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Ain’t Nobody Gonna Knock This Name Off

03.23.2007

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This month one of Gibson’s most accomplished and dedicated luthiers, James “Hutch” Hutchins, celebrates 45 years at Gibson with a fond look back at a career that’s spanned two states, three changes of ownership, and thousands of lovely guitars. Hutch began his career in the original Kalamazoo, Michigan plant, making a name for himself there before transferring to Nashville in 1983. He’s worked every job from maintenance to pattern making with an unflinching attention to detail and an abiding pride in the Gibson name.
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Slash: The Making of a Modern Guitar Hero

Ted Drozdowski
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02.28.2007

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The most iconic guitarist of the past 20 years, Saul Hudson was only a boy when a family friend gave him his distinctive nickname, foreshadowing the single-name recognition that often comes with fame. He was a boy, too, when he got his first guitar—a Les Paul copy that spurred his lifelong affinity for the Gibson classic. And it was 1988 when Slash ordered the two Gibson Les Paul Standards that he would carry with him for years thereafter, most memorably on Guns N’ Roses’ tour to support Appetite for Destruction. Those were the guitars on which Slash mastered the guitar as few rockers have, and now 20 years later, he has teamed with Gibson to release a fleet of signature guitars: the Gibson USA Slash Signature Les Paul Standard, the Gibson Custom Inspired By Slash Les Paul Standard Vintage Original Spec, and the Epiphone Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Plus Top.
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Johnny Cash: It Takes One to Know Me

Ari Surdoval
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05.15.2006

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It was Sam Phillips who named him Johnny, while pressing the labels for the "Hey Porter b/w Cry Cry Cry" debut single on Sun Records in 1955. Phillips changed Cash's name without asking. He thought "Johnny" sounded younger, better for the Memphis teenagers who kept their ears pressed to transistor radios as if they were about to receive secret instructions. Phillips must have figured he had better do something. That low bass moan humming under the staccato guitar twang sounded anything but youthful. Haunted? Yes. Desperate? Yes. But not young--not the skipping, rockabilly bounce of Elvis careening through "That's All Right." This was something else entirely. "Soon your sugar daddies will all be gone / You'll wake up some cold day and find you're alone / You'll cry cry cry." It was the birth of the Man in Black, but not the man himself.
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Gibson Guitar Preps for Layoffs while Managing Business During Challenging Times

03.20.2006

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World Wide sales for musical instrument product categories in which Gibson Guitar compete have dropped more than 20% in the US and most of the world in the first quarter of 2009. While Gibson has continued to gain market share, the extent of the slowdown in retail purchases, and the uncertainty of when this market will recover mandates that Gibson makes changes to insure the size of our organization is appropriate for the anticipated sales levels. This large drop in purchases is being experienced in virtually all consumer product categories.
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Free MP3 Of The Day: The Dandy Warhols "The Legend of The Last of The Outlaw Truckers"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: The Dandy Warhols "The Legend of The Last of The Outlaw Truckers"
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Free MP3 Of The Day: Medeski, Martin & Wood "Amber Gris"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: Medeski, Martin & Wood "Amber Gris"
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Free MP3 Of The Day: Hill Country Revue "Alice Mae"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: Hill Country Revue "Alice Mae"
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Free MP3 Of The Day: Tori Amos "Maybe California"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: Tori Amos "Maybe California"
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Doors Drummer Pulls a Ringo

Michael Wright
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04.26.2000

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Add John Densmore to the list of ’60s drummers who have called it quits on autographs. The Doors drummer has apparently had enough of having his meals interrupted in restaurants and posted on his website, “The last several years I have been so flooded with requests that it is interfering with my personal life, and I am going to have to stop.?Fans (or opportunists from ebay) track me when I land at any airport, follow me into the bathroom, and hang around my hotel, looking for my John Henry (autograph). It is unfortunate, but I have to draw the line.
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