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Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell: Don't Fix What Ain't Broke

Josh Baron
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09.28.2007

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Ben Bridwell has a burly beard and a mass of tattoos, creeping up his neck, down his arms, everywhere. He wears oversized Ray-Bans, smokes up a storm, and typically sports some pretty mean cowboy boots. It’s not surprising he’s the frontman for a group called Band of Horses. He might be the indie rock version of the Marlboro Man.
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The 10 Most Influential Albums Featuring Gibsons

Aidin Vaziri
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09.28.2007

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There are good albums. Then there are really good albums. And then there are those special albums. The ones that kick down the door, knock you on your back, and have their way with you. They rewrite the rules, spawn countless imitators, and no matter how much you play them, they grow better with each passing year. Each one of these albums fits these criteria. But they have something else in common: Each was crafted using a Gibson guitar or two (or three or four) in the studio.
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Winner of the Zakk Wylde Bullseye Les Paul Announced!

Ellen Mallernee
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09.27.2007

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Heroes on Heroes: Keith Richards on Muddy Waters

Sylvie Simmons
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09.27.2007

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Keith Richards on Hero Muddy Waters
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All-American Rejects' Nick Wheeler: On New Record and Childhood Dreams

Jonah Bayer
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09.27.2007

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Think that you’re a hardcore Gibson fan? Well, All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler has probably got you beat. Aside from owning more Firebirds than he can count (he literally has a spreadsheet to keep track of his guitars, but estimates that he owns about a dozen ‘Birds), he recently had the iconic Firebird logo inked onto his inner arm as a tribute to his favorite axe.
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Pearl Jam's New Doc Offers Dueling Gibsons and Then Some

Josh Baron
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09.27.2007

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You would think you were at a live concert what with all the clapping and singing along. But no, it was just the New York City premiere of Pearl Jam’s live concert film, Immagine in Cornice(Italian for “Picture in a Frame”) at the famous Ziegfeld Theatre. Between Pearl Jam fan club members, friends of filmmaker and photographer Danny Clinch, and more casual fans, the theatre felt as packed as one of the city’s bigger venues.
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A Hundred Dollar Junior and Thirteen Great Songs: Grand Mal’s Reluctant Indie Rock (Download Free MP3!)

Russell Hall
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09.27.2007

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Formed the same year St. Johnny imploded, Grand Mal has, for 13 years, essentially been a solo vehicle whereby the New York City-based Whitten can exercise his love for writing great songs steeped in '70s rock traditions. The fact that he's made and released these albums largely on his own--or on tiny indie labels--testifies as much to the misguided machinations of a fashion-driven record industry as it does to Whitten's perseverance. Tops on his list of influences are the New York Dolls, Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, early Lou Reed, and the Ramones--all of whom lurk at the fringes of his distinctive songcraft. Think Marc Bolan's elegantly fuzzed-up riff rock, Reed's wry outlook (albeit in a sweeter and wittier form), and a DIY-pop aesthetic akin to vintage Todd Rundgren, and you get a good idea of Whitten's style.
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Them vs. The World: Finger Eleven Take on the Road with a New Album and Several SGs

David Sprague
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09.26.2007

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The good ideas are plentiful on Them vs. You vs. Me, ranging from the Aerosmith-styled boogie of “So-So Suicide” to the waltz-time “Change the World.” The disc is split pretty evenly between contagious pop-rock numbers (characterized by the chiming “I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague”) and darker, progged-out pieces like the album ending “Easy Life,” both of which trade on the fluid interplay between James Black and Rick Jackett (who plays Gibson SGs almost exclusively and at last count owned at least three of the sleek double-cutaways: the SG GT, SG '61 Reissue, and SG Standard).
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The Power of the ’Burst: VOS Sunburst Les Paul Reissues

Dave Hunter
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09.26.2007

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What’s the value of a coat of paint? Almost incalculably high, according to many of today’s players and collectors of vintage electric guitars. We have already examined the constructional fine points and accuracy of Gibson’s VOS Les Pauls in another Gibson feature, but the iconic nature of these guitars’ finishes deserves a little more attention. The Les Paul Standard of 1958-’60 is acknowledged as being the most desirable electric guitar on the vintage market, and the only significant factor that distinguishes a ’58 Les Paul from the ’57 Les Paul that came before it is its translucent Cherry Sunburst finish. Sound a little crazy? The proof is in the pricing.
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Chiodos' Jason Hale: From VFW Halls to the Warped Tour (Download Free MP3!)

Jonah Bayer
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09.25.2007

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If you’re not familiar with Chiodos, we suggest crawling out from that rock you’ve been hiding under and joining the rest of us up here in civilization (the fact that you’re currently cruising Gibson.com is definitely a step in the right direction). The band’s latest album Bone Palace Ballet debuted at number five on the Billboard Top 200, selling nearly 40,000 (in a weak month, no less) and the band’s grinning mugs have been plastered across music television and magazines for months.
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