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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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Lower Fret Wire: Improved Intonation and Feel

02.14.2014

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Some improvements have a domino effect, where one improvement leads to additional advantages. Cryogenically treated frets are a good example of this—once we started working with them, it became clear that due to the additional strength and minimal wear, it would be possible to have them sit lower to the fingerboard.
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New Serial Numbering: We’ve Got Your Number

02.14.2014

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Gibson guitars are the preferred guitars of not just the world’s best guitar players, but also the world’s most discerning collectors. To them, it matters whether a guitar was one of the first off the line or one of the last—for the same reason that art prints are numbered as part of a series, like print 34 out of a run of 100.
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The Fine Art of the Sequel Album

Peter Hodgson
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02.14.2014

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In a lot of ways, a good album is like a movie: it should have a beginning, a middle and an end. It should take you on a journey. You should learn something about the main character that you didn’t know before you started. The main character should learn something about themselves too. And it should leave you wanting more.
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Pure Bypass: The Sonic Expressway

02.14.2014

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When you want the ultimate in sonic purity, there’s no more direct path than sending your pickup output directly to the guitar’s output jack, without any intervening tone or volume controls to influence the pickup’s inherent sound. And that’s exactly what the Pure Bypass function does—it sends your bridge pickup output directly to the guitar output, thanks to a push switch on the bridge pickup tone control. It’s that simple.
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1961 Humbucker: A Classic Reborn

02.13.2014

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The 1961 Humbucker is part of the Burstbucker family, which features offset coils—of the two humbucker coils, one has more windings than the other. With typical Burstbuckers the slug coil has a few hundred more turns than the screw coil, so the slug coil sound tends to dominate; this gives a bit more of a single coil character.
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Phase Switch: Quick Change Tonality

02.13.2014

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Guitars are all about tone—and the more tonal versatility, the better. The Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Standard Plus, and Les Paul Premium Quilt have a phase reverse push switch on the neck pickup tone control that adds yet another level of sonic versatility.
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Coil Splits: Single-Coil Sounds with Humbuckers

02.13.2014

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A guitar’s pickups and electronics have a huge influence on its basic tone, as well as what the guitar will sound like through effects. Single-coil pickups have a brighter, thinner sound compared to humbuckers, which sound warmer and thicker—but there’s more to the story than that.
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Zakk Wylde: “I Love All My Gibson Guitars”

Anne Erickson
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02.13.2014

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Zakk Wylde is known for his blazing Les Paul Bullseyes, Explorers and Flying Vs, but there’s a new Wylde model on the block: The limited edition Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom.
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Orange Drop Capacitors: Own Your Tone

02.13.2014

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Some of Gibson’s 2014 model year guitars use Orange Drop capacitors, and there’s a very good reason why Gibson chose them. It’s a misconception that all capacitors with the same value are the same; not only can capacitor values vary as they come off the assembly line, capacitance can also vary with frequency, applied voltage, and temperature.
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