Hey, im a huge hetfield fan, and am looking to buy an epiphone explorer, sand it down, put a new top on it, and maybe a new fretboard.
My questions are,
1. where can i get wood for the top/fretboard? (in the uk)
2. Which epiphone explorer is the best (hardware, body wood) as i might be able to save money on these aspects if they are decent enough to start with

btw, hardware will be black