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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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Riffs and Hooks: Gibsons Are the Engine in Power Pop

Russell Hall
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09.02.2007

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Coined by Pete Townshend in the ’60s to describe the Who’s music, the term power pop has since evolved to encompass songs crafted around sterling melodies, airtight arrangements, three-minute song lengths, and a thrilling guitar sound. From the start, beginning with Badfinger and continuing today with the Redwalls, Gibson guitars have been at the forefront of the genre. The Raspberries’ “Go All the Way,” Big Star’s “In the Street,” and the Replacements’ “Alex Chilton” are just three among countless power pop classics that were played on SGs, Les Pauls, or ES-335s.
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Gibson Moment: The Clash at Bond’s International Casino, New York, NY, May 28, 1981

Joe Bosso
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08.31.2007

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I had journeyed into the heart of New York's deservedly notorious Times Square to see my heroes, the Clash. But what possessed me to take my then-girlfriend Mary?
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Ricky Byrd: He Still Loves Rock ’N’ Roll

Jonah Bayer
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08.31.2007

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Ricky Byrd may not be a household name, but if you’re ever sung along to a Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ song on the radio, you’ve heard Byrd’s distinctive Gibson tone propelling Jett’s vocals. Since leaving the Blackhearts in 1993 after twelve years of service, Byrd has played with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ian Hunter. These days, he’s a popular solo artist and is currently in the midst of recording his long-awaited full-length album.
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The Gibson SG: Fueling Rock’s Alternative Nation

Jonah Bayer
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08.31.2007

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When looking back at the musical climate of the ’90s, a lot of things come to mind, including flannel, goatees, and Fred Durst in a red baseball cap urging people to “break stuff.” However, no matter what sticks in your head about that fabled decade, there’s no question that the Gibson SG informed much of the sound on many of the era’s most iconic albums. Here we take a look at five of the most influential alternative acts from the ’90s and explore their love affair with this classic double-cutaway guitar.
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