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Before the co-operation between ESP and hetfield, Hetfields explorer style electric guitars was of Navigator band.


In the late 1980s, ESP built numerous explorer guitars for Hetfield, including many famous instruments 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. These instruments had been called EX at the beginning and later called MX-220ii.


Explanation of this name:
M- Metallica
X- Explorer
220- a typical price tag
II- 2 pickups


MX-220II is a little bit shorter than the length (from the strap button at bottom to the point of the headstock), the angular is smoother somewhat, the distance between the toggle swap to the knob is a little bit even closer than the present explorer instruments. And it features a exclusive truss rod cover that is parallel to the nut and has 2 anchoring screws. The structure of this unique guitar with regards to the combination of the body along with the neck is round jack inserted.

MX 220

The further change to MX-220II is applying a metal plate with four screws to fix the jacks. The truss rod cover still carries two anchoring screws, but is not parallel to nut any longer. No alteration is made for the rest parts.


Later on, during the advancement of the MX-220II, the ESP changed the construction again to bolt-on structure.


The next MX-220II is really the same to Hetfields primary explorer. This instrument is belonging to EXPCustom with outdated fashioned body design and no serial number. It is stated that there is no serial number and round trademark about the headstock back of the MX-220II instrument.


Presumably, the shape of the mx-220II is completed in line with the 1958 explorer



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


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Eventually, the brand new style was named ESP MX250 II (later referred to as MX-II, 250 signifies the price). The ESP MX250 II is a little longer compared to MX-220II, more pointed at the tip. In early 1990s, ESP adopted parallel spherical ports. And in this ESP MX250 II, the pick-ups switch is a little bit further away from the volume control and pick-ups.


ESP MX250 II was unveiled in Japan, with mahogany body, mahogany neck, poly finish, black dots inlays, ebony fretboard, EMG81 pickups. No matter what color you desire, they are usually high-priced. You'll be able to inquire to get unique tuners as well as other optional variables, and you could customize this ESP MX250 II in USA, but they're identified as "EXP custom" mainly because the "MX" is allocated for other versions. They have bell-shaped truss rod cover which is fixed with one screw, behind the headstock there is the serial number. ESP batch adjusted the form of the truss rod cover in '55.


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

MX 250

The esp explorer introduced in U.S. are all EXP styles that have 2 variations, ESP and LTD. EXP is of MX-II body, bolt-on neck, the ESP (ESP EXP) version is characterized by mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard; the LTD version (LTD EXP-200) is also of rosewood fretboard and maple neck. It is mentioned the ESP MX250 II body utilized different materials in various ages; alder applied in the earlier years, and later became mahogany. The fretboard inlays also altered, there had been two dots in the twelfth fret of the earlier LTD model but changed right into a block (inscribed with LTD) in later on versions.


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



In LTD series, there's a type known as EXP-300, which features a neck through construction, licensed Floyd Rose Bridge and two EMG 81 pickups


In 2000, ESP launched a manufacturing facility in Korea and developed LTD MX-130 that is much like ESP MX250 II. And the intriguing thing is there is certainly no serial number. These ESP MX250 II were marketed simply in Japan. Like MX-II, they've 2 EMG81 pick-ups, neck through framework and black color finish. These instruments occasionally could be identified on Ebay but were discontinued in 2003.


Special Series


The initial EX/MX-220II custom inlays series is 1989s "EET FUK", which was released with a little quantity. The fifth fret is a little smaller and there is certainly no step over the neck. Obviously, Hetfield instantly found this problem; therefore the manufacturing line was required to be close up. It is stated that the quantity is under 30. Some ESP MX250 II body utilised this sort of inlays also.



The special ESP MX250 II as "Man To Wolf is known as Japans esp distinct interesting group, which means that you must bid a higher price to get ESP MX250 II.

Man to Wolf ESP MX250




ESP James Hetfield


James Hetfield ESP Guitar

Elk Skull ESP MX250 II was also made in the time period from late nineties to the year 2003 in custom series; they were personalized in the custom shop in Japan.

Elk Skull


ESP MX250 II - 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


Our Custom Made Hetfield Guitars Specifications


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 Toggle Switch
1 Volume 1 Tone
Headstock: ESP Style
Bridge: T-O-M and Stop Tailpiece
Hardware: Black Finish
Finish: Black Finish
Strings: D'Addario


That is all of these at least ten guitars above. We brought together their information as well as the sketches and studied, which really took us a lot of efforts. Lastly we finished it. All characteristics have already been accurately achieved for every single instrument. If you have any kind of questions, you are able to consult us.As a result of the bulk reproduction, the stock is limited. If you're interested in them, please make contact with us quickly!




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