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Old 03-01-2006, 06:17 AM   #21
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Alright, so here?s one of the few surprises in this thread. I now present Chris Shiftlett?s amplification setup. If you did not know, Chris Shiftlett is the rhythm guitarist for the Foos, and is also fronting his own band currently, ?Jackson.? They?re worth a look

AMPLIFICATION
-Savage 2x12 Combo Amp w/ 30 watt Celestions (Clean sounds)
http://www.music123.com/Celestion-V...er-i39664.music
Note: I was unable to find a Savage amp of any kind in my research. The Celestions were the only thing available to post on.
-Marshall JMP Head w/ 2 Mesa 4x12 Cabs (Dirty sounds)



EFFECTS
Now for the difficult part for me; Chris Shiftlett is LOADED with effects. I?ll do my best to order this properly, but if I don?t, don?t say I didn?t try.

From both Savage and Marshall Head:
Output--->A/B Switch Box--->Boss CH-1 Super Chorus--->Dunlop Wah Pedal--->Boss BF-2 Flanger--->Boss DD-2 Digital Delay--->Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner<---A/B Box (operated offstage)<---(think in reverse here, comes from wireless unit to the A/B Box)2 Wireless Units

If that didn?t make your brain wince in disgust with complexity, I?m not sure what will. Check out http://guitargeek.com/rigview/380/ for what I used in order to do this.

Boss Ch-1 Super Chorus


Dunlop Wah Pedal


Boss BF-2 Flanger


Boss DD-2 Digital Delay


Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
(see Grohl?s effects rig)

Credits for this section to www.guitargeek.com and other numerous articles supporting this.

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Surprise #2: DRUM KITS
Here we go kiddies, Dave?s drum kits. I thought this might be a nice addition, knowing he was and still is infamous for his Nirvana days. I?m no drum aficionado, so bear with me if I get something (or A LOT) of things wrong.

For a diagram of Dave?s Nirvana kit, go to http://www.bstuck.com/jamie/frames/ and navigate for yourself. I will only be able to list what he used, and no pictures for this area for I believe your eyes will be sore after some time.

NIRVANA
TAMA ARTSTAR II
Color: Jet Black
8"x14" Snare Drum; 14"x15" Tom Tom; 16"x18" Floor Tom;16"x24" Bass Drum

Cymbals: Zildjian
15" A Rock Hi Hats; 18" Heavy Crash; 20" Heavy Crash; 22" Heavy Ride

Hardware: Tama Hardware
2x Stilt HC104TB Boom Cymbal Stands, Stilt HC93B Boom Cymbal Stand, HH95 Hi-Hat Stand, HS90 Snare Stand

DW Harware: Delta 5000 Pedal with a hard Beater

Heads: Remo Drumheads

Toms: Clear Pinstripe Batter + Clear Ambassador Resonant

Bass: Clear Powerstroke II Batter + Ebony Ambassador Resonant w/ Tama logo

Snare: Clear Ambassador Snare Side

Aquarian Drumheads
Snare: Coated Power-House Batter

Sticks: Aquarian Power-Sleeve 2B (played upside down)


PROBOT
TAMA STAR CLASSIC MAPLE
Color: Black (?)
6.5" x 14" Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum;13"x16" Mounted Tom; 16"x18" Floor Tom; 16"x24" Bass Drum

Cymbals: Paiste
14" 2002 Heavy Hi-hats;19" 2002 Power Crash; 22" 2002 Ride; 20" 2000 Power Crash; 20" Sound Formula Crash

Hardware: Tama
HTC77W Tom/Cymbal Stand, HC73BW Boom Cymbal Stand x2, HH905 Iron Cobra Hi-Hat Stand, HP900P Iron Cobra Power Glide, HS70W Snare Stand

Heads: Remo

Toms: Coated Emperors (batter) Clear Ambassador (Resonant)

Snare: Coated CS Black Dot (batter) Clear Ambassador (Resonant)

Bass: Clear PowerStroke 3 (batter) Ebony Ambassador (Resonant)

