Kirk Lee Hammett (San Francisco, California, November 18, 1962) is an American guitarist, currently a member of the thrash metal band Metallica. He is considered the ninth best guitarist of the moment according to Total Guitar magazine and number 11 according to a list of Rolling Stone magazine selected in 2003 by David Fricke, a contributor to it.
Kirk is one of the best known disciples of legendary guitarist and teacher Joe Satriani. In 2011 Rolling Stone magazine produced a new list based on the votes of renowned guitarists, including Kirk Hammett himself.
Kirk Hammett was born in the city of San Francisco and grew up in the El Sobrante community. Hammett is of Filipino descent on his mother's side and Irish-American on his father's. From a very young age he showed a great interest in music as he started playing the guitar since he was about thirteen or fourteen years old. And in his brother Rick's large collection of hard rock records, including material by: Jimi Hendrix  (Hammett sometimes performs parts of some Hendrix songs during his solos), among others.
He started playing at fifteen and his first guitar was a Montgomery Ward. After owning his first Strat in 1978, Hammett attempted to customize his sound with parts from various guitars.
Hammett's musical interests led him into the genre known as thrash metal. In 1982 he formed the group Exodus, with vocalist Paul Baloff, guitarist Gary Holt, and drummer Tom Hunting. Exodus was crucial to the thrash metal movement in California during the 1980s.
In 1983, when Metallica was going to record their first studio album, Kill 'Em All, they invited Hammett to be part of the group, since the band's then lead guitarist, Dave Mustaine, was expelled due to alcohol problems. After recording the album, Hammett began taking guitar lessons from soloist Joe Satriani, from whom he learned new techniques and more melodic sounds for subsequent albums. Satriani claims that Kirk was one of his best students.
In 2002 he was given a spot in Guitar World magazine's "Hall of Fame". He has recorded and performed live with Metallica for over thirty years and is a role model for many modern guitarists.
As the lead guitarist for Metallica, Hammett has written and contributed riffs and solos for the group since 1983. One of these riffs, for the song "Enter Sandman," was written in a hotel room at 3:00 in the morning. dawn. It was the first song on the album Metallica (The Black Album), published in 1991.
On April 12, 2015, he joined Meshuggah onstage at RockBar Theater in San Jose, for the second installment of their annual Fear FestEvil, a music and memorabilia event.
2022: Portals EP 
1983: Kill 'Em All
1984: Ride the Lightning
1986: Master of Puppets
1987: The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited
1988: ...And Justice for All
1993: Live Shit: Binge & Purge
1998: Garage Inc.
2003: St Anger
2008: Death Magnetic
2009: Français Pour Une Nuit
2009: Pride, Passion and Glory: Three Nights in Mexico City
2010: The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria
2011: Beyond Magnetic
2016: Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
2019: S&M2Con Exodus (1979-1983)
1982: 1992 Demo
1983: Die by His Hand (Demo)
Equipment and skills
ESP (Guitars) ESP RZK Signature
Jackson Randy Rhoads Model
ESP Flying V
ESP Flying V Death Magnetic
ESP KH-2 Vintage
ESP Wave Caster
Gibson Flying V
gibson les paul
Gibson Les Paul Luis Gordon Custom Signature
Jackson Randy Rhoads
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