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Nashville Tuning: The 12-String That Isn't

Peter Hodgson
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02.21.2014

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The twelve-string guitar is one of the unsung heroes of the recording studio. It might not always take center stage as the primary focus of the song - although when it does that the results can be pretty spectacular - but it can add a really spectacular kind of magic to a track when used at the right moment.
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The Art Of Punk Bass

Peter Hogdson
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02.21.2014

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When you really get down to it, punk is a particularly bass-driven genre. Whether it’s an overtly bass-driven track like Green Day’s “Long View” or The Clash’s “London Calling,” or something a which follows more of a guitar-and-bass-in-unison style like, well, The Ramones’ entire catalog, the bass serves as a crucial anchor between the rhythm and harmony, and it has an equally important role in defining the texture and substance of the band’s sound.
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Gibson Legend George Thorogood Talks Guitars

Ted Drozdowski
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02.21.2014

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When George Thorogood’s worn shoe leather voice and snarling rottweiler six-string first busted out of FM radios in 1977, it was like nothing else on the airwaves. Disco, new wave and corporate rock were in a bloody fistfight for the hearts of listeners — or, in disco’s case, dancers — and blues was at a low ebb of popularity.
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Double Up! Gibson 12-String Electrics

Michael Leonard
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02.20.2014

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Acoustic 12-string guitars go back to the delta blues era, but electric 12-strings have also been around for 60 years now. 12-strings give you a natural “chorus” sound that still can’t be exactly reproduced via electronic chorus pedals or amps, and for some players there is simply no substitute to a genuine 12. You’ll find the sound of electric 12-strings on numerous studio and live recordings by The Who, Guns N’Roses, Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, The Beatles, The Byrds, Tom Petty, and many others.
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GuitArcheology: Vintage Gibson Print Ads

Michael Leonard
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02.20.2014

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In 2013’s social media world of texting, Tweeting, Facebook-liking and general online sharing, marketing guitars is now a rich process. Back in the day, guitarists were not so well served. If you wanted to see a new guitar model, you’d have to go to your local music store. And, if you bought a guitar magazine – as we’re sure, most guitarists still like to do – you’d see a print ad. But even after that, you’d go to your music store. So, what about those classic print ads?
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Billie Joe Armstrong’s Gibson Guitars

Michael Leonard
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02.19.2014

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong turned 42 this month and during the last decade he’s matured into something of a vintage guitar aficionado. For his Gibsons, Armstrong relies on an array of Les Paul Juniors, Standards, Specials, an SG, an ES-335, his J-200s, an ES-135 and even a Custom Shop Les Paul.
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Ten Melody Maker Monsters

Ted Drozdowski
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02.19.2014

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The guitar was simple from the start. All the electronics were mounted on a single plate that was popped in place at Gibson Guitar’s original Kalamazoo factory, and the body was a single, thin slab of mahogany with a wraparound tailpiece and the trademark Gibson beveled headstock. It was a no-nonsense plug-and-play machine with a pair of P-90 pickups ready to dial up monster tone.
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It Might Get Loud: The 10 Loudest Rock Bands of All Time

Ted Drozdowski
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02.18.2014

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Volume can be a musician’s friend or foe.
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10 Great Female Rock Bass Players

Anne Erickson
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02.18.2014

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When it comes to bass players, there’s no denying the presence of fantastic female musicians in rock ‘n’ roll over the years. These women brought new philosophies and styles of playing to rock, alternative and metal, offering their own way to make the bass guitar sing and scream.
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Ace of Bass: 10 Greatest Bass Riffs of the Rock Era

Russell Hall
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02.18.2014

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Guitar riffs get all the attention, but strewn through rock and roll’s rich history are spectacular bass riffs that are just as memorable. From Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” to The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” the oft-under-appreciated four-string has powered the engine in countless classics. For the purposes of this feature, we’ve steered clear of jazz riffs – which warrant a consideration all their own – and instead focused on rock and roll, with a smattering of funk. Starting from that premise, below are 10 songs that feature unforgettable bass lines.
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