Review: Epiphone Limited Edition Richie Faulkner Flying V Custom Outfit

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As embarrassing as it sounds, the first time I saw Richie Faulkner was on American Idol, where he and Judas Priest backed up one of the singing contestants who happened to be a huge fan of the iconic metal band. As I watched Faulkner rip through “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law” with such fiery, youthful vigor, I had to ask myself, “Who the hell is this young guitar-slinging metal god?”

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.