what words are there to not describe kirk as one of the greatest guitarist of all time? Kirk has lightining fast fingers, and the solos he does astounds everyone (guitarists and non-guitarists alike). Starting at 15, he had a fender in '78, then wanting to get a Gibson Flying V ('84). He wanted that Gibson so bad he took shifts at Burger King to pay for it.
Then in April of 1983, Kirk received a call from Metallica because they were firing Dave Mustaine. So Kirk got his money and left California for the first time to arrive at New York. He auditioned and thus began Kirk's career as lead guitar in Metallica.
Kirk Hammett's solos will blow your fucking head due to sheer amazment.