Paul Gilbert...Can this guy play or what.

  • Check out this clip then...

    Especially the ending of the first guitar solo , and the long guitar solo from 3'30'' onwards...



  • Ive been wondering what the deal is with the headphones...I didn't dare ask him when he called us at work (and he's a super nice guy also and gave me a great quote about HTP) is it hearing issues- like when Eric Johnson had to wear them during G3? Or just a different way of monitoring? It is wierd.


  • Those look like standard ear muffs that guys use on a shooting range or, in my case, working in a noisy environment. The ones I use have a 22 db reduction rating and you can actually hear a lot with them...but whether it is a Marshall stack or a PW 4000 jet engine they make the difference between working in comfort and getting your ears reamed.

    I do remember a magazine article in which Tony Franklin describes having a pair of customized ear plugs made for him; he was referred to this particular specialist by Carmine Appice. They pour a fluid resin into the ear and when it sets up it fits perfectly and allows the user to hear clearly and yet cut down the incoming decibel level.

    I think it was the HEAR group that was behind the plugs.

    Yours In The Funk
    Bill "Capt. Midnite" Redford


    "Cause if you fake the FUNK..your nose got to grow!" Bootsy Collins

  • I swear by those molded muscian's earplugs and wear them on gigs. They are a must. They are availalable from any local ear specialist. I don't blame Paul at all for going to extremes for protecting his hearing. I would think that ear muffs would really kill off any vital frequencies.

  • I know that I have hearing problems myself. I just can't get into the plugs. It's one of those things I've never been able to do. You lose some of the experience. I know that losing our hearing is not worth all that in the end but I guess it's just one of those things for me that I can't bend on.

    I would compare it to protection in other areas of life. The experience just isn't the same ;)

  • I only wear ear plugs so I don't have to listen to myself too much :D :D

    Not being a musician I only wear them when the windows are open and the neighbor's dog is barking at 3 AM :mad:

    "if only we'd turn around and notice the door to the cell is open"

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