Kirk Hammett Cover Story Photo Outtakes

October 7th, 2012

The July/August 2011 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine features a cover story with Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, who kindly invited us into his Bay Area home and his ocean-front Hawaiian estate.

Hammett was so generous with his time that we ended up with many more excellent shots from photographer Travis Shinn than we could possibly print in the magazine. Here are just a few of the best.

  • Paul

    That doesn’t look like a D-18… Or at least it doesn’t have the usual appointments.

  • Mike

    This would actually make a great desktop wallpaper for Kirk’s family

  • jarrod

    those are some awesome pics.

  • javier

    Meet the Holy Grail of Guitar!

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  • I love your magazine. When are you going full on digital so I can read it on my I pad? I buy all my magazines (except GV) now through zinio or app based cause I travel a lot.
    Thank you

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  • javier

    very pleasing video!!!!!!

  • margaret ann reilly

    I loved the article about Kirk Hammett!!!! Couldn’t put it down. What an awesome guy! I have loved him since I was a kid. I loved reading about his love for Horror and surfing. Well written, informative, enjoyable, and the photographs really captured his genuine soul! The best.

    • Dag nabbit good stuff you whippresapnpres!

  • Rhonda Houlden

    it’s all your fault!! I’ve never been much for heavy metal but since the article on Kirk Hammett I’ve found a new love in this style of music & loved the article. I’ve booked my husband & I to a trip to San Fransisco to celebrate Metallica’s 30th anniversary but impossible to get tickets.

    Hoping you could help us out in the ticket department since we are coming from Vancouver Canada!!

    yours truly, a confirmed Guitar Aficianado reader, Rhonda Houlden

    • I love this! The pctuire is so clear and the coloring seems to be perfect! I love photography. I’ve actually been thinking about taking a few more classes. Your pics are amazing!

  • Ardhi

    I want to see you plays more in Indonesia..
    Kickin’ our-ass here !!!!

  • Holly

    Great article and photos!

  • Thank you for everything the past 30 years of your career.

  • Jeff

    Where’s the Frazetta painting?!!

  • Susan Stuart

    These were wonderful! He seems so natural – must be a joy to photograph. I love Kirk Hammett – he is so accessible. Does he ever reveal what brand(s) of cigars he smokes?