Paul Gilbert on his greatest used guitar finds, humbuckers vs single coils and his first serious guitar

Paul Gilbert talks buying and selling guitars
(Image credit: Future / Joby Sessions)

Having found a Gibson Les Paul Custom in the local paper for $300 in his youth, Paul has become an avid buyer and seller of gear throughout his career. 

In our inaugural feature on the topsy-turvy world of gear trading, the super-gifted Mr Gilbert talks us through some of his hits and misses, the highs and lows of hunting for electric guitars, and explains why the appeal of Ibanez's most-pointy '80s guitars can be a double-edged sword.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.