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#1
i do metallica covers and deciding on my next guitar. i'm thinking about the epihphone explorers, a jackson king V (with floyd), or the $500 version of kirk hammet's guitar. But I play more of james' parts and do kirk's part sometimes. I do the lead parts in master and battery and one.
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Well james toured with a king v on the master of puppets tour, so I guess you can't go wrong with it. Personally I'm not much of a fan of the hammet , just don't like how they feel.
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you could also get a ltd explorer. I own a ltd ex-401 and really like it. and it's kinda Hetfield style
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You don't have to have a specific guitar to sound like Metallica. Over the years they have played a bit of everything anyways, from Fender Strats (Kirk), to Les Pauls. Any guitar with humbucking pickups should get you close, as long as you have a decent amp.
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you could also get a ltd explorer. I own a ltd ex-401 and really like it. and it's kinda Hetfield style



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I own it in olymipic white and prefer it over the black ones. But I think thats a matter of opinion. But a white one always gets me thinking about hetfields "eet fuk" explorer
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EX-401 in Olympic White.
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Well.. Hetfield guitar you say? **** the V, Explorer is where it's at! ESP Explorer too. I really like those.. oooh, shiny, beautiful things..
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#12
buy anything with active 81/85 emg's and your set for metallica, just about every guitar james ever used has active emg's
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buy anything with active 81/85 emg's and your set for metallica, just about every guitar james ever used has active emg's


He uses 81/60.
#15
Any Explorer or V for Hetfield in a cover band. From a white Epi V with invaders for Kill 'em All in the studio to the custom Ken Lawrence explorers he uses on tour sometimes he's played tons of stuff that does the job. As long as you have high output pickups, preferably actives, and scoop your mids on your amp you'll be able to get his rhythm tone.
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Any superstrat you feel comfortable with that has a floyd and good pickups will be excellent for metallica.
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You don't have to have a specific guitar to sound like Metallica. Over the years they have played a bit of everything anyways, from Fender Strats (Kirk), to Les Pauls. Any guitar with humbucking pickups should get you close, as long as you have a decent amp.


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#21
LTD explorer either the EX or FX series would be great

But really it doesn't matter. playing with a fender might look weird but not many people will care as long as you sound good
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Oh, the irony

TS, anything with humbuckers.

I'd worry more about your amp if I were you...
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Oh, the irony

TS, anything with humbuckers.

I'd worry more about your amp if I were you...



no member of metallica ever played a fender strat and 'anything with humbuckers' just isnt true because there is such a variety of tones with pickups
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Oh, the irony

TS, anything with humbuckers.

I'd worry more about your amp if I were you...

i agree with all of this, ESPECIALLY the first bit

^you tend to lose the subtle differences when you're using hi-gain tones, in which case the amp makes a much bigger difference than any guitar will. and any guitar with humbuckers will work for metallica tones, whether it's 100% spot on or not, and you're never going to get that close anyway, unless you are metallica.
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#25
this forum has gone too far with right idea, amp makes the biggest difference in your sound however the guitar is still a major factor. If it wasnt all guitars would have 20p pickups in
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Quote by Tedis1111
no member of metallica ever played a fender strat and 'anything with humbuckers' just isnt true because there is such a variety of tones with pickups

Go away, you know nothing.

Kirk has been playing anything with humbuckers. ESP superstrats, Fender strats, Jackson superstrats and RR's, Gibson V's, Les Pauls, Ibanez'es, hell, if i'm not mistaking, i've seen pictures of him playing a telecaster with a humbucker.

Do you really think if rockstarts have 100 cazillian dollars they will stick just to 1 type of guitars? Dude...
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Quote by Tedis1111
this forum has gone too far with right idea, amp makes the biggest difference in your sound however the guitar is still a major factor. If it wasnt all guitars would have 20p pickups in

We all said 'humbuckers' meaning decent humbuckers (they cost 50-60$ a piece??), not:

Hey dude, here is what you do: Get any guitar with THE CHEAPEST HUMBUCKERS in them. The cheaper, the better. You will obtain metallica tone instantly with 20p pickups...


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#28
if someone can show me a vid of kirk playing a fender strat i will give them £99999

dont forget all of his ESPs use EMGs and he doesnt use jacksons all the much anymore. The gibsons he only uses for stuff like fade to black (live)

of course he owns a fender but does that mean he records of plays live with it? no it doesnt
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#29
I admit that I don't know as much as you guys, but I have to admit I have seen Kirk and James play with just about anything under the sun. Hell just watch the Monster DVD and how the guitar tech talked about how large their collection is. Do you honestly think in that size collection there are no Fenders? Come on.

Also, I learned but sort of knew that for me to get the sound I was shooting for it's all about both of them, not just one. The guitar and what kind of pickups it has PLUS the amp. I also remember Zakk once saying, there is nothing better than a Gibson through a Marshall. While that is relative to what you are discussing, the point is sound.
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if someone can show me a vid of kirk playing a fender strat i will give them £99999

dont forget all of his ESPs use EMGs and he doesnt use jacksons all the much anymore. The gibsons he only uses for stuff like fade to black (live)



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#31
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We all said 'humbuckers' meaning decent humbuckers (they cost 50-60$ a piece??), not:

Hey dude, here is what you do: Get any guitar with THE CHEAPEST HUMBUCKERS in them. The cheaper, the better. You will obtain metallica tone instantly with 20p pickups...





umm thats what your saying...your saying pickups make no difference and imsaying yes thy do


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Someone never saw the one video.

Even though it was an esp vintage plus, a strat is a strat



i said fender
#34
Quote by Tedis1111
if someone can show me a vid of kirk playing a fender strat i will give them £99999

dont forget all of his ESPs use EMGs and he doesnt use jacksons all the much anymore. The gibsons he only uses for stuff like fade to black (live)

of course he owns a fender but does that mean he records of plays live with it? no it doesnt

Christ, just gtfo

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Quote by Tedis1111
if someone can show me a vid of kirk playing a fender strat i will give them £99999

dont forget all of his ESPs use EMGs and he doesnt use jacksons all the much anymore. The gibsons he only uses for stuff like fade to black (live)

of course he owns a fender but does that mean he records of plays live with it? no it doesnt

for all you know he might've recorded with a strat at some point, but never actually been photographed/filmed doing so.

Loads of people record with different guitars to what they gig with.
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for all you know he might've recorded with a strat at some point, but never actually been photographed/filmed doing so.

Loads of people record with different guitars to what they gig with.

He did use his fender '62 strat live. I found a quote from an interview where Kirk himself sais it. I posted it above.

oh, btw, tithead, I reported you for trolling, being stupid and being an ass.
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He did use his fender '62 strat live. I found a quote from an interview where Kirk himself sais it. I posted it above.

oh, btw, tithead, I reported you for trolling, being stupid and being an ass.



lol im not trolling and why am i wrong and your not? surely guitar tone is all opinion and not all guitars sound the same thats a fact if you have a good ear
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lol im not trolling and why am i wrong and your not? surely guitar tone is all opinion and not all guitars sound the same thats a fact if you have a good ear

Just shush and give me my £99999. You just have to know AND BE ABLE TO ADMIT when you're wrong. Stop being a baby.
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Just shush and give me my £99999. You just have to know AND BE ABLE TO ADMIT when you're wrong. Stop being a baby.



lol.....just lol
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