Metallica’s Kirk Hammett goes to Gibson, new signature guitars planned
Mark Agnesi teases "It’s Happening"
Update 29 July 2021: A new partnership between Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Gibson has now been officially announced! Gibson says there will be new Hammett signature Gibson and Epiphone guitars – if you’re a fan of Mr Hammett’s that’s big news. I’ve added the Gibson TV interview with Kirk Hammett below, so you can hear him talking to Cesar about Greenie and his 1979 black and white Flying V. Looks like a load of new Hammett signature models are imminent!
A Gibson Kirk Hammett signature guitar?
Gibson and Mark Agnesi have teased a collaboration with Kirk Hammett on their Instagram accounts – will we soon be seeing a new signature Gibson guitar with the famed Metallica guitarist? The text accompanying the post says “It’s Happening”! We then get a short burst of Metallica’s The Thing That Should Not Be and some horror images. The clip then cuts to Kirk Hammett playing his old Gibson Flying V.
Gibson Custom Shop has in the past recreated the very same guitar, so potentially this could be another run of that old Flying V. The 2012 run consisted of aged models, so it is a possibility we could see another Murphy Lab recreation of that specific guitar. Gibson has just launched a recreation of the 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer models, so Kirk’s Flying V should be no problem, either.
As many of you know, Kirk is known for playing ESP signature and custom shop guitars these days. But his original Gibson Flying V is a huge part of Metallica’s history. I reckon we will see a Kirk Hammett Gibson Flying V very soon. Plus, Gibson has recently worked with ex-Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine, so if Kirk was next it would make sense.
The recent Adam Jones signature Custom Shop Silverburst Les Paul Custom collaboration was a success for Gibson, so much so that more models are now in the pipeline.
Tell us what you think in the comments section below. Would you buy a Gibson Kirk Hammett Flying V? And would you want an aged version of his Flying V or a regular non-aged release? Or how about a budget Epiphone version?
Kirk has also stated via Instagram, that he is staying with ESP and so expect a lot more official releases from ESP and LTD with the Hammett brand name as well. It’ll be interesting to see how that works out.
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Gibson Kirk Hammett Videos
- Gibson teasing Kirk Hammett signature model with horror images: Instagram/Mark Agnesi
- Gibson teasing Kirk Hammett signature model: Instagram/Mark Agnesi
Maybe some day soon Gibson will start putting as much effort into its main range (and not just continually churn out a gazillion variations on the Les Paul) as it is into yet more massively overpriced ‘artist’ models for a comparatively small amount of people who were in their 20s in 1987 and are now hedge fund managers in their 50s with more disposable income than the GDP of an average European country?
But I’m not holding my breath…
Affordable, updated LP Axcess with jumbo XL frets and a TOM bridge with fine tuners would be a dream metal guitar and could beat ESP’s products, especially with the better Gibson sound.
I’m telling susancanseeus
I’ve owned many brands/shapes and have been an ESP player since ’88 thanks to Queensryche and Metallica, but I can’t say I’m too into Gibson V’s.
Hopefully Hammett’s will lose the pickguard, go trans-finish, and inline that 3+3 headstock… alá Kramer perhaps?
Well, let’s see here. Don’t wanna go too Mustaine’ish ( owned his Dean sig.V ) , but let’s just say I’ve owned many brands/shapes and have been an ESP player since ’88 thanks to Queensryche and Metallica. I can’t say I’m too into Gibson V’s. Or Paul’s for that matter! Too heavy Mahogany. LoL!
Hopefully Hammett’s axe will lose the pickguard, go trans-finish, and inline that 3+3 headstock… alá Kramer perhaps? Or maybe Epi an old Futura, remember those? Rock on kids!