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Garage Rock Greats: 10 Bands That Helped Create the Genre

Russell Hall
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12.12.2017

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Rock and roll history would likely have quite a different look were it not for the garage rock explosion of the ‘60s. Below we profile 10 garage bands – all formed during that decade – that made a lasting mark on contemporary music.
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Gibson Guitar Greats: Dickey Betts

Michael Leonard
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12.11.2017

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One of the true masters of melodic lead guitar, the Allman Brothers’ underappreciated Dickey Betts has had an incalculable influence on southern rock and dual-lead bands everywhere. Just for once, all Betts is on... Happy 74th, Forrest Richard Betts.
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This Week in Rock History, December 11 - 17

Anne Erickson
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12.11.2017

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Read on for some major events, album releases, births and deaths happening from December 11 through December 17 in music history.
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Great Gibson Guitars: the Gibson EDS-1275

12.08.2017

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Mostly picked up as a solution to specific live challenges, the Gibson ED-1275 doubleneck has become a rock icon all of its own. Led Zeppelin, Rush, the Eagles, Def Leppard, Slash and more have all caught the bug, making it one of the most coveted guitars ever.
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This Week in Rock History, December 4 - 10

Russell Hall
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12.04.2017

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Over the years, the first week in December has yielded scores of memorable rock and roll-related events. In 2007, for instance, Led Zeppelin reunited for a one-off performance in London. Read about that moment and others—along with noteworthy births, deaths, and album releases—in the listings below.
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Gary Clark Jr. is Crafting Blues for the Modern Age

Russell Hall
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12.01.2017

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A while back, not long after the release of his most recent studio album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, I spoke with acclaimed guitarist Gary Clark Jr. about topics ranging from how he crafts solos to the importance of practice. In conjunction with Gibson’s recent announcement of the Gary Clark Jr. Signature SG, we present that interview here, published for the very first time.
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Legends of the Les Paul: Steve Jones

Dave Hunter
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11.29.2017

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Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols was the ultimate anti-hero of guitar, so much so that he declared it right from the stage by stenciling the ironic declaration “Guitar Hero” on his amplifier’s grille cloth just months after he’d begun learning to play the instrument. That instrument was, however, a far cry from the usual “budget” and “student” models that other punks were wielding in anger on both sides of the Atlantic. No, his weapon was a blinged-out, high-end guitar worthy of the most commercially ascendant rock stars treading arena stages in the late ’70s: a Gibson Les Paul Custom.
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This Week in Rock History, November 27 – December 3

Anne Erickson
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11.27.2017

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Read on for some major events, album releases, births and deaths happening from November 27 through December 3 in music history.
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Vary Your Tone With The Varitone Switch!

Michael Leonard
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11.24.2017

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Much misunderstood, Gibson’s Varitone circuit and switch adds extra tonal options to what are already some of the greatest semi-solid electric guitars ever. Here’s what you need to know about Gibson ES-345s and ES-355s with Varitones.
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High Flyer: The Rise And Rise of the Gibson Firebird

Michael Leonard
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11.21.2017

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Gibson’s radical-shaped solidbody introduced mini-humbuckers and has an enviable history and great current models. Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more have played them: but what are the finest Firebirds flying for 2018?
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