| August 3, 2023 |

Video: In Conversation With Richie Faulkner

Richie Faulkner on Judas Priest, his Gibson Flying V Custom signature model, and recovery from heart surgery

In this video from our new channel, The Gibson Gear Guide, we talk with the legend that is Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest, Elegant Weapons) and get a glimpse into what it’s like being in one of the most hard-rocking bands of all time—from one of the nicest men in rock ‘n’ roll.

Watch as Dinesh chats with guitarist Richie Faulkner about the audition process for Judas Priest, how Faulkner thought the call for the audition was fake, and how Glenn Tipton auditioned him for the role while making a cup of tea.

We also get to hear more about the Richie Faulkner Flying V Custom signature model (yes, he absolutely shreds on it), find out why he chooses to play Gibson guitars, and get a guide to the stompboxes he uses as he talks us through his favorite effects pedals to play live and in the studio. 

Faulkner also reveals the backstory of how he entered the world of session and live guitar performance and explains why you don’t need to know theory to succeed as a session musician and how “what works for you” makes the most difference. 

Finally, Richie shares how the love from the Judas Priest fans and playing guitar helped him recover following his near-fatal onstage aortic aneurysm.

Be sure and check out Richie’s Flying V!