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Phase Switch: Quick Change Tonality

02.13.2014

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Guitars are all about tone—and the more tonal versatility, the better. The Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Standard Plus, and Les Paul Premium Quilt have a phase reverse push switch on the neck pickup tone control that adds yet another level of sonic versatility.
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Coil Splits: Single-Coil Sounds with Humbuckers

02.13.2014

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A guitar’s pickups and electronics have a huge influence on its basic tone, as well as what the guitar will sound like through effects. Single-coil pickups have a brighter, thinner sound compared to humbuckers, which sound warmer and thicker—but there’s more to the story than that.
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Zakk Wylde: “I Love All My Gibson Guitars”

Anne Erickson
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02.13.2014

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Zakk Wylde is known for his blazing Les Paul Bullseyes, Explorers and Flying Vs, but there’s a new Wylde model on the block: The limited edition Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom.
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Orange Drop Capacitors: Own Your Tone

02.13.2014

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Some of Gibson’s 2014 model year guitars use Orange Drop capacitors, and there’s a very good reason why Gibson chose them. It’s a misconception that all capacitors with the same value are the same; not only can capacitor values vary as they come off the assembly line, capacitance can also vary with frequency, applied voltage, and temperature.
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Standardized Headstock: Control Your Tuning Choices

02.13.2014

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Min-ETune™ automatic tuning is not without controversy; some people love it, and some people don’t (that is, until they use Min-ETune™ for a while and get hooked on the convenience, speed, and accuracy). Of course, Min-ETune™ already lets you do manual tuning as well as automatic tuning, but some guitar players prefer particular manual tuners the same way they prefer particular pickups.
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120th Anniversary Inlay: Once in a Lifetime—Literally

02.13.2014

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The quality that goes into Gibson guitars is one reason why they’re prized by both players and collectors. Unlike cars, Gibsons don’t lose 30% of their value the minute they leave the store—and not only do Gibsons hold their value, over the years their value actually tends to appreciate.
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Featured Interview: Buckcherry Guitarist Keith Nelson Introduces His Collector’s Choice™

Anne Erickson
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02.12.2014

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“It’s a guitar that all my heroes played: Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Keith Richards. All the guys I admired played that guitar,” he told Gibson.com. “There’s nothing like the sound and feel and shape. Everything about the Les Paul is really perfect. To be able to use one to make music every night—I’m really grateful for that.”
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Chicken Pickin’ and Hot Lickin’: 10 Foundational Country Music Guitar Greats

Ted Drozdowski
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02.12.2014

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Sure, contemporary country stars like Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Joe Don Rooney, and session men from Kenny Greenberg to Kenny Vaughan, can pick up a storm. But the foundation of their styles rests on the plethora of county studio and stage six-stringers who came before them.
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Supreme Grip Speed Knobs: Get a Grip

02.11.2014

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Gibson’s Supreme Grip speed knobs have indents around the top, making them much easier to grasp and turn—no matter how much you’ve been sweating on stage.
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120 Years of Innovation: The Gibson Les Paul Custom

02.11.2014

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Although a few models found their way to music stores in 1953, it was 60 years ago that the Gibson Les Paul Custom was officially launched in 1954. After the Goldtop Les Paul Model of 1952, it was the first variation on the classic single-cutaway design.
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