EET FUK Explorer, MX-220, MX-250, Man To Wolf Explorer, PAPA Het Explorer, Very Rare, Brand New!
Left Handed Version Is Also Available!
MX 250: $375.00 USD
MX 220: $378.00 USD
Man To Wolf Explorer:
PAPA Het Explorer:
We have been selling MX-250 and MX-220 guitars since 2007 and have 100% customer satisfaction! We sold to fans who are looking for an electric guitar.
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The History of MX-220 and MX-250
In the late 80’s ESP made a few explorer shaped guitars for Hetfield. These include the infamous “EET FUK” guitar with the raised middle finger inlays, and one with dot inlays which was featured during the Metallica documentary “A Year and A Half In the Life of Metallica; pt. 1”. These guitars were originally known as the EX, but later became known as the MX-220II.
The designation stood for:
M – Metallica
X – eXplorer
220,000yen retail (in late 80s early 90s money)
II – 2 pickups
The MX-220II body is slightly shorter (bottom strap button to tip of headstock) and has rounder horns than the “current” explorer body. The toggle switches on these first two explorers were closer to the knobs than later explorers, and they had a unique two screw truss rod cover that mounted flush with the nut. They also feature a step where the neck joins the body, similar to a Gibson explorer, and their input jacks are round and recessed into the body.
Further revisions of the MX-220II changed the input jack was changed to mount to a plate held by four screws. The truss rod cover changed to a 2 screw Gibson style which was no longer flush with the nut but everything else stayed the same including the step in the neck.
Later in the evolution of the MX-220II, ESP removed the step at the neck joint, and a return to the recessed mounted output jack. Each of the MX series guitars (including the evolution to the MX-250II) featured ABR-1 style bridges, which have the posts mount directly into the body of the guitar. It is said that the MX-220II guitars do not feature serial numbers or the circle logo on the back of the headstock. The circle logo on the headstock is not a typical feature on ESP guitars made for the Japanese market.
The MX-250II was released in Japan with set mahogany necks, ebony boards and full mahogany bodies with poly finish. They came stock wired with dual EMG 81 pickups. Available in black with dot inlays. The MX-250II was released in Japan with set mahogany necks, ebony boards and full mahogany bodies with poly finish. They came stock wired with dual EMG 81 pickups. Available in black with dot inlays. Order made MX250 these were available in any color for an up charge and also you could request Sperzel tuners and a few other options before it became a full custom order. These guitars could be
special ordered from the USA, however they were known as the EXP Custom as the MX designation was used for a different model of guitar. These featured single screw bell shaped truss rod covers with a single screw. These all had serial numbers on the back of the headstock. ESP changed to the bullet style truss rod cover in 1995.
The first EX/MX-220II Custom inlay run was the EET FUK in 1989. It was a very small run featuring slightly smaller inlays after the 5th fret and no step in the neck. Apparently, Hetfield found out and they had to stop production. I believe less than 30 were made. There were also a few MX-250II bodies made with these inlays.
Special versions of the MX-250II such as the “Man to Wolf” Explorer were called in Japan ESP Special Interest Group. It probably means that you had to be someone or pay a lot to get one. Former forum member EXPCustom confirmed with Ron Thorn that along with ESP a limited run of about 20 “Man to Wolf” Explorers were made. Ron Thorn inlaid the fret boards for the run. In the early 2000s one showed up on Ebay Japan. The seller wanted 10,000 US dollars for it. These had serial numbers and were all set neck with one screw bell truss rod covers identical to Hetfield’s in every way. There was no custom shop logo.
Elk Skull MX250 was available from the late 90’s to 2003 as custom order only. I This was done in the custom shop in Tokyo not by the original wood burn artist.
