James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica, performs with his group Saturday night July 25, 1999 as the closing act for the second day of Woodstock '99 in Rome, N.Y. Among the musicians performing Saturday were Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, and Alanis Morissette?.(AP Photo/Kevi?n Mazur, pool)
James Hetfield's Ken Lawrence Explorer
This is it, folks. Many of you may disagree, but many people believe this is the most beautiful guitar out there, bar none.
It's custom made, you can't buy this in a shop, so you can either get a replica somewhere or pay Ken Lawrence around $6,000 for one. Talk about expensive, huh?
There's something magical about this guitar -- and it's got nothing to do with who's playing it -- It's just amazing looking.
The only "production" Explorer ESP made for the US market were the EXP models. They came in both ESP and LTD flavors. The EXP was a bolt-on neck version of the MX-II body style. The ESP version (ESP EXP) featured rosewood fret boards, maple necks and mahogany bodies. The LTD version (LTX EXP-200) also had a maple neck with a rosewood fret board. I've heard that different years had different body material, the earlier years having alder and later years switching back to mahogany. There is also a change in position markers, the earlier LTDs had 2 dots at the 12th fret, and later models had a block with LTD engraved.