Paul Waggoner

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Paul Waggoner
Paul in Louisville, KY, January 2010.
Background information
Birth name Paul Waggoner
Born (1979-02-10) February 10, 1979 (age 37)
Origin United States
Genres thrash metal, technical death metal, death metal, deathcore, Progressive metal, progressive rock, metalcore
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Labels Victory, Metal Blade
Associated acts Between the Buried and Me, Prayer for Cleansing, Lamb of God

Paul Waggoner is the lead guitarist of the American progressive metal band, Between the Buried and Me from North Carolina. Being an avid fan of progressive rock, he is heavily influenced by John Petrucci, Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth and Steve Vai. He formerly played guitar in the metalcore band, Prayer for Cleansing. He played live guitar for Lamb Of God in 2014. Waggoner is a vegan,[1] and straight edge.


Waggoner's playing is heavily influenced by a wide variety of styles—in his work with Between the Buried and Me, he often combines elements of metal, death metal, progressive rock, jazz and bluegrass.


  • Ibanez LACS S Series w/ Mojotone PW Hornets (in current use)
  • PRS Custom 24 w/ Bare Knuckle Black Hawks
  • PRS SE Maple Top 24
  • PRS Custom 24 (Colors DVD)
  • Ibanez S1625TKS w/ EMG 85/81 (used to record Alaska)
  • Ibanez S520WNF w/ EMG 85/81 (used to record their self-titled, Silent Circus, and Prayer For Cleansing)
  • Ibanez S2170FB (used to record "Colors")
  • Jackson King V w/ EMG 85/81 (used on tour)
  • Mesa/Boogie Mark V
  • Mesa/Boogie dual rectifier rackmount two-channel head, circa 1997 (used on all albums)
  • Mesa Standard Recto 4x12
  • Fractal Audio AXE-FX
  • Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus (for clean tone only)
  • Port City 2x12
  • Ibanez TS808
  • Ibanez WD7 Weeping Demon
  • D'addario EXL115W guitar strings
  • Dimarzio D-activator pickups
  • Boss CS3 Compressor/Sustainer pedal
  • Boss Delay pedals
  • Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II