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The Gibson SJ-200: A Descendant of Country and Rock and Roll Royalty

Dave Hunter
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11.13.2007

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Plenty of classic Gibson models started life as custom-made guitars designed to suit the needs of major stars of their day. Perhaps none fits this template so prominently, however, as the “King of Flat-tops,” the SJ-200. Gibson’s original Super Jumbo went from being the ultimate badge of honor for country and Western stars of the prewar years to pumping out the rhythm of rock and roll in the ’50s and beyond, and remains the flat-top to beat for that big, bold thrang. In the 1930s, Hollywood’s western stars were the pop idols of their day, and rather than trying to outdo each other with bling and Kristal, they gunned it out with rhinestone suits and pearl-encrusted guitars. Prior to 1937, the guitar in question was very often a round-shouldered Gibson dreadnought?still the “Jumbo” of its day?until one such matinee idol commissioned Gibson to build something considerably grander and kicked the whole game up a notch.
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Screamo Sensations Senses Fail Release Deluxe Edition of Still Searching

Jonah Bayer
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11.12.2007

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This week sees the New Jersey-based screamo act Senses Fail re-releasing their 2006 album Still Searching in a deluxe package featuring a bonus DVD of tour footage as well as two new songs, three B-sides, and a cover of the Cranberries’ “Salvation” to tide over fans until their much anticipated 2008 release. Gibson caught up with guitarist Garrett Zablocki to talk about why he’s still confident Still Searching is the band’s most accomplished effort to date. What kind of guitars did you use on Still Searching? We had an array of gear but we ended up using pretty much just two guitars on the album: a 1978 Les Paul Custom and a 1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard.
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Gibson Guitartown London Charity Auction set to rock the IndigO2 on Tuesday 20th November 2007

11.09.2007

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Following London’s most exciting and vibrant summer public art exhibition of giant hand painted Les Paul replica guitars, the Gibson Guitartown London Charity Auction will take place at the IndigO2 at The O2 on Tuesday 20th November 2007. The charity auction is sponsored by Coutts Bank, Hard Rock and Newbridge Silver.
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Player Profile: The Forecast

Nicole Keiper
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11.08.2007

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Jonas Brothers: Pop Punk’s Fastest Rising Band to Record New Album on Gibson Bus

Russell Hall
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11.08.2007

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Rock history has a long tradition of sibling bands, but the Jonas Brothers are proving to be a phenomenon unlike any other. Boasting an album that debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts, a single (“S.O.S.”) that shot to the top of iTunes, and a forthcoming TV series, whiz kids Kevin (19), Joe (17), and Nick (14) are fast transcending the teen market niche. A slice of guitar-drenched pop-punk, the self-titled Jonas Brothers CD is rife with soaring melodies, close harmonies, and crunchy, hook-laden riffs delivered in the twin-guitar format of a Les Paul and an SG. Small wonder some have called the Brothers a “family friendly” version of Green Day.
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Channel Surfing with Gibson: Sex Pistols, Metallica, My Morning Jacket

Aidin Vaziri
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11.08.2007

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The Sex Pistols on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno One of the most surreal things we witnessed on television last week?well, actually, ever?was the recently reunited Sex Pistols playing “Anarchy in the U.K.” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Besides frontman John Lydon snarling at the cameras and yelling rude things at fellow guest congressman Ron Paul (the other guest of the evening was Tom Cruise), the best part was watching the original line-up of the seminal punk band play a perfectly ramshackle version of its 30-plus-year-old hit?recently resuscitated for Guitar Hero III?with guitarist Steve Jones killing it on his Les Paul. Since NBC is notoriously tight about letting its video clips slip online, check out this vintage performance of the song instead?it’s pretty much the same, minus a few pounds.
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The Gibson Robot Guitar is Coming!

11.07.2007

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On December 7, 2007, Gibson will change the guitar world forever. Again. True to the spirit of innovation that inspired Gibson to invent the legendary Tune-o-matic bridge, the powerful humbucker, and the revolutionary Digital Les Paul, Gibson proudly presents the Gibson Robot Guitar—the world’s first guitar with robotic technology. Since the dawn of the instrument, musicians have come to accept the guitar’s imperfections and lack of tonal precision as necessary evils. Onstage and off, guitarists have fought to stay in tune. Every music lover and performer has had to suffer through the show-halting, mood-killing atonal droning of a loudly amped guitar being brought into tune. And in the studio, or at home, imprecise intonation throws the guitar in and out of tune, up and down the neck, as the instrument requires tweaking with each season and at times with each string change.
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Valient Thorr: Intergalactic Rockers from Venus

Jonah Bayer
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11.07.2007

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The planet Venus is known for many things: i.e., being the second-closest planet to the sun or the brightest object in the sky next to our moon. However, Valient Thorr are currently challenging the planet’s legacy by being the first rock band from that planet (by way of Chapel Hill, North Carolina) to take over Earth with their signature brand of classic rock-inspired riffage. “We’re stuck here, so we may as well make the best of it,” explains the band’s red-bearded frontman Valient Himself. “We were posing as earthlings for a while, to figure out how to spread our messages but now we’re ready.”
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Vegoose Music Festival Goes Louder and Heavier for Year Three

Josh Baron
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11.06.2007

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In its third year, the Vegoose festival continued to grow. If the first few years saw the Las Vegas, Nevada music festival stretch its legs as the younger and smaller cousin of Bonnaroo, with whom it shares production parents AC Entertainment and Superfly Productions, this year’s Vegoose was more in line with the hard rock, hip-hop, and electronic leanings of Coachella. For those who rolled out of bed before noon or those who pushed on through the late-night sets waging on the Las Vegas strip, each day began like a triple shot of espresso. The hyper-gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, wild indie beats of rising stars Battles, melodic freak-outs of Ghostland Observatory, and precise verbal acuity of rapper Pharoahe Monch led off days and nights packed tightly with music.
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Les Paul-Signed Les Paul to Be Raffled Off for Charity

Sean McDevitt
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11.06.2007

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The holder of a single lucky raffle ticket will own something that for many guitar aficionados is simply beyond imagination: a beautiful 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard that’s signed by none other than Les Paul himself. To honor his late daughter and raise scholarship funds, Earl Hurrey of The National Association for Music Education’s is giving you a chance to win his autographed Les Paul Standard. The raffle is a fundraiser for the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Caitlin Merie Hurrey, who was nine years old and in the fourth grade at Huntingtown Elementary School in Maryland when she died in an automobile accident on October 31, 1995. The fund, which honors Caitlin’s love of music and education, supports four scholarships annually.
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