ESP James Hetfield

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ESP JH-2
Manufacturer ESP
Period 1991 - Current
Construction
Body type Solid
Neck joint Thru Neck
Woods
Body Mahogany
Neck 3-piece Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony with Deer Head Inlays
Hardware
Bridge Tonepros locking TOM & Tail
Pickup(s)

2 EMG, Inc. Pickups Bridge-EMG 81

Neck-EMG 60
Colors available
BLK w/ Black Diamond Plate

The ESP James Hetfield (or just ESP JH) are ranges of electric guitars produced by ESP Guitars based on the custom models of James Hetfield. All models were built by James Hetfield and Matt Masciandaro.

Current models[edit]

  • ESP Snakebyte
  • ESP Iron Cross
  • ESP Vulture

Past models[edit]

  • ESP JH-1
  • ESP JH-2
  • ESP JH-3
  • ESP LTD "The Grynch"
  • ESP Eclipse #5 Iron Cross
  • ESP Trucktser
  • ESP LTD Truckster

Models table[edit]

Model name ESP/Ltd? Color/Finish Year(s) of production Limited Series Number of Models built
JH-1 ESP Black w/ red hot rod flames 1997 Yes 200
JH-2 ESP Black w/ Black diamond plate 1998 Yes 200
JH-3 ESP Black w/ Pinstripe design 1999 Yes 100
The Grynch Ltd Black w/ green flames 2003 Yes 260
Truckster ESP/Ltd Aged Primer Grey 2005-Present No No limit
Truckster ESP/Ltd Aged Black Satin 2009-Present No No limit
Iron Cross ESP Distressed black 2009 Yes 100
Snakebyte ESP/Ltd Black or Snow White 2011 No limited

Detailed overview[edit]

ESP JH-1

  • Mahogany Body
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Ninja star point inlays, with full ninja star on first fret
  • Black Hardware
  • Bridge: Tune-o-Matic Bridge w/ Stop Tailpiece
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Controls: Three Way Pickup Selector Switch, 2 Volume No Tone Control
  • Finish: Black w/ red hot rod flames

ESP JH-2

  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: BLK w/ Black Daimond Plate

ESP Iron Cross

  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ EVO Frets (Gold) Ni-Free Alloy
  • Distressed Gold Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u. w/Distressed Gold Covers
  • Finish: Distressed BLK

ESP Truckster

  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Satin Chrome Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: Aged Primer Grey

ESP LTD Truckster

  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Standard Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Satin Chrome Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: Aged Primer Grey

ESP LTD Snakebyte

  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75" Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: BLK, SW


ESP LTD Snakebyte 2015

  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75" Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
  • EMG Het-Set (James Hetfield signature) Active p.u.
  • Finish: BLK, SW

See also[edit]