In a recent interview with Guitar World, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about his frequent use of wah pedals. Known for his heavy use of effects, Hammett is not ashamed to rely on wah pedals, believing them to be an integral part of his sound.
“I can't think of anyone who uses a wah pedal as much as I do, and I'm not ashamed of it,” he says Hammett. "This is what I was drawn to, but he's just one of them, and he's become part of my sound. I use it to express myself, and it feels like an extension of my guitar."
Wah pedals, which sweep various frequencies to change the tone of the guitar, have been used by many guitarists throughout history. But few have used it as extensively and effectively as Hammett, who has incorporated it into nearly every Metallica song.
Hammett's use of wah pedals can be heard on his legendary Metallica tracks such as "Enter Sandman," "Master of Puppets," and "One." He also uses this effect for solos and improvisations, demonstrating his mastery of the technique.
Despite criticism from some who consider wah pedals to be overused and banal, Hammett has made no apologies for his reliance on effects. He claims that wah pedals allow him to express himself in ways that would otherwise not be possible.
"I don't think you can have too many wahs," Hammett quipped. "If it works well and helps me create the sound I want to make, I will keep using it. It's all about what works for the individual player."
Hammett's dedication to sound and his use of wah pedals helped make him one of the most famous and influential guitarists of all time. As he continues to push the boundaries of his playing and incorporate new techniques, fans can expect to hear more of his signature wah-infused sound in the future.