individual coil-splitting capabilities, you can explore a myriad of tones to suit any musical context.

Aggressive Style Meets Sonic Versatility

From its unique body shape to the custom pickup configuration, the ESP LTD Royal Shiva embodies Bill Kelliher's progressive musical vision. The double-cutaway body provides ergonomic access to the highest frets while projecting mid-heavy grind and tight low end. The LTD Royal Shiva comes loaded with Bill's custom Mojotone Hellbender pickups, providing a multitude of tones perfect for progressive metal. The ceramic magnets and special blend of alnico deliver high output and crisp note articulation. Switch to the neck pickup for warm, singing leads or activate both pickups for mammoth crunch. The individual coil tapping allows you to find glassy single-coil tones at the flick of a switch. Whether you want crystalline cleans, growling distortion or anything in between, the Royal Shiva puts dynamic sound sculpting at your fingertips.

Built for Endurance With Premium Components

As an ESP signature model built for the rigors of touring, the LTD Royal Shiva uses only the finest hardware to withstand night after night of intense performances. Its TonePros bridge and tailpiece provide precise intonation, while the LTD locking tuners keep the guitar in tune through onstage acrobatics. The Macassar ebony fingerboard offers a smooth, fast playing feel along with pearl block inlays for optimal visual references. Finally, the set neck construction produces enhanced resonance and sustain compared to bolt-on alternatives. The Royal Shiva gives you the pro-grade components and rock-solid reliability needed for success on any stage.

ESP Quality and Craftsmanship

As part of the LTD series, the Royal Shiva is proudly designed and built by ESP in Japan. Every detail of the guitar, from its ergonomic body carve to the immaculate Silver Sunburst finish, exemplifies ESP's commitment to quality. You get the same excellence found in the brand's high-end models, along with the personalized touches of Bill Kelliher's design. Express your creative vision with the Royal Shiva and experience the signature sound of a heavy metal legend.

ESP LTD Bill Kelliher Royal Shiva Electric Guitar Silver Sunburst
ESP LTD Bill Kelliher Royal Shiva Electric Guitar Silver Sunburst
ESP LTD Bill Kelliher Royal Shiva Electric Guitar Silver Sunburst

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  • Set neck construction with maple-capped mahogany body and three-piece maple neck
  • Macassar ebony fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets and mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Pro-tier nickel-finished hardware including TonePros TOM bridge and tailpiece, LTD locking tuners and bone nut
  • Bill Kelliher signature Mojotone Hellbender humbucker pickups offer raw and menacing tones to complex, articulate cleans
  • Push-pull controls on volume and tone knobs to split pickups
  • Silver Sunburst finish extends to back of body and neck with white binding
  • Completely unique double-cutaway body shape
  • Designed for both brutality and beauty
  • Includes deluxe ESP hardshell case
  • Based on guitar created by ESP Custom Shop and used extensively on recent Mastodon tours

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  • Body type: Solidbody
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Neck wood: 3-Piece maple
  • Shape: U
  • Joint: Set Neck
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Truss rod: Dual-Action With Wheel
  • Material: Macassar Ebony
  • Fret size: Jumbo Stainless Steel
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block inlays
  • Nut width/material: 1.6875"/Bone
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: ESP Humbuckers
  • Bridge: ESP Humbuckers
  • Control layout: Volume, Tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Special Electronics: Coil-split (push-pull)
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: TonePros TOM bridge
  • Tuning machines: LTD Locking
  • Color: Nickel
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Case: Hardshell
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Country of origin: South Korea

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Limited lifetime warranty on all guitars.
One year warranty on parts and electronics.

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