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Les Paul’s YouTube “Hits”

Ted Drozdowski
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06.19.2015

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Les Paul wasn’t just an inventor, producer and musical visionary — he was also, as these video performances prove, one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century.
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Riff-Mania! The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Guitar Riffs

Russell Hall
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06.18.2015

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From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to the Stones and beyond, the guitar riff has served as the foundation for many of rock and roll’s most enduring classics.
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A Les Paul for Every Genre

Peter Hodgson
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06.18.2015

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The Les Paul has lent itself to many different genres over the years, and there are many different models suited to many different genres. Here are a few basic genre and model suggestions from the Gibson USA range to get you started.
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Paul McCartney & Turpentine? Top 10 Things You Might not Know about Paul McCartney

Russell Hall
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06.18.2015

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Gibson.com wishes Paul McCartney Happy Birthday today. Few lives have been as thoroughly documented as the life of Paul McCartney. Biographies – both of The Beatles and Sir Paul – number in the hundreds, many filled with minute details about the public and private life of the former Beatle. Still, we managed to unearth a few interesting tidbits that may have eluded all but the most avid fans. Feel free to chime in, in the comments section, with interesting McCartney facts we might have missed.
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10 Guitar Heroes Name their Own Guitar Heroes

Daniel Eriksson
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06.18.2015

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As guitar players we all have our idols that got us to pick up the instrument in the first place. Sometimes those influences are directly indicative of the type of music we end up pursuing, but in some cases that initial contact with the world of rock or blues might just be a starting point and you end up veering off in a completely different direction.
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Neil Young’s ‘Old Black’ Magic

Ted Drozdowski
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06.18.2015

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If there’s ever been a match made in Rock and Roll Heaven, it’s Neil Young and his trusty 1953 Les Paul “Old Black.” The battered six-string with more raunch than a Vegas stand-up comic has been his main electric axe since the late ’60s, burning its way into history on 1969’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere with the blaring rocker “Cinnamon Girl” and the freewheeling guitar epics “Down By the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand.”


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Southpaws Get the Perfect ES-335

Ted Drozdowski
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06.17.2015

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The Gibson 1963 ES-335TDC is the perfect historic reissue semi-hollowbody guitar for left-handed players.
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Finger Eleven's Rick Jackett: 'The SG Has That Perfect Rock 'n' Roll Rhythm Sound'

Anne Erickson
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06.16.2015

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Rick Jackett talks with Gibson.com about Finger Eleven's Five Crooked Lines, his favorite guitars (“I’m a full SG kind of guy”) and more.
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The Les Paul Trophy Room

Russell Hall
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06.16.2015

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Fortunately, especially during the last two decades of his life, honors and awards recognizing Les Paul’s contributions became plentiful—and all of them well-deserved. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Les’s birth, here’s a peek inside his trophy room.
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Five Inventions by Les Paul

Daniel Eriksson
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06.15.2015

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In celebration of Les Paul’s 100th birthday, we take a look at five inventions by the guitar playing innovator. Aside from inventing the solidbody guitar, Les Paul is responsible for a number of game-changing pieces of equipment, and techniques that revolutionized the recording industry.
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