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James Hetfield Iron Cross Esp


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, distinctive graphics and set-neck construction. mahogany is a classic ingredient in both slab and multi-wood (or laminated) bodies. mahogany’s characteristic tone is warm and somewhat soft, but well balanced with good grind and bite. There is usually good depth to the sound, with full but not especially tight lows, and appealing if unpronounced highs. Mahogany has a completely different weight and stiffness with a unique dampening factor.

This is my newest addition to my collection, and I must say that the tone this thing puts out is terrific! I wanted this because I had my eye on a similar guitar in the past, but was unwilling to shell out the money that was being asked to have it custom made. This guitar has all of the features I was looking for but for a fraction of the cost. The pickups in this guitar are quite different to the EMG 81/60 combo I’m used to, and the sound is a lot fuller, and warmer. The neck pickup has a lot more output than the EMG 60, and the bridge pickup gives a much warmer attack than the 81. The white finish with the black hardware and ebony fingerboard make for a beautiful instrument. The pic on here really doesn’t do it justice. If you decide to purchase this, you will probably want to have it setup, as it comes completely factory sealed. All in all I would recommend this guitar to anyone who likes the looks of it, because no matter what type of music you’re into playing, you wont be disappointed in the sound

Iron Cross Esp Guitar

From the Editor, Karen Mandall:  The NAMM Show is a musician’s Disneyland full of the latest music gear.  This year I asked BlackBox13 guitarist, Joe Wiehl, to preview the signature guitars being released and report on his favorite.   We spent Saturday at NAMM walking the floor to check out the various guitar manufacturers and were surrounded by beautiful instruments in every booth.  Within a few minutes of walking into ESP Guitars, Joe found his favorite new release in the ESP/LTD James Hetfield Iron Cross SW.  Within a week of returning home from NAMM, he added this beauty to his personal collection!  Check out Joe Wiehl’s video review of  one of  the most anticipated signature models released for 2014, and if you are in Las Vegas on February 13, 2014, you can see this guitar onstage when BlackBox13 plays Count’s Vamp’d, opening for Lynch Mob, featuring ESP Artist, George Lynch!