Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re: anyone seen this? kirk hammet's black pyramid universe
"Back in the day", perhaps the "...And Justice..." tour, Kirk used to play a RG560 w/EMGs for his solo spot every night. He also then proceeded to trash and/or break the guitar, giving away the pieces. Since his brand new ESP and Jackson Rhoads were neck through, and his Gibson V and Les Paul Custom were set-neck, he couldn't trash those in the same way.
Since Lars is tight with the Hoshino/Tama people, getting Kirk a one-off (even if it were just a repainted white Universe) wouldn't be a big deal. Especially since ESP wasn't making sevens.
We know Ibanez has done this for a bunch of "names" who weren't endorsees, such as Kurt Cobain and Dave Navarro. Even Dime was known to have a few Iceman guitars with Floyds (and I'm sure lightning bolts).