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"Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield" by James Hetfield (Hardcover Book)



Behold! The wonder and beauty of James Hetfield's personal collection of guitars over a 400 page spread. James shares his collection of treasured guitars and reveals the story and significance of each within his life and career as the frontman, guitarist, and songwriter for Metallica.

“From penning influential albums Kill ’Em All and Ride the Lightning on his original white OGV to resolutely reflecting on his harrowing pyrotechnics accident that left handprints burned into his double-neck Montreal, Hetfield masterfully chronicles over forty different guitars and the respective gear from Metallica's forty-year history and all of the memories, mishaps, and eccentricities that come with them. The end result, to put it simply, rocks.” —Entertainment Weekly


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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.

Read how James' scorched ESP left a lasting legacy on Metallica here!