The ESP 400 Series S-Type, autographed by Hammett in silver ink on its body, was listed via Heritage Auctions last week. It was initially expected to sell for around £30,000.
Our pals at Guitar World tell is that the ‘axe’ features a triple single-coil pickup configuration, and a Floyd Rose-style tremolo. Which is nice.
The original listing for the guitar read:
“Released in early 1989, Metallica’s One video was the first video the metal band ever made. Having released three albums with no promotional videos accompanying them, having a five-minute video edit of their fourth album’s third single was a major deal back then. Shot in black and white and splicing footage and audio from the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun, the One video was a staple on MTV. But it wasn’t just a Headbanger’s Ball staple – it was on MTV during the daytime in between videos from U2, Debbie Gibson, and Bon Jovi. It was an intense proclamation that showed Metallica was going to be a band to reckon with in the mainstream in the years to come.”
Metallica are currently working on a new album, at a “glacial pace”, according to drummer Lars Ulrich.