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How to Get 13 Different Pickup Sounds with the 2014 Les Paul Standard

Craig Anderton
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04.17.2014

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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.
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Record Store Day and the Vinyl Frontier

Peter Hodgson
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04.17.2014

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You would think that with decades of development, we’d be listening to music in a digital form so advanced that it would feel like the musicians are right there in the room with you. And sure, that’s what it’s like if you’re using a very high-end sound system with a lossless medium.
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10 Great One-Man-Band Albums

Russell Hall
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04.17.2014

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The advent of user-friendly technology and reasonably-priced studio gear has made do-it-yourself recordings a relatively uncomplicated affair.
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The Gibson SG: 50 Essential Facts

Michael Leonard
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04.16.2014

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The SG has been played by a huge number of legendary guitarists, taking in blues, pop, gospel, metal and jazz, and remains a classic marque of the Gibson brand.
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Angus Young — Rocking the World on a Gibson SG

Daniel Eriksson
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04.16.2014

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With six models of the Gibson SG in our 2014 product line, there’s certainly something there for everyone. From the stylings of the 2014 Derek Trucks Gibson SG to the bare-bones Gibson SGJ, there’s a guitar for every budget.
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Meet the Latest Les Paul Standards

Ted Drozdowski
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04.16.2014

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When the Gibson Les Paul arrived in 1952, it was an innovative solid body guitar with incredible sustain and tone — so functional and satisfying that by 1958 it had become known as the Les Paul Standard . (Of course, that was also a way to distinguish it from the Les Paul Custom, Les Paul Junior and Les Paul Special — which had all arrived on the scene by then.)
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Rock 101: Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty on How to Write a Hit Rock Song

Anne Erickson
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04.14.2014

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Michigan hard rockers Pop Evil write the kind of music that makes you throw your fist in the air. The group’s sonic fingerprint is a blistering, loud-yet-melodic brand of rock music that’s earned the guys a staple of rock hits: “Trenches,” “Boss’s Daughter,” “Hero,” “100 in a 55,” “Monster You Made” and “Last Man Standing,” to name a few.
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’70s Punk: More Than Just Three Chords?

Michael Leonard
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04.12.2014

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1970s punk may have been derided by some as “anti-music,” but it spawned its fair share of great players and writers. High on the pile is undoubtedly The Clash’s Mick Jones, who turns a veteran 57 years of age today, June 26.
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KISS's Lead Guitarists Through the Years

Russell Hall
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04.11.2014

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Hard to believe four decades have passed since Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons first joined up with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to form KISS. Through the years, with rare exceptions, the band has held firm to its explosive mix of riff-driven rock, arena ready anthems and the occasional soaring ballad. Along the way, several lead guitarists have stepped in to put their distinctive stamps on the KISS sound. Below, we offer profiles of each of those gifted players, and trace their tenures with the band.
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1991: Nirvana and Metallica Change Rock Forever

Peter Hodgson
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04.11.2014

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It's generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced, Cream's Disraeli Gears, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s Achtung Baby, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica).
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