Say you’re on Twitter and want to follow some fellow Gibson players? By now, just about everybody is on the online social networking service and micro-blogging service, and that includes Gibson signature players such as Slash, Chris Cornell and Zakk Wylde. Check out a collection of Gibson Players to Follow on Twitter below, all with custom Gibsons.
Remember to follow Gibson at @GibsonGuitar for all kinds of guitar updates, music news, photos and more! (I’m on there, too: @AnneErickson!)
Player: Chris Cornell
Details: Whether he’s touring with grunge legends Soundgarden or working on solo material, Chris Cornell always has something to talk about on Twitter. He’s big on tweeting out photos of his family, tour dates and lots of Soundgarden news updates. When Gibson.com recently asked Cornell about his love for Twitter, the musician replied, “For me, it’s actually become a way to communicate with fans that I've never been able to do before. It’s been difficult to figure out a way to do that that's honest and direct enough but still comfortable and not weird or dangerous.”
Guitar pick: Chris Cornell ES-335 . The Chris Cornell ES-335 from Gibson’s Memphis division captures Cornell-certified looks and appointments in a great new ES-335 built with full Gibson quality and tradition behind it. It’s a keeper.
Player: Jason Hook
Details: Jason Hook is the lead guitarist of Las Vegas-based metal band Five Finger Death Punch—a band accustomed to headlining arenas around the world. Outside of Five Finger Death Punch, Hook has worked with the best, from Alice Cooper to the Vince Neil Band. A glance at Hook’s tweets shows his love for Harley Davidsons, playing live and, of course, Gibson guitars.
Guitar pick: Jason Hook M-4 Sherman . The Jason Hook M-4 Sherman carries Jason’s modified forearm bevel for improved playing comfort and an extended cutaway for superb upper-fret access, along with his distinctive Sherman tank-inspired green-stripe graphics and commemorative truss-rod cover.
Scoring his own Gibson was a dream come true for Hook. “I always thought that I’d love to have my own Explorer,” Hook told Gibson.com. “I was very patient. Every other guitar manufacturer tried to approach me, and I said, ‘You know, but I play this guitar. It’s my favorite guitar. I don’t want you to make me something like it. I just want to play it.’ So, eventually, I lucked out where I met the right people at Gibson who said, ‘I think we can make this happen for you.’ I met Henry (Juszkiewicz). They said, ‘We’ll make it exactly how you want it. No limitations.’”
Player: Robb Flynn
Details: Rob Flynn doesn’t mess around when it comes to his music in heavy metallers Machine Head, and the same goes for the way he approaches social media. Flynn is all over Twitter (and Instagram, too), with tweets about his “Epiphone dudes,” adventures on the road and even food choices.
Guitar pick: Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V . Heavy metal and hard rock guitarists will find lots to like in Epiphone’s Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V. The guitar features a Mahogany body in the famed Kalamazoo factory “V” style with a Mahogany SlimTaper™ "D"-profile neck which features a baritone ready 27” scale. That’s not to mention the thunderous low end of the axe, with the combination of an EMG-HA neck pickup and an EMG-81 bridge pickup. How low can you go?
Details: Why wouldn’t you follow Slash on Twitter? The legendary one-time Guns N’ Roses guitarist tweets out updates on his latest solo endeavors, plus random, personal tidbits. It’s never boring on Slash’s Twitter.
Guitar pick: Slash Les Paul . Slash has so many solid Les Paul customs. The Slash Les Paul model a tribute of sorts to Slash, featuring aged hardware, two Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbucker pickups and a Fishman Powerbridge pickup system enabling a selection of acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds with a special three-position mini-toggle switch inserted between the guitar’s two volume control knobs. What’s not to log about this baby?
Player: Zakk Wylde
Details: Zakk Wylde was one of the first guys to get on the Twitter bandwagon. The Black Label Society frontman and former Ozzy guitarist tweets on a daily basis, everything from personal tweets to studio updates to photos of his legendary Bullseye. He RTs fans, too.
Guitar pick: Zakk Wylde Les Paul Bullseye . This beauty features Wylde’s trademark bullseye graphics, EMG humbucking pickups and raw, unfinished necks. At this point, Wylde’s bullseye design is a symbol of all things heavy.