Paul Gilbert names 12 guitarists who shaped his sound

Paul Gilbert
(Image credit: Sam Gehrke)

Few players scour the innards of their musical soul in quite the same way Paul Gilbert does.

Be it his shredding heroics with early band Racer X, or his uber-melodic musings with the world-dominating supergroup Mr. Big, one thing is sure – Gilbert's heart, mind, and genius are poured over every inch of his Ibanez's fretboard.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.