LTD KH-602
LTD KH-602

KH-602, STC-Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Kirk Hammett series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 9 reviews )
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tjon901's review"Best LTD Kirk Hammett sig"

LTD KH-602
LTD is ESP's budget line of guitars. These guitars are made outside of Japan and come with much lower costs than their fully ESP branded brothers. That does not mean these guitars are bad though. They pretty much come with all the same specs that the ESP models have at slightly lower fit and finish. Many ESP artists play LTD guitars because they find them perfectly acceptable and easier to replace if damaged. This is the LTD version of the KH-2 Kirk Hammett signature. This guitar pretty much has the same specs as that fully ESP version at like half the price. With this guitar you get an alder body with a neck through maple neck. The neck is 24 frets with a rosewood fretboard with pirate skull and crossbone inlays. You have a reverse headstock up top with the LTD logo and a locking nut for the Floyd Rose bridge. The pickups are a set of active EMG's. The pickups in this guitar are an 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck. This is pretty cool because Hammett uses an 81 in the neck on his personal guitars but the 60 in the neck is much more versatile. The controls are two volume knobs and a master tone knob with a 3 way blade switch.


This guitar plays great because it is based off of ESP's classic M-II model. The neck though construction means you get no neck joint heel to get in the way. The neck is nice and thin and the fretboard has a pretty flat profile. The frets are huge so you can get a low action and play pretty fast. The Floyd Rose is of a decent quality. once it is setup it stays in tune pretty well. If you do not know how to set one up I would recommend having a pro set it up because you can really mess up your guitar if you start messing with random things on the bridge. ESP is nice and gives you a seperate battery compartment for the active EMG pickups. Some guitars make you have to open up the entire control cavity to get to the battery. On this guitar you can change batteries on the fly.


The 81 60 set is a classic EMG set along with the Zakk Wylde set. It has a more versatile sound than the Zakk Wylde set. This guitar has the active EMG 81 in the bridge and the 60 in the neck. The 81 in the bridge is a classic setup. It has a nice high gain crucnh to it and with a razor sharp top end. It has a bit of a scooped sound. The 60 in the neck compliments the 81 well. The 81 is kind of limited because it does not clean up well. It has so much output and top end even rolling off the volume it does not get a good clean tone. The 60 is all clean tone pretty much. It has a smoother tone and a lot less output than the 81 in the bridge. So with the 81 and the 60 you get the best of both high gain crunch and cool clean tones. If you are looking for even more versatility you can do the 18v mod. This is when you run the pickups on two batteries instead of one and in turn you get a much more organic sound and more headroom overall.


This is a great alternative to the KH-2. You get all the same hardware and the same specs for less than a thousand USD. I just done like the inlays. They stand out and pretty much make this guitar for Metallica fans only. I hate when guitar companies make signature models with silly logos on them that pretty much make them for fans of the artist only. This guitar is a good guitar overall but most people would rather just have plain inlays. If you are a Kirk fan and want a great guitar with Kirks Inlays this is a good option.

Hatsubai's review"Almost but not quite"

LTD KH-602
The ESP LTD KH-602 is the higher model LTD version of the Kirk Hammett signature KH-2 guitar. The KH-2 is one of the most well known signature models that ESP offers, so it's no surprise that they'd offer a budget model for those who can't afford the actual KH-2. The guitar features an alder body with a neck-thru maple neck and rosewood fretboard, the special skull and crossbones inlays with a special 24th fret inlay, 24 extra jumbo frets, a floyd rose 1000 bridge, EMG pickups, two volumes, one tone and a three way switch.


These guitars are generally pretty good. They're not quite up to par with the KH-2, but they don't do a bad job considering how much cheaper they are. The fretwork can be hit or miss, but it's generally pretty good. The biggest thing to watch out for is unleveled frets. The ends are generally nicely beleved and won't cut your hands, but proper fret leveling is an art that takes time, and these guitars don't have the time put into them that the signature ESP guitars do. The floyd rose on this isn't an OFR, but it's still a great floyd rose that seems to stay in tune unlike some certain other bridges out there.


