Kirk Hammett recalls the first time he ever heard a wah pedal: “When that sound came out of the speakers, it startled me”

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There are several guitar players who have always been closely associated with the wah pedal - Hendrix, Slash, the obviously named Wah Wah Watson. And without a doubt Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is an avowed member of that club.

As for what first turned him on to the effect pedal? Thanks to our friends at Guitar Player, we now know.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.