LTD KH-202
LTD KH-202

KH-202, STC-Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Kirk Hammett series.

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Hatsubai 05/30/2011

LTD KH-202 : Hatsubai's user review


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The LTD KH-202 is part of the LTD's signature line for people who can't afford both the ESP KH-2 and the LTD KH-602. In reality, this is a guitar meant for beginners and not much of anything else. The guitar features a basswood body with a bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, the famous skull and cross bone inlays with a name at the last fret, a licensed floyd rose, two humbuckers, two volumes, one tone and a three way switch.


First of all, the fretwork on this model is really bad. There are sharp edges galore, and the frets aren't fully level. This creates a huge issue for anybody who wants any decent action with this guitar. The uneven frets mean that the guitar frets out on certain notes and when bending in certain areas. The floyd on this is a trashy licensed bridge made out of pot metal. It doesn't hold tune as good as a higher quality floyd does, and it doesn't flutter nearly as nice. The inlay work is a bit haggard, and the neck joint also has some issues in that there's a decent gap.


Kirk Hammett's guitar is made out of alder and has a neck-thru body, so if you're expecting the sound of a KH-2, you'll be sorely disappointed. That's one thing that really bothers me about this super low level line. They use trash woods that give good quality basswood a bad name. The pickups in this thing are quite something, and I don't mean that in a good way. They're wanna-be EMGs, and they sound super thin and sterile. If you thought EMGs sounded bad, you should hear these things. It's ridiculous how bad they sound.


If you're looking for a KH-2 on a budget, look at the new ESP M-II NTB. If you can't afford that, you can try looking at the LTD KH-602, but it won't sound the same. I really don't recommend even checking out this model, let alone buying it. It's such a disgrace to the real ESP Standard models that I wonder why LTD even bothered making it.