Yup, got to say this is pretty cool and definitely one of a kind. James Hetfield had a guitar built from reclaimed wood salvaged from the band’s rehearsal garage during the late 80’s. It was at 3132 Carlson Boulevard in El Cerrito, California, and it was where most of the band’s monumental albums Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets were written.
The guitar, which Hetfield has named “Carl,” was built from eight pieces of wood saved from the torn down garage by an old friend named Andy Anderson. Artist and guitar-maker Ken Lawerence built the instrument with little direction from Hetfield except that he wanted it rustic. “You feel the wood, you feel the grain. It’s almost like grooves in vinyl,” Hetfield explained. The fretboard of the guitar features an interpreted history of the band’s early years and the faces of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Cliff Burton are hand engraved on the back.
Hetfield talks about “Carl” and more about the garage and its history for the band.