James Hetfield Of Metallica

Metallica’s James Hetfield To Showcase His Guitar Collection In Upcoming Book


Outside of his role as a metal elder, Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield is no stranger to collecting. In addition to having compiled an elaborate assortment of cars valued in the multi-million dollar range over the years, he has also cobbled together an extensive array of guitars.

In a new official book titled ‘Messengers: The Guitars Of James Hetfield‘, the frontman of metal’s most successful band will be showcasing his collection, while also offering insight into each guitar and what they mean to him across that 400-page tome.

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The following official summary of the book was provided:

‘From the Electra OGV that defined his style, sound and attitude to the mythical MX guitars, the first in a series of iconic collaborations with ESP, and from his signature Snakebytes through his ambitious projects with renowned luthier Ken Lawrence, James Hetfield shares the emotional and technical elements of the chosen tools that have shaped his singular musical journey, including exotic instruments, vintage Gibsons, and custom one-offs. He also reveals many studio secrets, including the key amplifiers and gear that sculpt his tone and create his sound.

Each featured guitar is accompanied by lush museum-quality portraits by acclaimed photographer Scott Williamson, exhibiting intimate details one can only see if holding it in their own hands, alongside Hetfield’s deeply personal reminiscence. Spanning more than forty guitars, ranging from the original battle-scarred road warriors to the trusted studio stalwarts and enduring tour favorites, Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield is a meticulously crafted coffee table book and a mesmerizing window into the mind and soul of one of rock’s greatest front men. These invaluable guitars have forged over four decades of music history.’

Pre-orders are available in various formats here. The book will be published on October 17th.


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