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Metallica’s James Hetfield To Publish Book About Personal Guitar Collection

Metallica lead vocalist and co-founder James Hetfield is sharing about his personal collection of guitars in his upcoming book, “Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield.”

To be released on October 17, this 400-page coffee table book is filled with stunning photos and stories of the significance behind the instruments.

From the Electra OGV to the mythical MX guitars, the first in a series of collaborations with ESP, his signature Snakebytes through his ambitious projects with renowned luthier Ken Lawrence, James shares the emotional and technical elements of the chosen tools of his musical journey.

The book includes exotic instruments, vintage Gibsons, and custom one-offs. It also reveals many studio secrets, like the key amplifiers and gear that sculpt his tone and create his sound. Each of the more than 40 featured guitars is accompanied by lush, museum-quality portraits by acclaimed photographer Scott Williamson.

The book is available for pre-order in three versions: The standard hardcover edition, the signed slipcover edition (numbered, only 1,500 copies available) and the deluxe box edition (numbered, only 250 copies available).

Metallica shared a couple of pages from the book on

“Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield” is available for pre-order at

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