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As the lead guitarist of Metallica, the most successful metal band in history, Kirk Hammett needs no introduction. With the new KH-2 Neck Thru Body, Kirk’s ESP Signature Series takes a step up with this intensely powerful guitar that is built by hand, one at a time, by ESP’s master luthiers at our Custom Shop in Japan. The KH-2 NTB offers neck-thru-body construction at 25.5” scale, with a comfortable alder body and an extra thin U-shaped 3-piece maple neck with a great-feeling natural gloss finish on the back of the neck. The KH-2 NTB has a 305mm radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets and Kirk's signature “skull and bones” inlays. This guitar’s sound is powered by a pair of EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition pickups. Designed to bring out the best in Kirk’s tone, the pickups offer crisp leads or smooth, rounded rhythm tones at a flick of its three-way selector switch. Components on the KH-2 NTB include high-quality Gotoh tuners and a Floyd Rose Original bridge, and it comes with an ESP hard shell case and a certificate of authenticity. Available in Black finish.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Black
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button ESP Strap Lock
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Floyd Rose Original
Neck PU EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition
Bridge PU EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone/3-Way Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
Controls Kh

I wanna just say that ESP and Ltd are the best guitars ever. I just got the Ltd Kh 30th anniversary Spider guitar.  Best Ltd I've played yet. Kirk is my favorite guitarist.  I used to own the ESP custom shop KH2  but unfortunately a few years ago I had to sell it when I went through some hardships. I bought it used for $2,400( I think new back then was around $3,000) . I was just on here to browse Kirk's ESP versions bcuz I want to maybe get the genuine ESP version again down the road, but the prices now just surprise the hell outta me. $5,000 to almost $7,000? For guitars that don't have that much to differentiate them from the Ltd versions. Especially just the standard plain Kh2. Sure they're handmade and whatnot. But nowadays the Ltd versions play and sound spectacular. I've played the Ltd Kh 602 and like I said used to own the ESP Kh2. Not a whole lot different.  Don't think different tuners, strap locks, original floyd,  different fingerboard radius,  and minor things equate to a $4,000 dollar price difference.  I understand inflation,  but dang. Pretty much have to be one of those rich collectors that locks their guitars away and never plays them to get something like the Demenology ESP or the Purple Sparkle.  And please make the Ouija models a standard production model. Not rare runs. Or his Dracula one. 

David  B.

 I have  friend it has esp kh3 guitar   he loves it 

Acclaimed Knives

If I wanted to order this guitar but with the previous pickups that he used (emg 60 in the neck and emg 81 in the bridge) would that be possible since I'm getting it from the custom shop anyway?

I know you offer the vintage edition with the older pickups but I'm not a big fan of the worn down look

Todd B. ESP

Hi, Normally we wouldn't offer changes to a signature model, however this request would not be a problem. Please contact your dealer or distributor if you would like to arrange this as a custom order.

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Darrin T.

I’d want to swap the pickups also, mostly because of Kirk’s signature on the Bonebreakers. Maybe to the 80/60A combo. My unaffordable fantasy is to own a guitar with the same specs as Kirk's but without it looking like it belongs to Kirk. 


Rui C.

Hi, are these etched pickups only offered for a limited time on this guitar?  I understand that EMG only made a small amount of these. 

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or 

Paul d.

An E-II version of this or the ouija models would be amazing! Or, wishful thinking, a KH-MUMMY

Carl N.

Thanks for the suggestions


The E-II version is basically the M2 I feel like 

Paul d.

Very true, but having the availability of E-II signature guitars instead of just LTD's / ESP's would be nice. A step up over LTD if you will. I currently own an ESP KH-2 NTB from 2009 and was able to get that at a very reasonable price (new). Being able to get an E-II signature at a similar price would be amazing. But that's my opinion

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