Sticks: Zildjian 5B wood tip, with Easton stick wrap, Zildjian Drum Gloves

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
TAMA STARCLASSIC PERFORMER
LUDWIG CLASSIC MAPLE




FOO FIGHTERS (DOUBLE-JAM KIT w/ TAYLOR HAWKINS)
TAMA ARTSTAR CUSTOM KIT
Colour: Piano Black
Bronze 5.5"x14" Snare; 11"x12" Tom Tom; 12"x13" Tom Tom; 16"x16" Floor Tom; 16"x18" Floor Tom; 16"x24" Bass Drum

Cymbals: Zildjian
15" A Rock Hi-Hats; 19" A Rock Heavy Crash; 24" A Rock Heavy Ride; 21" A Rock Heavy Crash; 22" A China Boy Low

Hardware: Tama
4x HC83B Boom Cymbal Stands, Stilt HTW99 Tom Stand, HH75 Hi-Hat Stand, HS90 Snare Stand

DW Hardware: Delta 5000 Bass Pedal or Tama Iron Cobra Bass Pedal

Heads: Remo

Sticks: Zildjian Jazz wooden tips, with Easton stick wrap

Those are his main drum kits that are most notable through out his career.
Credits to Jamie Stuck, courtesy of his site http://www.bstuck.com/jamie/frames/
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Surprise #3: BASS GUITARS
Aha, I assume at least half of you never knew Dave played bass? Am I right?

Gibson RD Bass
Claimed to be what Krist Novoselic (former bassist for Nirvana) used in Nirvana. I highly doubt this, for I have seen accounts of most likely, a Gibson Thunderbird being used.

Note: Used one in black with chrome hardware including pickguard.

Fender Precision Basses
Dave played bass for a band called Verbena. Colors varied throughout his career with Verbena, Nirvana, and the like but did not include the shown natural finish. He played bass with Nirvana on ?Unplugged? (Guild Acoustic/Electric Bass) and one song on ?Nevermind? that is to be debated between ?Drain You? and ?Breed?, I don?t recall.


Chandler Royale 12 String Bass
No clue to when he used this one, but I think its lovely looking.

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Surprise 1 : CHRIS SHIFTLETT?S GUITARS
Now really, all I have to do here would probably be just to mention the guitars he plays for EVERYONE knows what they looks like. But I won?t for I love the look of guitars in general. ?Nuff said.

Gibson SG Custom

Note: Very similar to shown from the looks of things.

Gibson Explorer

Note: Very similar to shown, except for a Foo Fighters ?FF? logo in the bottom left flare of the body.
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DAVE GROHL?S GUITARS
Just to get this out of the way, Dave apparently LOVES Gibsons. Before I really begin, I would note that I have not included all of the guitars used through out tours and studio uses for many are the same as the others in appearance.

Gibson RD Artist

Note: Dave also has a black with black pickuard version.

Gibson Trini Lopez

Note: Dave claims this to be his favorite guitar for its wonderful cleans.

Gibson Firebird Studio

Note: Dave also has a white pickguard version of this guitar.

Gibson LP Standard

Note: Used dominantly as a studio guitar.
LP-Earnhardt Edition

LP Custom



Gibson Flying V


Note: No pictures of Dave using one that I can find at this time. I?m assuming he used either black or white.

Gibson SG w/ P-90s

Regular ?57 Buckers

Note: Also has white with gold hardware SG.

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Gibson Explorer(s)




Note: Has been pictured with a Korina Explorer, although I have no information saying he has used one.

Gibson Marauder


^Better looking picture.

Gibson ES-335


^Just to get the idea of the guitar.

Epiphone Riviera

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Gretsch Duo Jet


Gretsch Country Club/Anniversary

Note: Smashed-wouldn't stay in tune.

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Model

Note: Dave owns four of these with different tunings. One of them has a ?Black Flag? sticker and another has a ?Suicide Girls? sticker.

Washburn Dimebag Guitar


Fender Stratocaster Custom


Fender Telecaster Custom (?72 Version?)

