with case
"New for 2022" models will become available throughout 2022. Contact your ESP dealer to pre-order and to get updated information on availability.

As the frontman of the world’s most popular metal band and a rhythm guitarist whose influence goes far beyond any other player in the metal realm, James Hetfield has had a massive impact on the world of guitar performance. The Vulture is the most recent of his ESP and LTD Signature Series guitars. It offers a distinctive V-shaped mahogany body with hooks and bevels that are reminiscent of the famed Metallica logo. Handcrafted one at a time with extraordinary detail by the renowned expert luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the ESP Vulture is identical to the guitar James uses for recording and live shows with Metallica. Built with set-neck construction at 24.75” scale, the ESP Vulture features a one-piece mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets, dot inlays, and a custom vulture inlay at the 12th fret. The ESP Vulture comes with a set of James’s signature EMG JH Het Set active pickups. Designed to capture the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retain the legendary active tone that molded a generation, the JH-N (neck) has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the EMG 60 for more attack, higher output, and fuller low end in the neck position. The JH-B (bridge) uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike the EMG 81 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end. Other pro features of the ESP Vulture include discrete volume knobs for each pickup, Gotoh locking tuners, and a locking TonePros bridge and tailpiece. Includes ESP deluxe hardshell case.

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 1pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Olympic White
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button ESP Locking
Tuners Gotoh Locking
Bridge TonePros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU EMG Het Set Neck
Bridge PU EMG Het Set Bridge
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y