“Artfully aged by the Murphy Lab to match the look and feel of Kirk’s original”: Gibson’s Custom Shop takes on Kirk Hammett’s mod-heavy, “blacked-out” 1989 Les Paul Custom – and it’s safe to say it’s nothing like Greeny...

Gibson Custom Shop Kirk Hammett 1989 Les Paul Custom
(Image credit: Gibson)

Kirk Hammett owns some of the world’s most-prized Gibson Les Pauls – among them the legendary Greeny and a factory black 1959 Les Paul Standard. However, one of his longest serving models is a modded 1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom, which has seen service on several Metallica tours and recordings.

Now the Gibson Custom Shop is offering Hammett fans the chance to scoop up a reproduction of that famed electric guitar, complete with his Fishman mods and a painstaking Murphy Lab finish.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.