The Super-Hendrix Scale
BY PAUL GILBERT
Paul Gilbert purposefully began playing gui-
tar at age 9, formed the guitar-driven bands
Racer X and Mr. Big, and then accidentally
had a No. 1 hit with an acoustic song called
“To Be with You.” Paul began teaching at
GIT at the age of 18, has released countless
albums and guitar instructional DVDs, and
will remembered as “the guy who got the drill
stuck in his hair.” For more information, visit
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Iam not a car person. I like to have a trunk big enough to fit a 2x12 combo
amp and a backseat big enough to fit some
guitars and a pedalboard. A good stereo
is nice too, so I can sing along with my
Johnny Cash CDs on the way to rehearsal.
But the engine and other parts under the
hood remain mysterious to me.
The first few cars that I owned were the
cheapest possible vehicles I could find, and I
still have nightmares about being responsible
for them and the safety of others in their vicinity. These were dangerous old gas-guzzlers with
brakes that worked 95 percent of the time.
These early years of driving left a strong
philosophical idea burned into my consciousness. The idea was: “Everyone else’s car is better
than mine.” I was not troubled by this idea at
all. As long as I could get my amp, my guitar,
and myself to the gig, all was well in my world.
But as much as I tried to avoid the tech-
nical details of automobile maintenance,
there was one task I could not avoid:
pumping the gasoline.
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