with case
(U.S. Only)

Here it is: the original, and still one of the very coolest and most distinctive ESP Signature Series guitars ever made. Created by guitarist George Lynch in 1985 when Dokken was taking over the charts and George was being recognized as one of the world's most incendiary guitarists, the Kamikaze-1 started as George's personal custom guitar that was so outrageously unique, people began clamoring for one of their own. Once ESP began making them available for the public, it became our first Signature Series model. Still to this day, the Kamikaze-1 is a coveted guitar for good reason. Made by hand by the famous luthiers of the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, it features a maple body bolted to a maple neck with an ebony fingerboard. Its sound, as specified by George, is powered by an ESP Designed single-coil SS-120 pickup in the neck position, and a custom Seymour Duncan "The Hunter" pickup in the bridge spot. This pickup was specifically designed to George’s specification for a powerful and dynamic response, providing the harmonics, dimension, and firepower that George’s style demands. It's a high-output pickup with ceramic magnets and custom wind, with all the muscle for power chords and easy access to harmonic squeals, while remaining transparent enough for the “not quite clean but not exactly dirty” tones that George employs. The Kamikaze-1 includes a Floyd Rose Original bridge and Gotoh tuners, and comes with a high-quality hard shell case and a Certificate of Authenticity from ESP.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 25.5"
Body Maple
Neck Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 43mm locking Nut (45mm Neck Width)
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour GL Original U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Floyd Rose Original
Neck PU ESP SS-120
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan Signature George Lynch “The Hunter”
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Vol(P/P)
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
Controls Gl
Kerry L.

What does the writing say on the body of the GL. Kamakazi guitar?

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com or https://www.espguitars.com/pages/support

Jason S.

Is this headstock shape available on custom shop guitars?

Carl N.

Hey Jason, this headstock is only available for Lynch models.

Chris K.

It was available in the 80's  bought this one from a friend

Carl N.

Very neat!

CJ  T.

How come only on this model? That’s the best headstock ever 

David C.

Can the pickups be changed?

Carl N.

Hey David, this instrument is only offered in the specifications you see on this page.  Though pickups could always be swapped out later.

michael s.

sorted it out with George will order in next few weeks through ESP USA and fly over and pick it up off George, cheers. 10/10 he is a legend in more ways than one.

michael s.

sorry Todd B. ESP I'm bit clunky with the messenger service here , will fill you in privately.

michael s.

Todd.B esp over a week and no reply from them

Todd B. ESP

Hi michael, sorry to hear that. Did you contact our distributor and you never heard back from them? I will pass this message along to our International sales people, however I see that you have worked another solution. Please send me a message directly if you need any further help or want to share any additional info.

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