The ESP Truckster is a solidbody electric guitar that gives you the look, sound, and feel of James Hetfield’s best-known single-cutaway. This iconic guitar doesn’t just look amazing, it’s built for performance and loaded with essential metal tone. The ESP Truckster is powered by James’ own EMG JH SET active pickups. The ESP Truckster is the fifth Hetfield Signature Series model to carry his name since James and ESP joined forces in 1991. This model is manufactured to the exact specifications of James’ Truckster, a modified ESP Eclipse-style stage guitar. It features a multi-layered finish strategically sanded through and fully distressed to simulate the original.

In early 2009, James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner and presented him with a challenge: to create a “stealth” looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retains the legendary active tone that molded a generation.

The JH “HET” Set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both were patterned after the pickups James had used for 30 years, but the end result was a completely different animal. The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60. This produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end in the neck position. The JH-B uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike the 81 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end.

ESP Company, Limited is a Japanese guitar manufacturer, primarily focused on the production of electric guitars and basses. They are based in both Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, California, United States, with two distinct product lines for each respective market. ESP Company manufactures instruments under several names, including “ESP Standard”, “ESP Custom Shop”, “LTD Guitars and Basses”, “Navigator”, “Edwards Guitar and Basses”, and “Grassroots”.