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ESP KH-2 "Signature Series"


K.H.: "The KH models are designs based on what works for me as far as playability, sound, and looks are concerned. I like a certain kind of neck, a certain pick up configuration and a certain design in my guitars, and hopefully, other players can relate to that and want to buy these particular models."
Even if appears officially in the 1995 ESP catalog, the first ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature was introduced in 1993 as Custom Shop order.
- year: 1993-TODAY
- shape: like M2
- construction: Bolt-on neck
- neck: 3-piece maple - Extra Thin Flat Neck Contour
- body: Alder
- fingerboard: rosewood, 24 XJ frets, "skull & crossbone" horizontal inlays, 25.5” Scale, 42mm Locking Nut
- electronics: active EMG 81 (bridge) / 81 or 60 (neck), 2 Volumes, 1 Tone, Lever 3 way selector
- hardware: Original Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo, Gotoh Tuners, black hardware
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" light grey/gold glittered logo + Kirk's signature
-- back of headstock: K-2XXX
or K-2XXXX serial number stamped in black, "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" round black logo changed to "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" in 2004, changed in "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" in 2010.
From the start of production in 1993 to 1995 they made in total 1000 guitars...and until today 4200.
The real date of manufacture is write on pencil on the body of the guitar where is joined to the neck...you have to unscrew the neck...
The serials are consecutives, the format is K-2(+number).

1993 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $1295 K-2001 --> K-209X
1994 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $1895 K-21XX --> K-253X
1995 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2095 K-254X --> K-29XX ; K-210XX; K-21142
1996 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2095 K-2115X --> K-218XX
1997 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2195 K-218XX --> K-220XX
1998 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2199 K-220XX --> K-223XX
1999 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2199 K-224XX --> K-227XX
2000 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2199 K-228XX --> K-229XX
2001 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2399 K-2295X --> K-230XX
2002 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2399 K-231XX --> K-232XX
2003 - "ESP CUSTOM GUITARS" -
MSRP: $2399 K-233XX --> K-2348X
2004 - "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" -
MSRP: $2399 K-2349X --> K-236XX

2005 - "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" - MSRP: $2399 K-238XX
2006 - "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" -
MSRP: $2999
2007 - "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" -
MSRP: $2999 K-239XX --> K-2403X

2008 - "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" - MSRP: $2999 K-239XX - K-241XX

2009 - "ESP CUSTOM SHOP" - MSRP: $2999
2010 - "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" -
MSRP: $2999 K-238XX - K-240XX - K-242XX

2011 - "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" - MSRP: $2999 K-242XX

2012 - "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" - MSRP: $2999 K-242XX - K-243XX

2013 - "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" - MSRP: $2999 K-240XX - K-242XX - K-243XX

2014 - "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" - MSRP: $2999
2015 -
"ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" - MSRP: $2999

2015 - "ESP SIGNATURE SERIES" - MSRP: $2999

Notes:

- starting from 2008 there's a lot of confusion, serials seems not be consecutive, also c.o.a. are different.

- some old custom orders have a 5 digit code (es.394XX) or a 8 digit code (es.0112XXXX))

-- punched on the bolt plate in the neck: XXXXX (5 digits)
Here some records:
1993 --> 60XXX --> 61XXX
1994 --> 169XX --> 181XX
1995 --> 191XX --> 219XX
1996 --> 220XX --> 241XX
1997 --> 242XX --> 291XX
1998 --> 301XX --> 357XX
1999 --> 359XX --> 369XX
2000 --> 381XX
2001 --> 388XX --> 401XX
2002 --> 402XX
2003 --> 417XX
from 2004 - NO SERIAL punched on the bolt plate

- colors and other features:
black, comes with ESP C.O.A. and ESP Hardcase.
In 2012 added the battery compartment.
In 2013 removed the ESP Signature Series circle logo on back of headstock.
I believe in 2014 they are going with the work map logo.

 
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