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Gibson Pickups 101
There are many facets to any electric guitar – woods, design, weight, color, dimensions, neck profile, frets and tuners
. But ultimately there is only one component that makes a guitar an “electric” guitar. A pickup. Or two. Or three...
Les Paul — A Centennial Celebration
Next year marks the Centennial celebration of Les Paul — truly a great American artist, inventor, entrepreneur and spirit. Let’s take a look at the life and nature of the man who was born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915.
Guitar Talk with Eric Church’s Guitarist, Jeff Cease
Country rocker Eric Church is probably one of the only musicians who can hang with George Strait and Metallica alike. With that kind of variety, Church needs a solid band—one that can swing between genres and not falter.
The Gibson interview: Brian Ray on The Bayonets, Paul McCartney and his Favorite Gibsons
“I'm a guitar nerd. I know I am,” laughs Brian Ray. “And I'm unrepentant!” That's three good-enough reasons for Gibson.com to speak to Brian Ray, but there are many others. Brian Ray plays guitar (and sometimes bass) in Paul McCartney's band for a start, which is a helluva gig. Brian was musical director of the late, great Etta James. And now, he fronts The Bayonets when he has “downtime” from playing with Paul McCartney.
Slash Returns to the Sunset Strip
When Guns N’ Roses started out in the mid-eighties, they were a mainstay at many of the bars and clubs on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. By constant exposure and gig after gig Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler built a strong and loyal following that helped them expand their fan base to other US cities as well. Some thirty years later, Slash returned to the Strip for three sold out shows together with his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators as part of Guitar Centers 50th Anniversary celebration.
World on Fire
: Slash On His New Album, Les Pauls, and the Elements of a Great Riff
Guitar lovers know they can always count on certain things from a Slash album. Diverse though the songs may be, the over-arching emphasis is sure to be on searing, no-holds-barred rock and roll.
Life on the Road with Trivium’s Matt Heafy
Florida metallers Trivium were signed to Roadrunner Records a decade ago, and since that time they’ve toured the world countless times, played to what’s gotta be over a million people at this point, and released an ever-evolving series of albums that tell a story - not a literal or literary story, but a musical story of a band finding and refining their own voice.
1991: Nirvana and Metallica Change Rock Forever
It's generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix's
Are You Experienced
, The Beatles'
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s
, Red Hot Chili Peppers’
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
, Pearl Jam’s
, My Bloody Valentine’s
, Primal Scream’s
I Was There: How Nirvana Ripped Up a Club on the Eve of
September 23, 1991 was like any other autumn night in Boston – unless you happened to be in the now-long-gone club Axis on Lansdowne Street, Boston, where one of the greatest rock shows of the past two decades blasted the black box room’s lid into the stratosphere.
5 Smokin’ Songs about Barbecue
Summer’s over, but cool air is no excuse to stop cooking all kinds of critters on the barbecue. So can the Beach Boys for a few seasons and check out these five smokin’ songs that’ll keep the thrill of the grill riding high through the fall...
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