Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Only Uses This Metal Icon’s Wah Pedal

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Kirk Hammett’s use of a wah-wah pedal has been a staple of what people think when it comes to Metallica’s guitar tone.

While he’s had a partnership with Dunlop resulting in the KH95 Kirk Hammett Signature Cry Baby Wah Pedal, it seems his true heart lies elsewhere.

In a recent revelation during an interview with Rick Beato, Hammett confessed a particular fondness for Dimebag Darrell’s DB01B Dimebag Cry Baby From Hell Wah when recording in the studio. Such an endorsement from Hammett, the “wah master”, underscores the pedal’s unique qualities.

Hammett reminisced about Dimebag, expressing profound respect and love for him both as a musician and a person. Discussing the pedal, he emphasized the Dimebag wah’s unique 6-way frequency range selector and the exclusive boost function. These innovations, according to Hammett, make it stand out in the vast world of wah pedals.

“I love Dimebag,” Hammett says (via Loudwire). “I loved him as a guy; I loved him as a person; I loved him as a player. To this day, I have a lot of emotions towards him.”

It was the uniqueness of Dimebag’s pedal that once led Hammett to consider incorporating similar features into his own signature model. However, he decided against it, out of deep respect for Dimebag. “This is the wah that I should’ve made,” Hammett confessed, underscoring his admiration for the Dimebag wah.

With artists constantly searching for the perfect tone, Hammett’s endorsement of the Dimebag wah highlights the pedal’s distinct attributes. His decision to use it despite having his own signature pedal is a true testament to its unparalleled quality. For Hammett, it’s not just about the sound, but also the emotions attached to the pedal, making it an iconic part of his gear lineup.

See the full interview below. Also, check out other excerpts from the interview, including his desire to hear And Justice For All if Cliff Burton was alive to play over it.