Yes, we could have gone with Jaymez’s Truckster, and LTD doesn’t make an affordable Iron Cross, but we actually think that the classic Hetfield is the Hetfield holding an X-shape.
Just in time for the Big Four shows in 2011, the man with the most reliable right hand in metal set his mind towards creating a brand-new signature model with ESP. Based on that shape, Het snipped a bit of the arse-end, introduced some curves to the slab body and smashed his trusted combination of EMG 81/60 pickups into it.
The result? One of the coolest signature models in metal. It’s a relatively simple animal – one volume and one tone control, 22 XJ frets and a three-position switch – and the finish options are either White or Black, but it’s built for huge riffing, crystal cleans and speedy leads.
The SRP is out of our ‘budget’ bracket, but this is the real world, where you can bag one for well under a grand. Chhhhyeauuuuuh!