1987 / 1991 - ESP MX-220 & Eet Fuk - Guitars Collector

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ESP MX-220


called also MX-220II or MX-220-2 --> ESP M (Metallica) X (eXplorer) - 220 (price in yen) II (2 pickups)
- year: from 1987 to 1999, Japan Custom Shop - Special/Custom Order
- MSRP: Y250/270 ~ $3000/3300
- shape: between the Gibson Explorers 1958 and 1976, but with headstock like a "banana"
- construction: set neck (the first made in 1989 have a step where the neck joins the body, similar to a Gibson explorer)
- neck: mahogany
- body: mahogany
- fingerboard: rosewood 22 frets XJ with pearl dot inlays, 24.75" scale (628mm)
- electronics: active EMG 81 (bridge) / 81 (neck), 1 Volume, 1 Tone, Toggle 3 way selector
- hardware: Gotoh tuners, ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP Custom" light grey/gold glittered logo for black guitars, black/gold glittered for white guitars
-- back of headstock: XXXXXXXX (8 digits) serial number stamped in white or black (NO "ESP Custom Guitars" circle logo)
For now I've tracked this guitars:
1989 - 08019018 - BLACK;
          XXXX9XXX - GREY SPARKLE;
          27069016 - BLACK GRAPHITE (No step, square input jack plate)
1990 -
1991 - 23081463 - BLACK (250 headstock)
1992 -
14052252 - WHITE with trem.

IF YOU HAVE AN MX-220 PLEASE CONTACT ME!

colors and other features: olympic white, black, grey sparkle
- notes: This is the most rare Esp Explorer...hard to find today...

Input jacks are round and recessed into the body in models from 1987 to 1989, from 1990 there's 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.


The body style of the old ESP Explorer (MX-220, MX-250, EXP) was retired due to Gibson Lawsuit, and a new body style was introduced in 2000 (EX models). Only in Japan you can still find (if you're lucky) or order the old shape called now MX-2. It's hilarious that Gibson in 2012 release the "Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX" copying control pot configuration of ESP MX-250, a sort of revenge...


LIMITED EDITIONS

1989-1991 - "EET FUK" (Limited Run 30-45p, only 5 with step)?
In 1989 ESP start to produce the replica of the first ESP guitar made specifically for James Hetfield in 1987, called "EET FUK" for the write that James made on tape in the corner. This guitar have special raised middle finger inlays and come only in olympic white color. In the ESP catalog is called "MX-220 Artist Series". ESP made 30-45 pieces before James told them to stop making the guitar.
Unfortunally no one knows exactly how many guitars has made, some "big" person at ESP talks about 30-45 max.



- front of headstock: "ESP Custom" black/gold glittered logo;
- back of headstock: 8 digits serial number stamped in black (NO "ESP Custom Guitars" circle logo)

For now I've tracked only 8 guitars (please if you have one help me...):
1989 - 240493XX - with a STEP
where the neck joins the body - round imput jack plate
         - 240493XX - with a STEP where the neck joins the body - round imput jack plate

         - 130594XX - with a STEP where the neck joins the body - round imput jack plate
         - 140697XX - NO STEP - round imput jack plate
         - 160698XX - NO STEP - round imput jack plate
         - 230699XX - NO STEP - round imput jack plate
1990 - 190903XX - NO STEP
- round imput jack plate

1991 - 310110XX - NO STEP - SQUARE 4 screw imput jack plate

IF YOU HAVE AN MX-220 PLEASE CONTACT ME!

All the other characteristics are the same as the production model.

 
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