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METALLICA's Kirk Hammett Pisses Off Entire Music Instrumentation Industry With Single Tweet

Kirk Hammett claims he's the only actual guitar player making pedals. Uhh…

Kirk Hammett claims he's the only actual guitar player making pedals. Uhh…

As Metallica are putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited album, guitarist Kirk Hammeett is busying diversifying. He launched a horror festival a few years ago, and now he's getting into the pedal game, with his KHDK line of guitar pedals.

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Kirk seems pretty excited promoting the pedals, and in a recent interview with Music Radar, Kirk said something that is definitely not true:

We’re all very inspired and very, very excited about this. I think it’s the first time you’ll see a pedal company actually being driven by an actual guitar player, like Tom Scholz and Rockman – I really don’t know of any other guitar players out there who are actually making pedals.

It's weird that Kirk would say that, because I would think that all pedal makers have a working knowledge of guitars and likely are players, otherwise, how do they know if their pedals are any good? Perhaps he meant the only pedal company with a super-successful guitar player making pedals? Either way, Kirk doubled down on this statement with a tweet:

The tweet went viral, as MetalSucks points out, and a ton of pedal makers went out of their way to respond to Kirk saying actually, that's not true…

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Update: Kirk Hammett has since apologized:

No dis to other players who create pedals. I’m just stoked about KHDK and proud to be deeply involved in the creative…

Posted by Kirk Hammett on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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The lesson here? Don't go knocking an entire industry while trying to promote your product. On the plus side, the pedal is getting some great reviews from our sister site, Gear Gods. Here's their video review:

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