“Go into your local shop and pick one up… just try not to kill anyone with it”: How Five Finger Death Punch’s Andy James made one of the most dangerous signature guitars of all time

B.C. Rich Andy James Assassin
(Image credit: B.C. Rich)

It’s nothing out of the ordinary to find metal players using words like ‘weapon’ to describe the instruments in their hands, but in the case of Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Andy James it’s a lot more than hyperbolic wordplay.

His new B.C. Rich Assassin signature – which was announced last month and comes in six, seven and eight-string forms – has a Pitchfork headstock that could impale just about any living creature it comes into contact with.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).