Paul Gilbert sheds light on why he uses “really thin” picks and recalls test driving Eddie Van Halen’s guitar

Paul Gilbert performs with Mr. Big at Union Scene in Drammen
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Paul Gilbert recently keyed us in on the “dangerous trend” he see among YouTube guitarists, and now he’s back with more tips, including why he switched to using really thin guitar picks.

"[I]f you strum a lot, a thin pick sounds nice,” Gilbert explained to Ultimate Guitar. “For something on electric, like [The Who's] Pinball Wizard, that feels good with a thin pick.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.