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This Week in Rock History, Aug. 15 - 21

Russell Hall
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08.15.2016

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Historically speaking, the third week in August has yielded a trove of memorable rock and roll-related events. In 1964, The Beatles launched their first-ever American tour. In 1979, Led Zeppelin released their final studio album. And in 1991, Nirvana filmed the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
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Paul McCartney: Ten Little-Known Facts about the Former Beatle

Russell Hall
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08.11.2016

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Few lives have been as thoroughly documented as the life of Paul McCartney. Scores of biographies have been written, many filled with the minutest details about the former Beatle. Still, we managed to uncover a handful of less-well-known tidbits about Sir Paul’s remarkable life.
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Gibson Tone Tips: Home Tone vs. Gig Tone

Dave Hunter
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08.10.2016

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In this installment of Gibson Tone Tips, I want to expend a few words on the concept of “home tone” vs. “gig tone”. This is something that experienced performing musicians know intuitively, but which often slaps newcomers to the live venue right in the face when they come up against it for the first time.
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10 Classic Rock Guitar Intros

Russell Hall
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08.09.2016

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A great guitar intro often sets the tone for everything that comes in its wake. Rock history is loaded with terrific examples, but below we’ve compiled ten intros that set an especially high standard.
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This Week in Rock History, August 8 - 14

Daniel Eriksson
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08.08.2016

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On August 12 it's been seven years since the great Les Paul passed away, and Jerry Garcia has been gone for twenty-one years, which is really hard to believe. Some more joyous events during this week include the birth of U2 guitarist The Edge, as well as the release of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ debut album and Metallica's self-titled “Black Album." Read on for more!
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It's Not Wrong if it Sounds Good - Five Guitar Pick Alternatives

Daniel Eriksson
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08.05.2016

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Here are five guitarists who have made a name for themselves playing guitar using unconventional guitar picks or body parts.
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Iconic Blues Riffs & Melodies

Daniel Eriksson
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08.03.2016

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Today I thought I would list some of my favorite blues riffs and melodies. Who knows, maybe they will inspire you to try out something new the next time you pick up the guitar!
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Classic Album of the Month: The Who’s Who’s Next

Russell Hall
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08.02.2016

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Released 45 years ago this month, Who’s Next remains one of rock and roll’s seminal studio albums. “It was one of the first records The Who had made that to me sounded good,” Pete Townshend later said. “At that time [Olympic Studios] was at its peak. Also, because we'd done so much rehearsing on the material … we went in and we just kind of played it, so it had that immediacy as well.”
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Gibson’s Classic Tone Tip: Pickup Heights

Dave Hunter
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08.02.2016

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Most players are aware of the fact that adjusting your pickup height will affect your guitar’s output, but fewer tend to realize the ways in which such adjustments can affect your tone, too. The instruction you most often encounter is that, in order to achieve the hottest sound possible from the pickups that are already in your guitar, you need to lift the pickups themselves as high as you can get them, short of raising them to a point where the magnetic field starts to exert pull on the strings and interfere with their ability to vibrate freely (which is heard as a slightly dissonant, atonal sound, like an out-of-tune harmonic that follows the root note). There’s a lot more to pickup height adjustment than merely maximizing volume, however, and a little consideration of the other variables will give you a new tweaking tool in your tone arsenal.
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Gone In A Flash: 10 Brilliant One-Album Wonders

Russell Hall
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08.02.2016

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As anyone who has ever worked in a used CD store already knows, some albums are so worthless that their value is lower than that of the jewel case they came in. Now this doesn’t mean that the album is inherently bad or inferior, it generally just means that masses of people bought the disc for one single, got sick of it, and decided they’d rather trade it in for a Diet Coke than use it as a drink coaster. Here, we list 10 albums that you shouldn’t even think about trying to trade in, unless you enjoy dirty looks and condescending comments from your local record clerk.
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