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 Our Custom Made ESP James Hetfield Explorer Specifications

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

ESP James Hetfield Explorer demo :

ESP James Hetfield Explorer - MX 220


Ahead of the collaboration between ESP and hetfield, Hetfields explorer fashion electric guitars were of Navigator band.


In the late 80s, ESP made numerous explorer guitars for Hetfield, including lots of well-known 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 ESP James Hetfield Explorer were known as EX in the starting and later known as MX-220ii.


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


MX-220II is a bit shorter than the size (from the strap button at bottom to the point of the headstock), the angular is smoother a bit, the distance between the toggle change to the knob is a little nearer than the existing explorer electric guitars. And it features a exclusive truss rod cover that is parallel to the nut and possesses two screws. The framework of this unique ESP James Hetfield Explorer guitar concerning the conjunction of the body along with the neck is round jack embedded.

MX 220

The further adjustment to MX-220II is working with a metal plate with 4 anchoring screws to fix the jacks. The truss rod cover nevertheless carries 2 screws, but is not parallel to nut any longer. No modification is made to the rest parts.


Later on, during the development of the MX-220II, the ESP adjusted the structure again to bolt-on structure.


The following MX-220II is very comparable to Hetfields first explorer. This ESP James Hetfield Explorer guitar is belonging to EXPCustom with outdated fashioned body contour and no serial number. It’s believed that there is no serial number and spherical trademark on the headstock back of the MX-220II guitar.


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



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


ESP James Hetfield Explorer - MX 250


Afterwards, the new style was named MX250 (later on known as MX-II, 250 implies the price tag). The MX-250II is a little lengthier compared with MX-220II, a lot more pointed at the tip. In early nineties, ESP implemented parallel spherical ports. And in this ESP James Hetfield Explorer, the pick-ups switch is a little bit farther away from the volume control and pickups. 


Mx 250 was launched in Japan, with mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, mahogany body, poly finish, EMG 81 pickups, and black dots inlays. Regardless of what color you want, they're generally high priced. You'll be able to request for a unique tuners as well as other optional parameters, and you'll be able to customize this electric ESP James Hetfield Explorer guitar in USA, but they are known as "EXP custom" because the "MX" is allocated for some other styles. They've bell-shaped truss rod cover that is fixed with 1 screw, behind the headstock there's the serial number. ESP batch changed the form of the truss rod cover in '55.


The image below is a EXP Custom made 03 MX-II edition.

MX 250

The esp explorer introduced in U.S. are all EXP models which have 2 styles, ESP and LTD. EXP is of MX-II body, bolt-on neck, the ESP (ESP EXP) edition is characterized by rosewood fingerboard, maple neck, mahogany body; the LTD edition (LTD EXP-200) is also of maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It is mentioned that the ESP James Hetfield Explorer guitar body employed diverse materials in unique ages; alder employed in the earlier years, and later became mahogany. The fretboard inlays also altered, there were 2 dots in the twelfth fret of the early LTD edition but altered into a block (engraved with LTD) in later on types.


The subsequent picture is definitely an outdated design LTD EXP-200 and an ESP MX-II



In LTD series, there's a design named EXP-300, which features a neck through construction, licensed Floyd Rose Bridge and 2 EMG 81 pick-ups


In 2000, ESP opened up a factory in Korea and produced LTD MX-130 that is significantly like MX-250II. And the interesting thing is there is certainly no serial number. These products had been offered simply in Japan. Like MX-II, they have two EMG81 pick-ups, neck through structure and black colored finish. These instruments occasionally may be located on Ebay but were ceased in the year 2003.


Special Series


The initial EX/MX-220II custom inlays series is 1989s "EET FUK", which had been issued with a small quantity. The fifth fret is a little bit small and there is no step over the neck. Naturally, Hetfield promptly discovered this problem; therefore the production line was forced to be close up. It's mentioned the quantity is under 30. Some mx-250II body made use of this sort of inlays too.



The special mx-250II like "Man To Wolf is called Japans esp special intriguing group, which signifies that you must offer a large price to buy them.

Man to Wolf ESP MX250




ESP James Hetfield


James Hetfield ESP Guitar


Elk Skull MX250 was also produced in the period of time from late the nineteen nineties to 2003 in custom series, they had been customized within the custom store 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’s all for these at least ten ESP James Hetfield Explorers above. We brought together their data along with the drawings and researched, which seriously took us a lot of efforts. Lastly we finished it. All features have already been precisely realized for every single ESP James Hetfield Explorer. If you have any concerns, you are able to consult us. Due to the bulk duplication, the supply is limited. Should you be enthusiastic about them, please contact us promptly!

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