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Pickup Joint: Magnets Decoded

Peter Hodgson
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08.06.2014

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When you really get down to it, a pickup is simply a magnet with a bunch of wire wrapped around it. The magnet creates its own magnetic field (obviously) and the guitar string interacts with that field, and this is translated by the coil of wire, and then some stuff happens in an amp, and then an audience gets rocked.
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The Rolling Stones’ Gibson Guitars

Michael Leonard
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08.06.2014

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The Rolling Stones have been touring for 52 years. The number of guitars they have played is, literally, in the thousands. But Andy Babiuk has done his best to document the key guitars in his expansive new book, Rolling Stones Gear.
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How to Play Slide Guitar — In 10 Minutes!

Ted Drozdowski
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08.06.2014

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Sometimes it takes a little guidance to open up the door to new vistas in guitar playing. Earlier this month I taught an “Introduction To Slide Guitar” workshop at the Tall City Blues Festival in Midland, Texas, with the promise that students would be playing slide by the time they left the room.
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The World According to... Heavy Metal!

Anne Erickson
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08.05.2014

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10 quotes from some of our favorite headbangers.
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Plan B and Gibson Help Underprivileged Kids

Chloe Scannapieco
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08.04.2014

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Ben Drew, or Plan B as he’s better known, isn’t just a triple threat – he’s a quintuple threat. An accomplished musician, actor, director, producer, writer – everything he touches seems to turn to gold.
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Slide Guitar: Players, Tips and Tricks

Michael Leonard
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08.02.2014

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If you enjoyed Gibson.com’s recent primer on slide guitar, here’s more. Slide guitar is almost an instrument in itself. Even many great players can’t master slide but, if you can, it remains one of the most rewarding and unique ways of getting new sounds from your guitar.
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Forty-Plus Years of YES: Steve Howe Talks Guitar-Playing

Russell Hall
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08.01.2014

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Ask any guitar aficionado to cite the most important players of the past 50 years, and it’s a near-certainty that Steve Howe’s name will come up before they take their second breath. During his amazing career, Howe has recorded 19 solo albums as well as records with Asia, GTR and others, but his most indelible mark has been made as a primary force in the legendary prog-rock band, YES.
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In Tribute to Dick Wagner (December 14, 1942 to July 30, 2014) Gibson.com’s 2012 Interview

Ted Drozdowski
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07.31.2014

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“All I really know is being a rock ’n’ roll guitar player,” says Dick Wagner. “That what my life has been about.”
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Interview: Theory of a Deadman’s Tyler Connolly

Anne Erickson
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07.31.2014

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Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman have topped the charts with radio hits such as “Santa Monica,” “Bad Girlfriend,” “So Happy,” “By the Way,” “I Hate My Life” and, most recently, “Drown.”
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Axe-Chat with Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner

Peter Hodgson
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07.30.2014

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It’s not every day that a legendary band who started rocking the world in the 1970s scores their most successful chart result ever a whole 45 years after forming, but Judas Priest have just achieved that incredibly rare feat, racking up an impressive #6 Billboard album chart review for their seventieth album, Redeemer Of Souls.
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