Kirk Hammett reveals the secret weapon behind his guitar tone: “I can’t believe I’m telling you about it!”

Kirk Hammett
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Earlier this month, Metallica dropped 72 Seasons – their first album since 2016’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, and a triumphant return to James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and co’s heavy metal universe.

The album itself has been the source of much discussion and speculation. First, it was all about that charred electric guitar on the album’s cover, and more recently, talk concerned itself with Hammett’s soloing on Lux Æterna – an effort that brought the trolls out in droves.

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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.

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