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Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar

Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer 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 Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar



Our replicated "Elk Skull"

Body Wood


Neck Wood







Barbed Wire Inlays

Scale Length

24.75" (628mm)




2 Humbuckers


1 Volume 1 Tone, 3-Way Toggle Switch


T-O-M and Stop Tailpiece


Black with ELK SKULL Graphics




Black Hardware



About the Original Guitar - MX-250 Elk Skull


MX 250 Elk Skull was made personally for James in 1996 by the great artist Dino Muradian (dino-muradian.html). On the body and headstock is the wood burning elk skull graphic with barbed wire and on the back the 4-M-star logo. The barbed wire inlay is done in silver by Rob Thorn. The custom shop in Tokyo replicate a few pieces of this guitar until 2003 as custom order [ONLY 6 pieces]. There's also some replica made by Ed Roman and others...


MX250 Elk Skull was available from the late 90's to 2003 as custom order only. It was apparantley labor intensive and would end up costing close to 5000 dollars.
About Our Replicated Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar
About the original MX250 Elk Skull, we think we needn’t say any 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 neck, and the shape of this guitar respects MX250 Elk Skull have more sharp points (no banana headstock), slightly longer body (bottom strap button to tip of headstock), switch moved further away from the volume pots, no step in the neck, style single screw bell shaped truss rod cover changed in 1996 to bullet style truss rod cover. Regardless of what color you desire, they are usually pricey-more than $5000. 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 MX250 Elk Skull guitar with much less money will come true!!!



More info about our replicated Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar !!!




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




Our replicated Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar 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 guitar is the same model as most of James' Explorers, being the difference on the inlays and body design. Our replicated Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar is featured barbed wire inlays and black finish with “elk skull” graphics as well, which looks and feels great while playing.



New design bullet style truss rod cover with one screw, which is very special!!

The original Metallica MX-250 Elk Skull James Explorer Guitar costs fucking more than $5000, we said guys who like it can not afford at all. Now our replicated guitar is sold at a very low price. We just want to realize fans’ guitar dream, and share it with all our friends.



Some customers come here complaining about other sellers' replicated explorer guitars, due to they do not enquire and ask for detail pictures carefully before they order the items. To help our customers know more about what look like of real explorer guitar, we list a few pictures of other sellers’ explorer guitar and ours.


1. The right logo position is at middle of headstock, but other copies on the market print the logo on the top of headstock.
2. Our replicated Explorer was built as the blueprint, both the body and the neck is same with the original guitar. But on the replica market, some Chinese copies are totally wrong, their headstock shape is much bigger, pls look at this pic above.
3. Some Chinese copies often make wrong shape of cover of controls, our explorer guitar on the right picture above shows you what is right.
4. Volume, Tone and Way Toggle Switch of the original mx 250 is not in a straight line. But some copies on the market make them in a straight line.
Those above are just a few points about the shape and error details. Please pay attention to them. As for the wood selection, processing and quality, we do not enumerate one by one. But when purchasing, you need to pay attention to every details.
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



Many guitars of james have the design of two volumes. But what we usually acquiesce is one volume, one tone. But if you need two volumes, you can contact us.


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.

MX 250 Papa Het snow white

MX250 Olympic White

MX-250 Snow White

MX250 Man to Wolf 

Left Handed MX-220 Snow White






There are some differences in Shape, Fretboard Inlays and other details between 220 and 250. So don't mistake when purchasing.




How Intersting!!!


James Hetfield has been a major endorser of 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 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  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 Explorers.The following are explorers James Hetfield once used, pls check!!!
1984 Explorer

Black Explorer


Other James Hetfield Guitars 


James Hetfield Snakebyte Guitar


This guitar is the newest model, 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.
Finish: BLK, SW


This guitar is available in our custom shop!!!


James Hetfield Truckster Guitar


The James Hetfield Truckster Guitar is the fifth Hetfield Signature Series guitar to carry his name since James joined forces in 1991. This latest guitar is manufactured to the exact specifications of James' Truckster, a modified Eclipse-style stage guitar used on the St. Anger tour. This signature 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.
Finish: Aged Primer Grey


This guitar is available in our custom shop!!!


Besides, we also can supply JH-1; JH-2; JH-3; LTD "The Grynch" ; 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.


Aiming to build your dream guitars


If  you don’t like the guitar above and you want a guitar dreamed for so long,what to do? It’s so easy,please send the picture and the parameters of the guitar you want.We only need Pics and specs, and we can make the guitar same with your original guitar. You wonder learn Why? Pls click here to find the answer. Send your dream guitar pics and specs to us, let us make it come true together.


All the guitars we built are based on our customers’ requests. There are so many different options for you to choose if you don’t want a standard one, you can check our custom shop for the details. The best way to go about obtaining this information for you is to contact us and let us know what you’re looking for. We can discuss these options and figure out what is the best for you. Your business is important to us and we want to provide you with the best customer service we are capable of. We want this to be the best guitar-buying experience you’ve ever had.


And please, don’t be hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

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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