Model

ESP IRON CROSS

SNOW WHITE

$4,999.00 with case

Made by hand at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the ESP Iron Cross is a Signature Series model of James Hetfield, the frontman of Metallica and one of the world's most highly respected rhtyhm guitar players in any genre. The Iron Cross is based on James' personal custom instrument design, and features set-neck construction of a mahogany body with maple cap, and a single-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and 22 extra-jumbo frets with an Iron Cross inlay at the 12th fret. The ESP Iron Cross is powered by James' own EMG JH SET active pickups, and includes premier components such as Schaller straplocks, Sperzel locking tuners, and a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece. Available in Snow White finish with black stripe graphic and iron cross fixture. The ESP Iron Cross includes a hardshell case and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from ESP.

(U.S. Only)
Specifications
Certificate of Authenticity
Y (US Only)
Construction
Set-Neck
Scale
24.75"
Body
Mahogany
Top
Maple
Neck
1Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
305mm
Finish
SNOW WHITE W/ BLACK STRIPES
Nut Width
42mm
Nut Type
Bone
Neck Contour
Thin U
Frets/Type
22 XJ
Hardware Color
Black
Strap Button
Schaller Straplock
Tuners
Sperzel Locking
Bridge
Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU
EMG JH SET
Bridge PU
EMG JH SET
Electronics
Active
Electronics Layout
Vol/Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings
Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case
EC GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
Case Included
Y
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Comments
Richard W.

Any comments on JH Set vs. 81/60?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Richard, here are some notes for you to compare. 81/60 has a tighter focus or lower ceiling, while the HET Set has more headroom (this equates to more volume with some ears). Het Set are a bit more open sounding and have a more organic roll of compared to 81/60.  JH bridge p.u. is a little fatter than the 81, while the 81 is a little more articulate. I hope these descriptions help you a bit. Both sets are great, and both use ceramic magnets but internally there are different construction features going on. I know that James used the 81/60 set for a long time and wanted to start with that sound and build something on top of that sound and make it also have a certain look that was achieved.

Richard W.

Thanks Todd.  Really helpful.  I’ve got a lefty Custom Shop inquiry for this guitar in to ESP from Jason at DCGL.  Hopefully it can be done.

Do you have an approximate weight for this also? Trying to compare to Les Paul Custom (non-weight relieved), which I’m guessing is thicker and heavier, just not sure by how much.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Richard, Great, hope you can get some help from Jason at DCGL. These definitely are lighter than a traditional LP since the thickness is about 10mm thinner (little less than 1/2"). Weights can vary a bit but these should be in the 9-10lb range.