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As the lead guitarist for Metallica, the biggest heavy metal band of all time, Kirk Hammett has inspired generations of musicians over the past 40+ years. Kirk’s solos are a crucial part of Metallica’s dominating sound, and he has relied on ESP for decades to make guitars that meet his every need. The LTD KH-V is the newest addition to the Kirk Hammett Signature Series. It’s available in three different versions: Black Sparkle with black hardware and black pickguard; Red Sparkle with gold hardware and gold pickguard; and Metallic Gold with gold hardware and cream pickguard. The KH-V offers neck-thru-body construction, with an extra-thin U-shaped three-piece maple neck and korina body at 25.5” scale. Its Macassar ebony fingerboard features pearloid wave inlays and 24 extra-jumbo frets. The sound of the KH-V is powered by a set of Kirk’s signature EMG Bone Breaker pickups, with the BB-B ceramic bridge and the BB-N alnico 5 neck pickups for crisp, crushing leads or smooth, rounded rhythm tones at the flip of a switch. Controls of the KH-V include volume, tone, and a three-way pickup selector toggle. Other pro features include a TonePros bridge with string-thru-body and LTD locking tuners. Includes ESP deluxe hardshell case.
Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Korina
Neck 3pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Black Sparkle
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge TonePros Locking TOM w/ String Thru
Neck PU EMG Bone Breaker
Bridge PU EMG Bone Breaker
Electronics Layout Volume / Tone / 3-way toggle
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y

Got my black sparkle last week. Freaking fantastic right out the box! I was very impressed with the setup. Low E needed a little tweak. Action is low, feel is very flat and fast. Fret work is done well. Wish it would have had stainless steel frets and a quick battery access panel for the money, but still am very happy with it.

Yaffa B.

where did you buy this guitar from?


The Gear Tree 

Joel N.

What a beautiful guitar!

Hope I can snatch this guitar in the giveaway, I'd never put it down!

Andrew R.

So far, I love it! It’s extremely light. The set up was perfect for me right if the box. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely has more of a sparkle effect in person. This thing shreds! Only complaint, the bridge pick up knocks around a little because of the spring tension.