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The Top 10 Metal Guitar Solos of All Time

Chris Gill
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09.07.2007

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The definition of metal music changes every decade as musicians continually push the genre to new extremes. But several elements have remained consistent throughout the years: distorted guitar, heavy riffs, and lightning-fast solos. Some of the greatest guitar solos ever recorded can be found on metal classics from the '70s and '80s, and many of those solos were recorded using Gibson guitars.
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As I Lay Dying Bring Metalcore into The Light

David Sprague
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09.07.2007

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By lobbing their just-released fourth album, An Ocean Between Us, into Billboard’s Top 10—right between Fergie and Nickelback—in its first week of release, the San Diego-bred foursome have shined the spotlight on the often shadowy metalcore scene. They’ve also cast a net over the new generation of metalheads who want their music hard and fast but not sinister. As I Lay Dying have won over fans of Christian rockers Underoath through the spiritual-not-preachy lyrics offered up by Tim Lambesis (who named the band after a William Faulkner novel) and have kept Thrice fans on their toes with tunes that are high concept and highly accessible.
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20 Years after His Death, Motley Crue Bassist Nikki Sixx Writes a Book About The Worst Year of His Life

Sylvie Simmons
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09.06.2007

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First there was Samuel Pepys, then Anaïs Nin, and now we have Nikki Sixx, whose book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is out September 18. Though it’s not as comprehensive an act of journal-keeping as his literary antecedents—it starts on Christmas Day 1986 and nods out 12 months later, not long after the December 1987 overdose that left him dead for a minute or so—Nikki has one up on his forbearers because his account comes with a musical accompaniment. Every copy of his confessional includes a CD of songs and readings featuring Sixx A.M., Nikki’s side band with James Michael and DJ Ashba.
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The Edge and the Gibson Explorer: A Match Made in Sonic Heaven

Joe Bosso
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09.06.2007

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With the echo-drenched opening notes of “I Will Follow” from U2’s 1980 debut masterpiece, Boy, to the explosive rock power that informed the band’s recent Grammy-winning How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the guitarist who calls himself the Edge created a guitar sound that seemed to have been beamed from outer space.
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Unsung Guitar Hero: Lonnie Mack

Sean McDevitt
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09.05.2007

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Gibson is proud to introduce our series on unsung heroes of the electric guitar with a profile of the great Lonnie Mack, a pioneering father of blues-rock and a master of the Flying V.
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System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian: The Gibson Interview

Chris Gill
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09.05.2007

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It’s been a year since System of a Down played their last live show. In that time, the band members have engaged in separate projects, leading to the inevitable speculation of a band breakup. Bassist Shavo Odadjian insists that the group is merely on hiatus before their next major onslaught. In the meanwhile, Shavo is keeping plenty busy. In August, he toured Europe with the Wu Tang Clan; earlier this year, he spent seven months in the studio with the Wu’s RZA, cutting an album for their new band, Achozen, which will be released later this year.
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The Mellow Beauty of Gibson's Vintage Reissue Strings

Dave Hunter
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09.05.2007

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For all the beauty and accuracy of the great reissue-style guitars available today, I occasionally encounter a guitarist who’s frustrated by their inability to make their rig sound like that of a particular guitar hero of 30 or 40 years ago playing the same equipment. “Do you think they’re using different magnets in the pickups?” they’ll often wonder, or, “Maybe they haven’t used the original species of mahogany?” To any of these, my first rejoinder is usually: “What kind of strings have you got on there?”
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Ross Halfin: Man with a Rock 'n' Roll Camera

Joe Bosso
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09.05.2007

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“The terrible thing about digital photography is that anybody these days can snap a decent picture and think he’s a photographer,” says legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin. “It’s such rubbish. There’s a skill to photography that can take you years to master-if you’re destined to do it, that is.”
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Smoking Section: The Rolling Stones at the 02 Arena

Sylvie Simmons
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09.04.2007

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The Stones rolled into the U.K. at the end of August, just around the same time I did. In my case, it was to renew my passport; in theirs to play three sold-out nights at the 02 arena—that giant marquee in South East London that used to be called the Millennium Dome and looks like a female contraceptive device from Mars.
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Emmylou Harris: The Gibson Interview

Jerry McCulley
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09.04.2007

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Emmylou Harris will surprise you. After giving due to producer James Austin, the label exec behind her expansive new Songbird box set for Rhino, the first names Harris drops into our conversation are not Gram Parsons or Linda Ronstadt, but Mike Hampton and Edgar Renteria, injured starting pitcher and shortstop, respectively, for the Atlanta Braves. Turns out the country songstress is a loyal Braves fan, and briefly laments a season’s lost potential. When her interviewer expresses love for the Red Sox, she promptly announces, “You’re preaching to the choir. If I was an American League girl, they would be my team. I love Fenway Park and have been to many games there. That series against the Yankees in ’04 was incredible!” Emmylou Harris, 12-time-Grammy winner, contemporary country legend—and closet Dirt Dawg?
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