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Gibson Electrics Put the Power in Punk Rock

Russell Hall
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08.15.2007

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Punk rock guitarists have sometimes been stereotyped as lacking in ability, but nothing could be further from the truth. “Punk guitarists have never really gotten our due because for so long we were considered to be non-musicians,” Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye once said. “But the fact is we all like to talk about the arcane aspects of guitar playing. It’s just hard when the interviewer is talking about the pentatonic and you’re thinking about a gin and tonic.”
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The Man, The Myth, The Metal: Gibson Interviews Zakk Wylde

Joe Bosso
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08.15.2007

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Zakk Wylde is a man who says what he means, and does what he says. From the moment he picked up a Les Paul at age 15, he pursued his dream of joining Ozzy Osbourne's band with the force of a freight train. Practicing as much as 12 hours a day—from the time he came home from school till the time he went back the next morning—his proficiency on the instrument was astonishing. It wasn't long before everybody in his hometown of Jackson, New Jersey realized somebody special was in their midst.
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Les Is More: America's Best-Selling Bands Play Les Pauls

David Sprague
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08.15.2007

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Like no other guitar, the Les Paul has stood the test of time. Beautiful, powerful, and comfortable, it delivers an authentic and utterly unique warmth, and an unmistakable hard rock crunch that no guitar can match. Players from across rock’s spectrum have found it to be the ideal vehicle to drive both raging riffs and swirling atmospherics—and lately, plenty of them have been driving those tunes straight to the top of the charts. More than ever, the sound of great new music is powered by the mighty Les Paul.
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The Gibson Difference: The Care and Quality of Gibson USA

Russell Hall
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08.10.2007

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One look inside the Gibson USA Factory in Nashville, Tennessee, and it instantly becomes clear why Gibson guitars are the finest in the world. At their workstations, dedicated luthiers attend to the manufacturing process with a concentration akin to a mother hovering over a newborn. Every Gibson solidbody electric—with the exception of Custom Shop instruments—is made here, assembled with love and care by a team of 400-plus employees. From start to finish, the length of time spent making a single guitar averages 21 days, with quality control being paramount.
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Lightnin’ Hopkins: In the 1960s This Texas Bluesman Changed the Sound of Modern Music with the Gibson J-50 and a Handful of Chords

Sean McDevitt
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08.09.2007

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Known for finessing a handful of chords on his Gibson J-50 into a career’s worth of gritty, powerful blues tunes, Lightnin’ Hopkins occupies a unique space within the context of 20th century blues, thanks to his economical guitar style and gift for haunting storytelling. With an overwhelming discography that includes hundreds of sides, he is easily one of the most prolific, widely recorded bluesmen in history.
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Happy Birthday, Edge!

Ellen Mallernee
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08.08.2007

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On Wednesday, August 8, The Edge will turn 46. Gibson would like to wish him a big happy birthday!
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Gibson Custom Shop VOS 1957, 1958 & 1959 Les Paul Standards: The Best Les Paul Reissues Gibson Has Ever Made

Dave Hunter
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08.07.2007

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Naturally Gibson has been in the business of making the best possible guitars it can make, reissue or otherwise, as long as the company has been in business. So just what is it that makes the new Vintage Original Spec (VOS) 1957 Les Paul Goldtop and 1958 and ’59 Les Paul Standards from the Gibson Custom Shop the best production Les Paul reissues the company has ever made?
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Gibson Touches Ground at Crossroads Festival

Sean McDevitt
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08.03.2007

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The nearly 30,000 fans who attended Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in suburban Chicago on July 28 were treated to eleven hours of unforgettable moments, the most poignant of them courtesy of none other than B.B. King.
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Derek Trucks Does Crossroads Guitar Festival

Sean McDevitt
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08.02.2007

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At the recent Crossroads Guitar Festival in suburban Chicago, phenom guitarist Derek Trucks floored the sold-out audience with stinging slide runs on his ubiquitous Gibson Custom Shop SG ’61 Reissue, which bears autographs from a number of artists with whom he’s crossed paths during his brief but booming career—among them Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, and the late Little Milton.
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A Look at Emmylou Harris’ Signature Model

Russell Hall
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08.02.2007

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Gibson's legendary J-200 acoustic has long been associated with the singing cowboys of the '40s and '50s, but in recent decades the instrument's most prominent player has been incomparable singing cowgirl Emmylou Harris. From her career beginnings in the mid-'70s, Harris has favored the J-200, calling the guitar "a thing of beauty." In late 2002, in the form of the L-200, Gibson designed the Emmylou Harris Signature version of the J-200.
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