For the latest in an occasional series on I Heart Guitar I’ve asked super-talented San Francisco luthier Kate Hunter to list her five favourite guitarists. If you happen to follow Kate on Twitter you’ll know she has rather varied tastes in guitarists as well as in guitar design, and her list certainly reflects that! So without further ado, here’s Kate’s list. Enjoy!
So, When Peter suggested I do this list I responded with “Oh, I am ALL over it!” and then proceeded to spend the rest of my day and following night fretting my guts out. All the people I was going to have to leave off the list! It suddenly felt as if Yngwie Malmsteen was going to furiously barge in, shriek “How DARE you!” and crack a scallop-necked rain of tonal pain over me for my insolence, then float off on an angry neoclassical hairspray cloud back to Sweden. Continue reading
Lemmie tell you a little story about plectrums. I used to always – always – use a Jim Dunlop Jazz III pick. It was my go-to pick no matter what I was playing: electric, acoustic, bass, 7-string, metal, blues, jazz. And it served me really well. But then one day I found myself in a foreign country on an unfamiliar guitar with an unfamiliar pick and I felt completely lost. Oh and it was during a lesson with Paul Gilbert, which is a real good way to feel intimidated, no matter how great Paul is at making his lessons seem fun and relaxed. A little while later, I went to a Marty Friedman clinic which was a hugely influential night in my development as a guitarist. Lemmie explain. Continue reading
No matter what he does, Paul Gilbert’s always been great. But to me he’s at his best when he’s being fun. Fun was a crucial ingredient in his solo debut King of Clubs, and it was a huge part of albums like Space Ship One and Alligator Farm. And if you’ve ever seen him at a clinic or had a private lesson with the man, you’d know that he’s all about reminding everyone that playing guitar is one of the funnest, coolest, most awesome things you can possibly do. And that’s what’s so great about Vibrato. Paul is back to singing on many of this album’s cuts, and his lyrical take is always so charmingly skewed that you just can’t help but smile. Check out “Enemies (In Jail),” which is based on a drawing young Paul did when he was around four years old, and which posits that the best day ever would involve riding around in a racing car and catching your enemies and putting them in jail – set against a super-cool octave-pedal, whammy-bar-and-two-phasers tone and some tasty jazz-influenced guitar work.
Huge thanks to Paul Gilbert and Artistworks for providing this killer look at Paul’s online guitar school!
Paul’s heading to Australia soon for a masterclass tour thanks to Thump Music. Get your tickets here!
And don’t forget, his new album Vibrato is out next month. Here’s the UK press release:
Music Theories Recordings, a division of Mascot Label Group, is pleased to announce the 15thOctober UK release of Paul Gilbert’s 12th solo album “Vibrato”. The album includes 4 new guitar and vocal compositions, 4 instrumentals, and 3 live cover songs from Gilbert’s 2010 “Fuzz”tour including Yes’ Roundabout, Muddy Waters’ I Want To Be Loved and AC/DC’s Go Down.
01 – Enemies (In Jail)
02 – Rain And Thunder And Lightning
03 – Vibrato
04 – Put It On The Char
05 – Bivalve Blues
06 – Blue Rondo A La Turk
07 – Atmosphere on the Moon
08 – The Pronghorn
09 – Roundabout
10 – I Want To Be Loved
11 – Go Down
Paul Gilbert (who is doing a clinic tour of Oz soon) has a new album coming soon called Vibrato. It includes eight studio-recorded tacks plus three live tracksrecorded in 2010 when he toured Europe. It’s half instrumental and half vocal, which is awesome news for those of us who love Paul’s vocal albums like King of Clubs, Alligator Farm and Space Ship One. In fact, I had Space Ship One on regular rotation right at the time that Mrs I Heart Guitar and I found out we were going to be parents, so whenever I listen to that album it brings back all sorts of huge emotions. Anyway, the track list for Vibrato is:
01 Enemies (In Jail)
02 Rain and Thunder and Lightning
04 Put It On The Chair
05 Bivalve Blues
06 Blue Rondo A La Turk
07 Atmosphere on the Moon
08 The Pronghorn
09 Roundabout (Live)
10 I Want To Be Loved (Live)
11 Go Down (Live)
Here’s something I think I might just have to check out while I’m in California for NAMM: Paul Gilbert is offering ‘VIP lessons’ for two days to coincide with NAMM. Only problem is that I won’t have a guitar with me in the US. Maybe I should get me an Ibanez Mikro or something!
By the way, before I get to the details, check out Paul’s guest post for I Heart Guitar, where he talks about his Ibanez Fireman Kikusui Ginjo Junmai custom.
Here’s some info from Paul’s site:
For the first time in the Southern California…
I will be offering VIP lessons for two days, January 17th and 18th, 2010.
