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The Basics: Three Types of Electric Guitars

Ted Drozdowski
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05.26.2014

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Electric guitars are full of options, with various pickups, bridges, fret sizes, neck radii, tone woods, tuners and so on all having an impact on how an instrument plays and sounds. But stripping things down to the absolute basics, there are three types of electric guitars: solid bodies, hollow bodies and semi-hollow bodies. And they’re ideally suited for different playing approaches.
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Southern Rock Talk: A Look Back with The Kentucky Headhunters’ Greg Martin

Russell Hall
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05.23.2014

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Greg Martin knows a thing or two about Southern Rock. As co-founder of the legendary Kentucky Headhunters, the veteran guitarist helped forge a blues-Rock/country hybrid that, at the dawn of the ‘90s, propelled Southern Rock to a status it hadn’t enjoyed since its ‘70s heyday. The Headhunters’ 1989 debut, Pickin’ on Nashville, remains a classic of the genre.
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Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman on Alice in Chains, Southern Rock and SGs

Anne Erickson
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05.22.2014

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Canadian rockers Monster Truck make a groove-oriented, high-energy classic rock sound that also works in a touch of Southern rock. Guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Widerman, bass player and lead vocalist Jon Harvey, keyboard player and vocalist Brandon Bliss and drummer and vocalist Steve Kiely just wrapped up a lengthy tour with Alice in Chains, and Gibson.comcaught up with Widerman before a gig in Huntington, W.V., to talk touring with Alice in Chains and why the SG feels so great in his arms.
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Gibson Legend Dickey Betts Talks about Duane Allman and Southern Rock

Ted Drozdowski
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05.21.2014

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Dickey Betts is sitting on a sofa in the lounge of the elegant Hutton Hotel, wearing a cowboy hat and a necklace made with animal teeth, sipping a glass of white wine. He’s cordial and cheerful on his visit to Nashville to take part in the unveiling of the Gibson Custom Shop’s Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul, and looking forward to his annual summer tour, which starts on the July 4 weekend in Copiague, New York and Enfield, Connecticut.
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The Guitar World of The Black Keys

Daniel Eriksson
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05.20.2014

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Turn Blue, the new release from The Black Keys, is one of the most highly anticipated rock releases of the year so far. For a band that used to release an album every other year, it's been a long time since the Keys' released El Camino in December 2011. But with the new album, and a massive U.S. tour in the fall, everyone should get their fill of guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach, and drummer Patrick Carney's version of dirty blues-rock. Here we've collected some quotes from Auerbach about his thoughts on songwriting, recording, and performing live.
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Southern Rock Timeline

Scott B. Bomar
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05.20.2014

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Virtually every architect of rock and roll in the mid-1950s was a Southerner. Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and their peers launched a musical revolution that later came to be dominated by British groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the 1960s.
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Busting the Redneck Mythology of Southern Rock

Ted Drozdowski
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05.19.2014

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Southern Rock is often perceived as a genre draped in rebel flags and soaked in Rebel Yell, mired in a Sargasso Sea of reactionary attitudes, including racism, and made by and for people with a Dukes of Hazzard mentality.
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Charlie Daniels on Southern Rock, Les Pauls & Doin’ It Dylan

Russell Hall
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05.19.2014

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No one exemplifies that best aspects of southern music better than Charlie Daniels does. At 77, the pioneering veteran continues to tour, perform and record with the vigor of someone half his age. His latest album, Off the Grid—Doin’ it Dylan, features acoustic renderings of Bob Dylan tunes, fitted with imaginative, full-band arrangements that cast those songs in a brand new light. In addition, the Nashville-based Daniels is an acting “Ambassador” for Gibson’s new Southern Rock Tribute program—highlighted by the development of a new Southern Rock Tribute Les Paul.
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“Re-Amping” with Gibson’s Memory Cable™

Craig Anderton
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05.16.2014

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Although Gibson’s Memory Cable™ provides “inspiration insurance,” it has many other uses—here’s how to use it to simplify re-amping in the studio.
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Guitar Talk with Comedian Marc Maron

Peter Hodgson
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05.15.2014

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Marc Maron is one of us. He’s a music fan and a guitar guy, and he understands the therapeutic power of plugging your axe into a tube amp and squeezing your emotions out through the strings when words just don’t quite nail it. But Marc’s true calling is as a comedian - and an especially personal, confessional, occasionally dark, usually thought-provoking one.
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