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How Gibson G FORCE™ Automatic Tuning Works

Craig Anderton
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10.10.2014

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While most people are aware of Gibson’s automatic tuning technology, not everyone knows how it works—so here’s the inside story.
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Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) Talks about Sudden Success and Gibson Acoustics

Russell Hall
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10.10.2014

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Mike Rosenberg—or, as millions of fans know him, Passenger—saw his life turned upside down last year when his song, “Let Her Go,” topped the charts in 20 countries. What’s more interesting, however, is how he’s managed to keep his feet planted firmly on the ground. Whispers, his most recent album, was recorded in the same small studio in Sydney, Australia, as its platinum-selling predecessor, All the Little Lights.
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Five “Oh, Really?” Memory Cable Features

Craig Anderton
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10.10.2014

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When it comes to “inspiration insurance,” nothing’s as convenient than the Gibson Memory Cable. You need to use a cable anyway—so why not use a premium cable with a built-in, CD-quality recorder that can record everything you play? With the Memory Cable, losing great riffs and songwriting ideas becomes a thing of the past. But the Memory Cable also has some hidden talents…
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How to Get Eight Different Bass Sounds from the 2015 Thunderbird Bass

Craig Anderton
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10.09.2014

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The Thunderbird Bass may be only one instrument, but there’s actually a collection of eight basses inside. Gibson’s “tuned coil tapping” is a novel coil tapping design that’s very different from standard coil-splitting or tapping, and provides two distinctly different tones for each pickup.
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The Making of John Lennon: Eight People Who Profoundly Influenced the Late Beatle as a Songwriter

Russell Hall
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10.09.2014

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To say John Lennon was a sponge, in the sense that he soaked up the creative genius of others, is putting it mildly. Although his songs are strikingly original, behind the material lies an artist steeped in the work of such iconic figures as comedian Lenny Bruce, poet Allen Ginsberg, and yes, the great Chuck Berry. Even as his songs became more sophisticated, the work remained tethered to formative influences that never changed. Below are eight people who shaped his work most profoundly.
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10 (Plus) Big Hits In Alternate Tunings

Ted Drozdowski
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10.08.2014

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Getting beyond the realm of standard tuning can seem like confronting a map from the Renaissance — beyond “thar” there be dragons. But the dragons of open D, open G, dropped D and even modal tunings are easily conquered if approached without fear. Even easier if you’re got a guitar outfitted with Gibson’s new Gibson G FORCE™ system.
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How to Sound Like Chuck Berry

Ted Drozdowski
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10.08.2014

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Chuck Berry’s ’50s singles for Chess Records — “Maybelline,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Nadine,” “Johnnie B. Good,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and many more truly classic hits — were the template for rock ‘n’ roll guitar playing and songwriting. On Saturday, October 18, Berry will turn 88 and likely celebrate at his St. Louis club Berry Hill, where he still performs at least once a month — when he’s not rocking a festival in Moscow or Denmark.
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The Firebird and The Fury: The Top 10 Gibson ’Bird Men

Ted Drozdowski
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10.07.2014

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The Gibson Firebird came out of an era when cars were works of modern art, when mankind was getting ready to send a rocket to the moon and when America was at a height of post-war prosperity. No wonder it had generous tailfin-style curves and innovations like the first Gibson through-body neck, a reverse horn and a hot new mini-humbucker design with a single alnico bar magnet in each coil. It had to be cool and different – a new guitar for a new, opulent era when style ruled over economy.
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Joe Perry on His New Memoir, His Famous Les Paul, and the Elements of a Great Riff

Russell Hall
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10.07.2014

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Hard to believe, but nearly a half-century has passed since Joe Perry partnered with Steven Tyler to form the songwriting core of Aerosmith. Forty-four years later, the group has lost none of its edge, as evidenced by its recently wrapped “Let Rock Rule” tour.
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Five Rocking Football Anthems

Daniel Eriksson
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10.06.2014

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The football season is finally under way! In time for week six we present a list of some of the coolest rock songs dedicated to America’s greatest game. Looking at the list, it’s pretty amazing to see how many of rock’s top acts have taken the time to dedicate a song to their favorite football team, and in some instances completely tailored the lyrics to their team of choice. The play-offs are still far away so now’s your chance to cheer on your favorite team - maybe some heavy riffing is exactly what they need to win!
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