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ESP LTD JH-600 Jeff Hanneman Signature Electric Guitar, Black

Custom-designed by Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, this neck-through-body guitar is loaded with EMG 81 and 85 active pickups to create every shredder's dream tone. (18) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
EMG 81 and 85 active pickups Aggressive, full tone; great sustain and dynamics
3-piece maple neck Improved strength and stability; clear tone
Neck-through-body construction Longer sustain; strong midrange; smooth feel
Kahler Hybrid tremolo Consistent string/saddle contact for smooth bends

Your Very Own Angel of Death!

As one of the "Big Four" in thrash metal's onset, Slayer has undoubtedly been a leader in style and tone. And Slayer's Jeff Hanneman has designed his very own ESP LTD JH600 signature axe to bestow his metal sound onto you. Equipped with EMG 81 and 85 active bridge and neck pickups, this baby is ready to tear up your game. The JH600's three-piece maple neck and ebony fingerboard are smooth, fast, and attractive with an eye-catching white binding that goes all the way up to the headstock. You'll get nothing but the best of what this no-nonsense thrash metal axe has to offer.

Endless Sustain with Neck-Through-Body Construction

The ESP LTD JH600's three-piece maple neck is cut into a comfortable extra-thin U shape for your hand to easily wrap around. The ebony fingerboard is slick to the touch as you tear up this axe's two octaves of extra-jumbo frets, and an extra-relief lower cutaway allows unfettered access to the highest registers of your 24-fret fingerboard. Hanneman's choice of neck-through-body construction -- where the neck continues through the entire body -- makes it feel like your guitar is one solid continuous piece of wood. The result is longer sustain and more secure intonation.

An Arsenal of EMG Tone

You want a full and thick lead tone? You got it. Want a little more grittiness and edge for lightning-fast power-chord chugs? Not a problem. The JH600's EMG 81 bridge humbucker is the guitarist's best friend for palm-muted low-end riffs and power-chord infused sonic explosiveness. Meanwhile, the EMG 85 neck pickup fattens out your sound a bit for a howling lead. Your three-setting pickup selector blade will let you mix these babies together at your leisure.

The Tonal Security of a Kahler Hybrid Vibrato Bridge

Neck-through-body construction will certainly assist in maintaining longer sustain and intonation, but you get even more security with the Kahler Hybrid vibrato bridge. This baby will keep your strings vibrating longer in tune over extended periods of playing, even when you dive low or bend your notes high. You'll achieve the edges of the tonal spectrum in ease and confidence with this far-reaching mechanism of metal.

Features:

- Contoured alder body
- EMG 81 bridge and EMG 85 neck active humbuckers
- Master volume and tone knobs; three-way pickup selector switch
- 24 extra jumbo frets
- Ebony fingerboard
- Three-piece maple neck in extra thin U shape
- Attractive white biding on neck and headstock
- Neck-through-body construction for longer sustain
- Kahler Hybrid vibrato bridge
- Jeff Hanneman's signature on headstock

Designed in cooperation with one of the kings of thrash, the JH600 is like a runway for riffs!

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- Construction: Neck-thru-body
- Scale: 25.5 in.
- Body: Alder
- Neck: 3-piece Maple
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Pickups: EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) active
- Controls: Volume & tone w/3-way toggle
- Hardware: Black
- Bridge: Kahler Hybrid Bridge
- Binding: White on neck & headstock
- Frets: 24 XJ
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Black
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ESP JH600 BK
Blemished, Black
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ESP JH600 BK
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-423-8388

