ESP KH-2 Vintage
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ESP KH-2 Vintage

KH-2 Vintage, ST モデル from ESP in the Kirk Hammett series.

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Hatsubai 09/06/2011

ESP KH-2 Vintage : Hatsubai のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Awesome replica"
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Kirk Hammett has been a long time user of ESP guitars, and the KH2 is one of his most famous guitars. It's based off of the MII that is normally purchased through ESP. However, he has a model that he's had for ages. This is a replica of that model. In reality, this is just an aged ESP KH2, so it's not much different from a normal one. The guitar has a neck-thru construction and features alder wings, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, skull and cross bones inlays, an original floyd rose, EMG pickups, two volumes, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar is put together great. The first thing that stuck out at me was the aged finish. It's done quite well, and it looks very close to Kirk's actual model that he naturally aged from all the touring he's done with the thing. The sticker is a bit odd, but it's "to spec" so I understand why they put it on. The guitar's fretwork was great. There were no low frets, and they were all polished quite nicely. They also didn't slice my hand up. The guitar features a neck-thru construction, so there were no issues with any neck joint gaps or anything like that. All in all, very nice.

SOUNDS

The guitar has an EMG 81 in the bridge and an EMG 60 in the neck. The EMG 81 in the bridge is very cutting. It'll cut through the densest mix, and considering how low end dominant metal mixes can be, this helps to be heard. It has tons of output and lots of dynamics. It's also pretty clear under high gain, but it's somewhat compressed. The EMG 60 in the neck can get a real cool lead tone, and it works great for clean tones. I generally prefer the EMG 85 in the neck, but the 60 can work if you're looking for something that's closer to a single coil sound than a humbucker sound.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is great. However, thanks to the ESP M-II NTB coming out, I kinda wonder what relevance it has in the lineup. Before, it was the only real way you could get a neck-thru alder bodied ESP with a rosewood fretboard. Today, you have a much cheaper alternative with the only real downgrade being that you'll have dot inlays. If it were me, I'd get the M-II instead.