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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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Hey, I’m in Charge Here! 10 Famous Rock and Roll Managers

Russell Hall
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03.03.2014

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Rock managers typically operate behind the scenes, leaving the celebrity limelight to their gifted charges while handling more mundane matters of business and publicity. Occasionally, however, a manager’s flamboyant style or personal charisma elevates his or her visibility—for better or for worse—in the public eye. Below we profile 10 managers whose names will ring familiar to many devoted rock fans.
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10 Social Media Tips for Bands and Musicians

Anne Erickson
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03.03.2014

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While quality music is still the most important characteristic of a great band, social media is an increasingly important part of finding an audience. If your band doesn’t embrace social media, then it will hurt your chance of getting heard.
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Meet the 2014 Gibson Bass Guitar Line

Anne Erickson
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03.03.2014

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Nothing beats a booming and emotionally-charged bass tone that moves the music to the next level. Gibson has revealed six new bass guitars for its 2014 lineup, and the new models deliver the kind of sound that fuels the most passionate low-end playing.
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Gibson Pro Audio Lines to Follow on Twitter and Facebook

Anne Erickson
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03.01.2014

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If you haven’t heard, Gibson Guitar is now officially Gibson Brands, which means Gibson is highlighting all of its quality products, not just guitars. Gibson Pro Audio, one of the many product lines, offers professional audio pieces, including DJ equipment, monitors, loudspeakers and headphones. Gibson Pro Audio includes four major companies, all under the Gibson banner: Onkyo, Stanton, KRK Systems and Cerwin-Vega!
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Rock Legend Al Kooper Pays Tribute to Gibson Les Paul Hero Michael Bloomfield

Ted Drozdowski
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02.28.2014

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England had Clapton, Beck and Page, but here in the States the name of one guitarist commanded the respect of all three members of the British Triumverate of blues-rock: Michael Bloomfield.
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