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Metallica - James Hetfield Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment

James Hetfield does more than just provide the band Metallica with growling vocals - he is also the bands rythym guitarist. Let's checkout his gear.

Let's see what guitar gear and equipment Metallica's James Hetfield's has been seen using in his guitar rig.

James Hetfield on guitar

 

 

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Guitars

James has uses a large amount of guitars. The following are some of them that have been seen:

- ESP James Hetfield Truckster Electric Guitar Distressed Satin Black

Esp James Hetfield Truckster Electric Guitar Distressed Satin Black

- Gibson 1973 Les Paul Custom "Iron Cross" (ESP made a James Hetfield Iron Cross Signature)

- ESP James Hetfield LTD Truckster Electric Guitar Aged Primer Gray

Esp James Hetfield Truckster Ltd Electric Guitar

- ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar

Esp Ltd James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Snow White

- ESP Explorers, including a black and chrome version.

- He also has an ESP LTD 7-string guitar (coined "The Goblin") and an ESP LTD F-300M.

- ESP JH-1 Flying V

- Ken Lawrence Explorer guitars

- 1976 Gibson Explorer called "Rusty"

Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry

- 1973 Gibson Les Paul called "Uncle Milty"

- 1959 Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Washed Cherry

James designed the graphics for his original ESP Viper baritone guitar. The graphics were hand painted by Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios in Novato, California. Kirk Taylor also paints James' hotrods and motorcycles.

- Line 6 Variax Acoustic (Used for live performances of "The Unforgiven")

- custom Gibson Firebird guitar

Gibson Firebird 2010 Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

- Jackson King V guitar (white, used in the 80's during Master of Puppets tour)

Jackson Kv2 King V Usa Electric Guitar Blue Ghost Flames

- BC Rich Wrath (seen using in 90's)

- EMG 81/EMG 60 pickups

- EMG James Hetfield JH pickup set

 Emg Jh James Hetfield Humbucker Set

 

 

Amps and Cabinets

- Mesa Boogie Stiletto Deuces

His amp rack has a Mesa/Boogie Triaxis and a Strategy 400. He also plays two Diezel VH4 heads loaded with EL34s. a Wizard, a Marshall DSL, a Roland JC-120, and a Sears Magnatone amongst other amps.

- Marshall DSL

- Mesa Boogie Triaxis

- Diezel VH4 Heads

Diezel Vh4 100W Tube Guitar Head Black

- Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier

- Roland JC-120 (James uses the head version more recently of this amp)

Roland Jc-120 Jazz Chorus Amp

- KRANK Revolution head

Krank Revolution Rep 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black Black Grill

- Krank Krankenstein

Krank Krankenstein + Krpbk00 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black Black Grill

- Wizard Modern Classic Amp heads and Wizard 4x12 cabs

- Marshall 4x12 cabinet

Marshall 1960A Or 1960B 300W 4X12 Guitar Extension Cabinet Straight

- Vox AC30

Vox Custom Ac30c2x 30W 2X12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

- Sears Magnatone

- Mesa Boogie Mark IIC+ (Master of Puppets)

- Mesa Boogie standard cabs

 Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4X12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

 

 

Effects and More

- Furman PL Pro Power Conditioner

Furman Pl-Pro C Power Conditioner

- TC Electronic G-Major

Tc Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

- Line 6 DM4 Distortion

Line 6 Dm4 Distortion Modeler Pedal

- MXR Phase 100

Mxr M-107 Phase 100 Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth

Electro-Harmonix Bass Microsynth Effects Pedal

- Digitech Whammy WH1 pedal

Digitech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- DMC GCX Audio Switcher

Voodoo Lab Gcx Guitar Audio Switcher

- Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro

Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro Midi Foot Controller

- Mesa Boogie High Gain AmpSwitcher

- Peterson Strobe 520 Tuner

Peterson 590 Autostrobe Tuner

- Boss CH1 Chorus pedal

Boss Ch-1 Super Chorus Pedal

- Levy M8P3GP Straps

- Behringer Multigate Pro

Behringer Multigate Pro Xr4400 Quad Expander/Gate

- Shure UR-4D Wireless Receiver

Shure Ulxs14 Wireless Instrument System

- DBX 1074 Quad Gate

Dbx 1074 Quadgate

- Boss NS2

Boss Ns-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

- Klon Centaur

- ATI Nanoamp SUM 100

- Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ Power Supply

- Lovetone Brown Source

- Shure Super 55 microphone

Shure Super 55 Dynamic Microphone

- Line 6 POD X3 Pro (to emulate the JC120 sound)

 

 

Strings and Picks

- Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings gauge .011-.048  (as shown on Ernie Ball site) and .013-.058 on the baritone guitar.

Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings

- Dunlop Ultex Black Fang guitar picks (by James and Dunlop)

Dunlop Hetfield Black Fang Pick Tin - 6 Pack  .94Mm

- Dunlop .88mm (Green) Picks

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks .88Mm 1 Dozen

- Custom Yellow/Black Picks from pick factory

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