Adam Jones gifts signature Gibson Les Paul to 9-year-old Maya Neelakantan for nailing 7empest cover

Adam Jones and Maya Neelakantan
(Image credit: Maya Neelakantan / Gibson/YouTube)

Earlier this year, nine-year-old Maya Neelakantan became an internet sensation after she posted an epic cover of Tool’s 16-minute opus, 7empest.

It was a cover that attracted the attention of multiple media outlets and thousands of Tool fans, with the original video currently sitting just above a cool 65,000 views. 7empest is a tricky beast to tackle for even seasoned guitar players, so it's no surprise the internet went a bit crazy when the nine-year-old nailed it.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.