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2017 - ESP KH OuiJa Natural

Limited 25p.

It was around 1990 that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett first approached us at ESP with the idea of a guitar that made use of graphic elements from the famous Ouija talking board. Back then, before the age of digital cameras and Internet communication, creating a guitar like this took some ingenuity. We got a Ouija board, and used a combination of a copy machine and a pair of scissors to properly position the art elements on the guitar’s body. We faxed the result to our ESP Custom Shop in Japan, and the rest is history: the Ouija guitar became one of the most well-known and coveted signature models in ESP history.
The first version of the guitar was a one-off custom model for Kirk’s use only.
It wasn’t until 2010 that we negotiated the rights to sell the Ouija guitar to the public. Recently, we came across a collection of beautiful Ouija boards that were handcrafted from wood, and it inspired us to try a new version of the Ouija guitar with a quilted maple top. We had a prototype made and sent to it Kirk, who loved it.

With the new ESP Kirk Hammett Ouija Natural (25 pieces available worldwide) and the LTD KH Ouija Natural (666 pieces available worldwide), we now offer the Ouija once again. As another limited edition model, and a guitar with the level of desirability and rarity to make it an instant collector’s item, our advice for people who’d like to own the new Ouija Natural: get it today, because tomorrow may be too late.

- year: 2017 (October)

- MSRP: $12000
- shape: KH-2

- construction: Neck through body
- neck: 3 pieces maple, Extra Thin U-shaped, 2-Way Adjustable truss rod

- body: Alder (40mm) + 5mm Quilted Maple Drop Top (total 45mm thickness)

- fingerboard: ebony, 25.5" scale lenght, 305mm (12") radius (thickness 1st fret:19mm - 12th fret:21mm), 24 extra-jumbo Jescar frets FW57110 NS, scalloped for frets #17-24, "Moon & Star" inlays, 42mm Floyd Rose R2 Locking nut width

- electronics: active pickups EMG 81 (bridge) / 60 (neck) with custom quilted maple covers featuring the Ouija artwork, 2-Volumes, 1-Tone, 3-Way Blade Switch

- hardware: Original Floyd Rose Bridge, Gotoh Tuners, Black Hardware, standard strap button, Elixir .009" - .042" strings

- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" black/gold glittered logo + KH signature
-- back of headstock: standard serial number "EXXXX17X" + "ONATXX" + Made in Japan transparent patch + new world ESP gold glitter logo + "OUIJA is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission C2017 Hasbro. All Roghts Reserved." + Made in Japan patch

- colors and other features: Natural Gloss on Top - Black Gloss on Back)

- notes: special Ouija case and a signed Certificate of Authenticity from ESP, along with an 8x10 photo of Kirk with the guitar and a reproduction of the original build sheet used at the ESP Custom Shop.

Only 25 of these guitars are being handcrafted by the luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, making them an immediately rare and valuable collector’s item as well as a top-of-the-line instrument for serious players.

Crafted by hand with painstaking detail at the world-famous ESP Custom Shop in Japan and limited to just 25 pieces worldwide, the ESP KH Ouija Natural is — from day one — a rare and highly-coveted Signature Series guitar created for Kirk Hammett of Metallica. The ESP KH Ouija Natural takes the famed graphics from Kirk Hammett’s original Ouija guitar and uses them on a stunning hand-selected, highly-figured, 5mm thick, quilted maple “drop top” that complements the guitar’s alder body.

Here's a checklist (THANKS TO ESP FORUM)
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