Kirk Hammett's 8 favorite unsung guitar heroes

Kirk Hammett performs with Metallica at the Tres de Marzo Stadium on March 1, 2009 in Zapopan, Mexico
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We know Kirk Hammett's lead electric guitar work with Metallica takes cues from his '60s and '70s blues-rock guitar forefathers, like Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and, of course, Peter Green.

Late 70s/early '80s hard-rock virtuosos Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen also, of course, loom large. 

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