Kirk Hammett Fans

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Created on: 27 Oct 2007
A group for anyone who gets an eargasm when listening to the legend that is Kirk Lee Hammett


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Kirk Lee Hammett (born on November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist in the band Metallica. Hammett is one of the better-known students of guitarist and instructor Joe Satriani. In 2003, he was ranked 11th in the Rolling Stone's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

As a child and teenager, Kirk showed great interest in his older brother Rick's extensive collection of guitars, Rickenbacker Basses and hard rock records, including material by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Status Quo, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and UFO. One of his biggest influences was Jimi Hendrix and Hammett was quoted as saying he wanted to be Jimi. He has also performed parts of Hendrix's songs during his guitar solos. He took up the guitar for the first time at the age of fifteen, beginning with a Montgomery Ward catalog special and little more than a shoebox with a four inch speaker for an amplifier. After picking up a 1978 Fender Stratocaster, Hammett attempted to customize his sound with various guitar parts, eventually falling for a 1974 Gibson Flying V. He even took a job at Burger King to raise funds for a Marshall amplifier.

Hammett was invited to join Metallica after the 1983 dismissal of the band's original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine for substance abuse, just before Metallica was to record its first album, Kill 'Em All. At the time Hammett was taking private guitar lessons from the now-famous Joe Satriani. In 2002, he became the first inductee into Guitar World magazine's "Hall of Fame". He has recorded and toured with Metallica for 24 years.

Though he is primarily Metallica's lead guitarist, Hammett has written and contributed riffs for Metallica songs since the mid-1980s (particularly in the 1990s during the Load era). One of these riffs, used in "Enter Sandman", was written in a hotel room at 3:00 am, and became one of Metallica's most popular songs.Also the riff for 'Creeping Death' was originally an Exodus riff that Kirk took with him to Metallica. Kirk has often been criticised for his extensive use of the wah-wah pedal in his solos (particularly on more recent albums), but he insists, "The wah-wah is an extension of my personality". He also once said, "They'll have to cut off my leg if they want me to stop using the wah-wah pedal." He usually adds harmonies to his solos, as seen on Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes and The Thing That Should Not Be. Kirk wanted to have guitar solos on Metallica's 2003 album, St. Anger, but drummer Lars Ulrich and producer Bob Rock thought that the solos did not sound right in the songs. He later himself admitted, "We tried to put in solos but they sounded like an afterthought so we left them out".

At Mid-January 2007, ESP Guitar Company has announced the release of a 20 piece Limited KH-20 Guitar, to celebrate 20 years of relationship with Kirk Hammett (based upon the KH-2 guitar with some modification). There will only be 40 guitars made and the price has been set at $9,999.

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  • Natallica_

    Kirk 'The Ripper' your solos are amazing. I love them!!

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Kothlet

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rockgirl-molli

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • MusicGod27

    metalworshiper ...please dont shit about hammett hes fucking metal mozart...

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ivanerg

    The God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ewaaaaa7

    Kikr !!!! I love Him. He's just the best.

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • justttaylor

    Kirk is the love of my life. <3

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • master092

    Mr Kirk Hammett!! you are god!!!! :):)

    27 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ItayROFL

    but why people think james is better than him?? damn it@_@

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Nela_15

    Happy Birthday Kirk!!! :)

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Chillstream

    Join to my group - Metal Up Your Ass !!! There's a place for everyone ! :) Group's website:!!!

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Chillstream

    Yes, I know, I can buy for example ESP LTD KH-602, it's also the QUOIJA to buy, but unfortunately it isn't MUMMY... So, I'm going to buy the KH-602 and maybe a vinyl with mummy's graphics. But not yet :)

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Mikey126

    I dunno if you'd be able to order a replica of it because Kirk owns the rights to the design ;o probably be able to get the same model but it wouldn't have the mummy on it

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Chillstream

    Does someone know, where can I buy an ESP " strat " MUMMY like Kirk Hammett's ? Can I even buy this guitar?

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
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    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • DavidRocker

    one of the best guitarist :)

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ChenYACH

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    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Mikey126

    The charts are lookin pretty good!

    31 Jul 2009 Reply
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  • arashkh

    Heyy Master ! \m/

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
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