#1
Hey guys, just wanted to ask a question
I know this may sound dumb but, I want a guitar, specifically the Ken Lawrence Explorer used by Hetfield, but, I don't have nearly enough money, is there a site or producer that makes a version of an explorer guitar that's good?
Cheers
#2
Lots of different companies make their own version of the Explorer. How good they are depends on a variety of factors.

What's your budget? Where do you live? Are you willing to buy used?

Also, ask folks here if you don't get enough info in your own thread:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1638716
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#3
The roof is £500 to be honest, I live in England and I'm not a fan of used, could you help me? Cheers for the link by the way
#4
I good start might be the Ibanez Destroyer.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_dt520_bk.htm

You also have the Epiphone Thunderhorse which is pretty stellar for the price.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/epiphone_brendon_small_thunderhorse.htm

If you did save up some more though you could also get the LTD Snakebyte, which would be ideal for what you want.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_snakebyte_bk.htm
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#5
Thank you, I'll consider them, I saw a Ken Lawrence replica going for just over £300 on RareElectricGuitars.com, would you happen to have any experiences with this site?
And that Thomann sells a white '84 re issue remake for £114 odd, do you have any experiences with Harley Benton?
#6
It's not an Explorer, but it is a cousin- the Fret-King Esprit. There are a few versions of it with different pickup configurations, but my favorite is the Esprit 5. Hell of a rocker, and it's in your price range. Bonus: F-K is a British company, so you keep your money in your home country!

http://www.fretsguitarcentre.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p1366_Fret-King_Esprit_5_-_Trans_Amber.html
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#8
Don't buy ANYTHING from rareelectricguitars. They are a chinese company that basically make unplayable wall art. You will get a piece of sh*t that just looks exactly like the real thing.

Harley Benton is Thomann's in house brand. Their amps apparently aren't bad, but I wouldn't trust a sub-150 pound guitar. I'm in the US, though. No experience with Thomann in general (we have Guitar Center/Musician's Frend).
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Amps and the like:
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Seismic Luke 2x12
Dunlop 105Q Wah
Gojira FX 808
Line 6 M9
#9
Okay, cheers for the warning haha, I just want an explorer shape for a lower price and it's proving rather difficult aha
#10
The Epiphone 84 Explorer is very impressive for the price. As I'm sure is case with the Epiphone Thunderhorse. Those two guitars are excellent options for your budget. Some of the LTD EX guitars and the Epiphone Prophecy Futura are also good alternatives.

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#12
Epiphone Thunderhorse Explorer
Jackson Kelly X Series
Charvel Desolation DST-1 ST
ESP EX-360

Some good Explorer-styled guitars