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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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Top 10 Awesome Rock Bassists

Daniel Eriksson
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03.11.2014

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Playing backup to a lead guitarist who gets all the attention. If you’ve ever doubted the importance of the bassist, imagine any song by the likes of AC/DC, The Who, or the Rolling Stones without bass — it would sound flat and incomplete. It is the bassist’s job to fill out the sound and give depth to a band’s music. But some bassists go above and beyond that main requirement. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best bass players to ever walk the earth. Who did we forget? Let us know in the comments!
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10 Rockin’ Chapters from Joan Jett’s Melody Maker Rhythm Guitar Bible

Ted Drozdowski
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03.11.2014

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Lead six-stringers usually get all the love in rock guitar land, but the truth of the matter is that when it comes to the guts of the music, it’s really all about rhythm playing.
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3 Simple Answers to Some Big Guitar Questions

Peter Hodgson
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03.10.2014

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One of the things that’s great about learning the guitar is that it’s as much an oral medium as an aural one. You can learn a lot from listening to other players, but sometimes you need to actually ask “Uh, what’s going on there?” to figure something out.
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"I Love Rock ’n’ Roll" - Joan Jett and The Melody Maker

Daniel Eriksson
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03.10.2014

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The Melody Maker has been a part of the Gibson family for over fifty years. Since its introduction in the product line back in 1959, it has gone through quite a few iterations, with changes to the body, neck, and pickups over the years. With the introduction of Gibson’s 2014 product line, the instrument has found a new existence as the Les Paul Melody Maker.
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The Gibson SG: A Glorious Evolution

Russell Hall
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03.09.2014

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Construct any pantheon for history’s greatest electric guitars, and the SG will always occupy a spot right near the top. Once considered a sort of offspring of the mighty Les Paul, the SG emerged long ago as a powerhouse instrument in its own right. Indeed, without the SG, the very fabric of rock and roll would have a vastly different texture. From Pete Townshend to Angus Young, from Tony Iommi to Eric Clapton, from Robby Krieger to Derek Trucks—countless architects of the rock genre have turned to the SG to help build their bodies of work.
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Slash's Les Pauls Through The Years

Peter Hodgson
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03.06.2014

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With the "Sweet Child 'O Mine" video, Slash reminded everyone that the Les Paul was a killer rock guitar. This fact had somehow been forgotten amidst the flash and glitter of the ‘80s, despite the influence of Led Zeppelin on the riff-rock of the time. But it wasn't long before players started seeking out Les Pauls again. By the early ‘90s, the Les Paul was totally and utterly cool again, just in time to be the guitar of choice for many grunge artists. And since then it's been here to stay. Slash's contribution to the Les Paul's popularity has been celebrated with several signature models over the years. Let's take a look at them.
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Like a Virgin: First Gig Survival Guide

Peter Hodgson
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03.04.2014

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You’ve got your chops down. You’ve got your gear together. You’ve managed to assemble a band, get some songs under your fingers, and talked your way onto a bill with a few other bands. It’s your first gig and you have no idea what’s going to happen. All you know is you’ve been dreaming about this moment for weeks. Months. Years.
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Top 10 Riffs of the ‘80s

Michael Wright
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03.04.2014

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Somewhere deep in the primordial ooze of rock and roll there exists a phenomenon known as the “riff,” with the power to make a decent song great, and a great song an all-time classic.
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Drum Roll: The Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time

Anne Erickson
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03.04.2014

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What good is jamming on guitar if your rhythm section isn't tight, in the pocket, and simply a hearty backdrop on which you can slap melodies and riffs? The drums are the essential backbone of a band. A bad drummer loses the listener. A good drummer keeps the audience engaged and bobbing their heads along to the beat. Gibson.com is pleased to pay homage to such drums stars with our Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time.
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