Kirk Hammett, lead guitar of Metallica, shared his ideal guitar string combination. He talked recently interview video of his string sponsor Ernie Ball. Hammett says:

“The three top strings are from a .010 set, and then the bottom three strings are from a .048 set.

And the reason for that is, as a lead guitar player, I need to be able to bend the light strings, and if I have .011s on, I notice that over the course of a tour my hand gets fatigued. But if I go to .010s, it’s okay over the course of a tour.

It’s so bizarre. And it only took me, like, 10 years to realize that.

Kirk Hammett talked about how guitars have a “rehabilitative”effect on him:

“If I’m bummed out, I’ll go to my guitar. A lot of times when I’m really stressed out or I’m dealing with anxiety, I’ll just play until I just calm down.


When I have this feeling inside that needs to get out, guitar helps that feeling. It’s a creative tool, but on the other hand it’s also a rehabilitative, emotional, spiritual tool that I use as well to feed my inner self.”

He also talked about Jimi Hendrix:

“Very first guitar player to really have a huge impact on me is probably Jimi Hendrix. I think I was about 13 or 14 years old when I saw the documentary, all that you know feel about, Jimi Hendrix the one where the sitting on stool playing 12-string guitar. When I say Hendrix, up on the screen, I was just blown away because was seen a complete package. I was seeing a guy play guitar amazingly. He looked so diffirent and so unique. He was just so much of a dynamic performer. It was everything, you know and it was everything that i wanted to be. And at one poing i thought this guy he’s the ultimate guitar playing, and i want to be just like it might want to play just as well as him. I wanted to be Jimi Hendrix.

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