James Hetfield launches his first-ever signature guitar strings with Ernie Ball

Ernie Ball Papa Het's Hardwired Master Cores
(Image credit: Ernie Ball)

Ernie Ball has partnered with Metallica's James Hetfield for his first-ever signature set of electric guitar strings, Papa Het's Hardwired Master Cores.

Developed over the past decade, the strings boast a “never-before-offered” 11-50 gauge combination – 11, 14, 18p, 28, 38, 50 – and come housed in a bright green metal tin with custom artwork designed by Hetfield himself.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.