1993 / 1999 - ESP KH-2 OuiJa - Limited 100p. - Guitars Collector

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ESP KH-2 "OuiJa" Signature Series

LIMITED EDITION 100 PIECES?
FIRST EDITION OF THE EPIC GUITAR OF KIRK HAMMETT!

There is no known fact to how many of these were made because was available also as custom order.
Until now I have tracked 98 pieces [5 NTB + 16 Skull&Crossbones + 77 Moon&Star]

Neck Through Body - MOON & STAR
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1993 - 443201 - reverse inlays (Darth Flex-Kirk Hammett)
1993 - ?????? - reverse inlays (Kirk Hammett)
1993 - no serial - reverse inlays (Rick SteelEdge)
1993 - missing/lost?
1993 - missing/lost?
2004 - ?????? - correct inlays (Kirk Hammett)
2004 - 029XXX - correct inlays

Bolt On Neck - SKULL & CROSSBONE


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YEAR/MM - SERIAL HS - SERIAL BP - COA - OHSC - NOTES
1995    - K-2409    -       -        -         -
1995    - K-2512    -       - NO COA - OHSC    
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1995    - K-2573    -       -        -         -
1995    - K-2642    -       -        -         -
1995    - K-2662    -       -        -         -
1995    - K-2664    -       -        -         -
1995/04 - K-2904  * - 20741 - COA    - OHSC    
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1995    - K-2905  * -       -        -         -
1995    - K-2906    -       -        -         -
1995    - K-21023 * - 20761?
-        -         -
1995    - K-21034   -       -        -         -
1995    - K-21036 * - 21299
-        -         -
1995    - K-21046 * -       -        -         -
1995    - K-2???? * - 20703
-        -         -
1995/10 - K-210?? * - 21207 - COA    - OHSC    -
1995/10 - K-21070 * - 21664 -        -         -

Bolt On Neck - MOON & STAR


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YEAR/MM - SERIAL HS - SER.BP- COA    - OHSC    - NOTES
1993    - M2 CUSTOM - 61946 -        -        - REVERSE INLAYS
1996    - K-21093 * -       - NO COA - OHSC    -
1996    - K-21103   -       - NO COA -         -
1996/03 - K-21107 * - 22126 - COA    - OHSC    - SERIAL ERASED
1996/08 - K-2????   -       - COA    -         -
1996    - K-21111 * - 22560 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1996?   - K-21114 * - 21510 - COA    - OHSC    -
1996?   - K-21117
  -       -        -         -
1997?   - K-21155 * - 28890 -        - OHSC    -
1997?   - K-21156
  -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22157 * -       -        -         -
1998    - K-21159 * -       -        -         -
1998    - K-21162   -       -        -         -
1998/04 - K-21165 * - 22258 -        -         -
1998    - K-21166   -       -        -         -
1998    - K-21280 * - 29362 -        - OHSC    -
1996    - K-21361 * - 23369 - NO COA - OHSC    - ESP CARD
1998    - K-21945 * - 28328 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1998    - K-21946 * -       -        -         - SIGNED 2003
1998    - K-21948
  -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22018   -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22072 * - 28299 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1998    - K-22079
  -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22080 * - 29484 - NO COA - OHSC    -
1998    - K-22085   - 29314 -        -         -
1998    - K-22087 * - 25722 -        -         -
SIGNED 2003
1997    - K-22088 * - 29062 - COA    - OHSC    -
1998    - K-22092 * - 30131 -        -         - SIGNED 2001
1998    - K-22099   -       - NO COA -         -
1998    - K-22106
  -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22113   -       -        - OHSC    -
1998    - K-22117   -       -        -         -
1998/06 - K-22122 * - 30979 - COA    - OHSC    -
1998    - K-22125   -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22128 ? -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22130 * - 26225 - NO COA - OHSC    -
1998    - K-22134 * -       -        -         - SIGNED 1998
1998    - K-22137 * -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22140 * -       -        -         -
SIGNED 1998
1998    - K-22150 * - 25552 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1998    - K-22155
  -       -        -         - BAND SIGNED
1998    - K-22164   -       -        -         -
1998/08 - K-22165 * - 31534 - COA    - OHSC    -
1998/08 - K-22173   -       -        -         -
1998/08 - K-22174   -       -        -         -
1998/08 - K-22177 * - 25910 -        -         -
1998/08 - K-22179
  -       -        -         -
1998/08 - K-22181   -       -        -         -
1998/08 - K-2???? * - 26131 - NO COA - OHSC    -
1998/08 - K-22209 * - 26224 - COA    - OHSC    -
1998/08 - K-22218 * - 25709 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1998/08 - K-22223 * - 25744 - COA    - OHSC    
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1998    - K-22244 * -       -        -         - ESP softbag
1998/09 - K-22258 * -       - COA    - OHSC    
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1998    - K-22275 * -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22276   -       -        -         -
1998    - K-22277 * - 35032 -        -         -
1997/08 - K-22278 * - 34224 -      
 -         - SIGNED 1998
1998    - K-22280   -       - NO COA -         - SIGNED
1998    - K-22292   -       - NO COA -         - NAMM 2000
1998    - K-22297 * - 34211 - NO COA -         -
1998    - K-22298 * - 34221 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1999    - K-22310   -       -        -         -
1999    - K-22313   -       -        -         -
1997/08 - K-22321 * - 33840 - NO COA - NO OHSC -
1999    - K-22326   -       -        -         -
1999    - K-22380 * -       -        - OHSC    -
1998    - K-22402 * -       -        - OHSC    -
1998/04 - K-22403 * - 33582 -        -         - SIGNED 2015
1998    - K-22404   - 35982 -        -         -
1999    - K-22420   -       -        -         -
1999    - K-22422   -       - NO COA -         -
1999    - K-22448   -       - neck replaced (was22422)
1999/02 - K-22465 * - 33904 -        -         -
1999    - K-22518 * - 33537 - new COA dated 1997/04
1999    - K-23390   -       -        -         -
1999/06 - K-????? * - ????? - COA    - OHSC    -

