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Rag-Time: How to Clean Your Guitar for Better Tone

Ellen Barnes
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03.11.2015

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The best — and least expensive — way to improve your guitar’s appearance, as well as its tone, is to administer a thorough cleaning. But there are a few guidelines that need to be followed when tackling the dirt, grease, perspiration and smoke that may have accumulated on your guitar, either from regular use or neglect; otherwise you risk permanently damaging the quality and resonance of your instrument. Whether it’s an acoustic or an electric that you’re aiming to clean, these tips still apply. If you have a vintage guitar, you’ll need to take special considerations, as explained in a note below.
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Gibson Tone Tips: Home Tone vs. Gig Tone

Dave Hunter
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03.11.2015

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In this installment of Gibson Tone Tips, I want to expend a few words on the concept of “home tone” vs. “gig tone”. This is something that experienced performing musicians know intuitively, but which often slaps newcomers to the live venue right in the face when they come up against it for the first time. To preface: there’s so much talk of “tone” these days, and so many guitarists are chasing it for all their worth, but more often than not this pursuit is undertaken in the isolation of a player’s living room, bedroom, home studio, or some other “home alone” environment. There’s nothing at all wrong with that, and these places are where we practice, learn, discover, and sometimes record the results. But honing our ultimate tone in these subjective environments can often lead to disappointment when we get out into the entirely subjective real world. Let’s find out why.
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10 Albums Turning 20 in 2015

Anne Erickson
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03.10.2015

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It may be difficult to believe, but in some cases, the music out of the ‘90s is now considered classic rock. From the Smashing Pumpkins to Ozzy, here are 10 albums turning 20 years old this year.
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10 Great Session Guitarists

Michael Leonard
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03.10.2015

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You may think playing in a band is sometimes tough, but it’s nothing compared with being a session guitarist.
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Top Tips For Left-Handed Guitar Players

Michael Leonard
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03.10.2015

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The world may not be “right” on a lot of days, but it’s certainly a right-handed world. Left-handers – estimated at 10-15% of all people – get a raw deal. Scissors, golf clubs, special non-smudging pens (think about writing on paper with your left, right-handers!), jar openers, gardening tools and more… All are specialized products you may need if you are left-handed.
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Interview: Kid Rock Guitarists Marlon Young and Jason Krause Talk Gibsons

Anne Erickson
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03.09.2015

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Kid Rock guitarists Marlon Young and Jason Krause speak with Gibson.com about Kid Rock's latest album, First Kiss, and their choice Gibsons.
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5 Famous Gibsons that Passed from One Great Player to Another

Russell Hall
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03.09.2015

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Every guitar aficionado can reel off the names of famous Gibsons: B.B. King’s “Lucille,” Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” and Neil Young’s “Old Black,” to name just three. What’s more remarkable, however, is the number of iconic Gibsons that have passed from one legendary player to another.
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Riff-Mania! The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Guitar Riffs

Russell Hall
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03.06.2015

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From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to the Stones and beyond, the guitar riff has served as the foundation for many of rock and roll’s most enduring classics.
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The Pumpkin Chord

Peter Hodgson
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03.06.2015

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Many years ago Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins made an off-hand joke in a guitar magazine that a particular chord that he was using heavily was called ‘The Pumpkin chord.’ This particular chord sounds really killer, it’s really simple to play, and sure, Hendrix did it too, but plenty of other people probably have as well. So it’s well worth exploring whether you’re a Pumpkins fan, a Jimi fan or whatever you’re into.
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Tone Secrets of Classic Capacitors

Ted Drozdowski
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03.06.2015

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Explaining three classic capacitors that helped define the historic voice of great Gibson guitars like the Les Paul and SG.
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