During a recent interview with Guitar Player, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett shared his favorite underrated guitar solos. His list also included Santana’s ‘She’s Not There,’ and the musician said that Carlos Santana uses the wah pedal perfectly in that track.
‘She’s Not There’ was initially released as the debut single by the Zombies on July 14, 1964. The track reached No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release. Moreover, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song No. 297 on its list of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time.’
Thirteen years after its initial release, Santana covered ‘She’s Not There’ on their 1977 album ‘Moonflower.’ The song was also a hit for the band as it peaked at No. 11 in the UK, spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as reaching No. 20 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart.
Kirk Hammett reflected on the song during a recent interview while speaking about his top underrated guitar solos of all time. The musician included UFO guitarist Michal Schenker’s solo in ‘Rock Bottom’ and Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton’s solo in ‘Beyond the Realms of Death.’
In addition to those two tracks, Hammett named Carlos Santana’s guitar solo in ‘She’s Not There’ as one of his favorite under-the-radar solos. According to the rocker, famous for his use of the wah-wah pedal, Santana used the wah pedal perfectly in that guitar solo and reflected his impeccable energy across the three solos in the track.
About Carlos Santana, Hammett said:
“His use of the wah pedal, his attack and energy across the three solos in the song… He uses a couple of techniques that are a little off the cuff, super-long delay time, and pressing on the string behind the bridge to give a whammy-bar effect. The phrasing and tone on these solos are amazing.”
You can listen to ‘She’s Not There’ down below.