The Kirk Hammett “Greeny” 1959 Les Paul Standard is aged to match the original by the Murphy Lab and was inspired by the legendary guitar, once owned by Peter Green.
“I am very honored and grateful for this opportunity with Gibson,” says Kirk Hammett. “To be able to share some of that mojo which ‘Greeny’ has means a lot to me. It’s exciting to know that anyone can experience some of that ‘Greeny’ magic. I truly think these models are just as inspiring as the original and hope you do too!”
Greeny, originally owned by Peter Green, was used throughout his time with Fleetwood Mac and later sold to Gary Moore, who used it for three decades with Thin Lizzy and as a solo artist. Now owned by Kirk Hammett, Greeny has passed through the hands of three legendary guitarists. Its distinctive sound is partly from the out-of-phase middle switch position due to the neck pickup’s reversed magnetic polarity.
“We are excited to continue the evolution of Greeny with the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab Aged Kirk Hammett ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul Standard, and on April 11 we’ll also be releasing the Gibson Kirk Hammett ‘Greeny’ Les Paul Standard,” adds Cesar Gueikian, Gibson Brand President. “Kirk has been inspiring musicians for decades, starting with his 1979 Gibson Flying V, and over the years expanding his collection across many Gibson guitars. Over the last 10 years since he became the custodian of Greeny, he has incorporated the Greeny sound into everything he does, making it a staple of his Metallica sound on records and on stages around the world. And as I said before, we’re just getting started!”
- Murphy Lab Aged
- Lightweight Mahogany Body with Figured Top
- Custom Greeny Profile Mahogany Neck
- Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
- Neck Pickup: Custom Greeny Bucker with Flipped Alnico 2 Magnet; Reverse Mounted
- Bridge Pickup: Custom Greeny Bucker Alnico 2 Magnets
- Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch Case
Gibson Custom Shop Kirk Hammett "Greeny" 1959 Les Paul Standard
Due out on April 11, 2023, the Kirk Hammett “Greeny” Les Paul Standard version was inspired by this legendary guitar and gives players around the world the opportunity to experience some of the magic of “Greeny” for themselves. The Gibson Kirk Hammett “Greeny” Les Paul Standard comes with an Original Series hardshell case.
For more information, please visit gibson.com.
Quick Hit: KHDK Ghoul Screamer Review
A hot-rodded TS-style box that scores high in versatility.
You need not be a Kirk Hammett fan to appreciate or use the KHDK Ghoul Screamer. But its versatility hints at Hammett’s multifaceted tastes and abilities, as well as the wide-open potential of a TS-style circuit in the hands of a creative circuit tweaker.
I used the Ghoul with the fat, twangy, and rather un-Hammett-like setup of a humbucker-equipped Telecaster and a ’60s Bassman. But even with this rig the Ghoul’s lively, eager-to-please malleability shines. The Ghoul is more airy and hotter-sounding than my vintage TS-9 at equivalent settings, but I suspect the wide-spectrum harmonic profile will appeal to most—not least those who like fast picking response. The five switches that complement the wide-ranging tone, volume, and gain controls add true versatility. Bass and body switches were especially transformative at mid-to-high gain settings, generating burly, sustain-heavy lead tones and silky but massive rhythm. Taking bass and body out and activating the treble makes the pedal cut like a laser.
Test gear: Fender Telecaster Custom, silverface Fender Bassman, 2x12 cabFender Champ and Fender Telecaster Deluxe. Pedal drive at one o’ clock, tone at two o’clock, volume at ten o’clock. Clips are clean, followed by all voice switches off, bass switch on, treble switch on, then body switch on.
The killer overdrive equivalent of a utility belt for changing backlines. A fantastic match for tube amps that live at the verge of breakup. Great range in controls.
Might have a bit too much color and heat for TS users interested in clean boost potential.
KHDK Ghoul Screamer
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