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Paul Gilbert is one of the most respected and exciting guitar virtuosos around, but even the greats need to have their gear set-up just right to really wail. Here he tells JOE BOSSO about the kit that he simply has to have to perform at his best…

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Paul Gilbert INTERVIEW

Paul Gilbert’s love of gear started with one word: distortion. As a budding teenaged axeman, he fixated on buying either a DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup or an MXR Distortion Plus pedal, simply because they both sported that magical word. “I had never tried them, but they both said ‘distortion,’ so I figured they must do the same thing,” he says.

Gilbert wound up purchasing a used DiMarzio pickup, and after his dad installed it in his guitar, he took it out for a spin. The results were… interesting. “I definitely noticed a higher output, but I was surprised that it didn’t make my guitar 100 per cent fuzzy all the time like a effects pedal would,” he says. “In retrospect, it was a good thing.”

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The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.