ESP LTD Vulture James Hetfield Signature in Black Satin


James Hetfield and ESP have been working together for years now. From classic EX style models to the Iron Cross and even the Snakebyte every James Hetfield guitar that ESP have made has been absolutely killer and now the Vulture will join the lineup as the only Hetfield V style guitar in the current lineup.

Iconic Build

While the shape is new and modern the materials used to build this guitar have always been used with V style models. Using a Mahogany body with a set in Mahogany neck and Ebony fingerboard you will feel at home instantly if you are used to classic Vs or James' other signature models. These materials help produce that powerful, tight and heavy sound that Metallica are known for.

EMG Pickups

For many years James Hettfield has used EMG pickups. It may have started with the 60, 81 and 85 models but over the years he has tweaked them to fit more in to the modern thrash sound that Metallica use today. These pickups are called the Het Set and have improved on the original designs with solid pole pieces and slight EQ shifts for more low end response and punch that reacts to your playing.

Smooth To Play

James Hetfield needs to easily switch between heavy rhythm tones and fast leads at a moment's notice. The EMG Het Set pickups handle that perfectly and to make sure there are no hiccups along the way the guitar has been designed to maximise playability. From the Thin U shape neck which is incredibly easy to play to the near frictionless Ebony fretboard you are set up to rock at all times with this guitar.


  • Construction: Set-Neck
  • Scale: 24.75"
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: 3Pc Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 305mm
  • Finish: Black Satin
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • Nut Type: Molded
  • Neck Contour: Thin U
  • Frets/Type: 22 XJ
  • Hardware Color: Black Satin
  • Strap Button: Standard
  • Tuners: LTD Locking
  • Bridge: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • Neck PU: EMG JH SET
  • Bridge PU: EMG JH SET
  • Electronics: Active
  • Electronics Layout: Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
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