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GuitArcheology: Vintage Gibson Print Ads

Michael Leonard
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02.20.2014

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In 2013’s social media world of texting, Tweeting, Facebook-liking and general online sharing, marketing guitars is now a rich process. Back in the day, guitarists were not so well served. If you wanted to see a new guitar model, you’d have to go to your local music store. And, if you bought a guitar magazine – as we’re sure, most guitarists still like to do – you’d see a print ad. But even after that, you’d go to your music store. So, what about those classic print ads?
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Billie Joe Armstrong’s Gibson Guitars

Michael Leonard
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02.19.2014

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong turned 42 this month and during the last decade he’s matured into something of a vintage guitar aficionado. For his Gibsons, Armstrong relies on an array of Les Paul Juniors, Standards, Specials, an SG, an ES-335, his J-200s, an ES-135 and even a Custom Shop Les Paul.
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Ten Melody Maker Monsters

Ted Drozdowski
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02.19.2014

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The guitar was simple from the start. All the electronics were mounted on a single plate that was popped in place at Gibson Guitar’s original Kalamazoo factory, and the body was a single, thin slab of mahogany with a wraparound tailpiece and the trademark Gibson beveled headstock. It was a no-nonsense plug-and-play machine with a pair of P-90 pickups ready to dial up monster tone.
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It Might Get Loud: The 10 Loudest Rock Bands of All Time

Ted Drozdowski
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02.18.2014

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Volume can be a musician’s friend or foe.
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10 Great Female Rock Bass Players

Anne Erickson
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02.18.2014

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When it comes to bass players, there’s no denying the presence of fantastic female musicians in rock ‘n’ roll over the years. These women brought new philosophies and styles of playing to rock, alternative and metal, offering their own way to make the bass guitar sing and scream.
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Ace of Bass: 10 Greatest Bass Riffs of the Rock Era

Russell Hall
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02.18.2014

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Guitar riffs get all the attention, but strewn through rock and roll’s rich history are spectacular bass riffs that are just as memorable. From Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” to The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” the oft-under-appreciated four-string has powered the engine in countless classics. For the purposes of this feature, we’ve steered clear of jazz riffs – which warrant a consideration all their own – and instead focused on rock and roll, with a smattering of funk. Starting from that premise, below are 10 songs that feature unforgettable bass lines.
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Five Les Paul Melody Maker Myths: Busted

Craig Anderton
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02.18.2014

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You can’t blame me for being skeptical; after all, the Les Paul Melody Maker is the least expensive Les Paul in the 2014 lineup. But I wanted to check one out to experiment with some alternate guitar wirings (I wasn’t about to blob solder all over a Les Paul Standard), so I borrowed a charcoal gray model, and played it on a track to get a feel for the guitar. But then I played it on another track. And another. I went from being skeptical to impressed in about 30 minutes.
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Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks Guitar Legacy

Ted Drozdowski
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02.18.2014

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“All this bad news for Allman Brothers fans is probably good news for my book,” Alan Paul jokes when we begin talking about One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. His new oral history of the group becomes available on Tuesday, February 18, and is racking up preorders on Amazon and other outlets. Paul is referring, of course, to the impending 45th and final year of the band — a finale that refutes the assertion in “Midnight Rider” that the road goes on forever.
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Five Min-ETune™ Myths: Busted

Craig Anderton
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02.17.2014

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“Thanks, but I already know how to tune a guitar.” That’s what I said when Gibson asked if I wanted to review their Robot Guitar. Despite politely declining, they were insistent—“You’ll really like it. And it makes it easy to do alternate tunings.” Right. Except I wasn’t into alternate tunings, because they were such a hassle.
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Protection Perfected: A Case History

02.14.2014

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Gibson isn’t just about moving forward, but also taking a fond and respectful look at the past to draw from the best it had to offer. After all, Gibson set many of today’s standards—like humbucking pickups and the Tune-o-matic bridge. While there have been improvements over the years, their fundamental attributes remain both intact and appreciated.
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