Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield, a new coffee table book that provides an insightful look into James Hetfield‘s guitar collection, has been released today.
With Messengers now available to purchase, a new video has been uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel that features the Metallica guitarist himself taking part in an unboxing involving the book.
For this unboxing, Hetfield shows off what comes with the “deluxe” version of Messengers; along with the book, the deluxe version comes with a variety of goodies, all of which are packaged inside a fancy wooden box.
Below you will find James Hetfield’s unboxing video of the deluxe version of Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield.
Also below you will find a summary of the book, as well as Metallica’s upcoming 2024 tour dates.
You can purchase Messengers today by heading over to the Metallica web store.
Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield summary
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 James Hetfield.
Upcoming Metallica tour dates in 2024:
- August 2nd and 4th – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
August 9th and 11th – Chicago, IL – Solider Field
August 16th and 18th – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
August 23rd and 25th – Edmonton, Canada – Commonwealth Stadium
August 30th and September 1st – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field