ESP LTD James Hetfield Iron Cross Electric Guitar (with Case)

Loaded with a pair of EMG JH Signature active humbuckers and emblazoned with Iron Cross graphics, this ESP LTD axe delivers Hetfield-approved tone and style.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Ebony fretboard Dark color, tight grain; premium fretboard wood
Thin U-shaped neck Slim shape with fast, easy-to-play feel
TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge Superior stability and excellent intonation

You know the sound, you know the name -- and your ESP LTD James Hetfield Iron Cross electric guitar produces the powerful wall of sonic fuel associated with the Metallica frontman's image and tonal style. This eye-catching axe features a set of EMG JH signature active pickups housed within a resonant maple-topped mahogany body, a robust mahogany neck, a slick and addicting ebony fingerboard, a sturdy TonePros locking Tune-O-Matic-style bridge and tailpiece, and secure LTD locking tuners. A stark cross at this baby's base gives off a sinister yet intriguing visual flair.

Check out our exclusive run-down of the ESP LTD James Hetfield Iron Cross electric guitar:

Mahogany and Maple Body

If you like a dark sound full of depth and sustain, then this axe is right up your alley. Mahogany is a very popular tonewood choice for electric guitars because it tends to highlight the middle and lower frequencies well -- giving you plenty of body. Maple brings a slightly rounded brightness to the table, as well as a hint of snappiness which can help your signal cut through the mix for those wailing leads and heart-stopping licks. Shoulder this ESP LTD, and you'll hear the time-tested combo of mahogany and maple bringing the rock.

Lightning-Fast Set-in Mahogany Neck

The mahogany neck on your James Hetfield Iron Cross is absolutely addicting. This speedy appendage harnesses 22 XJ frets over a slick and buttery ebony fingerboard. Incredibly tight action allows for some ferocious and read more speedy runs. Mahogany necks with set-in construction can bring a nice heap of sustain, so if you like to flood your signal with gain, you can hold your notes for a while to get some ear-piercing sustained feedback.

EMG JH Signature Humbuckers for Sonic Destruction

That unmistakable James Hetfield wall of tone is harnessed in this guitar's complement of EMG JH signature humbuckers. These babies utilize ceramic pole pieces to give your output an aggressive attack, as well as a solid dose of low end. The overall sound of this axe is pretty dark, so take advantage of your tone control when you want to brighten things up for the right occasions.


- Maple-topped mahogany body with Iron Cross graphics
- Mahogany set-neck in thin U shape
- 22 XJ frets over a smooth ebony fingerboard
- Scale length of 24.75"
- Curvy cutaway for easy upper access
- Powerful EMG JH signature set active humbuckers
- Tonepros locking Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece
- LTD locking tuners
- Sinister dark hardware
- Two volume controls, one tone control
- Three-way pickup selector switch
- Hardshell case included
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- Construction: Set Neck
- Scale: 24.75 inches
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Nut: 42mm Standard
- Neck Contour: Thin U
- Frets: 22 XJ
- Hardware: Black
- Tuners: LTD Locking
- Bridge and Tailpiece: TonePros T.O.M.
- Pickups: EMG JH Signature Set Active
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Snow White
Shipping Weight: 26.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 46 x 19 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LIRONCROSSSW

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-423-8388

ESP LTD James Hetfield Iron Cross

Distinct graphics and signature James Hetfield tone make the Iron Cross guitar an incredible instrument! ESP LTD loads the guitar with a set of EMG JH Signature active pickups which are clean and clear as well as aggressive and powerful when you need them to be. The eye catching white finish with black stripe and Iron Cross graphic and 12th fret inlay truly set this guitar apart!


- EMG JH Signature Set Active Pickups
- White finish w/graphic and Iron Cross
- Set-Neck construction
- Mahogany body and Neck
- Ebony fingerboard with 22 XJ Frets
- Black Hardware
- Case included

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (9 ratings)
Submitted October 9, 2015 by Michael S in Athens, AL
"You will never buy a les Paul again."
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I have owned several Les Paul's over the years & will not be buying anymore. This guitar is amazing. The detail of this guitar is flawless. Binding around the whole guitar,locking tuners, belly cut, Hetfield pick ups & the neck on this is amazing. The tone of this guitar can handle much more then metal.the clean tones are super clean but switch the toggle to the middle position or even up & you get great blues and even jazz tones. If you roll the volume on the neck pick up down and go to 10 on the bridge pick up you get a very smooth transition of clean,then your clean bluesy break up and then powerful metal. I like my guitars and amps to give me every option possible and this guitar delivers. Just look at the price of this vrs the les Paul. When you get this you will never buy a les Paul again.
Musical Background:
25 years
Musical Style:
Blues, hard rock,metal.
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