Note: Dave may have also had a Sunburst version of this guitar in Standard or American looks/form. Speculation seems to point out that it may have been one of Kurt Cobain?s.

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Gibson Acoustic Guitar and Fender Telecaster


Ovation Electric Guitar


Hulken (?) Guitar


I won?t list his acoustics but he mainly goes with Martins, Taylors, and the occasional Gibson.

This concludes my rig thread on Dave Grohl. Hopefully you learned something and will finally look for the Dave Grohl tone (I know I did ) or some of the items listed if you want the Foo Fighters sound.


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Note: Actually was owned by Pat Smear (Nirvana back up guitarist/Foo Fighters rhythm guitar before Chris Shiflett)
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Celebrity Rigs - George Harrison

This months celebrity rig is that of George Harrison.


Amps:


Selmer Truvoice TV19T
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Harrison started out on a Selmer Truvoice TV19T. I couldn't find much information on this amp, after numerous google searches, but I do know it was 15 watts and in October of 1960 Harrison sold this amp to Paul McCartney.

Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Amplifier

Harrison's first American amp was a Gibson GA-40 Les Paul model. This amp was used from sometime in 1960 into 1962. At some point between 1960 and '62 the amp was painted black.

Vox AC-30 Twin

Originally Harrison had one of these in a whitish fawn color. John Lennon incidentally bought a fawn AC15 around the same time. Brian Epstein traded the tacky fawn colored amps for spiffy black AC-30's after 6 months of ownership. The black AC-30's were used into 1963.

Vox AC-30 Super Twin

In 1963 Harrison moved on to the louder 50 watt vox Super Twin.

Vox AC-80/100 Super Twin
This amp was first used in Stockholm, Sweden in 1964.

Blond Fender Bassman(Built in '64)
This amp was acquired in '65 and used until 1969, making it the most widely used amp by the Beatles. It was also seen being played by John Lennon post Beatles era. This amp was one of the main studio amps used by the band.

Vox 7120

This amp of Harrisons actually had a solid state preamp, and a tube power stage. It was used throughout 1966. The Celestion speakers in the 7120 had ceramic magnets instead of the previous Alnico magnets.
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Vox Super Beatle

This was an all SS amp used in 1966. It produced 240 watts of power and was used on the last Beatles tours. This amp was also incedentally used by The Who.

Vox Conqueror

This amp was seen in the promo video for Hello Goodbye. These were used in '67 and '68.

Fender Deluxe Reverb

Used first in 1968, was used extensively in all subsequent recording sessions.

Fender Twin Reverb

First used in 1968 for the Abbey Road recording sessions.

Fender Princeton

Another Abbey Road amp




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Egmond Acoustic


This was Harrison's first guitar, it was given to him by his mother in 1956. She bought it for around 3 pounds used. He accidentally unscrewed the neck while trying to adjust the action(n00b), but his brother Peter fixed it.


Hofner President:

This was an F-Hole acoustic model that he bought for around 30 pounds. Acquired in 1958, It was traded for a Hofner Club 40 in 1959.


Hofner Club 40

This guitar Harrison first used in 1959. It appeared to be a solid body, but was just an acoustic with no soundholes. It is the far left guitar in the picture. He later fit an electric pickup to this guitar.


Resonet Futurerama


This was Harrisons first Electric hollowbody. He bought it in 1959 for 50 pounds with McCartney also present in a store in Liverpool. It was used on the Scotland tour and it was taken to Hamburg with the band in 1960. This axe was also used in the first recordingsession in 1961. Harrison's comments: "It had the worst action. It had a great sound, though, and a real good way of switching in the three pickups and all the combinations."




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1957 Gretsch Duo Jet

This guitar was bought in 1961 from a sailor that bought it in America. He payed 75 pounds for this guitar. He played it in the Please Please Me sessions and all over Hamburg and Britain until 1963, when he gave it to his friend Klaus Voorman. It was given back to Harrison sometime around 1983, and he used it on the album Cloud Nine.

