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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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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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High and Low-Output Pickups

Ted Drozdowski
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06.15.2015

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What’s the difference between high-output and low-output pickups, and why it matters. Plus a look at some favorite Gibson pickups.
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Les Paul on Inventing the Les Paul

Ted Drozdowski
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06.11.2015

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Les Paul explains how “the log” grew wings, turned gold, grew an arch and became the world’s most famous electric solid body guitar.
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Five Great Covers EPs

Peter Hodgson
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06.10.2015

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Here are five great covers EPs by Metallica, Stone Sour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush and Skid Row. What are your favorites?
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The Great Les Paul: In His Own Words

Russell Hall
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06.10.2015

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Yesterday, on what would have been Les Paul’s 100th birthday, the Les Paul Foundation kicked off a yearlong celebration of the legendary guitarist and innovator. This month Gibson is similarly honoring the pioneering inventor and musician with a series of stories, interviews and remembrances that pay tribute to his legacy.
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