Michael Paget

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Michael Paget
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Background information
Birth name Michael Paget
Born (1978-09-12) September 12, 1978 (age 35)
Bridgend, South Wales
Genres Heavy metal, metalcore, thrash metal, hard rock
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Bullet for My Valentine

Michael Paget (born September 12, 1978), also known as Padge, is a Welsh musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine.

Career[edit]

Paget has been with Bullet for My Valentine since their formation in 1998. He plays alongside Matt Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Michael Thomas (drums).

He has released four albums with Bullet for My Valentine: 2005's The Poison, 2008's Scream Aim Fire, 2010's Fever and 2013's Temper Temper. They have also released the Bullet For My Valentine and Hand of Blood EP's, both in 2004.

Early Career[edit]

He was about 17 years old when he got his first guitar - a 3/4 size classical guitar, he couldn't even tune the guitar for a month. His cousin came to his house and helped him tune the guitar. Then he started to learn some chords from the little booklet that came with the guitar. The first song he ever learned on guitar was 'Polly' by Nirvana, off the band's 1991 album "Nevermind". He used to play drums when he studied music at Bridgend College.

Equipment[edit]

Guitars[edit]

Michael Paget used to play many guitars and now he uses 2 ESP signature guitars of him.

  • ESP Michael Paget V CTM Signature guitars
  • ESP LTD MP-600 Michael Paget Signature guitars
  • ESP LTD MP-200 Michael Paget Signature guitars
  • ESP LTD EC-1000 VB
  • ESP Ninja Michael Amott Signature
  • ESP Eclipse one in vintage blbk The Other in Trans Cherry
  • ESP Explorer black used at brixton
  • Gibson Flying V white used at brixton
  • Gibson Explorer used during the 2005 download fest
  • Jackson RR5 PRO in BLBK
  • Aria Pro II (one of his first guitars)
  • ESP SV guitar
  • Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Bullseye (as stated by the band in a Guitar Edge Interview)
  • ESP Dave Mustaine Seymour Duncans Taken out Replaced by EMG 81 & EMG 60

Heads and Cabinets[edit]

Padge has used a wide range of different amplifiers:

  • Peavey 6505 amp heads
  • Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head
  • Peavey JSX120 heads
  • Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifiers
  • Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black
  • Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp
  • Mesa 300-watt 4x12 cabinets
  • Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4X12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

Effects[edit]

  • Dunlop SW-95 Slash wah
  • Dunlop Sw-95 Crybaby Slash Wah Pedal
  • Zakk Wylde overdrive (Methods of Mayhem tour)
  • Ibanez TS9 tube screamer
  • Sound Sculpture ABCadabra midi a/b switcher
  • Boss NS-2 noise suppressor
  • Ebtech hum eliminator
  • Roland mini foot controller operated by tech offstage
  • Line 6 POD X3 Pro Rack unit
  • TC Electronic g-system rack unit

Accessories[edit]

  • Boss TU2 chromatic tuner
  • Furman power conditioner
  • Sennheiser ew300 wireless unit
  • Ernie Ball 2215 Slinky Top Heavy Bottom with a .056 replacing the .052
  • Rotosound Blues but he swaps the .052 with a .056
  • Dunlop Nylon .73mm/.88mm picks

Discography[edit]

Bullet for My Valentine[edit]

References[edit]