“The Double-Neck Montreal makes me think of the smell of your own burning flesh”: James Hetfield opens up about the agony of his 1992 pyro accident, and how his scorched ESP left a lasting legacy on Metallica

James Hetfield performs live with his ESP Horizon Double Neck Montreal
(Image credit: Ross Halfin)

A thrash metal pioneer in possession of one of the greatest right hands in six-string history, James Hetfield is an icon of the electric guitar – and he’s amassed quite a collection of instruments over the years.

From his earliest Electra Flying V copy – the guitar that changed the course of his history – to his ESP signature guitars, awe-inspiring Ken Lawrence custom creations and enviable vintage models, the Metallica frontman has a remarkable number of guitars to his name, and every one has a story.

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