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Soaring: 10 Guitarists Who Took Flight with a Flying V

Russell Hall
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12.11.2018

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Introduced in 1958, the Flying V’s futuristic shape, distinctive tone, and mystical allure have made it an instrument of choice for scores of legendary blues and rock artists. Below, we profile 10 noteworthy players who soared on the wings of a Flying V.
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Legends of the Les Paul: Steve Jones

Dave Hunter
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12.06.2018

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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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Legends of the Les Paul: Keith Richards

Dave Hunter
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12.04.2018

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Keith Richards might not be known first and foremost as a Les Paul player today, but a genuine ’59 ’Burst was his first “serious” guitar, and the Bigsby-loaded beauty has been a legend ever since.
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Gibson Guitar Greats: Freddie King

Michael Leonard
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12.04.2018

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Probably the most underappreciated of the “3 Kings” of the blues, Freddie “Texas Cannonball” King was a prime influence on Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many more. Here’s a quick primer on a superb player with a unique style, plus a glimpse of the Gibson Freddie King 1960 ES-345.
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Gibson Guitar Greats: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Michael Leonard
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11.12.2018

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Eighty years after her first hit, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is finally being inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Hallelujah! Gibson.com salutes a much-overlooked gospel superstar who was the First Lady Of Gibson and a crucial influence on Elvis, Chuck Berry Bob Dylan and many more...
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The Common Heritage of the Les Paul and SG Models

Dave Hunter
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11.12.2018

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The Gibson Les Paul and SG Standards are classic models that share a common heritage, as well as most of their essential ingredients. But they also have their differences, and while one can often sub for the other, each has its distinct personality.
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Legends of the Les Paul: Jeff Beck

Dave Hunter
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11.09.2018

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A true virtuoso, Jeff Beck is one of the most creative and original players ever to have strapped on an electric guitar—but he has never sounded more powerful than when he evolved through this trio of vintage Gibson Les Pauls in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But while most artists in this series are known for their canonization of one specific Les Paul, this legendary “guitarists’ guitarist” made three Les Pauls iconic through the most formative part of his career.
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10 Famous Gibsons Endowed with Memorable Nicknames

Russell Hall
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11.09.2018

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Guitarists have been known to sleep with their favorite instrument lying alongside them. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that they often assign their go-to guitars with pet names.
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Gibson Guitar Greats: Steve Jones

11.07.2018

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The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks is 40 years old in October and still sounds revolutionary. As Steve Jones turns 62, it’s time to salute the man behind one of the greatest guitar sounds ever.
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Legends of the Les Paul: Freddie King

Dave Hunter
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11.04.2018

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With his aggressive playing style, hybrid fingers-and-thumbpick technique, and eviscerating tone, Freddie King’s guitar work was always hard to miss. He was a big man, and put plenty of weight behind his touch—a momentum that translated viscerally through his Les Paul Goldtop.
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