To celebrate 20 years of Paul Gilbert Signature Models, Ibanez is
reissuing all of the PGM guitars from the past two decades and they
threw a star-studded bash Saturday night at NAMM to commemorate the
Ibanez is letting fans vote on which models get reissued first at ibanez.com.
Mike Varney, who launched Gilbert's career by featuring him in GP's Spotlight column back in the 80s, gave the invocation, introducing Gilbert's solo band. They took the stage and treated the crowd to a dazzling combination of technical ability and pop sensibilities. Feloow Ibanez endorsee Andy Timmons joined Gilbert for a rocking version of Pat Travers' cover of "Statesboro Blues." Gilbert also played a few tunes off an upcoming album with new singer Freddie Nelson.
Gilbert's terrifying shred band Racer X took the stage next, wowing listeners with mind-blowing solos and impossible riffs.
On hand to honor Gilbert were his Mr. Big bandmates Eric Martin and Billy Sheehan, Herman Li from Dragonforce, Uriah Duffy of Whitesnake, as well as Larry DiMarzio and Steve Blucher who have been making pickups for Gilbert his entire career.