Kirk Hammett ESP Sparkle Ouija limited editions unleashed

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Kirk Hammett's Ouija finished ESP KH-2 is one of the most recognisable electric guitars in metal, and ESP has released a special limited edition run of the Metallica shredder's Ouiji signature models in Red and Purple Sparkle finishes.

Limited to 500 units in each finish, the ESP KH-2 Sparkle comes with a custom hardcase and certificate of authenticity. 

The Ouija guitar's inception dates back to the early '90s when Hammett approached ESP with the idea. Once the rights from Hasbro were sorted out, ESP used a photocopier and a pair of scissors to draft the finish on to the guitar. Originally a custom one-off for Hammett, ESP has periodically released a special run of the Ouija and this 2019 Ouija Sparkle Collection will be similarly collectible.

Spec-wise, these will add a bit of zip to your leads and have some serious power. Both have alder bodies, neck-thru-body construction, with a three-piece extra-thin U-shaped maple neck and Macassar ebony fingerboard. There are 24 extra-jumbo frets and star and moon inlays.

In terms of hardware, there is a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo system, LTD tuners, and a set of Hammett's signature EMG KH-BB Bone Breaker active pickups in neck and bridge positions.

In 2020, ESP will be releasing two KH-2 Ouija Sparkle guitars built in the ESP Custom Shop in Japan. These will be limited to 30 instruments in each finish and retail for $12,000.

Luckily, the LTD KH-2 Ouija Sparkle is a lot more affordable, retailing for £1,549 street ($1,399, $1,749), and is available now to preorder.

See ESP for more details.

The ESP Japanese Custom Shop model will be available in 2020, with only 30 instruments being made in each finish

The ESP Japanese Custom Shop model will be available in 2020, with only 30 instruments being made in each finish (Image credit: ESP Guitars)
Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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