Gibson J-160E

This electric-acoustic model was bought in 1962. It was used on Please Please Me and With the Beatles. Sometime in 1963 it was stolen. Harrison bought a replacement of the same model and it this second guitar was used on Lovely Rita. Lennon also played the guitar at the NME awards in 1965. (Lennon bought an identical guitar at the same time as Harrison, and they mixed the guitars up frequently)

Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman

This guitar was used for recording With the Beatles. It was acquired in 1963 and was used up to late 1965, when the guitar somehow fell onto the road on a trip to a concert. Ringo pointed out that the guitar was causing a bit of a traffic jam, but the guitar was left on the road because they were in too much of a hurry to pick it up.

Gretsch 6119 Tennessean

This guitar was first used by Harrison in 1963. It was used while recording Beatles for Sale.
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Jose Ramirez Guitarra de Estudio


This was a Spanish nylon stringed guitar used on And I Love Her and Till There Was You. On these tracks it was mic'd and used for the lead guitar.


Rickenbacker 425 Fire-glo

This guitar was used by Harrison on the British and Swedish tours in 1963. Harrison's was repainted black to match Lennon's guitars. At one point Harrison added another pickup and a pickup selector.

Rickenbacker 360-12(twelve string)

This guitar was given to Harrison in 1964. Harrison was sick in bed with a cold, and Rickenbacker president FC Hall came by and presented Harrison with this guitar. This guitar was used extensively until he replaced it a year and a half later. This guitar was also used on 1987's Cloud Nine, on the song Fish in the Sand


Rickenbacker 360-12

This was the guitar that replaced Harrison's previous 12 string. It was given to him in 1965 by radio station WDGY in Minneapolis. It was used up till the 1969 Abbey Road sessions, at which point it was reported stolen.






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Mal Evans(Beatles friend, roadie, tech man, etc) picked up two sonic blue Strats in 1965. The Strats were first used on the Rubber Soul" sessions. In 1967 Harrison painted it all crazy and named it "Rocky." Harrison's comments: "We were painting everything at that time: our houses, or clothes, our cars, our shop. Everything. In those days day-glo orange and lime paint were very rare, but I discovered where to buy them -- very thick, rubbery stuff. I got a few different colors and painted the Strat, not very artistically because the paint was just too thick. I had also found out about cellulose paint, which came in a tube with a ball tip, so I filled in the scratch plate with that and drew on the head of the guitar with [his wife] Pattie's sparkly green nail varnish." It was most notably used in the I am the Walrus music video.



Epiphone E230TD Casino

Although Lennon is usually associated with the Casino, Harrison had one too. It started out with a tabacco sunburst finish, but as Lennon had done, Harrison sanded the finish off. Here's a picture of it post-sunburst:
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Gibson SG Standard(Lyra trem)

This Gibson SG Standard was first used in 1966 for the album Revolver.

It being used on the last Beatles tour. In 1969 the guitar was given to Badfingers Pete Ham.

Gibson J-200

This guitar was bought in 1968 and was used for the White Album and druing the subsequent Get Back(Let it Be) sessions.

1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard

This guitar was bought by Eric Clapton used in Manhattan. Clapton gave it to Harrison, where it was used primarily used on the White Album. In the early 1970's it was stolen from Harrisons California home. The guitar ended up at a Guitar Center where a Mexican dude bought it for 650 USD. The guitar was only given back with Harrison personanlly asked for it. The dude who bought it also received a '58 LP and a Fender Bass for returning the guitar. That's one lucky ass mexican


Fender Jazz Bass
Fender wasn't getting much endorsement from the Beatles, so they shipped a bunch of Fender guitars and basses to the band. Harrison received a Jazz bass, which he played on the song Back in the USSR


Fender Custom Rosewood Telecaster

This was the guitar used in the final live Beatles concert, on top of the Apple building, Saville Row, London. Fender specially made this guitar just for Harrison. This guitar was first used during the Abbey Road Sessions.
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Celebrity Rig of the Month (April 1) - James Hetfield (Metallica)

Hey, guys, I'm doing the April 1 Celeb-Rig on none other than James Hetfield.