ESP MX250 – Papa Het Explorer
is the voice among other things of Metallica’s songs, but it wasn’t always planned that way. In the early days Metallica tried a few different vocal/guitar configurations. Some of the experiments included adding another guitar player, or having then lead guitar player Dave Mustaine play the sole guitar. John Bush from Armored Saint was even asked to sing for the band at one point. Hetfield was born to a truck driver and light opera singer on August 3rd, 1963 in Los Angeles. His family’s Christian Science religious beliefs are often mentioned as the root of James’ “tortured soul” lyrics. Musically, he began at age 9 with piano lessons, then banging away on his brother David’s drums and finally to guitar. With his guitar in hand, James aspired to become a rock star in his first band, Obsession. The band was made up of the Veloz brothers on bass
and drums and Jim Arnold on guitar. A pair of friends, Ron McGovney and Dave Marrs, acted as the band’s roadies. This meant sitting in the loft of the Veloz garage running a control panel for makeshift lighting effects. After Obsession broke up, the Marrs-Hetfield-McGovney trio continued jamming together.
Phantom Lord was ‘s second band. After moving to La Brea, James attended Brea Olinda High School and met up with drummer Jim Mulligan. The two would jam at lunch time with another guitar player, but eventually scared him away with their loud and heavy sounds. Hugh Tanner was discovered carrying around part of a flying V guitar at school, and shortly thereafter Phantom Lord was born. With Hugh on guitar and Mulligan on drums, James sang and played guitar. The group went through a few bass players until graduation when James moved back to Downey. In Downey James moved into a house owned by Ron McGovney’s parents that was slated for demolition due to an expressway expansion. This house was the perfect place for James and Ron to crash and hold rehearsal and practice jams. James talked Ron into taking up bass, and promised to teach him.
And as Ron joined the group, Phantom Lord was no more they were now Leather Charm. ‘s third band overall, Leather Charm was formed from the members of Phantom Lord, except that James performed sole singing duties (no guitar) and Ron was added to play bass guitar. Completing the line-up were Phantom Lord carry-overs Hugh Tanner and Jim Mulligan.
Leather Charm was more of a glammy attempt at music. The band played originals and covers like Quiet Riot’s “Slick Black Cadillac”, Iron Maiden’s “Remember Tommorrow” and a few others. The band managed to perform at a few parties and recorded a demo, but then began to fall apart. First Tanner left the band and was replaced by Troy James. Then Mulligan left for a more progressive Rush-like band. With no drummer the band was forced to call it quits. Although it was Mulligan’s departure that led to James searching for a new drummer, it was Hugh Tanner that introduced James to Lars Ulrich.
Ultimately it was Leather Charm’s break up, through Jim Mulligan’s quitting, that led to James and Lars meeting, and to form Metallica. From the very start, James has been the main songwriter in Metallica, from the riffs to the lyrics. When he’s not writing, singing or playing, James indulges in hunting and various sports such as snowboarding, as he has hung up his skateboard after a series of mishaps.
Guitars are a major part of his life and he has started collecting older guitars. particularly those manufactured in 1963, the year he was born. He can also be found in his garage working on a new passion hot rods. He currently has a Chevy BelAir that he built himself. James in recent years has taken to the rock ‘n’ roll fashion of getting “inked” he now sports many many tattoos some of which are pictured below.
We have been selling MX-250 and MX-220 guitars since 2007 and have 100% customer satisfaction! We spent much time to study the data and measurements of the original guitar and then replicated these guitars. Wood selection is quite the same as the original guitar, mahogany body, mahogany neck and rosewood/ebony fretboard(all with top wood).
Please DON’T e-mail to tell us that we don’t have the same exact pickup/EMG pickups that has. We are aware of this. EMG Pickups use “Impedance Modeling” to manipulate the two coils. This innovation allows us to shape a mix of the reactive slope and resonance from each of the two coils. The idea is to achieve a complex mixture of each coils phase and frequency response resulting in a richer tone from the pickup. This means the sound is vibrantly alive with more harmonics than from conventional passive pickups. We like to keep costs down for the customer. We use the original pickup system and it sounds great and we have had absolutely no complaints about the sound or quality of these guitars. However, if you still want the original pickups, you are free to pay another $100 and buy one at these websites below and modify the guitar once you have bought this.
And, NO, this is NOT ‘s actual guitar!
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