* = I have pictures
1993 - 2 Neck Through Body with reverse moon & stars inlays made for Kirk Hammett
#1st Ouija ever made for Kirk have this characteristics:
- Front of headstock: "ESP" standard logo, full "Kirk Hammett" signature logo, string retainer removed;
- Back of headstock: Serial: 443201 + "ESP Custom Guitars" black circle logo;
- Fretboard: reverse "moon & Star" inlays, 2 stars at 24th fret, Extra Jumbo Frets;
- Body: 2 spelling errors on the text: "WILLIAM FUED TALKING BAARD SET (instead of “WILLIAM FULD TALKIN BOARD SET”), Glow in the dark paint (the only Ouija ever made that glow in the dark, and still glow!), some little details of the graphic different than post-regular productions, equipped with a couple of EMG 81, the volume knob is placed on top of "1" (and "2" partially).

This guitar was sold the June 25, 2001 to "Darth Flex", and was also signed by Kirk with some notes in the back mentioning this was one of his main tour guitars as well as used for recording in several albums.
Heartfelt thanks to "Darth Flex" for having clarified many unknown aspects of this guitar and sending me some clarifying photographs.


Still glow in the dark!


A detail of the spelling error from the pic above.




The #2nd Ouija ever made was given to Kirk not long ago after #1. I don't know if this guitar is still in the hands of Kirk, but was used onstage till 2009.
It has almost the same characteristics as the #1, except for:
- little smaller and less closed moons inlays;
- no spelling errors on the body and no glow in the dark paint;
- volume knob is placed down and left to the “1” in the graphic, instead of on top of it;
- lower frets (medium jumbo?);
- equipped with EMG 89 at the neck instead of 81.

This guitar was widely used in the 2000s tours and is easy to recognize also because it has a large dent in the edge just below the "GOOD" sign.





1993 - [3] Neck Through Body custom orders with reverse moon & stars inlays
The #3rd Ouija ever made was custom order for some “big boy” at ESP, then later was given to Armand Crump (Kerry King's guitar tech dead in 2012), then sold to a couple more owners and now is property of Rick of SteelEdgeGuitars. It has almost the same characteristics of the #2 except for these:
- "KH" signature logo instead of "Kirk Hammett" full logo in front of the headstock;
- nothing on the back of headstock (no serial or ESP circle logo);
- different paint transition from body to neck.
(Written in collaboration with Rick of SteelEdgeGuitars. Thanks to Rick for the pics!)

Rumors tells that two more neck thru Ouijas were made in 1993, but at today nothing have been found yet. So the #4 and the #5 are considered lost or missing or, maybe, never producted at all.





1995 - [16] Bolt On Neck with Skull & Crossbone inlays - MSRP: $2495
(same specs of the following bolt on with moon & star inlays)




1996/1999 - [77] Bolt On Neck with Moon & Star inlays - MSRP: $2499
Correct islamic flag inlays. Appears officially in the 1995 ESP catalog in "Custom Order" section. All of the first production ouija's were bolt ons. Production was healted due to infringment of the Parker Brothers board game graphics in 1998. (In the pics you can see my Ouija that was signed in the rear springs cover)




- year: 1993 / 1999
- shape: KH-2
- construction: bolt on neck (neck through body)
- neck: 3 piece maple
- body: alder
- fingerboard: rosewood, 25.5" scale, 24 XJ frets, "skull & crossbone" or "moon & star" inlays, 42mm Locking Nut
- electronics: active EMG 81 pickups (bridge & neck), 2 Volumes, 1 Tone, 3 way switch
- hardware: original Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo, Gotoh Tuners, Black Hardware
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" light grey/gold glittered logo + Kirk Hammett signature in light grey
-- back of headstock (NTB): nothing or 6 digits serial number stamped in black
-- back of headstock (BON): K-2XXXX serial number stamped in black (follow the KH-2 numeration), "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" round black logo
- colors and other features: Black with "OuiJa" graphic
- notes: comes with ESP C.O.A. and ESP hardcase but many of them has lost his goods during years.
(ps. the signature on the back of my ouija is not a stantard feature!)

A custom order from ESP factory for an ESP Ouija in 1995 cost about $1900 in reality (thanks Brian D'Souza):
"I did have an original black ouija back in the 90's it was a custom shop order i placed in 1995 and received in 1996. It was neck thru body. I do not know the serial #. However, it had custom inlays. It had a crescent, but not like a crescent moon, more like a cat's eye, with a dot instead of the star and then turning to dots at the 12th fret. It had the glow in the dark paint but it never really glowed. I sold the guitar in either late 1998 or early 1999 to a player in the Chicago area (where I was living) via Harmony central. I believe I paid $1,895 for the guitar brand new as a custom shop order. Things were more affordable back then."

C.O.A. (Certificate Of Authenticity): many of them have lost the coa because at that time people don't care about that so much as today.



O.H.S.C. (Original Hard Shell Case): many of them does not have the ohsc because was sold separately and was not cheap.



2004 - 2 Neck Through Body with moon & stars inlays: 1 for Kirk Hammett and 1 for ESP "boss"
- Correct islamic flag inlays (The moons face is in the direction of the body, as the islamic flag);
- 1 star at the 24th fret;
- "KH" signature on the headstock;
- 6 digit serial number and ESP black circle logo on the back of the headstock.
Kirk start to use this one live in 2004, the other one was on sale on ebay in 2012.





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