Paul Gilbert Guitars

Ibanez Paul Gilbert Guitar, Available At ED ROMAN GUITARS in Las Vegas

Ibanez Paul Gilbert


Paul Brandon Gilbert (November 6, 1966) is the guitarist of band Racer X and formerly of the band Mr. Big. After he parted ways with Mr. Big in 1996, Gilbert pursued his career as a solo guitarist and has evolved into a successful solo artist/singer/songwriter.

Born in Carbondale, Illinois, he started playing guitar at the age of 5, but soon gave up, becoming frustrated with just learning simple nursery rhymes. Around age 11, he took up the guitar again, but with a skewed memory of the technique; he played only with upstrokes, and only used his middle finger to Paul Gilbert, Ibanez Flying Vee Guitarfret notes. Frustrated after trying to play a fast metal song with a galloping rhythm using this technique, he took lessons, and his teacher explained the error of his ways. His technique corrected, Gilbert continued practicing, and by the age of 15 he was not only touring local clubs with his band Tau Zero but was even spotlighted in Guitar Player alongside fellow up-and-comer Yngwie Malmsteen. Now, he is recognized as one of the best metal guitar players, a status due to his undeniably amazing technique, clarity, creativity and versatility.

Talking about his influences, Paul mentions many different artists, including Judas Priest, KISS, Van Halen and, rather surprisingly for a guitar shredder, the Ramones. He is also a great fan of Green Day.

Gilbert composes music in a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, metal, blues, jazz, funk and classical, but is perhaps best known for his versatility and speed, which helped him be named as one of the "Top 10 Shredders Of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine. His guitar work is characterized by his floating right hand contrary to the more common anchored right hand that guitarists like Pink Floyd's David Gilmour favor. He is also considered to be one of the best proponents of alternate picking.

Contrary to much speculation, Paul Gilbert is not Buckethead. Buckethead was Paul's student for approximately a year, during this time was when he decided to wear a mask. The KFC bucket came later.

Paul Gilbert writes his own section of the British guitar magazine, Total Guitar. He normally demonstrates guitar techniques in the magazine and the accompanying CD. Paul also teaches at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) which he attended, along with Gary Hoey and many other talented guitar players. He works a great deal with GIT's division in Japan, where he lived for a time before relocating to LA.

Gilbert along with Mike Portnoy, Gary Cherone, and Billy Sheehan will be performing three concerts in the end of May 2006 as Amazing Journey: A Tribute to The Who.

He played on an only twice-performing project called Yellow Matter Custard, a Beatles cover band consisting of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), and Matt Bissonette. They take their name from a lyric in "I Am the Walrus": "Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye".


  • He is about 6' 4" (193 cm) tall.
  • He is half Polish
  • His wife, Emi is Japanese
  • Lived in Las Vegas for many years.
  • He became somewhat famous on the internet for showing a "basic" lesson of a fast tapping solo from a Japanese DVD for learners.
  • Is known to have a rather unusual sense of humor.
  • At one point had over 100 guitars.
  • Has recorded a cover of The Spice Girls' song 2 Become 1
  • Played on the Joey Tafolla record Out of the Sun. Joey Tafolla is also a former student of Paul Gilbert.
  • Is a former instructor at Musician's Institute in Hollywood and a dean of the Musician's Institute in Tokyo, Japan

Gilbert is endorsed by Ibanez guitars, and uses the PGM signature series. His main guitar is a PGM300, however a few years ago he decided to convert it to a fixed bridge model, so Ibanez produced a model based on it which is called the PGM301.

The majority of his guitars feature painted "f-holes". He is often seen with Laney amplifiers, and praises them as having "the best natural distortion of any tube amp ever heard." Gilbert uses few effects, especially in comparison to some of his peers. He uses a Dunlop Wah, a BOSS chorus and delay, and an MXR phase 90, running the delay pedal in the effects loop of his Laney amps.




With Racer X

  • Street Lethal (1986)
  • Second Heat (1988)
  • Extreme Volume - Live (1988)
  • Extreme Volume II - Live (1992)
  • Technical Difficulties (1999)
  • Superheroes (2000)
  • Live At The Whisky: Snowball Of Doom (2001)
  • Snowball Of Doom (2002)
  • Getting Heavier (2002)
  • Snowball Of Doom 2 (2002) (only available as a bonus with the Japanese version of 'Getting Heavier')


With Mr. Big

  • Mr. Big (1989)
  • Raw Like Sushi (1990)
  • Lean Into It (1991)
  • Raw Like Sushi 2 (1992)
  • Bump Ahead (1993)
  • Japandemonium (1994)
  • Channel V At The Hard Rock Live (1996)
  • Hey Man (1996)
  • Big Bigger Biggest (1996)




  King of Clubs
Including: The Jam, Girls Who Can Read Your Mind, Double Trouble, and more...
  King of Clubs [Japan]
Including: The Jam, Girls Who Can Read Your Mind, Double Trouble, and more...
  Spaceship One
Including: Terrible Man, Wash My Car, Interaction, and more...
  Alligator Farm
Including: Let the Computer Decide [Instrumental], Cut, Cut, Cut, Better Chords, and more...
  Burning Organ
Including: Friday Night (Say Yeah), G.V.R.O., Muscle Car, and more...
  Beehive Live
Including: Girls Who Can Read Your Mind, Be My Wife, To Be With You, and more...
  Raw Blues Power
Including: 12 Days of the Blues, Girls Watching, Good Foot, and more...
  Acoustic Samurai
Including: Potato Head, Bliss, Suicide Lover, and more...
  Paul the Young Dude [Japan Bonus Track]
Including: Black Rain Cloud, Girls Who Can Read Your Mind, Gilberto Concerto, and more...
  Flying Dog
Including: Be My Wife, Gilberto Concerto [Instrumental], Wrong Man, and more...


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