James Hetfield Explorer “Metallica Stripes”

Top quality finish is what gives James Hetfield black explorer guitar its expensive look and totally great feel while playing. Action is great and easily adjustable and top quality hardware will not let you down. This guitar is definitely worth keeping. This is one of Hetfield’s rarish explorers, used very infrequently. James ordered this guitar to match his similar Metallica Striped 4×12 Amplifier Cabinets.
But it is difficult to find today and most of James Hetfield’ fans eager to see this guitar again. Thus, we make every effort to replicate the masterpiece to meet the demands of James’ fans. We spent a lot of time and energy researching the background, info and checking with the James Hetfield Explorer Guitar. We bought professional drawings and meticulously studied this electric guitar, thus we can grasp every details of processing technique. So all our guitars are flawless when it comes to craftsmanship. Besides, they are absolutely 100% hand-made. Our James Hetfeild Black Explorer Guitar has built in top quality hardware.

James Hetfield Ken Lawrence Explorer

Ken Lawrence Musical Instruments was established by Ken Lawrence in 1986 for bass and guitar custom design business. Except remaining as a luthier, Ken Lawrence is also a bassist, he commenced building electric guitar in Moonstone Guitars in 1981 and 5 years later he setup his personal business. Ken Lawrence primarily hand crafts instruments, so the handling usually takes him one full year to accomplish an instrument, and the yearly producing quantity is 20 to 25, so the cost is fairly high-priced. And he also custom makes guitars for Hetfield and his band mates from American music band Metallica. What he made for James is fundamentally based upon ESP explorer, but the headstock and fingerboard inlays differ somehow.

James Hetfield ESP JH 1

This is the guitar James Hetfield played in the Whiskey in the Jar video. It is one of the earliest Hetfield signature guitars from ESP. You do not see these much and the production was very limited. It was a pretty basic guitar as well. It is a Flying V design with a mahogany body. It has a maple neck with a 22 fret rosewood fretboard. The headstock has a spear head shape which is pretty cool. The electronics are typical Hetfield with a set of active EMG pickups. It has an 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck. The controls are simple too with just a master volume and master tone control. The pickups are switched with a 3 way toggle. What really makes this guitar standout is the cool hot rod flames paintjob.
The original ESP JH-1 serie was constructed in an amount of 200 guitars (only the red flame guitars). The authenticity of the ESP JH-1 signature serie is provable by an individual numbering for each of the 200 original guitars which have been constructed.

James hetfield new tattoo

James Hetfield is the voice among other   things of Metallica’s songs, but it wasn’t always planned that way. In the early  days Metallica tried a few different vocal/guitar configurations. Some of the experiments included adding another guitar player, or having then lead guitar player Dave Mustaine play the sole guitar. John Bush from Armored Saint was even asked to sing for the band at one point. Hetfield was born to a truck driver and light opera singer on August 3rd,  1963 in Los Angeles.

His family’s Christian Science religious beliefs are often mentioned as the root of James’ “tortured soul” lyrics. Musically, he began at age 9 with piano lessons, then banging away on his brother David’s drums and finally to   guitar. With his guitar in hand, James aspired to become a rock star in his first band, Obsession. The band was made up of the Veloz brothers on bass and drums and Jim Arnold on guitar.

A pair of friends, Ron McGovney and Dave Marrs, acted as the band’s roadies. This meant sitting in the loft of the Veloz garage running a control panel for makeshift lighting effects. After Obsession broke up, the Marrs-Hetfield-McGovney trio continued jamming together.
Phantom Lord was James Hetfield’s second band. After moving to La Brea, James attended Brea Olinda High School and met up with drummer Jim Mulligan. The two would jam at lunch time with another guitar player, but eventually scared him away with their loud and heavy sounds. Hugh Tanner was discovered carrying around part of a flying V guitar at school, and shortly thereafter Phantom Lord was born. With Hugh on guitar and Mulligan on drums, James sang and played guitar.

