Metallica’s James Hetfield, who began using their guitars extensively in the late ’80s while in the twilight of the band’s thrash-metal era, often championed ESP’s quality, playability, and tone. And in the years since, ESP has produced a plethora of Hetfield signature models. And now in 2014 they make new James Hetfield Signature Series model ‘Sw Iron Cross Esp White finish. This guitar has the Eclipse body shape; Snow White finish with black hardware, with a black racing stripe and a black Iron Cross on the body. It is based on the design of his 1970s Gibson Les Paul Custom. Let’s see the detail specs of this guitar.
On the neck this guitar has made from mahogany which a thin U-shape profile, 24.75″ scale and smooth ebony fretboard. The material combination of neck and fretboard on this guitar is popular upmarket pairing, the ebony fretboard contributes to a little more tightness, clarity, and definition, as compared to the mahogany/rosewood neck. A very dense, hard wood, ebony makes for a fast attack from the instrument—all else being equal—and it offers a muscular, controlled bass, and snappy, sizzling highs. With a mahogany back contributing some warmth and openness to the brew, this can be a very appealing pairing. Ebony also wears very well, and it doesn’t divot under years of finger-and-string pressure nearly as easily as rosewood does. This Sw Iron Cross Esp guitar has a neck thin U-shape profile. If it compare with Wizard II neck, the Thin U is quite a bit larger than a Wizard II. It’s slightly thinner than a Schecter neck. Even the Thin U is a lot more curved and slightly fatter than a Wizard II. The esp neck is very comfortable for me. Fingerboard is equipped with 22 jumbo-sized frets, with flag and cross inlays.