The ESP LTD Iron Cross James Hetfield offers exceptional quality and a world renown sound to create a masterful playing experience. Beautifully decorated to James' custom instrument design, the iron cross decal and fretboard inlay gives this guitar a stunning finish. Sonically unique, this signature model comes equipped with James Hetfield's custom EMG pickups, helping you to achieve a blistering metal tone with the essence of Metallica infused into it.
A Thin U neck profile has been sculpted to fit comfortably within your grasp, combined with a silky smooth macassar ebony fretboard, this guitar plays like a dream. Built to be durable, it is comprised of a mahogany body and features a maple top, and a set three-piece mahogany neck, all of which offer unrivalled strength and reliability. The ESP LTD Iron Cross is the perfect metal companion.
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Created with one of the most famous rhythm guitarists in mind, the LTD iron cross is built for chordal consistency and accurate performance. A Thin U neck is sculpted to provide a secure grasp and comfortable support, while still providing the freedom to effortlessly glide across the fretboard. 22 extra jumbo frets offer an abundance of room to accurately position your chords. A macassar ebony fretboard provides a smooth surface to move across, perfect for those lightning-fast riffs. Tonally, the ebony fretboard offers up a snappy, bright attack and a perfect companion to the mahogany body. All of this combines to produce a guitar that is a pleasure to play.
The ESP LTD Iron Cross James Hetfield is based off James’ personal custom design. The guitar is certainly eye-catching, featuring a bold black Iron Cross that contrasts to the snow-white finish, this guitar certainly stands out from the crowd. The naturally dark macassar ebony fretboard is embellished with an Iron cross inlay at the 12th fret, acting to juxtapose the colouring of the guitar. Constructed with a mahogany body, and a three-piece set mahogany neck, you can be assured that whilst the guitar is striking aesthetically, it is still durable and resistant. All of this allows you to shine on stage, letting you focus on your showmanship.
The Iron Cross guitar is equipped with James Hetfield’s own custom pickups. Created in 2009, Hetfield contacted the president of EMG pickups and asked him to produce a discrete looking pickup, which possessed the clarity and power of a passive pickup, whilst retaining the iconic active tone. The set consists of two humbucker pickups, JH-N for the neck and JH-B for the bridge. The JH-N is designed to offer a higher attack and fuller low end for the neck position, whilst the JH-B offers a similar tight attack - it too provides a clean, crisp low end. As you can imagine this creates the perfect tone, specifically designed for Metallica’s iconic metal sound.
James Hetfield has been at the forefront of metal for over 40 years. As co-founder, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the genre defining band Metallica, it is obvious why his name is etched into rock n roll’s hall of fame. Voted by Guitar World readers as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time and placing 2nd in their greatest metal guitarists of all time, it is clear his prestige and ability has not gone unnoticed. Most notably a rhythm guitarist, with his iconic percussive picking and fast tempo chord patterns, Hetfield still takes the opportunity to play soaring solos. All of this makes him an incredibly well-rounded guitar player. ESP here have produced a guitar that not only equals James’ fame but also supports his personal playstyle.