“What has kept me in sessions has not been my playing ability, ever. You have to connect with people before you can have a creative flow”: Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Santana – George Pajon Jr. has built an enviable session resume, but it took more than chops

Taboo, George Pajon Jr., Will.i.am, and Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas perform onstage during the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

George Pajon Jr. loves guitars and owns an impressive collection. But when he and his wife relocated from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, it wasn’t the gear that weighed him down; it was a hefty box stuffed with every issue of Guitar World and other guitar magazines that he began collecting as an adolescent.

Pajon began playing guitar at age nine. “My uncle took out a Candy Apple Red Strat, plugged it into an amp, and blew my mind,” he recalls. “From that moment forward, I was obsessed. I begged my parents for a guitar. They bought me a no-name brand at a swap meet because that’s all they could afford. I never put it down.”

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.