The iconic Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett has made a recent conversation with Let There Be Talk, and he talked about his Greeny Gibson Les Paul guitar.
In this interview, Kirk Hammett has talked about the guitar called ‘Greeny Gibson Les Paul’ from Fleetwood Mac founder, Peter Green, and he mentioned the very expensive price of the guitar.
The interviewer asked that ‘How he got the six-string?’ and Kirk Hammett gave a stunning answer to him:
“You know, it’s really crazy. It really feels like this guitar came to me. I’ve been in London a couple of days when I got a phone call from a friend of mine who’s a guitar dealer, and he said, ‘I have a guitar for you to check out.’
I said, ‘Okay, what’s the guitar?’; he said, ‘Greeny.’ I said, ‘Bro, I’m not interested in a guitar with a price tag of $2,000,000,’ and he said, ‘No, it’s all poppycock. It’s not $2,000,000, it’s not even $1,000,000; that’s all rumors.’
I said, ‘Hm, okay, maybe you should bring it over.’ and he brought it to my hotel room with an amazing amp, which didn’t help very much. [Laughs]
It was an old Vox, sounded incredible. I had these ghost notes where you’re hearing other notes other than what you’re playing, it happens with old vintage stuff.”
Kirk Hammett drank a glass of water and continued:
“I had that guitar in my hand for like maybe a minute and a half, and I just knew, I just freaking knew I wasn’t going to give it back. What blew me away was – okay, I plug it in, I hit a chord on the bridge pickup, I’m, like, ‘Yeah, nice and clear.’
And then I switched to the neck pickup, and started playing some lead stuff; I’m, like, ‘Oh my god, man, super creamy tone.’ And then I put it in the middle, and this is what makes this guitar so unusual: the fact that the neck pickup is turned around.
“So the screws are facing towards the middle rather than towards the neck and because it’s like that, it creates an out-of-phase sound, like a Strat through a 100-watt Marshall, and I just could not believe that sound.
I thought, ‘That’s not supposed to happen.’ A Les Paul all of a sudden turning into a Strat at a flip of a switch? And it was amazing. I hadn’t even come to a consideration of who owned it and who’s played it.
I was just blown away by the fact that it’s super, super musical – incredibly tonally gifted piece of wood, man. There’s a term for that, a four-letter word, and it’s called ‘mojo.’ Mojo that’s connected to this piece of wood is just out of control.
I don’t understand why this particular guitar has so much of it. I pondered the fact, like, ‘Well, maybe when this guitar was a part of a tree or something, something good happened. Maybe the tree was blessed somehow; maybe the tree saved someone’s life or something… I don’t know.’
Something happened, and that wood is just different from a lot of other guitars. It’s just a miraculous thing.”
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