I have chosen the time and location to coincide with the NAMM show, to make it convenient for out-of-town students as well as those living in Southern California. Here are the details:
ONLY ONE MILE FROM NAMM!
Wall of Sound Studio
1745 S. Claudina Way
Anaheim, CA 92805
VIP Lesson Inlcudes:
* A 75-minute guitar lesson with me.
* Each lesson is limited to 6 students. This small class size allows me to give personal attention to each student. I will answer questions, give guitar sequences, techniques, and advice based on your current level, and we will all plug in and jam together! I want to hear YOU play, so I can give you focused and practical advice.
* An exclusive booklet with my newest phrases and techniques.
* A Paul Gilbert Tour t-shirt.
* A set of custom guitar picks.
* You are welcome (and encouraged) to bring an audio recorder to remember the details of the lesson. (no video, please)
* At the end of the lesson, I will sign autographs and take pictures.
What Should You Bring?
Just bring your guitar! Amps, cables, and tuners will be provided. If you want to record the lesson, please bring a small audio recorder. If you would like a photo together, please bring a camera. (If you have a locking tremolo, please set-up your guitar to standard “E” tuning.)
DATES and TIMES:
SUNDAY, January 17th: Start times: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
MONDAY, January 18th: Start times: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in.
YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR LESSON IN ADVANCE.
COST: $300 per VIP ticket
There are only 36 tickets available, so reserve yours now at:
For more info, visit Paul’s site.
Just found this awesome video of Paul Gilbert rocking his new Ibanez Kikusui Ginjo Junmai Fireman guitar (the one he wrote about for I Heart Guitar in his guest post HERE). The song is ‘Addicted To That Rush.’
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I saw this photo over at Paul Gilbert’s site today and I thought, what kind of investigative guitar journalist would I be if I didn’t try to find out some info about that cool new custom Ibanez Fireman? So I asked Paul if he’d contribute a few words about the guitar for I Heart Guitar, and here’s what he said:
I was thinking about Michael Anthony’s Jack Daniels bass guitar, and I thought, “Why don’t I have a guitar with MY favorite drink?”
My favorite Japanese sake is Kikusui Ginjo Junmai:
I took the color of the bottle and the designs on the label and designed a guitar around it. The knobs for the volume and tone are two bottle caps from the sake!
The guitar is STUNNING in-person. Ibanez did such a beautiful job making my idea into reality. And it sounds and plays great too. Of course, I played it on the MR. BIG reunion tour of Japan.
UPDATE: When I had a lesson with Paul in January 2010, I got to check out this guitar in person. See?
This guitar itself is old news but here’s Ibanez’s press release (from August 3) about the re-issued PGM300, now named the PGM300REWH (the ‘RE’ stands for ‘reissue’ and the ‘WH’ is the code for ‘white.’ These are great guitars – Edge bridge, DiMarzio PAF Pro humbuckers and a FS-1 single coil, and a neck which shares the same shape as Steve Vai’s Jem series.
Ibanez Celebrates 20 Years of Paul Gilbert Signature Models, Unveils PGM300REWH
August 03, 2009
From his days in Racer X and Mr. Big to his most recent instrumental work, Paul Gilbert’s mind-bending, warp-speed playing has inspired countless guitarists. With their telltale F-holes, Paul’s signature Ibanez PGM axes have become legendary for their looks, exceptional sound, and feel. At 2009 Summer NAMM, Ibanez was pleased and excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PGM line by unveiling the PGM300REWH, a stellar reissue of the PGM300WH. The decision to reissue this PGM model was made by a worldwide fan vote, held online at Ibanez.com.
The PGM300REWH features a super-fast 5pc. maple/walnut Wizard Prestige neck with maple fretboard, Edge bridge, DiMarzio PAF-PRO pickups in the bridge and neck positions, and a DiMarzio FS-1 in the middle. Needless to say, the wide range of tonal variations and hard rock sounds will blow away even the most blasé of guitar aficionados.
The PGM300REWH is a Limited Production model and only 200 will be made available worldwide. A hardshell case and special 20th Anniversary Certificate are also included.
Available Finish: WH-White
Body Material: Basswood
Neck Material: 5pc. Maple/Walnut
Neck Scale/Type: 25.5/JEM Prestige
No. Frets/Type: 24/Jumbo
Inlay: Black Dot Inlay
Bridge: Edge Bridge
H/W Color: Cosmo Black
Neck Pickup: DiMarzio® PAF-PRO®
Middle Pickup: DiMarzio® FS-1™
Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio® PAF-PRO®
Case: Deluxe Hardshell
Case List: Included
I bought my Airplane Flanger from TunnelVision Music for $149. It took a week to get here to Australia from the US and now I can stop having USPS.com as my home page.