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Featured Interview: Buckcherry Guitarist Keith Nelson Introduces His Collector’s Choice™

Anne Erickson
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02.12.2014

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“It’s a guitar that all my heroes played: Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Keith Richards. All the guys I admired played that guitar,” he told Gibson.com. “There’s nothing like the sound and feel and shape. Everything about the Les Paul is really perfect. To be able to use one to make music every night—I’m really grateful for that.”
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Chicken Pickin’ and Hot Lickin’: 10 Foundational Country Music Guitar Greats

Ted Drozdowski
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02.12.2014

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Sure, contemporary country stars like Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Joe Don Rooney, and session men from Kenny Greenberg to Kenny Vaughan, can pick up a storm. But the foundation of their styles rests on the plethora of county studio and stage six-stringers who came before them.
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The Rolling Stones’ Gibson Guitars

Michael Leonard
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02.11.2014

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The Rolling Stones have been touring for 52 years. The number of guitars they have played is, literally, in the thousands. But Andy Babiuk has done his best to document the key guitars in his expansive new book, Rolling Stones Gear.
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Supreme Grip Speed Knobs: Get a Grip

02.11.2014

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Gibson’s Supreme Grip speed knobs have indents around the top, making them much easier to grasp and turn—no matter how much you’ve been sweating on stage.
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Undercut, Fret Over Binding

02.11.2014

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Nothing is truly simple when it comes to making guitars...even a topic as seemingly straightforward as how the frets meet the neck and binding. In a continuing quest to make fingerboards ever more playable, Gibson now introduces undercut, fret over binding on all 2014 model guitars except the Les Paul Traditional.
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120 Years of Innovation: The Gibson Les Paul Custom

02.11.2014

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Although a few models found their way to music stores in 1953, it was 60 years ago that the Gibson Les Paul Custom was officially launched in 1954. After the Goldtop Les Paul Model of 1952, it was the first variation on the classic single-cutaway design.
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The Basics: Three Types of Electric Guitars

Ted Drozdowski
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02.08.2014

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Electric guitars are full of options, with various pickups, bridges, fret sizes, neck radii, tone woods, tuners and so on all having an impact on how an instrument plays and sounds. But stripping things down to the absolute basics, there are three types of electric guitars: solid bodies, hollow bodies and semi-hollow bodies. And they’re ideally suited for different playing approaches.
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Larger Strap Button

02.08.2014

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Compared to the various sexy features of the 2014 model year guitars, the larger strap button may seem to fall under the category “one of these things is not like the others.” Granted, it doesn’t create better tone, it’s not some cool new finish, and it doesn’t make your guitar more playable.
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TurboBoost

02.07.2014

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If you want to go all the way to 15, there's TurboBoost for the Les Paul Futura, SG Futura, Les Paul Classic, and Les Paul Signature. Switch out of bypass mode, and this onboard preamp can deliver a whopping 15dB of gain to overdrive amps, buffer your guitar from “downstream” effects, and drive inputs (like mixers and PA systems) that want a hotter level.
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Studio Monitors: Is Bigger Better?

Ted Drozdowski
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02.07.2014

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Studio monitors are a critically important cog in the machinery of recording. They are the boxes that let you hear exactly what’s gone down on tape or as zeros and ones, and if they are inaccurate or inadequate they can skewer the sound of your entire project.
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