ESP KIRK HAMMETT SPARKLE OUIJA PURPLE COLLECTION
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 Hasbro’s classic Ouija® mystical board game. 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 acquired the rights to sell the Ouija™ guitar to the public. Since then, ESP has done several special limited-edition versions of the Ouija™ guitar, and for 2019, we bring two more models in both ESP and LTD versions: Purple Sparkle and Red Sparkle with the classic Ouija Board graphic in gold. As another limited edition 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 one of the new Ouija™ models: get yours today, because tomorrow may be too late.
Only 30 guitars in each finish 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, the new ESP KH Ouija™ is being offered with two new finishes: Purple Sparkle and Red Sparkle, limited to just 30 pieces of each finish worldwide. The two new Ouija™ finishes are based on Kirk’s personal one-of-a-kind custom guitars used on recent Metallica tours. It offers neck-thru-body construction, with a three-piece extra-thin U-shaped maple neck (with a natural gloss back of neck for playing speed and comfort). Its ebony fingerboard features 24 extra-jumbo Jescar frets (with a scalloped fingerboard for frets #17-24), and mother of pearl star and moon inlays perfect for the occult-oriented theme of this amazing guitar. Components include a Floyd Rose Original bridge, Gotoh locking tuners, and a set of EMG KH Bone Breaker pickups. Owners of the ESP KH Sparkle Ouija™ will receive a special Ouija™ case, a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Kirk Hammett, one 8x10 photo of KH with his Sparkle Ouija, and the factory build sheet from the ESP Custom Shop.