Summer NAMM News: LTD Jeff Hanneman Tribute 2014

Working in conjunction with the estate of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, ESP Guitars is introducing the new limited-edition LTD JH TRIBUTE 2014 URBAN CAMO guitar at the Summer NAMM Show. The JH TRIBUTE 2014 is based on Hanneman’s iconic “urban camo” ESP model, and a portion of proceeds from sales of the JH TRIBUTE 2014 go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that the guitarist strongly supported. Only 100 pieces of this special commemorative model will be produced.

“Jeff Hanneman and Slayer helped define the entire genre of thrash metal guitar,” says Matt Masciandaro, President and CEO of the ESP Guitar Company. “He was a good friend to many of us at ESP, and his passing last year was a shock to us all. For his family and for Slayer fans around the world, we felt that commemorating his contributions to music and supporting the Wounded Warrior Project via this new model was an appropriate measure.”

The LTD JH TRIBUTE 2014 URBAN CAMO  takes the unique multi-toned gray/white/black “urban camouflage” finish of Hanneman’s ESP signature guitar, and makes it available for the first time in an LTD version. It incorporates a neck-thru-body design at 25.5” scale, with an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fingerboard. As per Hanneman’s preference, the guitar includes a Kahler Hybrid tremolo bridge, and EMG 85 (neck)/EMG 81 (bridge) active pickups. The JH TRIBUTE 2014 also features a special fingerboard inlay with Hanneman’s “H Dagger” fret markers as well as a “1964-2013” 12th fret inlay, and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Jeff Hanneman was a founding member of the influential thrash metal band Slayer, and was also one of the band’s primary songwriters. Along with fellow guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, Hanneman helped found Slayer in 1981 when the band members were still in their teens. His work as a guitarist and songwriter was of tremendous importance to the world of heavy metal music, and many guitarists count Hanneman among their key influences. An ESP endorsee since 2000, Hanneman’s untimely passing was on May 2, 2013 at age 49.

More details on this great guitar that helps a great cause coming soon here on the ESP site.

Comments
  • Joseph L.

    Not sure if it is my set up problem or what. When I compare this with my 2004 JH600 (which comes with Floyd), the sustain is quite bad. It feels like I have put on a noise gate to cut off the solo awkwardly. But actually, I am playing direct through an amp. I consulted with wammi world. They advised me to change the Kahler roller to Teflon and bring up the saddle. But I guess then I have to compromise on the string height. The sound on this one is also brighter as compare with the Floyd version. Anyone has any suggestion?

    • End of Times

      I suggested this on another thread about sustain and Kahler. I think that maybe the pickups are too close to the strings. Maybe increase the gap between the pickups and strings a little. I am not sure about the noise issue you describe.

    • Robert P.

      I do have a noise gate on mine. I can get it to sound just like Slayer and I think this is what it is built to sound like. My other guitar is a Fender Strat with a Floyd Rose and is much harder to play.  I also have a Metal zone, Graphic Eqlz and the noise gate all made by Boss. I love this guitar and kiss it everytime I take it out of the case!

  • Austin M.

    Got mine yesterday, #13, pretty damn fitting! Think I got one of the last ones from Musicians Friend at the end of December, so far it feels great. 

  • Robert P.

    Gentlemen! I received my JHT today it is number 64... Which is the year Jeff was born, so I am very pleased!!!!  It showed up tuned to E, I rite away tuned it to D sharp. And just like all of you I think it is great. It's alot easier to play then my strat, so I will be practicing all the Slayer songs that I know, starting with Angel of Death!

  • Brian D.

    I need one of these

  • Robert P.

    I just ordered mine from MusiciansFriend and it won't ship until March 9, 2015. But I am glad to hear all the good stories from you all. Robert P. Colton, CA