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This guitar is built by Japanese and Korea luthiers, it is with excellent quality and reasonable price. You can choose from all kinds of finish, wood and hardware. Left handed is also available!

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Our Custom Made ESP MX 220 Explorer

Items Our Replicated MX220 EET FUK
Body wood Mahogany
Neck wood Mahogany
Construction Set-in
Fretboard Rosewood
Inlays                   Extended Middle Fingers
Scale Length            24.75" (628mm)
Frets 22
Pickups 2 Humbuckers
Controls                       1 Volume 1 Tone, 3-Way Toggle Switch
Bridge T-O-M and Stop Tailpiece
Finish Olympic White
String D'Addario
Hardware Black Hardware


 Firstly pls note that our MX 220 will have no "EET FUK" from Jan 15, 2013. But we will present a "EET FUK" sticker as a gift to our MX 220 customers. And you can choose to use it or not according to your preference.




About The Original Guitar - MX 220

The very first MX220 was owned by James Hetfield in 1987. James used it a lot, in studio and on stage, so as a result the headstock was broken and repaired many times. James still has the MX220, it was in Making Magnetic. It has been seen in use on the recording of the new album during the making of "Suicide and Redemption".


The sticker “EET FUK” which is written by James describes his favorite activities. There was a rumor that the full sticker was EET FUK SLEEP, but James had to chop off “SLEEP” to make it fit on the axe. James still uses it for recording purposes but has retired it for stage use since 1990.

In 1989, ESP started to produce the replicas of this first MX220 EET FUK guitar. This guitar have special raised middle finger inlays and come only in Olympic white color. In the ESP catalog is called "MX-220 Artist Series". ESP made I belive 45 pieces before James told them to stop making the guitar.

About Our Replica


About the original MX220, we think we needn’t say more. If you are a fan of James Hetfiled, you will know this is a very typical guitar of james’, which has accompanied james to show lots of concerts and it is james’ favorite guitar.
The guitar features mahogany body and mahogany neck, special raised middle finger inlays, and the shape of this guitar is between the Gibson Explorers 1958 and 1976, but with headstock like a "banana".One original guitar costs more than $7000 today. To many guitarists in the street, it is indeed a sky-high price, but anyway it worths. Guys like it but can’t afford at all. But if you are looking at our website now, your dream of owning a MX220 guitar with much less money will come true!!!


You can go and look at more details on our Facebook Page, and we are waiting for your like!


More info about our replicated ESP MX 220 Explorer


Like the original ESP MX 220 Explorer, our guitar is also built with solid Mahogany neck. or mostly referred to as banana headstock with Mahogany veneer. This is a very strong headstock design. Custom designed neck heel that is cross-bred between the KL and the famous MX250II


Perfectly matched two-piece solid Mahogany body . Not weight relieved! Not chambered!! No swiss cheese here!! SOLID !!



Our replicated ESP MX 220 Explorer has Set neck construction, which accords with the original one. You will feel the difference in your rib cage when you sit down and play this unplugged. No exaggerations here!!



This original ESP MX 220 Explorer has special raised middle finger inlays and come in Olympic white color. Our replicated guitars have the same extended middle finger inlays and also with Olympic white finish.



Classic design bell-shape truss rod cover with both screws. No bullet or one-screw design plastic.


The original ESP MX 220 Explorer costs fucking more than $7000, we said guys who like it can not afford at all. Now our replicated guitar is sold with only $365. We just want to realize fans’ guitar dream, and share it with all our friends.



About pickups


It is worth mentioning that the pickups we select are Wilkinson pickups, Which is more attractive in quality and price. Wilkinson pickups are what we strongly advise. They will save you much money!!! With top quality, Wilkinson pickups are stable and reliable enough!!!

Of course, we also have original pickups- EMG 81/60, which are James Hetfield’s favorite pickups, and they can give you original James sound. But you need pay extra money.



Custom Options of Customers



Recently, a lot of guests request to custom 220 guitar with Dot Inlays. There are also guests who require to custom pure white 220 guitars. They are all OK. More requested, pls contact us freely.

