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Jumbo Mumbo: Distinctions Between Jumbo and Super Jumbo Acoustics

Dave Hunter
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09.14.2007

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For all the acceptance of Gibson acoustics as leaders in the field, you sometimes encounter a little confusion about the terminology behind some of the classic models. And it’s not entirely surprising, considering the Gibson...
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Gibson Icon: Wes Montgomery and the Marriage of Jazz and Pop

Sean McDevitt
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09.14.2007

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Nearly 40 years after his death, Wes Montgomery remains one of the most inventive and important jazz guitarists in history. His exciting musical legacy, in fact, is so enduring that it’s sometimes easy to forget that it was achieved almost entirely within a window that lasted less than a decade.
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The Best Gibson Guitar in The World … for You

Dave Hunter
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09.13.2007

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For plenty of players, the search for that eternal soul mate of a guitar can sometimes feel like an endless quest. A little perspective often helps to narrow the field, though, as does the acceptance of the old “different horses for different courses” theory. Obviously, given their druthers, everyone would play a Historic Series 1960 Les Paul Standard VOS or Custom Shop Class 5 Quilt Top, right?
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Real Life Concert Review: The Used at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, September 10, 2007

Jonah Bayer
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09.13.2007

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After a quick stage turnover, the lights dimmed and the Used hit the stage. While most bands of their caliber tend to drape everything onstage with their logo and likeness, the Used had a barebones set-up and no banners to speak of, preferring to let their music do the talking—and did it ever. Early on in the set, frontman Bert McCracken asked if there were any liars in the audience before Gibson SG-toting guitarist Quinn Allman launched into an explosive rendition of “Liar Liar (Burn In Hell),” one of the singles off the band’s latest album Lies For The Liar. However, that doesn’t mean that the band didn’t revisit their back catalog and the response they got when they launched into “The Taste Of Ink,” the breakthrough single from their self-titled 2002 debut was deafening.
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Motion City Soundtrack’s Josh Cain: No-Nonsense Guitar Bliss

Jonah Bayer
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09.12.2007

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Although Motion City Soundtrack may soon be unavoidable, the Minneapolis-based band are no overnight sensations. In fact, the group has been together for a decade, fine-tuning their unique pop-punk sound which blends elements of Weezer and the Foo Fighters with indie icons such as Superchunk and Fugazi to create a unique amalgam of music that’s helped them build a fanbase that transcends age and gender.
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Martians to Earth: Send More Chuck Berry!

Jerry McCulley
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09.12.2007

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Chuck Berry is to rock music what mortar is to brick, what hydrogen and oxygen are to water. Without Berry, there might have been an Elvis, but he wouldn’t have turned heads playing “Maybellene” on the Louisiana Hayride. There may have been a Beatles and Stones, but not the ones who influenced a generation or three playing music rooted largely in “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Around and Around.” Maybe even a Dylan--if one lacking the stout poetic goosing Berry imparted to every rock lyricist who followed in his wake. Doubt it? Check out Chuck's "Too Much Monkey Business" and then listen to "Subterannean Homesick Blues." And whither The Beach Boys without their Berry-channeling breakthrough, “Surfin’ USA.” Before Brian Wilson was inspired to write his teenage symphonies to God, Chuck was writing blues-based symphonies to teenagers.
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Guitar Solos to the Rescue! 8 Guitar Solos That Transform a Song into a Classic

Aidin Vaziri
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09.12.2007

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You know for the bad rap we get, us guitarists are pretty patient. We’ll put up with drummers showing up two hours late—for practice, and for a fill. We’ll stoically suffer the two kinds of bass players, the ones who want to make everything sound like the Seinfeld theme, and the ones who don’t know what an E string is. And the lead singers, oh man, the endless parade of lead singers in those dopey outfits, all of them thinking that their latest heartfelt tribute to some mud wrestler/sports car/Nordic god is more than half a dozen non-sequiturs that don’t really rhyme very well. We’ll put up with it all, and we’ll haul a 4x12 cab along with us while we do. Why? Because we get to solo—that deranged, delightful ten seconds to ten minutes where we can wail away, band be damned. Somehow it makes it all worth it.
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It's Official: Led Zeppelin are Reuniting!

Josh Baron
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09.12.2007

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After years of speculation, Led Zeppelin are finally reuniting, this time under the auspices of a tribute concert to late Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun on November 26th at O2 arena in London. Atlantic Records was home to the band’s first five albums, from their groundbreaking, blues-fueled self-titled debut to the landmark Houses of the Holy (the band formed its own label, Swan Song, which was distributed by Atlantic for its remaining albums).
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Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump: The Gibson Interview

Joe Bosso
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09.12.2007

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Cherubic and slightly disheveled, bedecked in his I'm-a-rock-star-but-I-dress-like-a-bike-messenger finest, Fall Out Boy singer/guitarist Patrick Stump radiates a low-wattage, shy affability-in other words, you’d never know he was a rock star. “I find the whole thing hysterical,” he admits. “Rock stars are supposed to be thin and good looking. They’re supposed to wear eyeliner and get into trouble. They’re supposed to put naked pictures of themselves on the Internet.” He smiles and snaps his fingers. “Hey! I know one of those guys.”
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An Angry Guitar Store Owner and His Vengeful Employee: The Crazy Story Behind Nick Moss’ ’66 ES-345

Sean McDevitt
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09.12.2007

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Chicago blues guitarist Nick Moss has a number of cherished guitars, but none more prized than his cherry 1966 Gibson ES-345, a beautiful axe that Moss purchased in a Chicago music store and took out on the road for several years before retiring it. (“I was just so paranoid about something happening to it,” he says.)
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