ESP Announces New Kirk Hammett 30th Anniversary Signature KH-3 Spider

ESP Kirk Hammett 30th Anniversary Signature KH-3 Spider
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ESP has teamed up with Metallica's Kirk Hammett to launch the 30th Anniversary KH-3 Spider guitar.

Based on the KH-3 model Hammett used extensively on Metallica's 1992 Black Album tour, the KH-3 Spider features an alder body, extra-thin U-shaped three-piece maple neck with a neck-thru-body construction, and a 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard with a 24.75" scale length, skull and crossbone inlays, and scalloped frets from position 17 to 24.

Sounds come by way of Hammett's signature EMG Bonebreaker pickups, while a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge also comes standard on the guitar.

Based on the design from Hammett's original KH-3, the spider graphic on the guitar's lower bout was created by graphic artist Pushead.

ESP 30th Anniversary Signature KH-3 Spider

(Image credit: ESP Guitars)

“I really like the feel of the single cutaway shape, and thought it would be great to add a locking trem and my usual EMG pickups,” Hammett said. “Not to mention also having the perfect area to plaster the killer Pushead graphic that was drawn specifically for this guitar back in the day!”

The LTD version of the ESP 30th Anniversary KH-3 Spider will be available in February for $1,299, while the hand-crafted ESP version will arrive later this year for $4,699.

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