“AGT” Season 19: Meet Maya Neelakantha who puts the Gibson Adam Jones Les Paul Standard to good use

CHENNAI, INDIA: 11-year-old Maya Neelakantan caught the attention of thousands of viewers when she performed a cover of Tool’s 16-minute epic, “7empest,” earlier in 2022. The young “America’s Got Talent” Season 19 contestant impressed Adam Jones so much that he sent the young guitarist his signature Gibson guitar, the Adam Jones Les Paul Standard.

Maya was obviously overjoyed to receive the gift at the time, calling the moment she opened it “the greatest day of my life.” Therefore, it is no surprise that she makes excellent use of the delicately furnished, and on this occasion, distinguished, six-strings.



The prodigy put together a mix of 15 crisp sections from various songs in Tool’s extensive discography and uploaded it to Maya’s YouTube profile. Presumably, the Les Paul Standard owned by Adam Jones is in capable hands.

Maya begins with the song “Intention”, taken from the group’s 2006 album 10,000 Days. She then covers a number of other songs, including “Lateralus” (2001), “Vicarious” (2006), “Descending” (2019), “Third Eye” (1996), and many more.

She also plays a bit of 7empesto, which she executed flawlessly. In case you missed it, the Gibson Adam Jones Les Paul Standard was introduced in March 2022.

It was meant to serve as a more cost-effective replacement for the Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom, which was launched in 2020 and cost at least $5,999, depending on the specifics chosen. The Adam Jones Les Paul Standard is a $2,999 guitar with a maple top and a mahogany body covered in nitrocellulose lacquer.

Mahogany neck, 22-fret ebony fingerboard, Tune-O-Matic bridge, Burstbucker 1 and DC high-gain humbucker pickups, antique silver burst finish.


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EXODUS’ Gary Holt applauded Maya Neelakanta after “AGT” Season 19 audition

Internet guitar phenomenon, Maya, arrived in the United States for an “AGT” audition. Before leaving, Maya shared a photo of her trip on Instagram and mentioned some legendary metal figures she hoped to meet while traveling.

Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) made the incredibly smart decision to fly to Los Angeles and support Maya during her audition. Naturally, Maya was ecstatic and posted on Instagram, gushing about her performance and time spent with Holt.

Since then, Maya has shared a much longer video with a beautiful story detailing the entire event.


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“AGT” Season 19 guitarist Maya Neelakantan nailed the thrash metal genre

Imagine a five-year-old girl listening to heavy metal music, dancing around the house and slapping her little toy guitar. It is Maya here. Now eleven years old, Maya has broadened the genres on her five real guitars and swapped out her toys, making her a well-known figure on social media.

Maya, an 11-year-old guitarist, shows off her skills in Indian classical Carnatic music, TOOL songs, and thrash metal. But music is everything to this self-taught metal musician.

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“AGT” Season 19 guitarist Maya Neelakantan is an online sensation

Maya, an 11-year-old guitarist, has gained recognition for her remarkable skills and youthful performances. Her ability to play complicated guitar compositions caught people’s attention, and she often posted videos of herself performing them on social media and other websites.

Because of her talent, other artists and music lovers got to know and respect Maya. Her potential as a rising star in the music industry is highlighted by her ability to execute complex melodies with assurance and precision.

It takes a lot of commitment and practice to become a skilled musician; it is not an easy task. But Maya, who is eleven years old, already seems to be a proficient guitarist. Her amazing talents were captured in videos that were shared on Instagram and quickly gained popularity.

Many viewers expressed their enthusiasm and appreciation for the little prodigy’s performance.

Maya performed an amazing rendition of Slayer’s classic metal song “Raining Blood” on Instagram, showing off her amazing guitar skills. She plays the guitar flawlessly in the video, hitting every note with precision and accuracy.

Both guitar experts and fans of heavy music praised her spectacular performance widely.


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Watch Maya Neelakanta set the stage on fire in an all-new episode of “America’s Got Talent” Season 19 on June 25 on NBC at 8 pm ET.

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