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Gibson’s New Country Faces

Josh Baron
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11.14.2007

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Now that this year’s Country Music Awards and its winners have departed Nashville, it’s time to highlight a few of the new, rebel-rousing crop of award-winning, Gibson-totin’ country music stars that have popped onto the scene. Here’s a closer look at three of today’s hottest country artists, and the Gibson guitars they use to make their music:
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Rock and Roll Dads

Aidin Vaziri
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11.14.2007

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It doesn’t usually befit the typical rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but having kids and being a good father can be accomplished. Just ask any of the rock gods listed below, who’ve tackled parenthood while living up to their legends. Or, just ask our elusive contributor, Aidin Vaziri. This mysterious correspondent makes Buckethead look like Paris Hilton, but we do know this much: last week he became a proud papa. Congrats Aidin! You’re in good company.
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Must See: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Documentary

Nicole Keiper
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11.14.2007

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The heart of Runnin’ Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, is clear enough—the enduring power in the Heartbreakers’ 30-some-odd-year career is rooted in the classic ideal of band-ness. Bill Flanagan, MTV exec and author, remembers hearing Petty say that it’s always been important to him that the Heartbreakers remained a real band with real personal, musical, emotional interaction. “They can never become what some bands become,” Flanagan says, “just a brand name with a bunch of hired guns.” The truth in that theory is easily apparent. In the documentary, a stringy, wiry young Petty links up with longtime guitarist Mike Campbell and piano player Benmont Tench. Then, decades later, the three of them are on stage, shivering with the same brand of fire, having climbed from a Gainesville, Florida farm to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Robot Guitar Videos Hit YouTube. Make Your Own Video and Enter to Win a Robot Guitar!

Ellen Mallernee
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11.13.2007

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We're proud to report that Gibson's call for entries into the Robot Guitar Video Contest is being answered with great enthusiasm; homemade Robot Guitar videos are pouring into YouTube. After all, there's something mighty nice at stake: the maker behind the best video will take home a First Run Limited Edition Gibson Robot Guitar. And considering the hallowed history of first-run Gibsons, this is one guitar that's sure to soar in value. Not to mention, it's the first guitar of its kind—equipped with robotic technology that auto-tunes and guides intonation. Wanna check out one of the Robot Guitar Video Contest entries? See below.
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Player Profile: Luna Halo

Nicole Keiper
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11.13.2007

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BAND: Luna Halo HOMETOWN: Nashville, Tennessee PLAYERS: Nathan Barlowe (vocals, guitar), Cary Barlowe (guitar, vocals), Aaron Jenkins (bass), Chris Coleman (drums) WHAT TO BUY: Luna Halo’s self-titled CD, executive produced by Rick Rubin and released in late October, is the culmination of more than five years of struggle through line-up changes and strangled major label deals. And even now, having scored a deal with American Recordings/Columbia, they’re experiencing brutally lengthy delays.
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Tom Scholz’s Top 10 Favorite Albums of All Time

Russell Hall
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11.13.2007

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The death of longtime lead singer Brad Delp this past March cast a pall over Boston’s future. But even if the rock band’s mastermind Tom Scholz never makes another album, his legacy as a trailblazing guitarist is assured. Songs such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Don’t Look Back” are part of the rock lexicon, powered by the searing sounds Scholz coaxed from his beloved ’68 Les Paul Goldtops. Not surprisingly, Scholz’s all-time favorite albums feature players also known to prefer Les Pauls.
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Now More Than 50 Free Songs for Download on Gibson.com!

Ellen Mallernee
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11.13.2007

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It’s no coincidence that Gibsons wind up in the hands of musicians of all stripes. To celebrate the wide reach of our guitars, Gibson’s collected free MP3s from more than 50 bands. Downloading a song from Gibson.com is fast and easy. Here’s how:
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Essential Gibson Album: Jawbreaker’s Dear You

Jonah Bayer
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11.13.2007

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It’s a harsh reality that many of rock’s greatest albums never get the chance to truly be heard. Such is the case with Jawbreaker’s major-label debut Dear You, an album that was a colossal commercial failure yet has posthumously become one of the most celebrated albums of the ‘90s. The opener “Save Your Generation” sets Dear You’s tone early, featuring a melodic pop sensibility that’s augmented with buzzing Les Pauls, driving drums, and frontman Blake Schwarzenbach’s signature one-liners such as “A simple rule: every day be sure you wake.”
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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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