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15 Facts About Les Paul

Anne Erickson
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06.03.2015

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Les Paul's solid-body electric guitar and studio advances changed popular music in the 20th-century. In honor of what would have been Paul's 100th birthday this month, here are 15 facts about the guitarist and innovator.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: I Spy – Franz Ferdinand Singer Detained in Russia

Andrew Vaughan
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06.02.2015

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Bizarre and unusual events and rock and roll have always gone go hand in hand but when rock band Franz Ferdinand headed to Moscow in the summer of 2005, lead singer Alex Kapranos was about to become embroiled in an espionage saga straight from the pages of Ian Fleming 007 frolic.
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Top 10 Awesome Rock Bassists

Daniel Eriksson
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06.02.2015

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Playing backup to a lead guitarist who gets all the attention. If you’ve ever doubted the importance of the bassist, imagine any song by the likes of AC/DC, The Who, or the Rolling Stones without bass — it would sound flat and incomplete. It is the bassist’s job to fill out the sound and give depth to a band’s music. But some bassists go above and beyond that main requirement. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best bass players to ever walk the earth. Who did we forget? Let us know in the comments!
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The Great Album The Beatles Nearly Made

Russell Hall
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06.01.2015

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For many Beatles fans, 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band represents the pinnacle of the Fab Four’s achievements. Densely textured, sublimely arranged and packed with some of Lennon and McCartney’s best songs, the disc remains a touchstone for every pop band that puts a premium on melody and craftsmanship. Incredibly, however, as writer Philip Norman and even Sir George Martin have pointed out, The Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece might have been even better, had some grievous missteps not occurred.
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Ken Mary on KRK Monitors & Alice Cooper

Daniel Eriksson
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06.01.2015

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Drummer-turned-producer Ken Mary talks about life on the road with Alice Cooper, working as a producer at SonicPhish Productions, and his involvement in an upcoming documentary called “The Drumming Hall Of Fame.”
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Top 10 Gibson ES-335 Heroes: Clapton, Grohl, Berry and More

Ted Drozdowski
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05.28.2015

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The Gibson ES-335 made its debut in 1958 and immediately began making history. As the first thin-line, semi-hollowbody guitar in production, it gave players interested in exploring the warmer tones of hollow-body guitars and the joy and power of loud amplification a license to kill on stage and in the studio. And they took it.
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How to Practice Without a Guitar

Peter Hodgson
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05.28.2015

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I’ve just moved house, and for a guitar junkie who plays all the time either for fun or for work it’s been tough to fit in practice time while lugging boxes from the car to upstairs. But here are some ways I’ve been able to feel engaged in guitar practice even when not actually playing a guitar.
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Mastodon, Clutch Rock Gibsons on ‘The Missing Link’ Tour

Anne Erickson
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05.27.2015

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Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher and Clutch guitarist Tim Sult are both Gibson players, and that makes for some fun conversations when they're out on "The Missing Link" tour.
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20 Essential Facts About The Gibson J-180

Michael Leonard
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05.27.2015

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Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. But many believe the J-180 to be the most gorgeous Gibson acoustic guitar you can buy. It offers maximum tone, maximum pickguard and a super-curvy shape. For a history of the J-180 plus close relations to the J-185 and the coveted Everly Brothers signature models, read on…
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Keith Richards’ 10 Coolest Guitar Riffs

Ted Drozdowski
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05.27.2015

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When it comes to The Rolling Stones’ signature riffs, Keith Richards has always been the band’s big daddy – especially during their golden era of the 1960s and ’70s, when various Gibson Les Pauls, ES models and Hummingbirds were often his instruments of choice.
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