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James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar

James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar

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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This is a customized guitar, it was made according to our customer's requests, if you don't like the settings of this guitar, and want a personalized body shape, finish, logo, woods or hardware, please email us to place the order.


Our Custom Made James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar

  Items James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar
Body Wood Mehogany
Neck Wood           Mahogany
Construction Set-in
Fingerboard Rosewood / Ebony
Inlays Flaming Sun Inlays
Scale Length 24.75"
Frets 22
Pickups 2 Humbuckers

1 Volume 1 Tone,3-Way Toggle Switch

Bridge T-O-M and Stop Tailpiece

Natural Finish

String D'Addario
Hardware Black Hardware


The Ken Lawrence Explorer Guitar owner: James Hetfield

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.



Ken Lawrence Explorer Guitar Maker: Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence Musical Instruments was established by Ken Lawrence in 1986 for bass and guitar custom design business. Except remaining as a luthier, Ken Lawrence is also a bassist, he commenced building electric guitar in Moonstone Guitars in 1981 and 5 years later he setup his personal business. Ken Lawrence primarily hand crafts instruments, so the handling usually takes him one full year to accomplish an instrument, and the yearly producing quantity is 20 to 25, so the cost is fairly high-priced. And he also custom makes guitars for Hetfield and his band mates from American music band Metallica. What he made for James is fundamentally based upon ESP explorer, but the headstock and fingerboard inlays differ somehow.



Features of Our James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar

Over years many buyers consulted the James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer with us, maybe because it's truly hard to find, and the period to customize one is too long or possibly the price is too large. Anyway, we then commenced to study and copy this instrument. We even bought a utilized Ken Larence explorer at a high price, so we've got all precise specs and measurements of this unique guitar! The largest problem to replicate this instrument lies at some specific woods which we make contact with numerous wood providers and finally found some hard woods of tropical rain forest. Our James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar was made of rosewood fretboard, mahogany neck and body.


(Please refer to the above specs-sheet, we know that the original Ken Lawrence is featured ebony fretboard. But now our replicated Ken Lawrence featured rosewood fretboard. Honestly, our ebony fretboard is darker than the original. We found that on the visual design side, the rosewood fretboard is much closer to the original guitar. However, you have the freedom to choose which kind of wood you think will suit your taste better. With our previous production and sale experience, lots of our customers prefer to rosewood fretboard, which definitely gives them a warmer tone and incredible sustain. Of course, ebony fretboard is also populared by lots of people. All in all, It is only a matter of taste. If you would like the original ebony fretboard, we can also meet your need. )


James acquired this guitar from luthier Ken Lawrence sometime between 2003-2006. It featured Flaming Sun fingerboard inlays. Our James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar strictly follows the original one. 


We bought professional drawings and meticulously studied this electric guitar, thus we can grasp every details of processing technique. Besides, they are absolutely 100% hand-mades, strictly adhere to the original. 

Some customers come here complaining about other sellers' ken lawrence guitars, due to they do not enquire and ask for detail pictures carefully before they order the items. However, it's too late to repent after recieve the guitar. Here, we just emphasize two important points. One is about the headstock shape, Compared to other sellers, our Ken Lawrence explorer is the first and the only correct replica. Their headstock is twice larger than ours,that is to say, their headstock is twice larger than the original, let alone other aspects

The other is about processing method. Most cheaper guitars out there use a veneer technology, which would save lots of time and cost. What that means is that instead of an actual substantial piece, they cut the wood very thinThis gives the guitar a nice appearance, but it won’t have the tonal impact of an actual top!!! A veneer is a real piece, just cut very thin for cost purposes. The best way to tell if it is veneered is to follow the grain from a flat surface, like the top, to an adjoining surface, like the edge. If the edge shows the end grain from the top, it is solid. If not, likely veneered. 

But it is different with the original guitar, which features a mahogany body with a quilted top. What we use is exactly the same with the original guitar. According to my knowledge, we are the only and the first manufacturer to adopt this top technology. It needs an exquisite level of craftsmanship.


EMG is typically used, EMG-81 in bridge and EMG-60 in neck. However we offer far more selections on pickups selection, except the actual EMG pick-ups which we also bought for your requirements, Wilkinson pick-ups is exactly what we strongly recommended because of its high quality and inexpensive price. It can save you a lot funds!! The Wilkinson pickups with the same specifications as EMG pickups are considerably less expensive than the latter!!


Ken Lawrence Explorer Guitar Vs ESP Explorer

Similarity: Mahogany body and neck, 22 frets, Black hardware (tune-o-matic bridge and stop wiring board and tuners), one volume control.

Difference: Ken Lawrence Explorer is one of James Hetfield's Favorite guitars. Most oftenly used live for ballad songs and ocassionally Master Of Puppets. You'll be able to find the James Hetfield Ken Lawrence explorer in video Cunning Stunts. In fact, James Hetfield utilized this instrument in a lot of audio, like Mashup Denny's Playlist. Some people think ESP crafted the Ken Lawrence Explorer, but in fact it was produced by Ken Lawrence. It has the ESP Mx body shape ,but the cool 3+3 headstock is designed by Ken Lawrence himself.


Only the finest woods and hardware go into this masterpiece. We comply with James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Guitar specs strictly. So our James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitars are nearly the same with the original one. All in all, our guitars are quality assured and cost-effective and can save much money for you.


This guitar has some truly great features for the right price. It will satisfy a lot of musicians' desires. If you are interested in our James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer Replica Guitar, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Pictures in our website are limited, and a lot of high-definition pictures will be provided if you email us.


NOTE: We also provided customization of several LEFT-HANDED MX-220, MX-250,  left-handed guitar lovers please pay close attention to our LEFT-HANDED GUITARS COLUMNFurthermore, we can customize some other guitars of James Hetfield as well. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and we'll be more than happy to answer them for you.

Notice For All Buyers:
Thank you for your attention. Here are something you might want to know about this guitar.

1. This guitar is available in both right handed and left handed version. Even it is not showing in lefty version, we still able to customize this guitar in left handed for you. You just have to tell us when you place the order.

2. If you want to place the order, just send us email, we will help you to place your customize order.

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