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Lights, Camera, Rock!

Russell Hall
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07.10.2014

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Everyone can reel off the names of singers and musicians who transitioned into acting—think of Sinatra, Elvis and Bowie, for starters. But what about artists who took the reverse course—first launching careers in film, and then going on to showcase their talents as musicians?
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Brazil had No Chance Against the Country of The Scorpions and Rammstein

Russell Hall
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07.09.2014

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Ask the typical American rock fan about German music, and most likely you will get a blank stare, or perhaps some talk about Kraftwerk. While it’s true that bands like Kraftwerk and Can helped lay the groundwork for techno and art-rock, Germany has spawned some of the world’s greatest guitar bands as well. Beginning with The Scorpions, who released their first proper album in 1972, German rock has had hard-rock strains that stand up to the best heavy metal from other countries. Don’t believe it? Then check out the following German bands, all of whom deserve a prime spot in the heavy metal pantheon.
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Southern Pride: Guitar Collector Ronny Proler on the Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul

Russell Hall
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07.09.2014

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Since getting his first Les Paul four decades ago, the Houston, Texas native has amassed a collection that would be the envy of any enthusiast. Along the way, the 60-year-old musician/collector has cultivated friendships with some of the most acclaimed musicians of our times. Billy Gibbons, Charlie Daniels, Joe Bonamassa and Warren Haynes are just a few of the guitar greats that Proler counts among his friends.
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Gibson Artist Johnny A on “Driven” and Updates to Signature Model

Ted Drozdowski
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07.08.2014

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Johnny A’s debut solo album Sometime Tuesday Morning instantly lifted the gifted Boston-based guitarist out of the rock ‘n’ roll trenches in 1999, with its melody driven approach to instrumental tunes spanning blues, rock, jazz, funk and country — often tackling several of those genres at once. The tracks “Oh Yeah” and “Two Wheel Horse” were radio breakouts, and his rendition of the Jimmy Webb classic “Wichita Lineman” was simply gorgeous.
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5 Iconic Gibson Bass Players

Anne Erickson
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07.07.2014

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In honor of those who make the song groove, here are 5 Iconic Gibson Bass Players.
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Interview: Thomas Erak Talks Joining Chiodos, Growing Up on Classic Rock and Loving SGs

Anne Erickson
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07.05.2014

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Michigan-based Chiodos have returned with a new lead guitarist, Thomas Erak, original singer Craig Owens back in tow and a fresh batch of post-hardcore songs with grand riffing and big, passionate hooks. Erak does a first-rate job on the new album, “Devil,” and his scorching guitar work helps mold Chiodos’ sound into the cathartic temper fans have grown to love and expect from the band.
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Do the Right String: 10 Tips for Choosing Guitar Strings

Ted Drozdowski
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07.05.2014

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To paraphrase the title of an old jazz song, “It ain’t got that ‘zing’ without the right strings.”
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How ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ Made The Beatles Superstars

Ted Drozdowski
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07.04.2014

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The Beatles were a hard-working, scrappy rock band for little more than a year when their tuneful sensibility and gift for hooks led Paul McCartney and John Lennon to write “Love Me Do.” Their first single, the song propelled them to the forefront of the British pop scene. But it was “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which was first released in the U.K. on November 29, 1963, that created the initial wave of international “Beatlemania” and made them superstars, changing the field of rock songwriting in the process.
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Gibson.com’s Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time

07.04.2014

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We’ve nearly arrived again at that most American of holidays: the Fourth of July. In celebration of the country’s independence, and legacy of amazing bands, Gibson.com is counting down the Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time.
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A Guitar Geek's Guide to Gibson ES Models

Michael Leonard
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07.03.2014

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Many guitar series in Gibson's renowned history are classics – Jumbo and L-series for acoustics: Les Paul and SG electrics for solidbodies. Of semi-solid guitars, Gibson's ES range is the big daddy. The don. The chief.
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