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Guitars

- Kirk often plays his original 1987 ESP KH-2 live.

ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Electric Guitar

- ESP KH-2 Ouija:

- Hammett also has an ESP KH-3 hardtail that he calls the "Invisible Kid", which Kirk did the artwork for himself.

- He has an ESP M-2 "Frankenstein" that is inlated with "The Monster is Loose". The eyes are LEDs.

- Hammett has ESP V custom guitars

- ESP Kirk Hammett Signature KH-DC Electric Guitar

ESP Kirk Hammett Signature KH-DC Electric Guitar

- Gibson Custom Kirk Hammett Flying V Aged Electric Guitar and other Flying V guitars

Gibson Custom Kirk Hammett Flying V Aged Electric Guitar

- ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Guitar

ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar

 

Some of the other guitars Kirk owns are:

- 1959 Fender Tele with blonde finish

Fender American Vintage Series '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar - Butterscotch Blonde

- Fender stratocasters including an early 60's in lake placid blue and a 1963 Fender Strat in seafoam green

Fender Classic Series '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue Rosewood Fretboard

- Gibson Les Pauls including black Les Paul Custom, a 1959 Les Paul, and 1987 Les Paul

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Black

- Jackson Randy Rhoads guitars

Jackson USA RR1 Randy Rhoads Select Series Electric Guitar

- Parker Fly

Parker Guitars Fly Mojo Flame Electric Guitar

- Gibson ES-335

Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish - Sunburst

- Martin D-28

Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Natural

- ESP Custom Shop "Michael Schenker Colored" V (seen in 2008 rig)

- Fernandes stratocaster (black)

 

 

Strings, picks and more

- Custom Kirk Hammett Dunlop Jazz III picks

Dunlop Kirk Hammett Monster Pick Tin with 6 Picks

- Custom Levy's straps including M7GG3

- Peterson Strobe 420 Tuner

Peterson 490 8-Octave AutoStrobe Tuner

- Dunlop .88 (Green) Picks

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks

- Custom Yellow/Black Picks

- Audio Technica microphones: AT4050 for guitars, AT4054 for vocals

Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

- EMG Pickups

EMG EMG-KH21 Kirk Hammett Dual Humbucker Prewired Pickguard Set

- Kirk uses Ernie Ball string with gauge .011-.048.

Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings

 

 

Amps and Cabinets

- Randall Kirk Hammett signature series heads (2 of them live) and 4x12" cabinets

Randall Kirk Hammett Signature Series KH120RHS 120W 4x12 Guitar Half Stack

- Randall Kirk Hammett Signature Series KH15

Randall Kirk Hammett Signature Series KH15 Guitar Combo Amp

- Randall Kirk Hammett Signature Series RM100KHLTD

- Marshall DSL 2000

- Marshall 1960b cabinet
Marshall 1960A or 1960B 300W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Mesa Boogie Tremoverb combo

- Mesa Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifier amps

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Mesa Boogie Stilleto

- Mesa Boogie Triaxis amp

- Marshall Super Lead Plexi

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Vox AC30

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

- Marshall JCM 800 2203

Marshall JCM800 2203 Vintage Series 100W Tube Head

- Bogner Uberschall

Bogner Uberschall Series 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head with EL34s

- Peavey 5150

- Hiwatt custom 50

- Marshall Mode Four

- Dumble SSS (Steel String Singer)

- Mesa Boogie 4x12-Celestion Vintage 30s

Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4x12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

 

Effects

Kirk also has been known to use Line 6 pedals, Dunlop CryBaby wah, and a Digitech Whammy. Let's look at what he's used:

- Randall Kirk Hammett Signature Series KH1, KH2, KH3 preamp modules

Randall Kirk Hammett Signature Series KH3 Guitar Preamp Module

- Dunlop KH95 Kirk Hammett Crybaby Wah

Dunlop KH95 Kirk Hammett Signature Cry Baby Wah Guitar Effects Pedal

- Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- Vox Wah pedal

Vox V847A Wah-Wah Pedal

- Ernie Ball Volume pedal - Connects to midi solutions pedal controller and into TC Electronics G-Major

Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal

- DBX 1074 Quad Gate

dbx 1074 QuadGate

- Line6 DL4 Delay

Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- Line6 MM4 Modulation

Line 6 MM4 Modulation Guitar Effects Pedal

- Line6 FM4 Filter

Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler Guitar Effects Pedal

- Line6 DM4 Distortion

Line 6 DM4 Distortion Modeler Pedal

- Line 6 duoverb
- Digitech WH1 Whammy

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- Digitech XP-300 Space Station
- Furman PL Pro

Furman PL-Pro C Power Conditioner

- TC Electronic G-Major Effects

TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

- Dunlop 1SR Rackwah

Dunlop Cry Baby Rack Wah

- Voodoo Labs GCX Audio Switcher

Voodoo Lab GCX Guitar Audio Switcher

- Line 6 Pod XT

- Lovetone meatball
- Lovetone Wobulator
- Lovetone Brown source
- Way Huge Swollen Pickle

Way Huge Electronics WHE401 Swollen Pickle mkII Jumbo Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal

- Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal

Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Pedal

- Shure PSM600 WirelessTransmitter and UR-4D receiver

- MXR Eddie Van Halen Flanger

MXR EVH-117 Eddie Van Halen Flanger

- Boss NS2

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

- Palmer Y-Box Guitar Splitter

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