Is Gibson about to announce a new collaboration with Kirk Hammett?

Kirk Hammett
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Mark Agnesi – Gibson's Director of Brand Experience – has teased a potential collaboration between the guitar giant and Metallica's Kirk Hammett.

A new video posted to Agnesi's Instagram account shows Gibson's logo and a series of horror-themed visuals – Hammett is, of course, no stranger to using such imagery on his signature guitars – with Metallica's The Thing That Should Not Be playing in the background.

The clip concludes with a quick shot of Hammett playing – or rather, gesturing with – his black Gibson Flying V. In the post's accompanying caption, Mark Agnesi writes: “It's happening." Sharing the same video on YouTube, the official Gibson channel writes: “Coming soon."

If this collaboration is in fact a signature version of Hammett's black Flying V, it wouldn't be the first time Gibson have produced a run of the guitars. Back in 2012, the guitar was recreated by the Gibson Custom Shop.

In fact, the guitars in that run were aged, and Gibson recently sent a batch of Flying Vs through its Murphy Lab aging process. Further evidence that a new set of Kirk Hammett Flying Vs is on its way? You be the judge.

While Hammett is known for using Gibson guitars onstage – including “Greeny," the legendary 1959 Les Paul Standard once owned by Peter Green – most of his signature guitars are produced by ESP.

They include the spider decal-adorned, LP-style KH-3 – which was recently given a 30th anniversary run – and a slew of S-type models, like the macabre KH Demonology and the KH-WZ, which honors the 1932 horror film, White Zombie.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.