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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 89 pieces [7+1+12+69]

Nr.
YEAR - SERIAL HS - SERIAL BP - COA - OHSC - NOTES
Neck Through Body - MOON & STAR
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
1993 - Kirk Hammett, reverse inlays
1993 - Kirk Hammett, reverse inlays
1993 - Rick SteelEdgeGuitars, reverse inlays
1993 - missing/lost?
1993 - missing/lost?
2004 - Kirk Hammett, correct inlays
2004 - 029XXX - correct inlays
Bolt On Neck - MOON & STAR
01
1993 - bolt on with reverse inlays

Bolt On Neck - SKULL & CROSSBONE


01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12

13

14

YEAR/MM - SERIAL HS - SERIAL BP - COA - OHSC - NOTES

1995    - K-2409

1995    - K-2512

1995    - K-2573

1995    - K-2642

1995    - K-2662

1995    - K-2664

1995    - K-2905 *

1995    - K-2906

1995    - K-21023 * - 20761?

1995    - K-21034

1995    - K-21046 *

1995    - K-2???? * - 20703

1995/10 - K-210?? * - 21207 - COA - OHSC

1995/10 - K-21070 * - 21664

Bolt On Neck - MOON & STAR


01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
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24
25
26
27
28
29
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31
32
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67
68
69
YEAR/MM - SERIAL HS - SERIAL BP - COA - OHSC - NOTES
1993    - M2 CUSTOM - 61946 - REVERSE INLAYS!
1996    - K-21093 * - (NO COA)        - OHSC
1996    - K-21103
1996/03 - K-21107erased * - 22126 - COA - OHSC
1996/08 - K-2???? - COA
1996    - K-21111 * - 22560
1996?   - K-21114
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 - ESP CARD - OHSC
1998    - K-21945 * - 28328 (NO OHSC, NO COA)
1998    - K-21946 * - signed in 2003
1998    - K-21948
1998    - K-22018
1998    - K-22072
1998    - K-22079
1998    - K-22080 * - 29484 - OHSC
1998    - K-22085   - 29314
1998    - K-22087 * - 25722 - signed in 2003
1997    - K-22088 * - 29062 - COA - OHSC
1998    - K-22099
1998    - K-22106
1998    - K-22113
1998    - K-22117
1998/06 - K-22122 * - 30979 - COA - OHSC
1998    - K-22125
1998    - K-22134 * - signed in 1998
1998    - K-22137 *
1998    - K-22140 * - signed in 1998
1998    - K-22155
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-22209 * - 26224 - COA - OHSC
1998/08 - K-22223 * - 25744 - COA - OHSC
1998    - K-22244 * - ESP softbag
1998/09 - K-22258 * - COA - OHSC
1998    - K-22275 *
1998    - K-22276
1998    - K-22277   - 35032 *
1997/08 - K-22278   - 34224 - signed in 1998 *
1998    - K-22280
1998    - K-22292
1998    - K-22297   - 34211 *
1998    - K-22298 *
1999    - K-22310
1999    - K-22313
1999    - K-22326
1999    - K-22380 * - OHSC
1998    - K-22402 * - OHSC
1998/04 - K-22403 * - 33582 - signed in 2015 *
1998    - K-22404
1999    - K-22420
1999    - K-22422
1999    - K-22448
1999/02 - K-22465 * - 33904
1999    - K-22518 * - 33537 - new COA dated 1997/04
1999    - K-23390
1999/06 - K-????? * - ????? - COA - OHSC
       - K-2???? * - 26131 - OHSC


* (= I have pictures)
Written in collaboration with Rick of SteelEdgeGuitars.

1993 - 2 Neck Through Body with reverse moon & stars inlays made for Kirk Hammett
The 1st Ouija ever made for Kirk is his main Ouija that he still keeps. Main characteristics are:
- reverse islamic flag inalys with smaller and less closed moons;
- 2 stars at 24th fret;
- lower frets compared to his second Ouija and the regular production Ouijas;
- equipped with an EMG 89 at the neck and 81 at the bridge;
- the volume knob is placed little down and left to the “1” in the graphic, instead of on top of it;
- nothing on back of the headstock (no serial number or esp circle logo) and a full "Kirk Hammett" signature in white on the top of the headstock ("KH-3 style");
- no string retainer in the headstock;
- special paint that glow in the dark (not glow anymore because the tritnite glow paint used had a 'glow life' of 7-10 yrs), this paint is more “yellowish” than regular Ouijas;
- 2 spelling errors on the body text: "WILLIAM FUED TALKING BAARD SET” instead of “WILLIAM FULD TALKIN BOARD SET”;
- the graphic is a little different than post-regular productions Ouijas (very little details like position of the sun…etc...);
I´m gonna keep some of that details in secret as I don´t really wanna people to make counterfeits.


The 2nd Ouija ever made was given to Kirk not long ago after first one. It has almost the same characteristics as the first, except for these: higher frets (probably extra jumbo frets), two EMG 81, “regular” volume knob placement, "ESP Custom Guitars" circle logo on back of the headstock. This  one was also used by Kirk onstage, as well as for recordings, photoshots, etc... He gave it to a member crew, long time friend with him called Dan, it was dedicated to him 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. It has a full "Kirk Hammett" signature in white on the top of the headstock. (all the next ones have the KH signature).


1993 - 3 Neck Through Body custom orders with reverse moon & stars inlays
The 3rd Ouija ever made was a custom order for some “big boy” at ESP, then later was given to Armand Crump (Slayer guitar tach r.i.p. 2012), then sold to a couple more owners and now is property of Rick of SteelEdgeGuitars. It has almost the same characteristics as the first ouija made, except for these: no spelling errors, no "KH-3 Style" logo on front of the headstock, little different black paint in the neck to body transition.

Two more neck thru Ouijas are said to be made. After many research have not yet been found, so the 4th and the 5th are considered lost or missing or, maybe, never producted at all.




1993 - 1 Bolt On Neck
I think this one was a sort of test guitar, with similar specs of first ntb ouija but with bolt on neck, big inlays and standard pot position. The serial on the bolt plate is 61946 and send back to 1993.





1995 - 12 Bolt On Neck with skull & crossbone inlays - MSRP: $2495
(same specs of the following bolt on with moon & stars inlays)



1996/1998 - 69 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.


- 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."

Many of them have lost their C.O.A. (Certificate Of Authenticity) and / or OHSC (Original Hard Shell Case) during years.




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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