Kirk Hammett shreds on new limited edition LTD KH-Nosferatu guitar

Metallica Kirk Hammett LTD KH-Nosferatu
Metallica Kirk Hammett LTD KH-Nosferatu

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and ESP are releasing the limited edition LTD KH-Nosferatu, which is a single pick-up beast. You can hear Hammett shred on a horror-themed promo with the guitar on the video below. ESP initially offered a run of 13 guitars last year, and now they are making 300 KH-Nosferatu guitars available to fans.

Kirk Hammett’s new LTD KH-Nosferatu inspired by cult film

Metallica Kirk Hammett LTD KH-Nosferatu guitar
The LTD KH-Nosferatu guitar.

The Graphic Series guitar is inspired by classic horror movies, more specifically the original poster art of the iconic 1922 Nosferatu film. The LTD KH-Nosferatu features an EMG 81 pick-up, alder body, rosewood fingerboard, three-piece maple neck and a Floyd Rose bridge. The Floyd Rose is a notable inclusion as most of the Metallica Graphic Series LTD guitars released so far have fixed bridges. Hence the new model will be loved by people who actually want to play Kirk’s licks, many of which which require a whammy bar, particularly for his early material.

The guitar ships with a tombstone hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity from ESP. US buyers can find it on B&H for $999, while European and UK buyers can pick it up via Thomann at €1,299 and £1,090.42 respectively.

ESP released the limited edition LTD Master of Puppets graphic guitar last month, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the classic thrash album.

New Metallica album rumoured to be out on October 14

Metallica are currently gearing up for the release of their 10th studio album. Germany’s largest daily newspaper Bild reported that the album is due out on October 14, although it’s not yet official. Last month James Hetfield stated the band were in the middle of mixing the as-yet untitled album, and that they hoped to have it out by fall. Lars Ulrich recently said the release is:

“Probably a little less frenetic than the last record… It’s probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one.”

Metallica have rarely repeated themselves throughout their career so it’s not surprising. No doubt some fans will be disappointed from the move away from the heavier material though. The only hint of new music we’ve heard so far is the video above, which features James Hetfield recording an doomy riff

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