SW Iron Cross is available both as one of the super high-end ESP ranges and also in the company of the Far East has produced (and more affordable) LTD series. Our evaluation version was the LTD model from the start let me tell you it is an excellent value. Keep in mind that the original ESP sells for about the price of a second hand car, while the LTD version is a little more than four digits, have the materials and construction almost identical yet. It’s a great value!
The hetfield iron cross guitar LTD is the latest model of the James Hetfield signature and has an LP-style solid mahogany body simply cut with a maple top, mahogany neck 22-fret ebony handle, neck and scenography molded nut. The guitar has a pair of EMG humbuckers signing JH assets, with a three way switch, volume control and The independent tone. Another three-way switch is the superior fighting the body in a traditional style LP but is redundant and purely for visual flair. The equipment is completed by a locking TOM bridge Tonepros and tailpiece 22 XJ frets and LTD locking tuners. For reference, the ESP version has a bone nut and Schaller locking tuners -. in all other respects is identical hardware
The SW hetfield iron cross guitar has a very memorable white finish with three bands back through the top, black scratch plate and the big Iron Cross metal attached to the back behind the tailpiece. The only cutting body is bonded with a double black line around its circumference which adds an extra level of design class. This is certainly an unforgettable look, although I can see a number of buyers are put off by the use of the Iron Cross. The fretboard has some very well executed flag inlays that culminate in a new design Iron Cross through the 11th, 12th and 13th frets.
As for the model KH-WZ, the James Hetfield Signature has a very subtle JH logo on the head that does not scream Signature model and limit the potential market for the guitar too. This more subtle approach to the artist’s image looks more chic appeal and expands much more than a name on the extended neck or 12 frets would!
The body design is more compact and modern in a traditional form of simple cut and looks very stylish and contemporary, especially when matched with the wave topped doll design.
The build quality is right up there with the best range and LTD SW Iron Cross certainly feels like a much more expensive guitar. As with the KH-WZ, all aspects of the guitar are perfectly finished with fantastic painting and fret work, together with a large installation and mounting hardware. Everything is tight and well put together with a feeling that lines up well or better than the price suggests the guitar. As such, the gameplay is really good with a fast thin U-shaped neck and XJ frets to the application of the technique easy and effortless, perfect for power chords or lead work on all range of the neck. Obviously, upper fret access is not up there with the double cut KH-WZ but reaching the 22nd fret is not a problem and adding to cut down on the back of the body allows to live experiences more comfortable playing as a traditional LP style guitar.