The sound is generally pretty good. The EMG 81 in the bridge delivers a great, aggressive metal tone that works wonderfully for those super tight, staccato riffs. It's one of my favorite EMGs in the bridge thanks to the harmonics and the pure cutting power. The EMG 60 in the neck is a newer edition as he used to run the 81 in the neck for the longest time. The 60 delivers a more single coil-esque style tone, and it's more fitting for clean tones, in my opinion. I prefer the 85 in the bridge, and thanks to the EMG quick disconnects, it's super easy to swap them out.


If you can't afford a KH-2, this is a great guitar to look into. It's nearly on par with the signature series guitar but at a fraction of the cost. The biggest thing to look out for would be the fretwork and making sure the guitar is resonant. I recommend trying to play one of these before you buy it as you can get an idea as to how these guitars sound. Try to play a few and pick the nicest sounding one for the best results.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD KH-602
In which country was it made? Korea
What type of bridge? Floyd
What kind of handle? Neck-three pieces, as in "u"
How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration? 24 jumbo frets, EMG 81 bridge pickup, neck pickup EMG 60
What are the settings? volume, tone, 3 way selector micro


The handle is it nice? Yes
Ergonomics is good? Yes, I like guitars that weigh a bit and it's nice for a "strat"
Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy? Yes
Do you get a good sound easy? Yes but so few "living"


Are they adequate for your style of music? No, I prefer the sounds fatter and less sharp
What types of sounds you get and with what settings? Rather crystalline, sharp and defined.
With what (s) amp (s) or effect (s) do you play? Peavey Valveking and Blackstar HT-DISTX
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
Clean in the bridge pickup is so and so, in neck pickup is pretty nice for this type of guitar you buy but not so much as a scratch sounds for cleans.
In distortion, it is a great guitar for shredders and all Hammett, Vai, Satriani in herbs but for rhythm I find the sound "too clean".


How long you use it? Less than a year
Did you tried many other models before buying it? Yes
What is so special that you love the most, least? The build quality is top, I like less personal form
How would you rate the quality / price? Correct, at its cost there are tons of guitar very well made (Jackson, Tokai, PRS)
With experience, you do again this choice? No, not because of the quality of the guitar, it just does not suit my game (or my game does not suit him ;-) )

SamAslan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" of my fingers"

LTD KH-602
Well the above you already know everything ..


Handle: Wow ... Wonderful, personally I find it fallen into the hand so as not to part with it late, it's fast, it's available until the 24 th box (and without force) ..

Ergonomics: Well ... Sometimes I play a whole day with her ... My shoulder does not like ... Caution is not a Les Paul either but it weighs his weight (I have no scales but I will say 6kg?).
Play sitting, standing, behind the head ... feasible.

Good sound: To be clear, say we have seen better .. It's not very warm but we made it, and then frankly when you buy this guitar on clean who cares a bit ..! Saturation in LA is going to get serious! It throws the big sound very specific, very powerful, it has a wonderful fishing! The neck pickup is very aggressive and very round perfect for pretty hop rhythm section and we passes and micro Chevallet was creepy face such a pleasure .. it is still powerful but precise clean (attention to the solos will notice the errors:) ) ... Woah I to talk for hours ..


They suitable for your style of music?
Bin ... Yes ... but we know it before buying it ^ ^

With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
Mesa Boogie 5:50
And the association is huge!


I use this guitar for 2 years and 1 day.
What I like most about it? Whatever it is.
The least? Fingerprints that I have to remove every night .....

Before buying it I turned on the Ibanez S, Epiphone Les Paul Custom, a Cort EVL K-6 and a Vigier Excalibur I exchanged against the dealer with my LTD .. The only ones that really make the weight is the K-6 which is still pretty darn good too and the Excalibur, which will remain forever in my memory as the guitar with the handle as comfortable in the world;)

Value for money:
1100 € for it? Bin I not find it expensive!
Ohhh yes I would buy 100 times if necessary!
I plan to make a lyre guitar by a luthier in my area and guess what! It owns 70% of the features of Kirk Hammett. The elected

Tchavolo1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD KH-602
All adj t said ...


