Metallica’s James Hetfield will release a new coffee table book later this year focusing on his guitar collection.
Titled Messengers: The Guitars Of James Hetfield, the 400-page book will be published on October 17 through Permuted Press and feature portraits by photographer Scott Williamson, who previously worked with the Metallica frontman on his book Reclaimed Rust.
It’ll take the reader through Hetfield’s history with the instrument, from his first guitars through to “exotic instruments, vintage Gibsons, and custom one-offs.”
Hetfield will share stories about the guitars that have made an impact on his life and career - including his "cheap" Michael Schenker-inspired Electra Flying V – which he initially thought was a Gibson – as Metallica were starting their career.
In an excerpt from the book, Hetfield reflects: “Lars was as excited as I was and I did not care that it was a copy of a Gibson. It played great, it sounded great, and it had the look that I wanted.
“I’m not being overly dramatic in saying that if there was a guitar that changed the course of my history, it was the Electra OGV. It was a whole other level, and besides its shape and its stark whiteness, it demanded your eyes and attention. It wanted you to look at it, maybe because it’s shaped like an arrow, or maybe it just sounds and looks fast. It’s one of the fastest guitars I have to this day.”
He adds: “It gave me extra confidence, almost like a shield."
Messengers: The Guitars Of James Hetfield is available for pre-order now.
Metallica, meanwhile, are gearing up to release their new studio album 72 Seasons on April 14. They'll then head out on the road across Europe and North America.