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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 Spider 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. The LTD 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, it features a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge, and a fast extra-thin U-shaped neck with an ebony 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 Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
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 Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000
Neck PU EMG Bone Breaker
Bridge PU EMG Bone Breaker
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Neck Volume/Bridge Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
JP Hönninger

Almost 2 years in with this guitar and couldn't be happier, I'm not a lead player but this guitar has made me work on it, don't let the floyd rose scare you, it takes a while to get used to it but it's not the end of the world when changing strings or anything like that. 

The neck is slim which allows you to move faster and effortless reach every string no matter where in the neck you're playing. 10/10 recommend if you are into signatures! 

Shawn S

Had to wait a while but it was worth the wait the Guitar is amazing worth every penny


every time Ive looked around for Kirk hammetts signature guitars many different guitar stores told me that they wouldn't have the guitar I wanted for many many months, I really wanted the Kirk Hammett white zombie guitar but everyone that was selling theirs had been selling it for nearly two times what it would have costed brand new with the case but recently I got my hands on a brand new Ltd kh3 spider guitar, I love the sound of the guitar, the EMG bone breakers scream and the way it looks is very nice as well but after only a few days of playing I noticed that the side edge of the fretboard had some cracks and even what looks like a chip and I cant help but notice it everytime I look down which is pretty disappointing to say the least and I'm not really one to care about stuff like that and it even after this issue is still my favorite guitar but since I traded in half my guitar collection and a pedal just to put a downpayment on it I just wish it would have been perfect.

Anthony K.

I walked into Guitar Center this evening. To my surprise I walked out with a new kh3 ltd. Didn't see it coming but man what a great impulsive buy. I had an original kh3 with bolt on neck back in the day but then sold it. Always regretted it until today! Now its back and man am I blown away buy the quality on this thing! Solid, stays in tune, and thats fresh out of the box. They said they put it out 3 days ago on a high up hanger so I was the first customer to touch it. Not a scratch on it. I love it and the case kicks ass as well. Can't say enough good things about this guitar. Go buy one before you can't anymore!!!

Bruce B.

Just received my LTD KH-3 from DrumCityGuitarLand and couldn’t be happier. The guitar is heavy in weight and plays amazing. I used to own the original bolt-on ESP KH-3 as well as a Custom Shop translucent blue KH-3 with no spider graphic and dot inlays. The LTD in my opinion plays better! I can’t believe how well built it is and how perfect the inlays are. No filler! The inlays are that good!  Currently I’m enjoying this guitar more than my trans black E-II M-II (great player as well).

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