Hetfield plays the rhythm tracks, lots of harmonies, and an occasional solo in Metallica, writes most of the lyrics, vocal melodies, and arrangements.

Back when Hetfield was just a kid, his brother got an acoustic guitar. His brother soon lost interest, and that sparked Hetfield to play it. Hetfield didn't know that the left hand was to be used for fretting, so he just did a lot of playing with the right hand on open strings until he figured it out.

Now, on to his gear since the early days with Metallica 'til now:

Guitars

The first "main" guitar he had with Metallica was the White Epiphone Flying V. James installed a Seymour Duncan Invader into the bridge position and an unknown Seymour Duncan in the neck.

"I got my white V in 1980, " James Hetfield recalls. "It was the second guitar I ever owned, and I probably bought it for $200. I knew it was a copy, but we treated it as a real Gibson. I wanted a white one because Michael Schenker of U.F.O. had one, so I needed one, too. The neck snapped on it twice on tour. It's been glued quite a few times. It's got Seymour Duncan pickups in it, with a little more output for the crunch than the originals had. The only other thing that's customized is the artwork [laughs]. That was the first guitar I started scratching stuff into."





The White Flying V copy was used to record Kill 'Em All and on the following tour.

The White Flying V copy was also used to record Ride the Lightning, and he also used a White Gibson Explorer.

The White Explorer was made in 1984, and was "cream white" with no pickguard and the 3-way switch near the volume/tone controls instead of on the tip of the sticking out part. It originally came with Gibson 496R and 500T pickups, but they were changed to EMG 81/81 in 1987, because they had tighter bass. It's got a black headstock, dot inlays, and chrome hardware. James put a piece of white tape on the corner, and it's got the "SO WHAT!" design. It was last used on the MONSTERS OF ROCK tour.





Master of Puppets recording had the same two guitars being used.

However, on the Master of Puppets tour, he got a Jackson Mustaine V (Now called King V). Jackson wanted him to endorse it.

It's got a poplar body, neck thru design, and an ebony fretboard. This is one of the ones with a TOM bridge, not a Floyd Rose. It had Jackson Sharkfin inlays, LSR Tuners, and Duncan humbuckers. James exchanged the Duncans to EMG 81s in 1987. James used this guitar to play "The Thing That Should Not Be" until Jaymz broke the neck down the middle.



For the Garage Days Revisted EP, he used the White Gibson Explorer #2. This one was the same as above, mahogony body & neck, white w/ black headstock, dot inlays, EMG 81/60, and the MORE BEER! sticker.



It was last used on the ...And Justice for All tour.

During the recording for ...And Justice for All, Metallica became endorsed by ESP.

For recording ...And Justice for All James used the following:

-The "SO WHAT!" White Gibson Explorer
-White ESP Explorer #1
This was James' first ESP, and it was used a WHOLE LOT. The headstock brok many times, and now it's safely residing in the "House of Guitars" (641 Titus Ave. Rochester, NY) the place where the "Kill 'Em All" album was recorded.
It?s got a mahogany body, (likely) a mahogany set neck, a rosewood fingerboard, EMG 81/60 combo, and middle finger inlays. Also, on a piece of tape on the bottom left corner James wrote ?EET FUK? It was used only on the ?AJFA tour, and can be seen on the Live Shit: Seattle DVD for most of the songs.





-White ESP Explorer #2
This was James? second ESP. It is his favorite ESP, as well. It was used live, but he gave it a live-retirement, so that he could use it in the studio, because he was afraid that it would get messed up live. It?s his main studio guitar. James changed the look of this guitar VERY drastically in its life. It originally started out saying ?SO FUCKING WHAT!? on the bottom left corner, then a ?mud flap woman? was added to the upper right corner, among other things. Very recently it?s had a PusHead do-over, as well as was given a more tinted yellow look and some wicked new paintjobs.
It?s got a mahogany body, most likely a maple neck with neck thru construction, a rosewood fretboard, and dot inlays. I believe it originally had 81/81, but now has an 81/60 setup.

