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Interview: Thomas Erak Talks Joining Chiodos, Growing Up on Classic Rock and Loving SGs

Anne Erickson
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07.05.2014

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Michigan-based Chiodos have returned with a new lead guitarist, Thomas Erak, original singer Craig Owens back in tow and a fresh batch of post-hardcore songs with grand riffing and big, passionate hooks. Erak does a first-rate job on the new album, “Devil,” and his scorching guitar work helps mold Chiodos’ sound into the cathartic temper fans have grown to love and expect from the band.
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Do the Right String: 10 Tips for Choosing Guitar Strings

Ted Drozdowski
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07.05.2014

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To paraphrase the title of an old jazz song, “It ain’t got that ‘zing’ without the right strings.”
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How ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ Made The Beatles Superstars

Ted Drozdowski
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07.04.2014

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The Beatles were a hard-working, scrappy rock band for little more than a year when their tuneful sensibility and gift for hooks led Paul McCartney and John Lennon to write “Love Me Do.” Their first single, the song propelled them to the forefront of the British pop scene. But it was “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which was first released in the U.K. on November 29, 1963, that created the initial wave of international “Beatlemania” and made them superstars, changing the field of rock songwriting in the process.
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Gibson.com’s Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time

07.04.2014

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We’ve nearly arrived again at that most American of holidays: the Fourth of July. In celebration of the country’s independence, and legacy of amazing bands, Gibson.com is counting down the Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time.
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A Guitar Geek's Guide to Gibson ES Models

Michael Leonard
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07.03.2014

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Many guitar series in Gibson's renowned history are classics – Jumbo and L-series for acoustics: Les Paul and SG electrics for solidbodies. Of semi-solid guitars, Gibson's ES range is the big daddy. The don. The chief.
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Studio Monitors: Is Bigger Better?

Ted Drozdowski
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07.03.2014

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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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Green Day on a Gibson

Daniel Eriksson
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07.01.2014

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Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong bought his first Les Paul junior back in 2000, he's been hooked.
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Celebrating Canada Day: Canada’s Top 10 Guitarists

Michael Leonard
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07.01.2014

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As you would expect from the world’s second-largest country, Canada has produced its share of great guitarists. From Newfoundland to The Yukon, it’s impossible to pinpoint a “Canadian” music style – just as it is with the U.S. – but from blues to folk to hard rock, there are certainly some great players, often legends in their native country but undervalued outside.
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Worst Rock Band Double Bills — Ever!

Ted Drozdowski
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06.30.2014

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Rock ‘n’ roll has a history of tragic mispairings — like in 1967 when the Jimi Hendrix Experience opened a tour for the Monkees, or when ABBA and KISS toured in the ’70s, and the more recent double-bill of the Scissor Sisters and Limp Bizkit.
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If Looks Could Kill: How Gibson Guitars Get that World-Class Finish

Ted Drozdowski
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06.27.2014

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New car smell is nice, but nothing beats the look and smell of a new Gibson guitar. Or, for that matter, a Gibson that’s aged into a gorgeous work of highly playable art. Walking through a guitar shop, the colors — enhanced and shining thanks to the classic Gibson application of nitrocellulose — gleam and invite. And on stage, they catch footlights and spotlights the way a silent sea captures moonbeams. The Gibson look is visual poetry.
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