There’s no doubt that both Paul Gilbert and Eddie Van Halen are two of the greatest rock guitarists who ever lived. So it’s always a fun time to hear one of these greats covering the other, especially when it’s on acoustic guitar.
This recently happened when Paul Gilbert, seemingly just sitting around and jamming on a flattop guitar, took a request for the Van Halen classic “Spanish Fly” and seamlessly pulled it off on camera for all of us to enjoy.
Check out the Paul Gilbert version below to hear how Paul interprets the song, and then view Van Halen’s live version posted at the end of this article in order to hear how it compares to Paul’s version.
What do you think, who played the better version of the song?
Paul Gilbert Plays Van Halen Video
Original Van Halen Version Video
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