Product Description

ESP Guitars has introduced the LTD JH600, a Signature Series guitar created from a custom design by guitarist Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. The JH600 features neck-thru-body construction for killer sustain, an alder body, 3-piece maple neck with an ebony fingerboard, EMG 81 and 85 active pickups, white binding on the neck and headstock and a Kahler Hybrid Bridge. This guitar really is the total package.
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Does way more than just thrash..."
Sound: The sound is unbelievable. With the brass rollers, it has a deep bass sound to it and I have found no need to layer recordings due to the full tone of this guitar. Whether I run this through Line 6 recording gear or mic my Marshall 2203, the sound is insanely incredible. The 85 neck pup is a little bright at times but nothing the tone knob doesn't fix. I may go to a 60 neck pup later down the road. Feature: The selection of components for this guitar is excellent. It seems that they all compliment each other and if you were to change one (except the neck pup) the guitar just wouldn't be he same. When you price all of the features of this guitar separately, you see what a value the guitar really is which is why I chose this guitar. I'm not a big Slayer fan so the fact that it was a Hanneman model didn't really play into my decision for buying it. Ease of Use: Low action, smooth Kahler, Ebony fret board. Jumbo frets, Grover machines...need I say more? Quality: Second to known at this price. This guitar, for being a plain glossy black, is freaking beautiful. From the white binding to the finish of the paint, you can see that whoever built this guitar had pride in his work and didn't just look at building guitars as just a job. In one word...SMOOTH ! Value: Yes. I've played and own guitars that cost two and three times what this did and don't play or look as good. Great value for the money. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed them but will update if I ever do. The Wow Factor: I'm probably one of the few people that can look at an all black guitar and say, "WOW' hahahaha. It is an intimidating looking guitar when placed next to others. Overall: I usually stay away from signature guitars because most of them are gaudy with designs and artist autographs all over them. This leaves no room for your own identity on stage if you choose to gig with it. Generally leaves you looking like a fan boy...but I digress. I bought this guitar for several reasons: 1) EMG 81/85 active pups 2) Long scale neck 3) Eboney finger board 4) Jumbo frets 5) Grover machines 6) Use of Alder instead of Basswood 7) All around good looking black guitar I have only owned a couple guitars over my 30 years of playing that had tremelo systems. Those were all original Floyd Rose tremelos. I was a little leery about the Kahler system after reading so many poor reviews about them. Maybe I got lucky or Kahler has fixed whatever problems they had with these cause mine works flawlessly. It doesn't go out of tune after dive bombs etc. It's smooth as silk as well. Being the hybrid model, you can use the manufacturer supplied tools to tighten the set screw which locks the tremelo into a fixed position. I do this when I'm recording songs that don't require the use of a floating tremelo. After being loosened and tightened on several occasions, the Kahler set/lock screw shows no signs of stripping, loosening or other wear issues. The brass rollers on the Kahler give the guitar a deep, bassy tone, similar to a Les Paul. I know this cause I own a few Les Pauls and this guitar comes closest to their sound than any other clone or super strat style guitar I've ever played. The cool thing as well is the fact that Kahler sells replacement rollers in aluminum and steel to brighten up the sound and give it more sustain. They also sell a drop in fixed bridge if you decide that you want to go hard tail with this guitar. Pretty versatile in my book.The EMG pups are...well, they're EMG's . People either love them or hate them. I'm on the love side. They are great for high gain music and they are extremely quiet for recording. No buzz or hum when not playing. It's great because you don't have to turn the volume down on the guitar while waiting for your cue to begin playing. Battery life is good if you unplug when your'e done playing.The set up from the factory was alot better than I had expected for being a mail order guitar. It had no fret buzz even for being set up with extremely low action. I like my action low but not as low as it was from ESP. So, 2 minutes with the supplied hex wrench and I was off to the races. The guitar came from the factory tuned down a half step (Cause that's how most Slayer songs are tuned) and had some fairly crappy strings on it, but that didn't bother me since I always change strings right from the get go. So, a new set of Dunlop 10's and a standard tune and it was perfect. I've owned this guitar for almost a year now and waited this long to give a review on purpose. I wanted the honeymoon period or buyers remorse to subside before writing the review. I can assure you, there was no remorse involved. For a $1k guitar, the features and quality are superb. The fact that it is assembled in Korea means nothing here. Whoever ESP has manufacturing this LTD line, takes pride in their work and it shows. There wasn't a single flaw anywhere on the guitar. Unlike my Gibson LP standard which had many. I've recorded two full length albums using only this guitar and I constantly get compliments on the tone. When I tell folks I'm playing a Korean guitar and not a LP, the quickly soil themselves in disbelief. I'm positive there are some poor quality guitars coming out of Korea, but ESP has chosen a good supplier for the LTD line for sure.
Style of Music: Rock and heavy metal, Blues
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Sound: The sound of this instrument is bright and full range as you would expect from an alder through neck maple with ebony fretboard. It is good as a high gain instrument, I usually turn down the resonance on my peavey 6505+ compared to my mahogany guitars. It functions good as a clean jazz guitar or metal guitar. Favorite thing is the kahler so far, had heard some things about problems with them staying in tune. This has proven to be false. They stay in tune perfectly and I can only assume that some floyd rose dealers are behind this rumour, or possibly this is referring to some of the older kahlers in the early 90's that had some problems with them. I believe the problems were fixed, but regardless I will vouch for mine. Feature: The best feature to me is the kahler hybrid vibrato system. It is awesome to be able to lock it when you want, not least of all for changing strings. It is easy to change strings and you dont have to remove the end pieces on them like you do for a floyd. It is very adjustable for each individual strings height and spacing, the bar can either swing or lock. It stays in tune at least as good as my schaller original floyd roses and has a smoother feel though it's range. The though maple neck is a little thicher than a wizard neck but not by much, which I am fine with. Guitar is a bit thick and heavy, though not a les-paul by any means. I am a fan of EMG's, I both like their tone and with my setup they are a necessity as they get rid of a bit of hiss I get from passive pickups on my Peavey 6505+. Believe me I have tried everything and the EMG's to me are the best and only solution. Ease of Use: The guitar is very easy to use, pretty basic set up including the kahler. Works fine with either 9's or 10's. I have mine set to E standard but have put it in E flat also. Full range instrument with good clarity and attack. Harmonics are easy and I am able to get a very good action with little to no buzz. Like the feel of the ebonay fretboard. You could put really heavy strings on it if you would want but I already have a baritone as well as a droptune and do most of my playing in E standard anyway. Quality: Quality is very good. More a functional than a looks guitar, though the fretboard inlays are nice. I would have been fine with none, especially with the ebony fretboard I think this would have looked even better. Value: I got mine at a discount but I think the normal price is fair. When I first looked at these they were 1300, then they dropped down to 900 and are running at 1000 now. I think it is possibly my best overall guitar with the possible excpetion of my yamaha pacifica 1221 which I put emg coil tapping pickups and an original floyd rose on. Manufacturer Support: So far have had good support with zZounds and kahler. I hadnt ever played on a kahler before so I was a bit hesitant about that. Mine was blemished, turned out someone had switched the rollers on the low e string so that the string would pop out. This was easily fixed, I would have been able to reurn it and had also personally talked with a technical representative of the kahler company. To me esp ltd guitars are the best value and quality available and I own three electric esp ltd's. I think this fact alone speaks for how I like esp ltd's. The Wow Factor: It is a black guitar with a black fretboard with the emg's and kahler and somewhat interesting fret inlays and a bound neck. For me this is a good looking guitar but it is definitely not flashy. What it is is a good playing guitar with all of what you need and no unnecessary frills. The only major change I could think of would possibly be a maple top like the esp m1000 but I dont think it needs it and it would almost be too bright especially with the alder sides and ebony fretboard. Overall: Awesome all around guitar
Style of Music: Metal, 80's rock, folk
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