Metallica's James Hetfield Names Guitarists That Influenced Him

When it comes to guitar-playing, Metallica's James Hetfield has two standout influences.

In a video demoing his new guitar strings collaboration with Ernie Bell, Hetfield shared that two rock icons influenced him to pick up and play the guitar: Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath and Johnny Ramone from The Ramones. 

Hetfield said that the two guitarists "helped develop my style. So kind of a combination of punk rock and heavy rock at the time you know, turned into just the down picking style and with melody along with it."

Hetfield's first-ever collection of guitar strings is called Papa Het's Hardwired Master Core and can be found online at

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