The ESP James Hetfield Signature Iron Cross Electric Guitar is designed to the meet the performance demands of its namesake. It features a mahogany body with a maple top. The mahogany neck has a thin U-shape profile and smooth ebony fretboard. Black hardware is used throughout, including the TonePros tune-o-matic bridge and LTD locking tuners. A JH signature set of EMG humbuckers provides all the killer tones that metal players seek.
This is an amazing guitar. It was perfectly set-up right out of the box. I swung by Guitar Center to make sure and there were no adjustments to be made. The neck is fast, smooth and plays really well. I truly noticed a difference in my playing almost immediately. It just oozes quality in construction and design. The colors are crisp and bright, I was blown away with how gorgeous it is in person, well-packaged for shipping and not a single blemish. I’m loving the JH signature EMG pickups, you can hear the difference in playing over “regular old” active pickups. The tone is more percussive but also rich sounding. The guitar is lighter than I thought it would be so it’s very comfortable to stand and play for long periods. Locking turners are a breeze. This guitar has definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m in love
I have been a huge fan of Metallica and ESP/LTD guitars for 25 years and this guitar certainly doesn’t disappoint. I also have the Snakebyte and the Truckster (among other ESP’s)and love ’em all. The build quality is outstanding, the Hetfield pickups sound great, it comes with an ESP case, and the guitar overall is just simply amazing and more beautiful in person. I did add strap locks but other than that I wouldn’t change anything about the guitar.