A couple of months back we covered ESP’s surprisingly affordable James Hetfield Signature guitar, the LTD Truckster, but I thought today we’d take a look at that instrument’s more refined (and hence more expensive) sibling – the ESP James Hetfield Signature Truckster.
I’m guessing just about any serious Metallica fan (and plenty of non-fans too,) would be happy to have the Truckster in their arsenal of guitars, though I have to admit that ESP hasn’t done the greatest job of differentiating between the two models.
For a whopping $1700 difference in list price you get the addition of a bone nut, Schaller strap locks, and the knowledge that your guitar was built by master craftsmen in ESP’s Custom Shop in Japan instead of on the production-line in South Korea or Indonesia (where the LTDs are built.)
Of course, being the owner of a gorgeous LTD EC-400AT, I have to wonder just how much better the Japanese-built Trucksters are – the cheaper LTDs are incredible as it is.
Besides the seriously head-banging hardware – including a pair of active EMG 81/60 pickups, and Sperzel locking tuners – the James Hetfield Truckster makes it’s real mark via its strikingly cool finish, which has been sanded down and “distressed” to accurately reproduce the heavily-abused look of Hetfield’s own Custom ESP, which was used extensively on Metallica’s St. Anger Tour.
The ESP James Hetfield Truckster Features–
- Single Cutaway Mahogany Body
- Three-Piece Mahogany Neck
- 24.75“ Scale Length
- Rosewood Fretboard With 22 Extra Jumbo Frets
- Dual Active EMG 81/60 Pickups
- Two Volume & One Tone Control
- 2×3-Way Pickup Switching
- Sperzel Locking Tuning Machines
- Schaller Strap-Locks
- Bone Nut
- Tonepros Locking Bridge
- White Headstock, Neck & Body Binding
- Satin Chrome Hardware
And for those more into Metallica’s other guitarist, well, there’s always the Kirk Hammett Signature LTD KH-203… another truly badass guitar from ESP.