Kirk Hammett reveals he has never written a guitar solo with a wah pedal

Kirk Hammett
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For all the things Metallica’s boundary-pushing Black Album brought to the table, one of its most notable offerings from an electric guitar perspective is its handling of the wah pedal, representing the period when Kirk Hammett fully embraced the effect as a stalwart of his sound.

Given his evergreen affinity for the effect thereafter, you’d be forgiven for assuming that each of his solos originated from writing sessions that made ample use of his favored wah pedal. Such an assumption, however, would be wrong.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.