How it originally was:



How it changed:

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White Explorer #2 (Cont)
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-Black ESP Explorer
This was James? first black ESP, and certainly the longest-survived live guitar. He experimented this guitar with pickups, Seymour Duncans, EMG 81/81, and finally decided on EMG 81/60. He uses it to this day either backstage or during the actual concert.
It?s got a mahogany body, very likely a neck thru maple neck It has an ebony fretboard (a first for James), and black hardware.






After this album/tour, he got more ESPs for doing the Black Album.

Black Album Guitars

James used LOTS of guitars for recording Metallica (The Black Album), and during the subsequent tour

-White ESP Explorer #2 (The favored one, The ?SO FUCING WHAT? one)
-White ESP Explorer #1 (EET FUK, middle finger inlays)
-White Gibson Explorer #1[b] (?SO WHAT!? one)
-[b]Satin Black ESP Explorer

This is one of his first ESP Customs, mahogany body, maple neck w/ neck thru construction, an ebony fretboard, dot inlays, black hardware, ?ESP Custom? logo on headstock, EMG 81/60 setup, an Oakland Raiders sticker between the pickups, and a big ?FUK EM UP? sticker on the lower left corner. It has a satin black/almost purple paintjob.



-Black ESP Explorer (Snake Inlays)
Features the Black Album snake on for its inlays, it?s got an ebony fretboard, mahogany body, neck through maple neck, black hardware, and an EMG 81/60 setup. This was his D-tuned guitar for Sad But True.





and a closeup of the inlays:



-Black ESP Explorer
Looks very much like some of his earlier ones. It?s a black Explorer with dot inlays. The most easily distinguishable part is the ?ESP Custom? on the headstock. It?s basically the same as the others but a custom shop. EMG 81/60, ebony fretboard, mahogany body, neck thru maple neck.



-Black ESP Explorer The first black ESP Explorer he had, detailed above.
-Black ESP Custom Explorer w/ Deer Skull Inlays
This was another one of his black mahogany Explorers with neck thru maple neck. It?s got the ?ESP Custom? logo on the headstock, an ebony fretboard, and deer skull Jagermeister inlays. It?s got black hardware and an EMG 81/60 setup. Later on, this Explorer was given a black diamond plate. This was the basis for the JH2, and the JH2 promo picture is actually of this guitar, not a real JH2.

Pre-diamond plate:

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After it was given a diamond plate:Post diamond-plate:





-Black ESP Custom Explorer w/ NRA Logo Same as most of his guitars but with an NRA (national rifle association) logo.

No pics, sorry!

-Black ESP Custom Shop Explorer w/ Man to Wolf inlays
Same as most of his Explorers, only it has a Man-To-Wolf inlay.







-Black ESP Custom shop w/ Single Coils
Same as most of his guitars but it?s got an EMG 81/SC/SC (or 81/SA/SA or 81/S/S) setup, and instead of an ebony fretboard it has a rosewood fretboard. It?s got some random mini-toggles, and was occasionally used for Nothing Else Matters.



-ESP Custom Shop Doubleneck Explorer
Mahogany body, maple neck through, either set or thru. It?s a 12/6, both necks have EMG 81/60, and it?s got duck inlays.





-Gibson Explorer
This was James? early 90s fuck around guitar, used in the Tuning & Attitude Room, it?s got all the standard Gibson Explorer specs, black pickguard on black body, and EMG 81/60 pups. One volume, one tone, 3-way moved to the vol/tone area instead of on the horn.



-Olympic White Danelectro 12 string

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-Blue Jerry Jones Danelectro Longhorn Baritone (Sad But True Main Riff)
?I used a Jones Danolectro 6 String Bass copy for the main riff on 'Sad But True.' It sounded great, more chunkin' than my regular guitar tuned down to D, and it's really fun to play. I knew it needed a push in terms of heaviness-it was already an ugly riff, but it needed to get a little uglier.?

