Paul Gilbert explains why 21-fret guitars can actually deliver higher notes than 24-fret models

Paul Gilbert
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Earlier this year, Paul Gilbert announced The Dio Album – an ambitious instrumental tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio, which served to revive and reimagine tracks from across the heavy metal legend’s storied career.

For Gilbert, it proved to be an exercise in harnessing and learning new techniques – and unlearning others, in some cases – with the Mr. Big maestro having to pull out all the stops to recreate the feel and tone of several metal guitar heroes.

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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.