There’s a good reason that the JH-600 has long been the most popular model in our Jeff Hanneman Signature Series. It all gets back to the basics of a lean and mean guitar that could handle the powerful playing of a thrash metal icon. Jeff is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on through the music of Slayer, and through players who continue his legacy via his Signature Series guitars. With the JH-600, you get a guitar with the stability to handle Jeff’s frantic leads and brutal rhythms, with neck-thru-body construction at 25.5″ scale, an alder body, and a three-piece maple neck with ebony fingerboard that features Hanneman’s own custom “H Dagger” inlays. This guitar has excellent components that include Grover tuners, a Kahler Hybrid bridge, and an EMG 85 (neck)/EMG 81 (bridge) active pickup set.
One of the most popular EMG’s, the 81 is the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut, and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position of your guitar, this humbucking pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix. When used in both neck and bridge positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo.
The 85 is one of EMGs first pickups and is the slightly more sophisticated and well rounded half of its famous brother, the 81. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets, the 85 is a powerful guitar pickup with exceptional tone and versatility. The Alnico magnets of this model provide a muscular growl and smooth lead tones enabling you to play everything from the blues to the most extreme metal. Although often used in the neck position, make no mistake, the EMG 85 sounds great as a bridge humbucker thanks to its exceptional smoothness and soul. This pickup pairs well with just about every other EMG humbucker.
ABOUT JEFF HANNEMAN
The main songwriter, lyricist, and guitarist in thrash metal legends Slayer, Jeff Hanneman helped define heavy music. Famous for his aggressive playing, off-the-wall solos and deep lyrics, Jeff has influenced generations of musicians, and continues to inspire new players to pick up the guitar today. His tragic passing in 2013 cements his place in history as one of the most influential guitarists in heavy metal, and ESP is proud to continue offering several of Jeff’s iconic signature guitars.
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”. www.espguitars.com