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    Join Date: Jun 2014
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    NGD, a reminder of when Metallica didn't suck

    It's 1989, AJFA has dropped and Metallica embark on a tour with the best set list they'll ever have. James is playing his classic MX220 and Kirk has his now well played MM270 custom adorned with a Zorlac sticker.

    This is one of those Zorlacs. A 1989 MM270 with the classic reverse Concorde headstock, dual EMG 81s, neck through maple and alder, parallel skull and crossbones inlays and an OFR instead of the Synclair found on so many of them. This one also has a painted neck like the early KH2s which is a nice change. Not many of these made given the possibility of litigation from Jackson, hence the change over to the more familiar broad headstocks we all know.

    It's in desperate need of a solid clean and once over. The grime has sat on the finish so long that I have to clean over the same spot about 4 times before it's finally removed. Thankfully the fretboard has no shrinkage, the frets are fine, hardware and electronics are working and the neck is straight.

    I am considering holding onto this just because it feels better than I thought it would. Between this and the MV290, people would assume I'm a huge Kirk fanboy even though I'm a massive James fanboy. XD

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    Join Date: Sep 2013
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    Nice. Can't wait to see it all cleaned up

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    Join Date: Jan 2012
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    Love it. That era of ESP's just can't be beat. That one looks in great shape, regardless of if it needs a good clean and some tlc.

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    I've always loved the way the lines of that headstock flowed out of the neck.

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    That's a genuine ex-Hammett custom? Nice!
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    Join Date: Nov 2011
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    Great find and awesome guitar!!!

    1986 - ESP MM-270 "Zorlac" - Guitars Collector

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    Join Date: Sep 2012
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    Awesome guitar! Every time I see mention of Zorlac I am transported back to the 80s and think of the old John Gibson and Criag Johnson decks along with the iconic artwork Pushead did for the company. Thrasher had a really cool interview in their August 86 issue with Kirk and James, that was one of the first interviews I had ever read with the band and being big into skateboarding at the time made me dig them even more - you can read through the full issue and interview here, all those old ads are a trip to see after all of these years:
    Thrasher Magazine - August 1986

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    Congrats bro! These are really awesome. The inlays are also sideways, which they dont do anymore on the newer ones!

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