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Exclusive: Paul Gilbert Plays Van Halen's Eruption

Guitarist was ultra-lucky to meet up with Mr Big guitar God Paul Gilbert during the band's recent tour of Blighty, and he was gracious enough to show us his new rig, that included the new Ibanez Fireman, a couple of Marshall half-stacks and a string of stompboxes.

We filmed the entire thing, and the December issue of Guitarist features the entire On The Road With Paul Gilbert video. It's on both the final instalment of the Guitarist CD and our new service Guitarist Vault.

As an awesome teaser to the feature, here's Paul playing Van Halen's Eruption to demonstrate just one of his pedals. The greatest living rock guitarist recreating the most influential piece of rock music of the last 30 odd years? Oh yes…

The December 2011 issue of Guitarist is on-sale 23 November. Do not miss it.

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.