James Hetfield is the guitar player with arguably one of the world’s most popular heavy metal bands – Metallica. James has been an ESP endorsee for a number of years and already has several signature models which have been designed in collaboration with the luthiers at ESP. The current James Hetfield Signature model is the Iron Cross – shown here in white with black trim and graphics. This is a single cut-away model that has been crafted using a solid Mahogany body with a Maple top to enhance both tone and sustain and is matched to a Mahogany neck with an elegant Ebony fretboard that has ESP’s “Waving Flag” fret inserts along with an Iron Cross design at the 12th fret.
Sound comes from dual EMG JH Active humbuckers which are managed via two volume knobs, a tone knob and a 3-position pick-up selector switch, there is also a secondary toggle switch located adjacent to the tone control, I am reliably informed that this is a boost switch and once activated it provides up to +15db of gain boost. Hardware on the Iron Cross James Hetfield model is finished in Black and consists of a traditional, adjustable Tune-o-matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece whilst at the headstock you’ll find Sperzel locking machine heads plus a “JH” insignia. The Snow White finish is contrasted by the Black Iron Cross and stripes graphics and this fine instrument also includes a hard shell guitar case.