with case
(U.S. Only)

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, 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 BoneBreaker
Bridge PU EMG BoneBreaker
Electronics Layout Neck Volume/Bridge Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
erdemmandakh e.

cool instrument, MAYBE MADE IN KOREA.,

Adam S.

Anyone figure out how to order the Left Handed version?


No. This is super frustrating.

Josh L.

Soullessghost is correct.  I emailed customer service and was told the same.  This model is to my understanding only a production model for 2021 and then will be discontinued for the 30th anniversary of 'the black album'.  It does not have stainless frets and will be made in Korea or Indonesia to the same standards and then gone over and setup by ESP Hollywood, CA before it hits USA dealers.

Jacob L.

Does this have stainless steel frets?

Carl N.

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Nope. I contacted ESP customer service and this is what they told me based on the questions I asked them. 

1. Either made in Korea OR Indonesia, they didn’t specify further. 
2. Nickel frets.

3. NOT a “Limited” or otherwise “Numbered” model, rather it IS a “Production model”.

4. It is the same quality as a 1000 series LTD. 


Hope this helps, this info came DIRECT from ESP/Takemine customer service. I’m replying here because all ESP folks keep saying is “Contact customer service” I did and this is the info they told me. Cheers! 

Joey V.

So is this a production model or limited edition? I don't mean to be crass but I'm not shelling out $1200 for a "common". 

Carl N.

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