“My go-to guitar in the studio”: This Fender Telecaster lived in Metallica’s HQ and became Kirk Hammett’s writing workhorse – now it’s going under the hammer

Kirk Hammett 1967 Fender Telecaster
(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

An unassuming Fender Telecaster that became a key player in the inner workings of Metallica’s studio sessions is set to go up for auction.

Though the pristinely conditioned ‘67 Candy Apple Red single-cut might look like it’s spent much of its life unplayed, don’t be fooled: the electric guitar in fact became integral to ‘Tallica’s writing process, and was Kirk Hammett’s self-prescribed “go-to guitar” when working out his parts.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.