ESP LTD Iron Cross

(1 customer review)


Experience the ultimate heavy metal tone with the ESP LTD Iron Cross, an electric guitar with a menacing look and powerful sound.



The ESP LTD Iron Cross electric guitar is a guitar that is designed for metalheads and rock enthusiasts. It is a visually striking instrument that delivers amazing sound quality and performance.

The guitar is a signature model of James Hetfield of Metallica, designed and built with the collaboration of ESP and Hetfield himself. It’s an iconic design that’s become an essential component of Hetfield’s stage persona. He’s been seen playing this guitar on numerous occasions, both live and in the studio.

The guitar features a mahogany body and neck, with a rosewood fingerboard. It has a thin U-shaped neck profile and a 24.75-inch scale length, which makes it extremely playable and comfortable for performing complex riffs and solos. The guitar has a solid build and is crafted using high-quality materials, giving it excellent durability and resilience.

One of the most striking features of this guitar is its unique graphics. The Iron Cross graphic is placed at the center of the guitar body with gloss black finish. The guitar headstock also has the same graphic that looks amazing regardless of the angle you look at it. This design in contrast with the instrument’s finish, creates a visual impact that’s hard to miss.

The guitar has a set of EMG JH signature active pickups that deliver an aggressive and powerful tone. The pickups are designed to handle the high gain that’s required for heavy metal and hard rock, and they provide excellent sustain and clarity. The guitar features a three-way toggle switch and provides nothing but the cleanest and clearest tones.

Another significant feature of the guitar is its tune-o-matic bridge, which keeps the guitar in tune even when performing intense guitar playing. It also has a string-thru-body design, which enhances the guitar’s sustain, while the locking tuners make string changes easier, faster and hold tune perfectly.

In conclusion, the ESP LTD Iron Cross electric guitar is an ideal guitar for rock and metal enthusiasts who look to own a signature model that boasts incredible looks and amazing sound quality. Built by the best at ESP and refined by one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, the Iron Cross is a top-tier electric guitar that inspires without borders.

ESP LTD Iron Cross properties

Product name LTD Iron Cross
Brand ESP
Type String Instruments
String Instruments Electric Guitar
Built-in Microphone Yes
Size 4/4

Additional information


Product type

String Instruments

Built-in Microphone


1 review for ESP LTD Iron Cross

  1. Adriel

    I recently had the opportunity to try out the ESP LTD Iron Cross and here’s my honest opinion. First off, I must say I’m a fan of ESP and the quality instruments they produce. The Iron Cross is no exception, it’s a solid guitar with great craftsmanship. The guitar is built for rock and metal genres, and it definitely delivers on that front. The active pickups pack a punch, and the neck is smooth and comfortable to play.

    One feature that sets the Iron Cross apart from other ESP models is the Yes Built-in Microphone. It’s a neat addition that allows you to use the guitar for recording purposes. However, I did find that the microphone was not as responsive as I would have liked, and it could be a bit finicky to work with.

    The Iron Cross is a great guitar, but it’s not perfect. My biggest issue with it is the tone. It’s incredibly heavy and aggressive, which is great for some styles of music, but it’s not very versatile. If you’re looking for a guitar that can handle a variety of genres, this might not be the best choice. Additionally, I found that the tuning stability was not as good as some other electric guitar models I’ve tried.

    Overall, I’d give the ESP LTD Iron Cross a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. It’s a well-made guitar with some unique features, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re a fan of heavy music and you don’t mind sacrificing some versatility, then this guitar is definitely worth considering. However, if you’re looking for something that can handle a variety of genres and has excellent tuning stability, you might want to look elsewhere.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

"What are the recommended maintenance steps for an ESP LTD Iron Cross electric guitar?"

The ESP LTD Iron Cross is a high-quality electric guitar that requires proper maintenance to ensure its longevity and optimal performance. Here are some recommended maintenance steps for your ESP LTD Iron Cross electric guitar:
1. Cleaning: Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down the body of the guitar regularly. For the fretboard, you can use a special fretboard cleaner or a mild solution of water and mild soap. Gently rub the cleaner onto the fretboard in the direction of the frets with a soft cloth.
2. Strings: Change your strings every 3-6 months or more frequently if they become dull, rusty, or damaged. Use high-quality guitar strings compatible with your ESP LTD Iron Cross model.
3. Tuning: Make sure to tune your guitar before each practice session or performance. If you notice that your guitar is consistently going out of tune, it may be time for a setup by an experienced technician.
4. Action adjustment: The action of the guitar refers to the distance between the strings and the fretboard. If the action is too high, it can make playing more difficult, while if it's too low, it can cause buzzing or fret-out. A professional setup will ensure that your guitar has optimal action for comfortable playability.
5. Intonation: The intonation of a guitar refers to the accuracy of the fretted notes in relation to their corresponding open strings. If your guitar's intonation is off, it can cause tuning issues and poor tone. A professional setup will ensure that your guitar has accurate intonation.
6. Electronics: Inspect your guitar's electronics regularly for any loose connections or signs of wear. If you notice any issues, have them addressed by a qualified technician to prevent further damage.
7. Storage: Store your ESP LTD Iron Cross electric guitar in a safe and dry place when not in use. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures or humidity, as this can cause the wood to warp or crack.
8. Regular check-ups: Have your ESP LTD Iron Cross electric guitar inspected by an experienced technician at least once a year for any potential issues that may have been overlooked during regular maintenance. This will help ensure that your guitar remains in optimal condition and continues to provide you with years of enjoyable play.