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10 Social Media Tips for Bands and Musicians

Anne Erickson
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03.03.2014

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While quality music is still the most important characteristic of a great band, social media is an increasingly important part of finding an audience. If your band doesn’t embrace social media, then it will hurt your chance of getting heard.
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Meet the 2014 Gibson Bass Guitar Line

Anne Erickson
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03.03.2014

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Nothing beats a booming and emotionally-charged bass tone that moves the music to the next level. Gibson has revealed six new bass guitars for its 2014 lineup, and the new models deliver the kind of sound that fuels the most passionate low-end playing.
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Gibson Pro Audio Lines to Follow on Twitter and Facebook

Anne Erickson
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03.01.2014

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If you haven’t heard, Gibson Guitar is now officially Gibson Brands, which means Gibson is highlighting all of its quality products, not just guitars. Gibson Pro Audio, one of the many product lines, offers professional audio pieces, including DJ equipment, monitors, loudspeakers and headphones. Gibson Pro Audio includes four major companies, all under the Gibson banner: Onkyo, Stanton, KRK Systems and Cerwin-Vega!
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Rock Legend Al Kooper Pays Tribute to Gibson Les Paul Hero Michael Bloomfield

Ted Drozdowski
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02.28.2014

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England had Clapton, Beck and Page, but here in the States the name of one guitarist commanded the respect of all three members of the British Triumverate of blues-rock: Michael Bloomfield.
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The 10 Coolest Gibson Thunderbird Players

02.28.2014

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The coolest things about the Gibson Thunderbird bass are its sound and its look. This instrument, which the company began building in 1963, immediately established itself as a growling low-end rock machine, putting sonic thunder into classic recordings by the Who and, later, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nirvana, among many others.
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Ten Awesome Hendrix Covers

Daniel Eriksson
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02.27.2014

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Jimi Hendrix left quite a legacy when he passed away. Having only released three studio albums during his short life, that was more than enough inspiration for generations of guitarists to follow. Many of the biggest bands around have covered Hendrix at one point or another, either live or in the studio.
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Dissecting the Les Paul Melody Maker Pickups

Craig Anderton
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02.26.2014

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Les Paul Melody Maker pickups do what they’re intended to do—provide a fatter sound than traditional single coil pickups, while maintaining excellent level-matching between the two pickups which can be tweaked even further by adjusting the pickup height, since they are a calibrated set.
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The Plek Process: Amplifying Human Craftsmanship

02.25.2014

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Every 2014 model year guitar benefits from the Plek process, which performs computer-assisted fret dressing. The Plek process eliminates common fret problems like strings hitting the frets while playing, or intonation issues.
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Jimmy Page in the ‘60s: His Pre-Led Zeppelin Session Work

Russell Hall
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02.25.2014

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Casual rock fans know Jimmy Page mainly as the pioneering guitarist for Led Zeppelin. For years, however, Page was one the busiest session players in London, laying down tracks for everyone from The Who to Tom Jones to Donovan to The Kinks.
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How the Gibson EB 5-String Bass also Became a Keyboard Instrument

Andrew Vaughan
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02.25.2014

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Cakewalk’s cross-platform Dimension Pro software synthesizer has been popular with both Windows and Mac users, but never included a 5-string bass instrument—a shortcoming which has now been remedied, thanks to extensive sampling of Gibson’s EB 5-String Bass and subsequent adaptation to a keyboard-based instrument.
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