“If Greeny was broccoli then Sunny is mango”: Kirk Hammett is selling a 1960 Gibson Les Paul that ranks among the finest ever made – he reveals how it compares to his most famous ’Burst

Kirk Hammett with his 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard 'Sunny'
(Image credit: Ross Halfin / Gibson)

There are things vintage guitar collectors look for when valuing an instrument. The model, the year and its condition are the big ones, obviously, but after that there’s playability, provenance, scarcity, celebrity associations and, of course, its looks.

Occasionally, an electric guitar will surface on the market that satisfies all of those criteria – and that’s when prices start to head north. This is the case with the instrument that is currently occupying pride of place on Gibson’s Certified Vintage shelves: Kirk Hammett’s 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard – nicknamed ‘Sunny’

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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.