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10 Rockin’ Chapters from Joan Jett’s Melody Maker Rhythm Guitar Bible
Lead six-stringers usually get all the love in rock guitar land, but the truth of the matter is that when it comes to the guts of the music, it’s really all about rhythm playing.
3 Simple Answers to Some Big Guitar Questions
One of the things that’s great about learning the guitar is that it’s as much an oral medium as an aural one. You can learn a lot from listening to other players, but sometimes you need to actually ask “Uh, what’s going on there?” to figure something out.
"I Love Rock ’n’ Roll" - Joan Jett and The Melody Maker
The Melody Maker has been a part of the Gibson family for over fifty years. Since its introduction in the product line back in 1959, it has gone through quite a few iterations, with changes to the body, neck, and pickups over the years. With the introduction of Gibson’s 2014 product line, the instrument has found a new existence as the Les Paul Melody Maker.
The Gibson SG: A Glorious Evolution
Construct any pantheon for history’s greatest electric guitars, and the SG will always occupy a spot right near the top. Once considered a sort of offspring of the mighty Les Paul, the SG emerged long ago as a powerhouse instrument in its own right. Indeed, without the SG, the very fabric of rock and roll would have a vastly different texture. From Pete Townshend to Angus Young, from Tony Iommi to Eric Clapton, from Robby Krieger to Derek Trucks—countless architects of the rock genre have turned to the SG to help build their bodies of work.
Five Ways I Was Wrong About Automatic Tuning
I first became seriously involved with Gibson because of the HD.6X Pro hex guitar, and even put a two-piece band together based on it. Then one day Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chairman and CEO, called to say if I liked the HD.6X Pro, I was really going to like Gibson’s latest development—the Robot Guitar. “Craig, it’s a guitar that tunes itself!”
Slash's Les Pauls Through The Years
With the "Sweet Child 'O Mine" video, Slash reminded everyone that the Les Paul was a killer rock guitar. This fact had somehow been forgotten amidst the flash and glitter of the ‘80s, despite the influence of Led Zeppelin on the riff-rock of the time. But it wasn't long before players started seeking out Les Pauls again. By the early ‘90s, the Les Paul was totally and utterly cool again, just in time to be the guitar of choice for many grunge artists. And since then it's been here to stay. Slash's contribution to the Les Paul's popularity has been celebrated with several signature models over the years. Let's take a look at them.
How to Get 13 Different Pickup Sounds with the 2014 Les Paul Standard
The Les Paul Standard is known for setting a standard with respect to looks and playability. Now innovative electronics take the Burstbucker Pro pickups’ sonic options much further—without active electronics, batteries, or anything other than some clever pickup wiring.
The Raw Thrills of the Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson electrics are, to some laymen, known for lavish tops and exquisite carving. But Gibson also excels at a straight-out-the-box rocker, a prime example being the Melody Maker.
Like a Virgin: First Gig Survival Guide
You’ve got your chops down. You’ve got your gear together. You’ve managed to assemble a band, get some songs under your fingers, and talked your way onto a bill with a few other bands. It’s your first gig and you have no idea what’s going to happen. All you know is you’ve been dreaming about this moment for weeks. Months. Years.
Top 10 Riffs of the ‘80s
Somewhere deep in the primordial ooze of rock and roll there exists a phenomenon known as the “riff,” with the power to make a decent song great, and a great song an all-time classic.
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