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‘No Brown M&Ms’: Top Ten Tour Riders of the Stars

Peter Hodgson
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03.18.2014

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When you're far from home for so long, little familiarities backstage can be the only link to home and normal life that you have, so bands can be forgiven for requesting the occasional unusual or specific comfort item - anything to bring some sanity to those weeks or months away.
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Top 10 Gibson ES-335 Heroes: Clapton, Grohl, Berry and More

Ted Drozdowski
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03.18.2014

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The Gibson ES-335 made its debut in 1958 and immediately began making history. As the first thin-line, semi-hollowbody guitar in production, it gave players interested in exploring the warmer tones of hollow-body guitars and the joy and power of loud amplification a license to kill on stage and in the studio. And they took it.
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Mayday Guitarist Monster Shoots the Breeze

Chloe Scannapieco
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03.17.2014

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After working tirelessly for a decade and a half building up a significant fan base in Asia, Taiwanese quintet Mayday bring their unique blend of alternative rock and pop on a multi-continent tour. Co-founder and guitarist Monster gives an insight into the band today and talks about plans for signature model Gibson.
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Exclusive: Don Felder Discusses His Signature Gibsons and Upcoming Tour

Anne Erickson
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03.17.2014

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The Eagles’ 1970s classic "Hotel California" is one of the all-time greatest rock ‘n’ roll jams, and it also features one of the most recognizable guitar solos of all time.
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Rip and Roar! Why the Thunderbird Bass Rocks

Anne Erickson
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03.13.2014

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Countless bass player have called the Thunderbird their instrument of choice, including Motley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton and System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian.
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Acoustic Slide Tips Guitar from Virtuoso Gibson J-50 Player Steve Dawson

Ted Drozdowski
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03.13.2014

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Roots music virtuoso Steve Dawson discovered slide guitar at age 14, when his uncle gave him a slide for his birthday. This year — after decades as a performer, producer and two-time Juno Awards winner — Dawson has moved to Nashville from his native Canada and released a new solo acoustic instrumental album, Rattlesnake Cage, that displays his remarkable evolution into a highly original stylist with an accent on slide.
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Tone Tips from Sonic Guru Nick Moss

Ted Drozdowski
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03.12.2014

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Blues-rock guitar slinger Nick Moss is an electric six-string tone guru. Over the course of 10 albums, including the March 18 release Time Ain’t Free, and 16 Blues Music Awards nominations, he’s stacked up a dizzying array of vintage and modern sounds, and won comparisons to Warren Haynes and Freddie King with his powerhouse playing.
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The Secrets of Stoner Rock Guitar

Peter Hodgson
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03.12.2014

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Stoner rock, a genre characterized by slower tempos, thick low end, psychedelic drones and retro-inspired production, seems to be stronger than ever at the moment. If you really wanted to, you could probably trace the stoner rock guitar style back to a certain iconic metal band: there are elements present in the stoner rock bands of today that seem to flow directly from Tony Iommi’s propulsive rhythm in Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.”
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Dave Grohl's Gibson Guitars

Daniel Eriksson
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03.12.2014

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Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been playing Gibson guitars for most of his career as a frontman. Here we’ll take a look at some of the different Gibson guitars that Dave Grohl has used on stage and in the studio throughout his career.
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Badfinger: Straight Up and the Famous “George Harrison/Pete Ham” Cherry Red SG Standard

Russell Hall
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03.11.2014

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If any band seemed poised to carry on the mantle of The Beatles at the dawn of the ‘70s, it was Badfinger. Signed to The Beatles’ Apple label, the group had scored two Top 10 hits by 1971. The first, an irresistibly catchy tune titled “Come and Get It,” was penned and produced for the group by Paul McCartney. The second, a punchy blast of power-pop titled “No Matter What,” was written by Pete Ham, who along with bandmate Joey Molland honed and perfected Badfinger’s distinctive dual-guitar sound.
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