Ernie Ball, the iconic maker of Slinky guitar strings and instrument accessories, has announced the launch of the ‘Hetfield + Hammett Experience’: a partnership with long-time Ernie Ball artists and legendary Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.
The new initiative will grant three lucky winners the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang with the guitarists at Metallica headquarters in San Rafael, California.
Winners will also be able to take home their choice of a Hetfield or Hammett signature ESP guitar as well as an Ernie Ball Prize Pack complete with their favourite gauge of Slinky guitar strings and other prizes. The contest launches today 7 September, and runs through to 31 October 2017.
“I have to say that HQ is kinda like NASA,” says Hammett. “You need the right credentials to get in, you need to know the right codes to get through the door. There are constantly people around making sure that whoever is there is there for a purpose. It’s pretty tight because it’s like the brain control… the mission control for all things Metallica.”
“This is a pretty cool opportunity to get into Metallica’s creative space and see what it is, why it is, and what is in there that inspires us,” said James Hetfield. “For me, as a fan of other bands, it would’ve been pretty awesome to have shown up in Phil Lynott’s writing space. This is gonna be a very special moment for whoever gets to show up at HQ.”
“To have artists like Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield trust our strings for over thirty-five years is something the Ernie Ball family is incredibly thankful and proud of,” says Ernie Ball president Brian Ball. “It also means our strings have been along for the epic ride of ‘Seek & Destroy’, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, ‘Sad But True’ and many of the band’s biggest hits. We’re excited about this contest and looking forward to connecting the band and a few lucky fans in a special way.”
Fans can enter Ernie Ball’s “Hetfield + Hammett Experience” by purchasing qualifying packs of Ernie Ball strings at Guitar Center or from Musician’s Friend, then entering the codes found inside the packs at the Ernie Ball website for a chance to win.