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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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  Specifications Of Our Custom MadeJames Hetfield Guitar Explorer For Sale

ESP MX 250 Body Wood: Mahogany
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Construction: Set-in
Fretboard: Ebony
Pearl Dot/Man to Wolf Inlays
Scale Length: 24.75"
Frets: 22
Pickups: 2 Humbuckers
Switch: 3-Way Selection Switch
Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone
Headstock: ESP Style
Bridge: T-O-M and Stop Tailpiece
Hardware: Black Finish
Cream /White /Black Finish
Strings: D'Addario

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James Hetfield Guitar Explorer


Just before the collaboration between ESP and hetfield, Hetfields explorer style electric guitar was of Navigator band.


In the late nineteen-eighties, ESP built many explorer guitars for Hetfield, including many popular electric guitars as raised-middle-finger inlayed EET FUK explorer, dots inlayed explorer with words A Year and a Half In the Life of Metallica; pt. 1. All of these electric guitars had been known as EX in the starting and later on called MX-220ii.


Explanation of this title:
M- Metallica
X- Explorer
220- a common price tag
II- two pickups


MX-220II is a little bit shorter compared to the size (from the strap button at bottom to the tip of the headstock), the angular is smoother a little, the gap between the toggle switch to the knob is a bit even closer than the current explorer electric guitars. And it has a exclusive truss rod cover that is parallel to the nut and has 2 anchoring screws. The construction of this particular instrument regarding the combination of the body and the neck is round jack inserted.

MX 220

The further change to MX-220II is working with a metal plate with four screws to fix the ports. The truss rod cover still has got two anchoring screws, but is not parallel to nut any more. No adjustment is done for the rest parts.


Later, in the advancement of the MX-220II, the ESP changed the structure back to bolt-on structure.


The following MX-220II is extremely the same to Hetfields 1st explorer. This instrument is belonging to EXPCustom with old fashioned body shape and no serial number. It’s said that there's no serial number and spherical trademark over the headstock back of the MX-220II instrument.


Presumably, the outline of the mx-220II is completed according to the 1958 explorer



The figure above is a comparing between a 1958 explorer (red line) and a 1976 explorer (black line)


James Hetfield Guitar Explorer


Afterwards, the brand new style was given the name MX250 (later known as MX-II, 250 implies the price). The MX-250II is a bit longer than MX-220II, more pointed at the tip. During early 90s, ESP used parallel round jacks. And in this model of ESP MX250 For Sale, the pickups switch is a little farther away from the volume control and pick-ups.


Mx 250 was produced in Japan, with mahogany body, mahogany neck, poly finish, black dots inlays, ebony fretboard, EMG81 pickups. Regardless of what color you desire, they are generally high priced. You could inquire to get specific tuners along with other optional details, and you may customize this guitar of ESP MX250 For Sale in USA, but they're known as "EXP custom" because the "MX" is selected for other models. They've bell-shaped truss rod cover that is fixed with one screw, behind the headstock there is the serial number. ESP batch altered the shape of the truss rod cover in '55.


The image below is a EXP Custom crafted 03 MX-II version.

MX 250

The esp explorer released in U.S. are all EXP versions that have two designs, ESP and LTD. EXP is of MX-II body, bolt-on neck, the ESP (ESP EXP) version is characterized by maple neck, mahogany body, rosewood fretboard; the LTD version (LTD EXP-200) is also of maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It’s mentioned the guitar body applied unique materials in different years, alder used in the earlier years, and later on turned into mahogany. The fretboard inlays also modified, there had been 2 dots at the 12th fret of the earlier LTD model but modified right into a rectangle (inscribed with LTD) in later on editions.


The subsequent image is definitely an outdated fashion LTD EXP-200 and an ESP MX-II



In LTD series, there's a version called EXP-300, which features a neck through construction, floyd rose special Bridge and two EMG 81 pickups


In year 2000, ESP established a manufacturing plant in Korea and produced LTD MX-130 that is much like MX-250II. And the intriguing thing is there's no serial number. These products were offered merely in Japan. Like MX-II, they have 2 EMG81 pickups, neck through framework and black color finish. These electric guitars of ESP MX250 For Sale sometimes could be found on Ebay but were ceased in 2003.


Special Series of ESP MX250 For Sale


The first EX/MX-220II customized inlays series is 1989s "EET FUK", which was issued with a little quantity. The fifth fret is a little small and there is certainly no step over the neck. Obviously, Hetfield right away found this problem; hence the manufacturing line was required to be close up. It is stated that the quantity is less than 30. Some mx-250II body used this kind of inlays too.



The special mx-250II like "Man To Wolf is referred to as Japans esp distinct interesting group, which implies that you should really bid a large price to get them.

Man to Wolf ESP MX250




ESP James Hetfield


James Hetfield ESP Guitar

Elk Skull MX250 was also created within the interval from late 90s to the year 2003 in custom series, they were customized within the custom shop in Japan.

Elk Skull


ESP MX 250 - Papa Het Explorer

Papa Het

Desc: White body with a Papa Het drawing by Dirty Donny
Inlay: Good Adventure
Pickups: Micro EMG 60/81 Humbuckers
Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Position Switch


That is all for these at least ten electric guitars above. We brought together their data and also the sketches and examined, which truly took us lots of efforts. Finally we achieved it. All attributes have already been accurately attained for each instrument of James Hetfield Guitar Explorer. When you have any kind of concerns, you can consult us. Due to the bulk replication, the inventory is limited. When you are enthusiastic about them, please get in touch with us immediately! 

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