First the guitar is really beautiful.

The driver can handle any profiling curves and sharp lines at the head reverse.
The guitar is painted black in its blinkered that it brotherhoods something very special, futuristic might say.

The grip is extremely pleasant, we feel that it's solid, that the violin is quality.

The handle is very comfortable with a slight radius, very good profile.

The Pink Floyd and the saddle-string blocks are of any quality evidence, a rgal! Get out of his guitar tui o it is for 2 weeks, Shredder, screaming harmonics make Dimebag fawn grace the rear of the dfonce prvue floyd, rvisez your Metallica. .. the guitar is always granted. Unbelievable.

CASC to treble is incredible ease. 24 spaces available aisment authorize plans madness


microphones in its clear to me is a sort of joke. Except for playing "One" and other "Sanitarium" frankly they have no intrt ... Compress it without qualification, very impersonal ultimately

With distortion is another story. Hoping It should not sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan but who cares because it is the signature Kirk Hammett and her not!

A sound standard, which does not blur as compressed edge.

The shreds are terrible and solo it benefitted from a specific on its dense.

The neck-brotherhoods in addition to any sustain a very good guitar


Is a perfect guitar for mtal GENERALLY, invoice and an irreproachable reliability which seems excellent (I have the guitar for over one year).
You really feel the quality when it was in hand and it's elegant aesthetics and rac. A Japanese design in all its best.

And if your fans of Metallica, you can buy with your eyes closed ...

Are clear and have no intrt with pickups but this guitar distortion is the sound metal.

I bought the U.S. via Ebay and ultimately, delivery included, it made me cluck cheaper than buying in France! Need to monitor exchange rates ;-)

If I had to lose and I had enough money this time the one I Rasht is sr!

banbanthirion's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD KH-602
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It is the guitar to balance the pure!
Good maneuverability (although for sweeps, an Ibanez Sabre better ...).


Pathtique clear sound, distorted sound of hell, but you can touch trsmtal blues with micro serious.


Manufacturing quality ready-made honorable (I found just the varnish a little late).
trs good choice to play hard and not too expensive.

roguewillot63's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD KH-602

High-end manufacturing of Corenne LTD.
24 frtes jumbo.
EMG81 2, 3-way switch.
neck pickup volume, bridge pickup volume, Tone gnrale.
Floyd Rose Original.
mcaniques ESP.
Channel driver stocky, rosewood fingerboard with inlays heads of death and name of the MODEL in box 24.
Saddle body (yes, saddle too).
Head reverse (clsse).

The ultimate.


The handle ... a rgal!

Radius Progressive Access in acute unbeatable (it is to put 26 or 27 frtes), total comfort and rev faster and more ca!

Ergonomics tip top. Thurs superstrate form so no problem standing or sitting. A little heavy for a superstrate (SLAR), but nothing superhuman!

You plug it sounds. Remember that may possibly turn knob

The Floyd ... oh my god ... happiness on Earth: ca dsaccorde is not a hair! Nothing! And Floyd is a real good rgler leaves much for the little we know do ... or we have a good luthier;)

No quack ... perfect.


My style of music ... well yes otherwise I would not have paid 800 all of the same!

Signature Kirk Hammett is not playing the Blues (although ...)

Dedicates to mtal Heavy and thrash (and maybe more), even if it is able to address many other directories for the little that we have a versatile amp!

The sound is clear ... clear. Ca claque. It's nice crunch when gain is added to the channel clear. In the neck position is more rounded. The sound is sharp enough and synthtis because of EMG, but I love it. Trs is "pro" like his. You can do anything with.

In saturation, it sounds like hell! Dry prcis, sharp, dynamic, ractif, we feel it! (Watch out for bread lol)
Saddle the body gives a stamp all unique to the sound of the instrument ... trs spcial it! It must cost to realize this. I fell in love with the sound power of the wood! The guitars Saddle Courrent do not grow on trees ...

