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In 1991, Kirk Hammett of Metallica came to ESP with a request for a new guitar with a single cutaway design, but with the features of his KH-2 guitar. Metallica’s graphic artist Pushead designed a spider graphic specifically for this new instrument. The KH-3 was played by Kirk throughout the ’90s on tours supporting the legendary Black Album. After spending a number of years on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the original KH-3 was returned to ESP so we could reference it for this 30th Anniversary edition. Handcrafted at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series 30th Anniversary KH-3 Spider is a reissue of the original KH-3 model with a few upgrades. In addition to neck-thru-body construction, a Floyd Rose Original bridge, and a fast extra-thin U-shaped neck with a rosewood fingerboard which is scalloped from #17-24. Also new for the anniversary model are Kirk’s signature EMG Bonebreaker pickups.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 24.75"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Black w/ Spider Graphic
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button ESP Strap Lock
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Floyd Rose Original
Neck PU EMG Bone Breaker
Bridge PU EMG Bone Breaker
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y

Crazy nice instrument. It's out of the Japanese Custom Shop, so I'd expect as much. 

Also glad I got mine on first release, yeesh after tax lookin at 6K today? Whoooo.  I paid 4 like a year ago. 

Jeremy H.

I just received my preorder last week, and can honestly say I'm BLOWN AWAY by how great this guitar is!  Every detail is flawless, the playability is insane!  I wasn't sure how I'd like the scalloped upper frets, but I absolutely love them.  It just seethes Black album riffs. This just became my favorite Hammett guitar!  So happy with this thing!


This guitar is absolutely fantastic! It is very heavy which is a huge bonus. It feels like a full weight Les Paul that has been upgraded to the max. The Eclipse body shape looks better than the old one and new graphic is greatly improved. The quality is too notch and world class. The ESP Custom Shop is the best of the best. Thanks ESP!

David  B.

 David bloom     cool guitar 


I'm so happy, that the Spider is back!

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