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Build a Pro PA for Your Band’s Live Shows

Ted Drozdowski
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10.21.2014

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If you’re a solo performer or in a band that’s playing out, having a PA can make the difference between a “yes” or a “no” for gigs in small clubs or private events that require a live sound system. Putting together and operating a system may seem daunting, but it’s simply a matter of assembling the right gear and having some basic knowledge about how to operate it.
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My Five Fave Gibson G FORCE™ Features

Craig Anderton
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10.20.2014

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Yes, I know how to tune a guitar and no, I’m not lazy. But until the day I can pick up my Les Paul and (like a keyboard) have it already tuned and ready to play, automatic tuning makes my life easier.
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Backstage Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher on His ‘Golden Axe’ Explorer and New ‘Halcyon’ Les Paul

Anne Erickson
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10.20.2014

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On Mastodon’s latest album, 2014’s Once More ‘Round the Sun, the Atlanta-based metallers display a penchant for raging, big-chorused rock and an arsenal of moods and styles. Lead single “High Road” is a meaty verse/riff number with gutting rhythms, while “The Motherload” shows off Mastodon’s prog side with blustering guitar lines and a pummeling bass attack.
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Fun with Alternate Tunings

Peter Hodgson
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10.16.2014

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If ever you feel like you’re stuck in a guitar playing rut, there’s nothing quite as effective at pulling you out of it as experimenting with an alternate tuning.
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Theory of a Deadman’s Tyler Connolly on Savages, Jimmy Page and His Snow Falcon Flying V

Anne Erickson
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10.15.2014

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Frontman Tyler Connolly and the band pulled out all the hits when they performed on the main stage at Louder than Life festival earlier this month. Connolly also used the opportunity to show off his new baby: a Snow Falcon Flying V . It’s a dazzler.
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Who’s the Next Jimmy Page?

Ted Drozdowski
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10.14.2014

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As a superstar guitarist, Gibson Les Paul legend Jimmy Page had it all — the licks, the looks, the tone, the attitude, the ideas — during his years on stage with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. And he’s kept his legacy intact as he’s transitioned from rock god to six-string eminence grise.
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Five Great Gibson Guitar Tones

Daniel Eriksson
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10.13.2014

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Playing super fast licks isn't everything, but great tone sure is! There are some truly great guitarists with a tone so unique music fans can easily identify their playing simply by sound. So let's take a look at five guitarists known to play Gibson guitars, each with their own distinctive tone, and how they go about getting their sound.
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10 Stages of Wood for Guitar-Making: From Tree to Guitar

Anne Erickson
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10.12.2014

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It all started in 1894. Orville Gibson is busy working in his home woodshop in Kalamazoo, Mich., when he stumbles upon a novel instrument. Orville takes the carved, arched top shape of the violin and uses it to transform mandolins. He designs two fresh mandolin shapes: the scroll-body F style and the teardrop-shaped A.
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5 Iconic Gibson Bass Players

Anne Erickson
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10.11.2014

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In honor of those who make the song groove, here are 5 Iconic Gibson Bass Players.
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How Gibson G FORCE™ Automatic Tuning Works

Craig Anderton
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10.10.2014

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While most people are aware of Gibson’s automatic tuning technology, not everyone knows how it works—so here’s the inside story.
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