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Before the co-operation between Hetfield and ESP, Hetfields explorer type guitars was of Navigator band.


In the late nineteen-eighties, ESP created numerous explorer guitars for Hetfield, including many well-known guitars as raised middle finger inlayed EET FUK explorer, dots inlayed explorer bearing phrases A Year and a Half In the Life of Metallica; pt. 1. All these guitars had been named EX at the beginning and later known as MX-220ii.


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


MX-220II is a little bit shorter compared to the length (from the strap button at bottom to the end of the headstock), the angular is smoother a little, the gap between the toggle switch to the knob is a little bit even closer than the existing explorer electric guitars. And it features a one of a kind truss rod cover which is parallel to the nut and has 2 screws. The structure of this instrument regarding the conjunction of the body along with the neck is round jack embedded.

MX 220

The further adjustment to MX-220II is using a metal plate with 4 screws to fix the jacks. The truss rod cover nonetheless carries 2 anchoring screws, but isn't parallel to nut any more. No modification is made to the rest parts.


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


The subsequent MX-220II is quite similar to Hetfields initial explorer. This electric guitar is owned by EXPCustom with outdated fashioned body contour and no serial number. Its stated that there's no serial number and spherical trademark over the headstock back of the MX-220II electric guitar.


Presumably, the shape of the mx-220II is performed in accordance with the 1958 explorer



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


Esp Explorers


Eventually, the new style was named MX250 (later on called MX-II, 250 indicates the price tag). The MX-250II is a bit lengthier compared with MX-220II, much more pointed at the tip. In early the nineteen nineties, ESP used parallel round ports. And in this model, the pickups switch is a little farther away from the volume control and pickups.


Mx 250 was released in Japan, with mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, mahogany body, poly finish, EMG 81 pickups, black dots inlays. Regardless of what colour you need, they are always high-priced. It is possible to inquire for any unique tuners and other optional variables, and you could customize this instrument in USA, but they are known as "EXP custom" mainly because the "MX" is selected for some other versions. They have bell-shaped truss rod cover which is fixed with one screw, at the rear of the headstock there's the serial number. ESP batch changed the shape of the truss rod cover in '55.


The picture below is actually a EXP Custom manufactured 2003 MX-II edition.

MX 250

The esp explorer launched in U.S. are all EXP versions that have 2 models, 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 edition (LTD EXP-200) is also of rosewood fretboard and maple neck. Its said the electric guitar body used different materials in various ages, alder applied in the early years, and later on turned into mahogany. The fingerboard inlays also changed, there had been two dots on the 12th fret of the earlier LTD model but modified right into a block (written 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 is a type titled EXP-300, which has a neck through framework, licensed Floyd Rose bridge and two EMG 81 pick-ups


In 2000, ESP started out a manufacturing unit in Korea and developed LTD MX-130 that is a lot like MX-250II. And the exciting factor is there is certainly no serial number. These products were offered just in Japan. Like MX-II, they have 2 EMG81 pick-ups, neck through construction and black colored finish. These electric guitars sometimes can be identified on Ebay but had been discontinued in 2003.


Unique Series


The initial EX/MX-220II customized inlays series is 1989s "EET FUK", which had been released with a tiny quantity. The 5th fret is a little bit tiny and there is certainly no step over the neck. Clearly, Hetfield promptly discovered this problem, hence the manufacturing line was required to be shut down. It is stated the quantity is lower than 30. Some mx-250II body utilised this type of inlays too.



The specific mx-250II like "Man To Wolf is called Japans esp particular fascinating group, which implies that you really should offer a high price to get them.

Man to Wolf ESP MX250




ESP James Hetfield


James Hetfield ESP Guitar

Elk Skull MX250 was also made in the interval from late 1990s to 2003 in custom series, they had been personalized within 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 Esp Explorers Specifications


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 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


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