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-Red Vincent Bell Coral Sitar
Used for beginning of ?Wherever I May Roam?

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-Butterscotch Fender Telecaster
Equipped with B-Bender. Used for the beginning The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly opening melody of ?The Unforgiven?



-Hetfield Natural Strat
Has an alder body, maple neck & rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, gold hardware, 3 EMG single coils, a white pickguard, and a 5-way switch.



-Black Gibson Moderne (Stock w/ gold hardware)



-Gretch White Falcon II
This belongs to Bob Rock, a White Falcon he used for the end of the chorus of Nothing Else Matters.

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-Red Gibson SG Doubleneck

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-Guild 12 String
Used for the choruses of ?Nothing Else Matters? where the E was tuned to D

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-Tom Anderson electric
The majority of ?Nothing Else Matters? was done on this guitar.

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-Aria Nylon String Acoustic
This was a gift from Cliff Burton. Cliff would often carry this with him wherever he went, tuned to drop C. The acoustic in ?The Unforgiven? was possibly this.

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-Fender Shenandoah Steel String
This was used for its ?shimmery, high end qualities? used on the tail of ?The Unforgiven?

Damn! That?s it for all of the Black Album/tour guitars!


Now?

Gutiars used in the LOAD period.

-White ESP Explorer #2
Favored explorer, ?SO ****ING WHAT? and later on the PusHead drawings, used for recordings.

-Gibson Les Paul

No pics? guess what they look like?

-The ?52 Reissue Telecaster with B-Bender
See above

-Bob Rock?s Gretsch White Falcon
See above

-1963 Gibson SG
Given as a gift from Bob Rock, this SG is from 1963, the year James was born.



-Black Dommenget Les Paul
Supposedly made for James. Nothing else is known about it other than Ed Roman owns either this one or another one now. Features 81/85





Those were used for recording, for live he also used:

-Ken Lawrence Explorer #1
This is the one he used on S&M, the one most people talk about, especially as the ?natural wood one.? This was made by Northern Californian Luthier Ken Lawrence, who is primarily a bass maker. Ken did pretty much all of the work on this by hand. James brought in one of his ESPs so that Ken could take the measurements. In fact Ken is actually making James a Les Paul style guitar too. Although James wants it to be a traditional LP shape, Ken?s encouraging him to do something different and new. We?ll see.
Anyways, back to this guitar, it?s got a mahogany body, a Chechen top, a Chechen headcap, Chechen rear control plate, a mahogany neck, Central American rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, Custom Petroglyph inlay shows people hunting the beast, a modified Ken Lawrence headstock, and EMG 81/60 pickups. There are fiber optic side markers, which light up red when they are switched on.
If you want, Ken Lawrence WILL build you one of these? expect to shell out $6,500 though!





-ESP JH1
This came out in ?96, used for lots of older songs, especially during the Kill/Ride medley. James moved the strap location to near the input jack inside one of the horns. It?s got Sperzel tuners, the Metallica star at the first fret, EMG 81/60, and red flames on the body and headstock.



-Black diamond plate ESP Explorer w/ Deer skull inlays
Description above

-Black ESP Custom Explorer w/ snake inlays
Description above

-Black ESP Explorer w/ Dot Inlays (the first one)
Description above

-Black ESP Custom Explorer ELK
Barbed wire inlays, custom wood burned Elk by Dino Muradian, rosewood fingerboard, 81/60, also the Metallica star burned into the back.
Dino Muradian on James' Wood Burnt Elk Skull Explorer: "Another very fulfilling meeting," Dino recounted, "was the occasion when I met Metallica's James Hetfield (the one I worked that custom ESP-Explorer with a stag scull on it for), and with Kirk Hemet, also in Seattle, also in 1995. These two guys, really heavy metal animals on stage, real gods for so/too many younsters, made me feel like ... Michelangelo, backstage, just before their concert in The Sonics Arena. Clean, very nicely mannered, even shy, they both impressed me a lot then, so now I'm kind of a fan of theirs."

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