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The King of All Guitar Teachers Duets with a Saw!

Arlen Roth
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08.22.2012

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Last night was a truly uplifting gig for my daughter Lexie and me, and it was the kind of show that everyone should truly experience! There were several acts before us, and the talent and the level of musicianship was just incredible. The performers were mostly singer/songwriters, and there were many great players, but the whole thing seemed to be elevated by each act as they followed each other! By the time we finally hit the stage, we were totally excited to be a part of this show (we were crabby in the beginning), and we were so into it… we played about 15 songs, and totally rocked the house!
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Arlen Roth on Getting Gigs

08.20.2012

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Well, sometimes it’s true, that gigs do seem to come out of the blue, but I firmly believe that it’s you who makes those good things happen. It’s great to certainly spread your reputation so that others either know you’re good, or at least are curious about your talents, and this also always has led to good gigs for me.
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Arlen Roth’s Tips on Choosing the Right Guitar

Arlen Roth
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08.16.2012

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Guitars come in all shapes and sizes, and in all levels of quality, too. The funny thing is that one man’s awful guitar could simply be golden in another man’s hands, and that is also what has made so many “orphan” guitars into collectibles, with sought-after sounds. Now, I feel that playability is really just about the most important thing in selecting a guitar, and what makes it good or bad for you. Most of the time, the playability problems can eventually be taken care of. Warped necks, bad bridges, too high or low action and other bothersome things can really be cured, and you needn’t hate an otherwise perfectly good guitar for it!
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Arlen Roth’s Recording Studio Tips

Arlen Roth
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08.15.2012

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Many musicians, myself included, have experienced a kind of extra-added “pressure” when dealing with the act of recording. I grew up in the studios of New York City, where there was always a kind of “time’s money, money’s time” attitude, and with their need to bang out tons of jingles and other kinds of tracks in haste, rarely even left room for mistakes! In most of these situations, one can rarely even do more than one take, and the pressure can be enormous.
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Arlen Roth’s Life on the Road

Arlen Roth
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08.09.2012

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The years that I toured on buses with various acts and bands were really quite amazing. It can be a ton of fun, since it really becomes your home on wheels for a long time. But, after all, you are on a moving vehicle going through all the different seasons, including wintry snow and ice, and it can be quite hazardous at times.
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Getting an Endorsement

Arlen Roth
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08.06.2012

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Getting “endorsed” by a company, whether it is as simple as the brand of strings, or as big as a guitar with your name on it, is really quite an honor, and something that can really mean a lot for your career. I have endorsed many musical products over the years, and been given many wonderful instruments, by manufacturers large and small, and for many reasons. Also, as an aside, I have noticed that many artists these days say “I’m being endorsed by…….”, when in actuality it’s the “artist who endorses the product.” This is an important distinction, and keeps the “chain of command” correct. Any products that say “Arlen Roth uses…….” Is a product that Arlen Roth endorses.
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Living in the ’70s: The Gibson Marauder

Peter Hodgson
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07.25.2012

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It was the instrument that was cool enough for KISS’s Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley to use, and one of its siblings was enough to woo Ron Wood away from his heavily customized instruments. It was the Gibson Marauder, an unconventional and unmistakably ’70s guitar from the company’s Norlin era. It was never a huge seller for the company, but it carved out its own corner of rock history.
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Weight Relief: What’s it All About?

Dave Hunter
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06.15.2012

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There was a time when hefting a 12 or 13-pound Les Paul seemed to be the mark of a real man. Players talked a lot about sustain as if it related directly to weight and how you needed all that weight and mass to achieve a desirable tone. The truth is, not everyone believes that “heavier” equates to “better” in sonic terms, nor do many players want to sling a 13-pound guitar over their shoulder for a 90-minute set. What’s the answer? For Gibson, for many years, it has been found in carefully, strategically weight-relieving guitars, and the procedure brings many benefits to the player.
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Video Exclusive: Joe Bonamassa on Recording His New Album

06.04.2012

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During a recent trip to the Gibson Custom shop in Nashville, Joe Bonamassa sat down to talk music, guitars and his brand-new album, Driving Towards the Daylight. In the video below, the guitar wiz shares some behind the scenes information about the making of the record, which was produced by Kevin Shirley and features Aerosmith axeman Brad Whitford.
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GuitArcheology: Vintage Gibson Print Ads

Michael Leonard
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05.17.2012

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In 2012’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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