Metallica’s James Hetfield has launched a video of himself talking about and playing his new/old ‘Garage Days Revisited’ Explorer shaped guitar, made from the reclaimed timber of an old garage…
Garage Days Revisited
No, it isn’t just any old garage, but the one where Metallica wrote Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets albums. The garage at 3132 Carlson Boulevard in El Cerrito, California, where the band lived from 1983 to 1986 was actually where the band rehearsed and wrote all those classic songs from both records. It had been demolished, but luckily one of James’s friends, Andy Anderson, of the Bay Area thrash group Attitude Adjustment, managed to save eight pieces of timber from the old building and these were used to build the guitar.
The guitar is called Carl and was built by Ken Lawrence using the timber from the old garage – presumably soaked with the riffs of those halcyon days of the band. I’ve included a link below to Ken’s website so that you can check out his work.
You can hear the full story and watch James Hetfield playing the Carl in the video below. It sure is a cool-looking guitar and one with a lot of history. It also has some very special inlays on the fretboard that represent Metallica’s history and includes the passing of their original bassist Cliff Burton, which is a perfect touch as many fans consider Cliff to be the backbone of the band and a huge part of those classic first few albums.