Metallica guitar

  • Advertise with us
Project by Stevinmarin posted 1276 days ago 3292 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I met James Hetfield from Metallica this past week. I decided to make a frame for my Son’s autograph. This is the beginning…to make a accurate, tiny replica of James Hetfield’s Gibson Diamond Plate Explorer.

What a ton of fun coming up with ways to miniaturize stuff! Anyway, here’s where I’m at in the process. Yes, it only has 5 strings, but I didn’t align the tuning knobs correctly. I figure no one will notice.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

12 comments so far

View Brandon 's profile


191 posts in 1291 days

#1 posted 1276 days ago

You are one lucky man. That band is legendary and man they can jam. Heard one of there songs the other day on classic rock, now I’m really feeling old. Great work!

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

View Stevinmarin's profile


837 posts in 1699 days

#2 posted 1276 days ago

Yeah, I just discovered that I am 3 years younger than James Hetfield. That’s just weird. Somehow.

I was blown away by the man. Totally nice and friendly. I mean SERIOUSLY nice. He and my son talked for a long time all about guitars. I guess stage personas are not always like the individual. I mean, it was funny in a way: James Hetfield eating a burger, drinking iced tea, and yapping with a 14 year old kid.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

View Rick Boyett's profile

Rick Boyett

167 posts in 1836 days

#3 posted 1276 days ago

Dude that just totally kicks arse!

Nicely done

View Corec's profile


6 posts in 1291 days

#4 posted 1276 days ago

That’s an awesome replica! Is that real diamondplate or a laminate?

If I may offer a suggestion, adding a nut at the base of the headstock will fix the string alignment issue and let you get that sixth string on. On full size guitars, the tuning pegs aren’t usually in line with the strings, so the nut spaces all of the strings evenly on the fretboard.

View mtnwild's profile


3474 posts in 2151 days

#5 posted 1276 days ago

Good imagination, cool idea…......Sure the rest will be cool too… stuff, very interesting story….........Thanks….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

View cranesgonewild's profile


344 posts in 1532 days

#6 posted 1276 days ago

That’s a cool little replica.
You guys are so lucky. Not only to meet him, but to talk casually with him.
Does Wyatt like his music?

I saw Metallica back in 2003 at the Summer Sanitarium Tour in Toronto. I could only dream of a casual encounter like this. I eat burgers and I play guitar, ahh man.

-- I'm a Fungi --

View Sodabowski's profile


2002 posts in 1457 days

#7 posted 1276 days ago

You lucky dawgs! Neat replica BTW.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

View mpounders's profile


724 posts in 1519 days

#8 posted 1275 days ago

You can space all six strings evenly by putting a small piece at the top of the neck….just cut six evenly spaced notches across it and use a little CA glue to hold the strings in place.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

View christopheralan's profile


1105 posts in 2344 days

#9 posted 1275 days ago

Dude that rocks! I saw them last year and it was a total kick in the face! I loved it! I couldn’t move my head, I lost my voice and my ears were ringing for about 3 days. It was great!

-- christopheralan

View chrisstef's profile


10613 posts in 1630 days

#10 posted 1275 days ago

Meeting Papa Het is awesome! I saw them a few years ago at Gillette Stadium (Home of the NE Patriots) and i totally agree with chris on ringing ears, sore neck, and no voice. Seeing them open up with Battery followed by Fuel (and 40 foot flames) was unreal. GIMME FUEL GIMME FIRE GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE !!!!!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View mcoyfrog's profile


3020 posts in 2218 days

#11 posted 1265 days ago

That is soooooo kewl, I would have loved to meet him, I assume its because of your webcast??
Anyway very nice replica, lots of detail, I likey…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

View Spofeo's profile


105 posts in 822 days

#12 posted 821 days ago

What a cool idea for the autograph Steve! your son is a lucky boy :)

-- Spofeo/Kristian

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase