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Richard Zven Kruspe (born June 24, 1967) is a German musician and the lead guitarist of the German rock band Rammstein, as well as the leader of the band Emigrate. He also used to be named "Bernstein", after his South African ex-wife Caron Bernstein. They were together for five years until separating in 2004, filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2006, after which his name reverted to Kruspe.


The dates show when Richard used his equipment (and studio dates) during his Rammstein Tours, in exception to the ESP Emigrate Eclipse.


Richard's main instruments for touring are ESP guitars, but has used different guitars in the past.

  • ESP RZK-1 Richard Kruspe Signature Electric Guitar (Titanium, Dropped C tuning during the Reise Reise tour, Standard, Dropped D, and Dropped C tuning for the Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da tour) (2004 - 2005, 2008-2009)
  • ESP RZK Eclipse (2009) (Titanium. Seen in the music video for Pussy, Based on the ESP RZK, but with an ESP Eclipse body, Dropped C tuning)
  • ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar (Black, Standard and Dropped D tuning) (1997 - 2000)
  • ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Electric Guitar With KH-4 pick guard customization (Black with Pearl Pickguard [also a model with a mirror pickguard] Dropped C tuning before using the RZK-1, Standard, Dropped D) (2001 - 2005)
  • ESP EC-1000 Electric Guitar (See-thru Black Cherry, Dropped D) (2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2005)
  • ESP Custom Emigrate Eclipse Electric Guitar (2007, Dropped C) (Can be seen in the music video for My World, Possibly a modded ESP Truckster)
  • ESP Eclipse CTM1 Electric Guitar (Vintage Black, Dropped C) (2004 -2005)
  • ESP Custom Maverick Guitar (Silver with Pearl Pickguard, Dropped D) (2002, 2004 - 2005)
  • ESP 901 (Red Sunburst and Tobacco Sunbust) (1995 - 1998 [Cherry Sunburst] Standard/Dropped D) (1997 [Tobacco Sunburst] Standard)
  • ESP AW-500 Kozi Signature Electric Guitar [78214] (2002, Dropped D)
  • Fender Stratocaster (Tobacco Sunburst) (1996, Standard)
  • Takamine EF341SC Acoustic Guitar (2004 - 2005, Dropped C)


Personal life

On 10 October 1989, before the fall of the Berlin Wallmarker, he was riding through the subway. When he came above ground, he found himself in the middle of a political demonstration. He was hit on the head and arrested just for being there, and thrown in jail for six days. Once out of jail, he decided to leave East Germany. Because of the Eastern Bloc, he entered West Germanymarker through Hungarymarker. When the Berlin Wallmarker came down, he moved back east.

Kruspe married South African (American) actress Caron Bernstein in 1999. The ceremony was Jewish and Kruspe composed the music for it. He took on the name Richard Kruspe-Bernstein during their marriage. They separated in 2004. His name is now back to its original "Kruspe" as the divorce was finalized.

He speaks English and sings in English for Emigrate.

Khira Li Lindemann

Born on February 28, 1991, Khira Li Lindemann-Kruspe is the daughter of Rammstein's Richard Z. Kruspe. She has the last name of "Lindemann" because her mother was previously married to Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann. Khira's mother kept the last name "Lindemann" when she divorced Till and later, she and Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe got together and had Khira but never married and later split. This, gave Khira the last name of "Lindemann". Sometime in 2001 he moved from Berlinmarker to New Yorkmarker where he resided to live closer to his now ex-wife Caron.

In 1998, Khira Li appeared in Rammstein's "Tier" performance in Live Aus Berlin. She also sung the backing vocals for "Spieluhr" on Rammstein's 2001 album Mutter.

Merlin Besson

Born on December 10, 1992, Merlin Besson is the son of Richard Z. Kruspe. Different surnames suggests that he and Khira Li Lindemann are half-siblings. Both he and Khira Li Lindemann are believed to reside in Berlinmarker, Germanymarker.


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