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First Dates: When Was My Vintage Les Paul Manufactured?

Russell Hall
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06.21.2014

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Ascribing production-date information to any musical instrument is a tricky proposition, but it’s especially true with electric guitars.
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How to Get Eight Different Bass Sounds from the EB Bass

Craig Anderton
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06.20.2014

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The EB bass may be only one instrument, but there’s actually a collection of eight basses inside. What makes this possible is what Gibson calls “tuned coil tapping,” a novel coil tapping design that provides two distinctly different tones for each pickup. With two pickups (neck and bridge), that’s a total of eight possible combinations.
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5 Tips to Survive Summer Music Festivals – Avoid Wackos and More!

Anne Erickson
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06.20.2014

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Whether you’re sweating through the boiling temps at Lollapalooza, fist-pumping at Mayhem Festival or rocking out at any of a bazillion festivals around the world this summer, festival preparation is crucial to having a good time.
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Behind the Slayer “Reign In Blood” Banjo YouTube Hit

Peter Hodgson
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06.20.2014

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Recently, social media lit up with a blazing cover of a thrash metal classic — the vicious “Raining Blood” from the mighty Slayer, performed on that most demonic of instruments, the ...banjo?
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Tyler Ward on Touring and Dirty Socks

Andrew Vaughan
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06.20.2014

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Tyler Ward may have kick started his music career via YouTube (he’s one of the most popular acts on there) but he’s now a bona fide touring act.
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Les Paul’s Favorite Les Paul – The Recording Model

Michael Leonard
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06.20.2014

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With input into some of the world’s most iconic guitars, you may think Les Paul’s favorite Les Paul would be a “legendary” one. An original ’52 Gold Top, maybe? Or a sunburst ’59 Standard? But no. Les Paul’s favorite was the Les Paul Recording model of the 1970s. It never sold particularly well. But to Les himself, it was the ultimate Gibson Les Paul.
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UK Metal Heaven: Download, Donington and Gibson

Chloe Scannapieco
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06.19.2014

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Gibson were there onsite all weekend, through the sun, rain and miscellaneous odours – maintaining a healthy balance of soaking up live music glory and diving backstage to score a variety of interviews…
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Guitar Chat with Richie Sambora and Orianthi

Chloe Scannapieco
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06.19.2014

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Gibson.com grabbed a few minutes with two guitar icons, Richie Sambora and Orianthi and discovered that they first met at a meat factory!
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5 Dead Musicians We Want to See Perform as Holograms

Anne Erickson
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06.19.2014

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Now that Tupac, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley have been immortalized via the hologram – a technology that creates lifelike three-dimensional images – it’s likely more deceased musicians will soon “perform live,” as well. Although it’s admittedly a bit creepy, here are five dead musicians we want to see resurrected as holograms. Who do you want to see given the hologram treatment?
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Manchester Orchestra: a Post-Industrial-Noise-Pop Monkees

Ted Drozdowski
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06.18.2014

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Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra is a self-propelled powerhouse whose hard working indie aesthetic has yielded five albums and more than seven EPs over the past decade. For their recently released album Cope, they built their own studio from scratch, reinventing the house where the band mates once lived together… kind of like a post-industrial-noise-pop Monkees.
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