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Gibson has built Kirk Hammett a 'Greeny' 1959 Les Paul. Which is which?

Gibson has built Kirk Hammett a 'Greeny' 1959 Les Paul. Which is which?  ·  Source: Instagram/Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett of Metallica fame has posted a photo of his new Gibson ‘Greeny’ (or should that be ‘Greenie’?) 1959 Les Paul Standard on Instagram. This is a clone of the original guitar once owned by Peter Green and Gary Moore. Does this mean we could see a Custom Shop version of this iconic guitar sometime in the future?


Gibson ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul

Let’s face it, the ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul Standard is possibly one of the most famous vintage rock guitars – along with Billy Gibbons’ ‘Pearly Gates’. And it has had some pretty famous owners in its lifetime, including the man it is named after, the late great Peter Green, who played it during his time with Fleetwood Mac.

Unfortunately, the Instagram photo looks like it was taken on a Nokia 3310 – it is super-grainy and low resolution.

Special thanks to Cesar and Mark at Gibson for making me a Greenie twin !
Can you tell who is who ?” –  Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett with the late Peter Green

Kirk Hammett with the late Peter Green

The History

Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green sold it to a young Gary Moore in 1970 for a £300 and he played it on Still Got The Blues. It was then sold to  Hammett in 2014 from vintage guitar dealer Richard Henry for quite a lot more!

I’d wager we could well see a limited edition run of Custom Shop models sometime in the future.



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