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How a White Les Paul Reissue Helped a 10-year-old Rock Band become Superstars

Ted Drozdowski
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02.04.2015

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In 1977, Lindsey Buckingham and his white Les Paul reissue helped Fleetwood Mac to superstardom.
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Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists

Daniel Eriksson
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02.03.2015

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When Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away in 1990, he left a void in the world of young blues musicians. Over the past twenty years we have seen the emergence of many talented blues guitarists. Here are ten of the most influential blues guitarists to come along over the past couple of decades. Do you agree with our choices? Voice your opinion in the comments section.
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Bass Beauties! Meet the New Gibson 2015 Bass Guitars

Anne Erickson
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02.02.2015

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Gibson 2015 bass guitars are available now. This year, Gibson introduced two new basses to its collection: the SG Standard Bass 2015 and Thunderbird Bass 2015. Each model has its own distinctive features, character and, yes, growl.
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A Guitar Geek's Guide to Mandolins

Michael Leonard
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01.30.2015

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A guide to mandolin history and Gibson mandolins
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Five Easily Overlooked 2015 Model Year Improvements

Craig Anderton
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01.30.2015

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Of the many new 2015 guitar features, some fly “under the radar” because they may not be as obvious as the others, or visible without taking the guitar apart. So let’s look at five easily overlooked features that make the new guitars more playable, increase sustain, and/or improve reliability.
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Fun with Dropped A Tuning

Peter Hodgson
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01.30.2015

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A while ago I stumbled upon a tuning that became my new favourite: Dropped A. It’s simply this: tune your guitar to E Standard (E, A, D, G, B, E) but then take your low E string and drop it down until it’s an octave below your open A string, or A, A, D, G, B, E. I first hit upon this tuning when I was trying to play along with “No One Loves Me And Neither Do I” by Them Crooked Vultures, the side project featuring Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. Then I did some digging and realised that there have been other songs that utilised this tuning.
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10 Alternative Gibson Players and Bands to Watch in 2015

Michael Leonard
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01.29.2015

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From singer-songwriter James Bay to tough riffing band Otherwise, there are many Gibson artists set for a big 2015.
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Play, Record, Listen: Gibson at NAMM

Peter Hodgson
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01.26.2015

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If you’ve visited Gibson at previous Winter NAMM Shows, the booth in 2015 is a bit of an eye-opener. It’s now much more spacious and comfortable, and it’s easier than ever to get your paws on all the beautiful guitars and basses on display. But what really stands out is how much Gibson has broadened into a whole family of products dedicated to the creation and enjoyment of music.
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The World According to… Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley

Anne Erickson
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01.25.2015

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I’ll never forget the first time I first heard Layne Staley’s voice on eerie, ominous Alice in Chains tunes like “Rooster,” “Would?” and “Down in a Hole.” Let’s look back on the legacy of the Staley though his eyes and the lens of his friends and contemporaries.
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Joe Perry’s Holy Grail Guitar

Ted Drozdowski
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01.22.2015

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says his most desired guitar is a ’68 Goldtop like the one he played circa the band’s breakthrough hit “Dream On.”
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