ESP Iron Cross and Ouija: We Got Them!

After making a real stir at ESP´s Winter NAMM booth, the very first examples of the new Metallica signature models, the Iron Cross and KH-2 Ouija, to make it out of the company´s Japanese Custom Shop have landed - and they´ve landed in our warehouse.

With just nine examples of the Iron Cross and a mere three white Ouijas available for the UK, we´re very grateful to our good pals at ESP UK who´ve split atoms, moved mountains and parted seas to enable us to bring you the heaviest exclusive of 2009 so far.

What´s even better is that this example of the Iron Cross bears the serial number E00, and it´s been confirmed by ESP Japan that this was one of the very models Mr Hetfield himself checked out during the design process. We´ve played it, loved it and caressed it, but we´re yet to notice any of the great man´s amazing rhythm playing rubbing off on us.

We´ll be featuring the guitars in the October issue of Guitarist but for now here´s two of Guitarist´s number doing a rather shabby impression of messers Hetfield and Hammett - acting like eejits, in other words...bless.

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.