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Metallica’s James Hetfield Partners With Ernie Ball On Signature Guitar Strings

The new ‘Hardwired Master Core’ set consists of James’s unique never-before-offered 11-50-gauge combination, ideal for his aggressive style and technique.

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Ernie Ball has introduced its latest artist signature string collaboration with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield of Metallica. Papa Het’s Hardwired Master Core Signature Strings are available through Metallica’s official web store starting April 26. They will be available through domestic and international Ernie Ball retailers starting May 10.

Co-developed with Hetfield over the past decade, Papa Het’s new Hardwired Master Core set consists of James’s unique never-before-offered 11-50-gauge combination, ideal for his aggressive style and technique. These limited-edition signature sets are housed in a compact tin box with custom artwork designed by James.

The ‘Hardwired’ set includes 3 packs of strings; Never before offered gauge combo (11, 14, 18p, 28, 38, 50); “Master Core” heavier core to wrap ratio; Wound strings wrapped with Paradigm plasma-enhanced nickel plated steel around ultra-high strength tin plated steel hex core and Paradigm ultra-high strength tin plated steel plain strings. The strings offer a thicker sound and added pitch stability.

Formed in 1981 by Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, Metallica have become one of the most influential and successful rock bands in history, having sold nearly 120 million albums worldwide and generating more than 15 billion streams while playing to millions of fans on all seven continents.

The band’s cluster multi-platinum albums include Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, … And Justice For All, Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magnetic and Hardwired… To Self-Destruct; the latter released in November 2016 and charting at No. 1 in 32 countries.

Metallica’s awards and accolades include nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and its 2009 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In June of 2018, the band was awarded one of the most prestigious musical honors in the world: Sweden’s Polar Music Prize.

Listen to the best of Metallica on Apple Music and Spotify.

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