In a recent interview with Metallica frontman James Hetfield, he talked about his childhood love (or obsession) with white Gibson Flying V. He said:

“As most kids who love certain bands, you just wanna get the same guitar that guy is playing.

I wanted a white Flying V forever – that was it. I mean, c’mon! The Scorpions, Judas Priest… It was a heavy metal guitar. You know, Michael Schenker – white V. It was my dream to have a white V.

When I finally got a V, it was kind of weird to play. When you’re standing with it, sometimes it rolls off you. And you’ve seen pictures of The Kinks with a Flying V, and he’s playing through the middle, holding it this way. It’s, like, ‘Wow! That’s weird.’

But actually, when you’re sitting down with it, you’ve got the V down there, it’s super easy. I loved the V shape once I got used to it.

You can watch the entire interview below.