“If only he knew who was playing guitar behind him!”: Paul Gilbert heard someone playing Little Wing at a music store, so he spontaneously joined in the jam – and the player’s reaction is priceless

Paul Gilbert playing an Ibanez guitar, with a shocked fan looking on
(Image credit: Paul Gilbert/Instagram)

Electric guitar shopping is an enjoyable activity at the best of times, but doing it in the presence of one of the instrument’s greatest champions is perhaps even better, as this anonymous player – who was casually jamming in Johnny Roadhouse Music store, before Paul Gilbert decided to join in – can probably attest.

In a social media post shared by Gilbert, said player is first seen minding his own business at the family-run store in Manchester, UK, testing out what (from a distance) appeared to be a Buttercream Fender Player Jazzmaster.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.