The group went through a few bass players until graduation when James moved back to Downey. In  Downey James moved into a house owned by Ron McGovney’s parents that was slated for demolition due to an expressway expansion. This house was the perfect place for James and Ron to crash and hold rehearsal and practice jams. James talked Ron into taking up bass, and promised to teach him.

James hetfield necklace

This is a great guitar pick necklace featuring an authentic Metallica James Hetfield guitar pick from Metallica’s 2010 “Death Magnetic” world tour. The pick is black with white and green printing and is double-sided. The front of the pick has “Hetfield – Black Fang”. The back of the pick has the “Black Fang” artwork.


The necklace is approximately 18″ long, but the winning bidder can specify a custom length. The necklace has a rubber cord, metal beads, and a lobster claw clasp. The great metal spikes and beads make for a really striking necklace. This necklace will fit virtually everyone and is brand new and unused.

This necklace would be perfect for any Metallica fan!

Wear this necklace to your next Metallica concert!

Payment via Paypal is preferred. International bidders welcome. Your necklace will be packed in a secure bubble mailer, and it will be shipped within one day of receiving payment, often the same day.


We will gladly combine shipping for multiple purchases. The winning bidder will pay ONE shipping fee regardless of the quantity purchased. Shipping is FREE for all additional items purchased after the first item.

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield is quite simply the most gorgeous man in rock, and he’s been through hell and back enough times to write about it hundreds of times over.


He’s been a human torch, he’s been called a sellout, he’s battled crippling addictions, and now he’s sitting on top of the world with the success of Metallica’s latest album, St. Anger, and an incredible tour.


After years of alcoholic binges, he’s finally hung up the beer bottles and come out of rehab swinging, ready to face the world head-on and sober

James hetfield national anthem

The Penguins’ starters are Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy, Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Sidney Crosby and Ben Lovejoy.

-The Canadiens starters are Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Max Pacioretty, Roman Hamrlik, James Wisniewski and Carey Price.

-Their scratches are Mike Cammalleri and Alexandre Picard.

-We have a theory as to why Jordan Staal has yet to score. His hair:

Metallica’s James Hetfield sings the national anthems:

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This is crazy to actually think about.  I guess I never actually thought of the lyrics to Dyers Eve as being so personal.  Here is the whole story form Pulse Of Radio.

The maker of a new documentary about the crisis of absent and disengaged fathers told the Marin Independent Journal that Metallica  frontman James Hetfield’s so-called “father wound” has been the inspiration behind many of the singer/guitarist’s angriest lyrics. Filmmaker Justin Hunt, who interviewed Hetfield for his new documentary Absent, explained, “A lot of the Metallica music that is so important to millions of people comes from his father wound. With James, or any other guy, for that matter, it’s a validation issue. If you don’t have a father to teach you that you’re a man, you’ll spend your entire life trying to prove it.”

* Hetfield’s father abandoned his family when James was 13. At one point in Absent, he says,”My father left without saying goodbye. He left a note, and it wasn’t even to me.” * In the film, Hunt has Hetfield recite the lyrics to some of his most personal songs, including “Dyers Eve” and “Where The Wild Things Are.” * Hunt said, “With ‘Dyers Eve’, it’s like hearing him read a letter to his mom and dad, and there’s an anger there. In ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ he’s talking to his daughter about where his father wound came from and how he’s trying to break that cycle, becoming a better parent to his kids.” * Hetfield told us a while back that he learned how to channel his anger in a positive way while undergoing rehab for alcohol abuse nearly a decade ago: [“You can handle anger and use anger in a positive sense. I felt I can take anger and be more assertive with it. It also helps me protect, like, if something’s going wrong you can protect your family. I mean there’s a lot of good uses for anger that I never saw before.”

* Hetfield will join Hunt at the San Rafael California Film Institute in San Rafael, California this Thursday (March 3rd) to present and discuss Absent. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Hunt and Hetfield.