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Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield James Hetfield Unveils His Iconic Guitar Collection: A Musical Journey with Metallica's Frontman

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield is a new full-color book full of iconic guitars. James Hetfield, the legendary frontman, guitarist, and songwriter for Metallica, offers a captivating insight into his treasured guitar collection, each with its own unique story and significance in his illustrious career.

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

From the iconic Electra OGV that defined his signature style, sound, and attitude to the mythical MX guitars, the result of his collaboration with ESP, and his signature Snakebyte models.

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

The Devil’s in the Detail

Hetfield shares both the emotional and technical aspects of these instruments that have played a pivotal role in shaping his musical journey. Plus, he lets you in on studio secrets, including the amplifiers and gear that shape his tone and sound.

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield
Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield


His collection includes exotic instruments, vintage Gibsons, and custom one-offs. Moreover, Hetfield opens up about the studio secrets, amplifiers, and gear that have contributed to his distinctive tone and sound.

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

Museum Quality Photos

Each guitar in this remarkable collection is showcased with exquisite, museum-quality portraits by renowned photographer Scott Williamson.

These detailed images provide an up-close look at the guitars, revealing intimate details that one can typically only appreciate in person. Alongside these portraits, Hetfield shares his personal memories and connections with each guitar.

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

Coffee Table Thrash

This collection spans more than forty guitars, from road-worn battle scars to trusted studio companions and tour favorites. This is a meticulously crafted coffee table book that offers a mesmerizing window into the mind and soul of one of rock’s greatest frontmen.

These guitars have not only been instrumental in Hetfield’s career but have also played a significant role in shaping over four decades of music history.”

Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield

Signed Copies

On Saturday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. CT there is a special event at Third Man Records Cass Corridor in Detroit, Michigan, where James Hetfield will be autographing copies of his book, ‘Messengers: The Guitars Of James Hetfield.’

As METALLICA announced: “If you’ll be in town for #M72Detroit next weekend, you can secure an early copy of ‘Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield,’ a full ten days before its official release, and have it personally signed by James himself. To attend, all fans must have a ticket that includes a copy of the book.”

But that’s not all! James Hetfield will also be signing books on Saturday, November 4th at 2:00 p.m. CT at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri.

Official Release Date

‘Messengers: The Guitars Of James Hetfield’ is set to release on November 21, 2023, by Permuted Press.

In this 400-page masterpiece, James Hetfield shares his extraordinary collection of cherished guitars and delves into the stories and significance of each instrument in his life and career as the frontman, guitarist, and songwriter for Metallica.

It looks like Ola Englund has received an advance copy of the book already!

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