Besides, many guitars of james have the design of two volumes. But what we usually acquiesce is one volume, one tone. If you need two volumes, pls contact us.


How to Sound Like James Hetfield



About James Hetfiled


James Hetfiled is the rhythm guitarist, co-founder, main composer and lead singer in the heavy metal band Metallica. Metallica was set up in Oct 1981, since that time, Metallica has won 9 Grammy Awards, and released 9 studio albums, three live albums, four extensive plays and twenty-four singles. In 2009, Hetfield was recorded No. 8 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, and rated No. twenty four in the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists after beating Parader. James favors Explorer guitar so much that he has employed Explorer guitars from Gibson to ESP successively, and he has been the primary endorser for ESP since 1980. James' main custom-made guitar is the Explorer specifically manufactured by Ken Lawrence.



Other Jame Hetfiled Guitars Offered in Our Custom Shop Now


According to our customers’ requirements, we have built other kinds of custom versions. Please see details as below. They are all available now.

Left Handed MX-220 Snow White

MX 250 Papa Het snow white

MX250 Snow White  

MX250 Olympic White
MX-250 man to wolf MX250 Elk Skull



There are some differences in Shape, Fretboard Inlays and other details between 220 and 250. So please pay attention when purchasing.



How Intersting!!!

James Hetfield has been a major endorser of ESP Guitars since the 1980s, and is best known for playing custom-made Explorer-style guitars with an EMG 81/EMG 60 set for pickups. Hetfield's main guitar from the early days was a Flying V copy made in Japan by Electra.


But when the headstock broke on his white Flying V, James turned to his backup guitar: a white Gibson Explorer. Although he later got the Flying V repaired and dabbled with other Vs, it was the Explorer that would become his main guitar for nearly the next 15 years. James began using several versions of the 1984 Gibson Explorer. These were unlike the 1976 version, with rounded edges and no pickguard. Also making a difference was the control layout which was not in-line like other Gibson Explorers. The following are Gibson explorers James Hetfield once used, pls check!!!


1984 Gibson Explorer

Black Gibson Explorer


Other James Hetfield Guitars Made by ESP Company

ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte Guitar

This guitar is the newest model from ESP Guitars, the James Hetfield Snakebyte. Finished in a clean looking snow white or black, the guitar is built of a mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard, set-neck construction, a thin U neck contour, and 22 Xj frets. The Snakebyte is loaded with EMG 81 and 60 humbuckers, which pump out a tone that is clear and tight, excellent for riffs and palm muting. To top it all off, the guitar has a real cool looking snake inlay on the 12th fret.




24.75" Scale
Mahogany Body
Mahogany Neck
Ebony Fingerboard
42mm Bone Nut
Thin U Neck Contour
22 XJ Frets
Black Hardware
Sperzel Locking Tuners
Schaller Straplocks
Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.


This guitar is available in our custom shop!!!


ESP James Hetfield Truckster Guitar

The ESP James Hetfield Truckster Guitar is the fifth Hetfield Signature Series guitar to carry his name since James and ESP joined forces in 1991. This latest guitar is manufactured to the exact specifications of James' Truckster, a modified ESP Eclipse-style stage guitar used on the St. Anger tour. This signature ESP Truckster features a multilayered finish strategically sanded through and fully distressed to simulate the original guitar.



24.75” Scale
Mahogany Body
Mahogany Neck
Rosewood Fingerboard
42mm Standard Nut
Thin U Neck Contour
22 XJ Frets
Satin Chrome Hardware
Sperzel Locking Tuners
Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
Aged Primer Grey


This guitar is available in our custom shop!!!


Besides, we also can supply ESP JH-1; ESP JH-2; ESP JH-3; ESP LTD "The Grynch" ; ESP Eclipse #5 Iron Cross guitars of James Hetfield, you can visit our website or contact us to know more info.


James Hetfield Guitar Wall


Here you can see other guitars of james hetfield. If you are a james’ fans, you can customize any of his guitars here in our custom shop. It is our pleasure to realize your guitar dream.



If you are interested in our replicated guitars, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Pictures in our website are limited, and if more HD pictures needed, please email us. We will serve for you with our all sincerity.

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