Gibson and Kirk Hammett Announce Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V
Gibson has collaborated with Kirk to create his beloved 1979 Gibson Flying V.
Kirk Hammett’s 1979 Flying V was inspired by famous Flying V players he admired. Kirk still plays the original guitar to this day, and used it on all the early Metallica albums, including Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, and The Black Album, making it one of the most important heavy metal guitars of all time. Only 200 were hand-made by the expert luthiers of the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, TN. The Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V from the Gibson Custom Shop is artfully aged to match the original by the Murphy Lab and was inspired by this legendary guitar. In addition to case candy developed in collaboration with Kirk, an SKV Flying V Case complete with gaff tape and Metallica museum tags which match Kirk’s original is included along with a Certificate of Authenticity photo that is hand-signed by Kirk Hammett.
Kirk Hammett has been the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica, he formed and named the metal band Exodus. For a deep dive into his music influences, the early days of the San Francisco metal scene, and his 37 years as the lead guitarist of Metallica, watch Gibson TV’s “Icons” series interview with Kirk Hammett. This episode of “Icons” features archival and never-before-seen photos of Metallica, with Kirk talking touring history and personal stories about recording the group’s pivotal albums including Kill’em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice For All, and The Black Album.
Gibson Custom Shop Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V
Gibson Custom Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V Solidbody Electric Guitar
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