"Saddle body? Are you sure? Even when it's weird ..."

Well, no, it sounds good carrment There's a crazy potato derrire PM big ... I know it spcial! An instrument with a personality sacr


I for a year now and as you say I bichoune! She sleeps the night in his flight to relax after a hard Journe dbauches of sound!

I really like the timbre of its own. And I think dtest nothing (except its color can be black with satin varnish! My god ca gets dirty fast ... and of course it shows pronto!).

I tried to scrape pleeeein before, and it has all the nail (LAG Arkane AF200, DKMG Jackson, Cort EVL-K6 attention, great rival! -).

Report qualitprix? Terrible! It was right all the refinements of a high-end manufacturing to a still reasonable price! No BMOL ... we pay for and when you buy a guitar like that, you know exactly what you want!

If I do it again this choice? Oh yes! This is the guitar of my heart!

I play on a Peavey 5150 and all that torque is terrifying ... Musical orgasm every concert lol. Perfect ... just perfect ...

An awesome guitar ... LTD thank you!

Septicaemia's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD KH-602
Channel 3rooms driver, maple (black painted)
Rosewood-24cases, jumbo frets
-Inlays "skull" pearl inlaid with model name at 24th box.
-2 Pickups EMG 81 active electronics.
-2 Volumes, a tonalté
Mechanical-oil bath.
-Black hardware
Pink Floyd-original
-Made in Korea

There are already beautiful people ... nothing exeptional level finish, but the good stuff on board.


The handle is a bit off the back of the neck is painted, the key clean, the frets well ask. It is thinner neck (Ibanez wizards, or handle certain Jackson) but not nomplus a round handle, rather "U" (flat profile).

laccet to acute is pretty good, thanks to thine is the driver handle 24 'fret without too much trouble. (No more blocks made in fender!)

the beast is a bit heavy, but nothing monstrueu the moment is not Lepreu Quon, with a strap, no worries there ...

Rather enjoyable to play in rhythm or solo, it's slippery, cest balanced. And above all ... floyd the maintenance laccord well, cest tres pleasant.


EMG 81, connaient have their reputation, a good potato ca, cest precise cutting.

I jous of Metal, but not spend ... there is no reason either.


It's been 3 months I jous with, no worries of violin or the side of ELECTRONICS

a good value around 1200 € (we do not necessarily paid signature, a rare thing) no fly box available ... damage.

I would do this choice without worry.

defguitarist's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD KH-602
Scratches made in korea.
24 frets2 EMG 81 with active electronics
original floyd rose bridge
There are three knobs: one volume and two tones,
A split 3 positions
Maple neck driver


The neck is super fine, access to acute is simple and effective, in addition to the handle is painted in the back, ie you do not see the body-neck junction and is a super nice ..... regal ...
The finishes are top (and yes ltd requires )....
It is quite heavy but hey nothing to do with a gibson .....
The sound is powerful, dry cows punch (probably the active electronics).


If you play hard, metal and others: this guitar is for you!
A fat and powerful sound, very aggressive, with good distortion and emg senvolent's all good ...
I have two amps: one 30 mg and MG100 dfx dfx .... you add to this a multi effects Toneworks ax 1500: ca c sends ..... agree not light but good when hard ca same ....
In the clean sound is pretty cold (EMG 81) but very clear, powerful ...
In lead by ca hard against: the distortion is wonderfully powerful, ca not crack, c power and bold at the same time ...... the brief must!
The sustain is long .... long ..... long .....
The agreement fits perfectly floyd is amazing ....
It is more a typical metal guitar but you can do everything with it is so cool ...


This scraper is super!
I use it for 2 months and a few ....... and it rocks .....
The value for money is very good (I had to lay c 1300 ).... as well esp the ke ...
If it again, no hesitation! I would definitely do it again ....
What I remember: the sound .....