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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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Five Ways I was Wrong About Automatic Tuning

Craig Anderton
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10.06.2014

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I first became seriously involved with Gibson because of the HD.6X Pro hex guitar, and even put a two-piece band together based on it. Then one day Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chairman and CEO, called to say if I liked the HD.6X Pro, I was really going to like Gibson’s latest development—the Robot Guitar. “Craig, it’s a guitar that tunes itself!”
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Gibson Pickups 101

Michael Leonard
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10.03.2014

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There are many facets to any electric guitar – woods, design, weight, color, dimensions, neck profile, frets and tuners et al. But ultimately there is only one component that makes a guitar an “electric” guitar. A pickup. Or two. Or three...
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Les Paul — A Centennial Celebration

Ted Drozdowski
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10.02.2014

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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.
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Guitar Talk with Eric Church’s Guitarist, Jeff Cease

Anne Erickson
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10.02.2014

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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.
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The Gibson interview: Brian Ray on The Bayonets, Paul McCartney and his Favorite Gibsons

Michael Leonard
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10.01.2014

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“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.
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Slash Returns to the Sunset Strip

Daniel Eriksson
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09.29.2014

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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.
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