In connection with the new Mick Wall-penned Metallica biography Enter Night, St. Martin’s Press is offering the chance to win a ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar, valued at $713.00. The book’s out today (5/10). Here’s some information on it (and on Metallica’s place in heavy metal history, Slayer fans):
Metallica became the band that defined the look and sound of 1980s heavy metal. Inventors of thrash metal — Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth followed — it was always Metallica who led the way, who pushed to another level, who became the last of the superstar rockers. Until now there hasn’t been a critical, authoritative, in-depth portrait of the band. Mick Wall’s thoroughly researched, insightful work is enriched by his interviews with band members, record company execs, roadies, and fellow musicians. He tells the story of how a tennis-playing, music-loving Danish immigrant named Lars Ulrich created a band with singer James Hetfield and made his dreams a reality. Enter Night follows the band through tragedy and triumph, from the bus crash that killed bassist Cliff Burton in 1986 to the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster, and on to their current status as the leaders of the Big Four festival that played to a million fans in Britain and Europe and continues in the U.S. in 2011.
Enter Night is the definitive word on the biggest metal band on the planet-featuring searing profiles of Ulrich and Hetfield, and exclusive interviews with key band members (past and present), record execs, roadies, and musicians. It’s the first and only in-depth book of its kind.
So you can noodle while you read, here are the specs for the Kirk Hammett Signature Series guitar:
• Bolt On Neck
• 25.5″ scale
• Basswood Body
• 3 Pc. Maple neck
• Rosewood finger board
• Extra Thin U Neck shape (same as Kirks)
• Skull & Bones Inlays
• 24 XJ frets
• Black Hardware
• ESP Tuners
• Floyd Rose
• EMG ESP LH-301 (B&N) p.u
• Vol / Vol / Tone / 3-way Switch
You’ll get additional info on the KH-202 at ESP.
To be eligible to win, all you have to do is be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook, and comment on this post with your favorite Metallica song after logging-in via Facebook Connect (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends). We’ll pick a winner from the comments posted here, at random. Deadline to enter is 5/24 at 5:30PM EST. Have your comment logged by then, and you’re in.
Update: We have a winner, “Broken, Beat & Scarred” fan Andy Adelewitz. Congrats, Andy.