with case
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NOTE: Due to ongoing challenges in the global supply chain, instruments purchased from ShopESP that are not currently in stock may take an extended time frame to be delivered.

The LTD KH-602 is a Kirk Hammett Signature Series guitar that offers just about everything that its higher-end cousin, the ESP KH-2, does, at a price that more musicians can afford. Check it out: the KH-602 features neck-thru-body construction, with a comfortable alder body, a three-piece extra-thin U-shaped maple neck, pau ferro fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets and Kirk's skull-and-bones inlays, and components that include a Floyd Rose bridge and a set of EMG Kirk Hammett Bone Breaker Signature pickups. It's a powerful guitar designed for professional recording and live performance, perfect for any serious player of intense music. Available in Black finish, and in a left-handed version.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish BLACK
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000
Neck PU EMG Bone Breaker
Bridge PU EMG Bone Breaker
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone/3-Way Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
Controls Kh
Alessandro M.

I bought a KH-602 a few days ago. I'm waiting for the shipment (I'm from Italy, sorry for my poor English).

Blayne R.


I just received my new Kh602 and the bridge pickup height is lower at the bottom than the top.

the bottom side of the pick up is screwed down and is flush with the casing while the top side of pick up is standard height as the neck pick up.


is this normal or do I need to adjust the pickup height to be uniform as the top pick up?

Todd B. ESP

Hi, It is normal to have the bass side a little lower than the treble side if that is what you are referring to. Generally you want to hold the strings down at the end of the neck then check and see how much clearance there is between the strings and the top of the pickup. You can adjust it depending on your playing style too, but generally pickups are adjusted higher for more output volume and lowered to decrease the output volume (generally to balance the output volumes between neck  & bridge pickups). As you get closer to the strings, the pickup may get in the way of your picking hand, and the sound could get distorted if you are too close. More more help on this please contact our customer service team at . Either way we hope you love your guitar.

Paul d.

Would it be possible in the future to get the LTD KH-602 with a natural glossy neck and a 305mm fingerboard radius? Also what's the reason for taking pau ferro over macassar ebony?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Paul, These models come as listed, no changes or options are given to production models. Pau Ferro has been used in recent years as a replacement for Rosewood which we stopped using for all LTD models a few years ago. Pau Ferro has similar characteristics. Kirk's models use rosewood fingerboards.


Do these have an issue with humidity? More than a guitar is expected too.. is there any issue with putting 10-46 strings on it? Does this guitar accept truss rod adjustments. ??? Please help !!

Todd B. ESP

Guitars should be kept out of very humid environments for prolonged periods. No problem putting 10-46 strings, but if these strings are put on then you will need to adjust spring tension, truss rod and intonation. Yes, the truss rods are functional in all our instruments, so you can adjust them to make the neck straighter or give the neck more bow to adjust for your playing style and setup. For more help please contact our customer service team at

Chris L.


I purchased the KH602, ESP has made a believer out of me, sign me up, I am on the wagon.

Let me ask, i got lucky and found that my local guitar center was able to acquire this model but some they say they can’t. Now how does a man go about getting one of these beauties if they can’t get it in at the music store???

Carl N.

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