KAMIKAZE-1

KAMIKAZE-1
$4,699.00
with case

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
Finish Black w/ Kamikaze Graphic
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 Volume(Push/Pull)
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case ST-TE GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
Case Included Y
Controls
Controls Gl
Media
George Lynch on the ESP Kamikaze-1

George Lynch on the ESP Kamikaze-1

Iconic guitar legend George Lynch demos the ESP Kamikaze-1, one of the earliest Signature Series guitars created by ESP, for our "ESP Presents 2021" event in January 2021. Filmed at Valley Relics Museum (Van Nuys, CA)....
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Comments
Pete F.

I cannot wait to get this guitar. Id even settle for the 200k at this moment. 

Patrick M.

Why do you use the word "Kamikaze" ? There are more than 1B words in the world. Crews of Kamikaze operation are not heroes. They should be called criminals. The name of this guitar is not cool at all.

Byounghun S.

Do you Know the meaning of Kamikaze? It's Japaniese operation codename of Pearl Harbor.  Even though ESP is Japanese company, ESP DO NOT have to use that.

It's the symbol of Japanise imperialism. And the man on the guitar is not a hero, he is a war criminal. I'm Korean and I'm really Lynch's fan. I hope he won't use it any more..

Kamikaze means 'The Wind from God' - About a thousand years ago, when Japan invaded the south coast of Korea, plundering villages and killing people frequently occurred, the Korean kingdom decided to join forces with China to attack Japan and mobilize many ships and troops to conquer Japan. When the troops were going to do it, a big typhoon came and they finally failed to conquer Japan. The typhoon is called the Wind from God in Japan.답글

Sebastian M.

Any chance of this being available as an ltd model?

 

Carl N.

nothing at the moment

Eztro Z.

They used to offer it.  Its the LTD-GL200K.  I grabbed one a while back and love it.  Pic Below:

 

Kerry L.

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

Carl N.

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Joe J.

Kami Kaze, or “Divine Wind”. Viper Joe, Red Dragon Guitars 

Barry S.

That’s Kanji for Kamikaze!

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