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Gibson Partners with the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland

06.29.2007

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Gibson has announced its partnership with the 41st annual Montreux Jazz Festival, in which Gibson will participate as the official musical instrument provider of the festival and title sponsor of the Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. The festival takes place July 6-21 in the spectacular city of Montreux, Switzerland.
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Pop Producer, Vintage Gibson Collector: Gibson Interviews Butch Walker

Ellen Mallernee
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06.19.2007

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Butch Walker strolls through the front door of his cushy Malibu beach house, and his two dogs come skidding across the floor with outstretched toenails and a chorus of contented woofs. Stretching out a sleeve of tattoos to scratch a pug behind the ear, 37-year-old Walker muses, “I don’t know if I want to put out another record right now. I feel like that whole process is so cliché and so ’80s.
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Jesse Malin Uses Gibson J-45 and Les Paul on Excellent New Album

Ellen Mallernee
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06.14.2007

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This time last year, quintessential New York rock ’n’ roll underdog Jesse Malin could be found crashing on a friend’s couch, his lanky limbs crimped between the two arms of a loveless loveseat. “Couching it at 38 years old was depressing,” admits Malin, whose lifelong love affair with New York had by all accounts gone sour. After recording his tremendous third solo album Glitter in the Gutter in Los Angeles, Malin had returned to the city only to find that his East Village apartment was being converted into a condo that he couldn’t afford.
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Gibson Foundation Offers Support to A Child's Right

06.12.2007

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Non-profit relief organization A Child’s Right installed five water purification systems to orphanages and child welfare centers in China earlier this month with support provided by the Gibson Foundation. The water purification systems provide access to clean water for thousands of children, while also allowing newborns to receive formula made with purified water for the first time.
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Patty Griffin On Her New Album and Her Gibson J-50

Ellen Mallernee
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06.11.2007

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Last summer, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin recorded her fifth studio album, Children Running Through, in an old house across the street from her home in Austin, Texas. She soundproofed the walls with bohemian tapestries, squeezed a grand piano through a stubborn door frame, surrounded herself with vintage microphones, and propped a ’65 Gibson J-50 across her lap. Most importantly, Griffin didn’t worry what others would think of the finished product—a preoccupation that she says hindered her earlier efforts.
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Metal Guru: Marc Bolan

Russell Hall
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06.11.2007

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The image of Marc Bolan—elfin-like, cheeks dotted with glitter, Les Paul Sunburst slung low—is one of the most iconic of the glam-rock era. Unlike his friend and fellow glitter star David Bowie, who relied heavily on sideman Mick Ronson, Bolan wielded the six-string all himself, forging a style based on crunchy power chords, boogie riffs, and leads that sounded like blues crafted in outer space. At his best—on songs such as “Get It On (Bang a Gong),” “20th Century Boy,” and “Jeepster”—Bolan used his Les Paul to put muscle into material redolent of ’60s bubblegum pop. And much as Chuck Berry had done before him, he saw endless permutations in what seemed, on the surface, like the simplest of approaches to guitar.
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Brit Bus Tour Rocks and Rolls Double-Decker Across America

06.08.2007

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BBC America’s BritBus Tour has officially invaded the US. Since April, the bus has hit 15 major cities for a series of two- to four-day events featuring the latest and greatest in British music.
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The Gibson Les Paul Goddess rocks with Agent Provocateur

06.08.2007

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Friday 8th June 2007 London - Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument maker and leader in music technology, announced its partnership with the luxurious lingerie boutique Agent Provocateur. This exciting partnership is to celebrate the new Gibson Les Paul Goddess an electric guitar designed specifically for women.
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Gibson Leads Industry Fight Against Counterfeit Gibsons

Ellen Mallernee
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06.06.2007

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Last year, 15-year-old Jonathan Jakubowski of Cary, North Carolina emptied out his savings account to purchase a Les Paul he found advertised in the local newspaper.
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Former Squirrel Nut Zippers Frontman Jimbo Mathus Goes Cosmic Country in the Home of the Blues

Ellen Mallernee
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06.04.2007

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Jimbo Mathus grew up in small town Mississippi in the 1980s, but it might as well have been the 1970s, ’60s, or even ’50s, for that matter. Surrounded by “rednecks, radical Pentecostalism, and moonshine bootleggers,” Mathus killed time watching The Lone Ranger and listening to his father and his friends belt out beer-fueled country and gospel songs on the front porch.
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