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A Closer Look at the 1958 Les Paul Standard

Dave Hunter
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08.01.2007

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We might take the Gibson Les Paul Standard for granted today—it has been with us forever (well, 50 years in 2008) and is widely acknowledged as the greatest rock and electric blues guitar of all time—but in the year of its birth, the design was a genuine revelation, and a revolution in the making.
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Where’s Don?!: Don Crawford Does Crossroads

Ellen Mallernee
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08.01.2007

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In life, love, and rock 'n' roll, it's not just who you know. It's who knows you. And for many of the biggest, baddest, and brightest, there are two little words that act like a speakeasy's secret password, assuring entry into the hazy, crazy, velvety world of superstardom. Those two words are "Don Crawford."
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A Look at Gibson’s John Lennon Les Paul Junior

Joe Bosso
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08.01.2007

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Whenever John Lennon played a Gibson, it became more than a guitar. It transformed into a powerful instrument of change. Whether issuing a desperate cry for "Help!" with his Gibson J-160E acoustic (a guitar he originally nicked from George Harrison), inciting political activism in "Revolution" on his prized Epiphone E230TD Casino (a guitar famously employed during the rooftop session of the Beatles' Apple headquarters), or during one of his last public appearances, at which he played his customized Gibson Les Paul Junior, Lennon's choice of guitars were an essential extension of his unique personality and creativity.
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Remembering Rock Rebel Glen Buxton

Russell Hall
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08.01.2007

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“He made Keith Richards look like a Boy Scout.” That’s how Neal Smith, drummer for the original Alice Cooper Group, sums up the rebellious spirit of bandmate Glen Buxton. Throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s, Buxton wore the band’s hard-living image with real-life authenticity. His physical countenance alone—wiry, thin-lipped, rings on every finger, bones and chicken claws dangling from bracelets and necklaces—embodied the band’s shock-rock reputation. More importantly, that spirit fueled a guitar style that would shape some of rock’s most memorable songs. Wielding his iconic white SG Custom, Buxton—along with fellow guitarist Michael Bruce—put muscle into such classics as “I’m Eighteen,” “Elected,” and “School’s Out.”
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Man Determined to Scientifically Prove SG Most Powerful Guitar Ever

Russell Hall
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07.31.2007

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With a Cherry Gibson SG nestled in his lap, Dr. Ricky Fromus settles into a chair behind a cluttered desk in his home office. There, Fromus, 36, has spent the better part of a decade researching the Gibson SG, in an effort to prove it unequivocally as the world’s most powerful guitar. Claiming an advanced degree in audio engineering, but declining to mention from where, Fromus works out of a guest house-cum-laboratory situated 40 feet from the home of his parents, with whom he lives.
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Today’s Top Female Guitarists Play Gibsons

Ellen Mallernee
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07.30.2007

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Joan Jett will be 49 this year, but her sinewy arms still light into her beat-up Gibson Melody Maker as if it were 1982, when she first broke onto the scene with her braying hit “I Love Rock N’ Roll.” Even then Jett had more than just smash records on her mind. “I really wanted to make it OK for girls to play,” she says.
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Bluegrass Legend Sam Bush On His Signature Gibson Mandolin

Russell Hall
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07.27.2007

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Legendary mandolinist Sam Bush knew right away he had something special on his hands when he got his ’37 Gibson F-5 back in 1973. Previously owned by bluegrass veteran Norman Blake, the mandolin was distinguished by its larger neck, wider fingerboard, and broader spacing between the string-pairs
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Rock’s Up-and-Comers Play Les Pauls

Russell Hall
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07.26.2007

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The rich tradition of the Les Paul remains very much intact with today’s trove of young guitarists. The thread that connects these talented up-and-comers, varied though they may otherwise be, is a love of classic rock, pop, and soul—and a lust for the instrument that their idols all played. In interview after interview, such musical giants as Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page fall trippingly off the tongues of this new generation of artists. With such legends as their primary touchstones, each of the following Les Paul players is pushing modern music to new heights.
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New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert: The Soundtrack to His Life (Download Free MP3!)

Jonah Bayer
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07.24.2007

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Seven years ago, the Florida-based pop-punk band New Found Glory released From The Screen to Your Stereo, an upbeat adaptation of classic movie soundtracks and themes which included everything from The Neverending Story theme song to Céline Dion’s Titantic-sized hit “My Heart Will Go On.”
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New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert: The Soundtrack to His Life

Jonah Bayer
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07.24.2007

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Seven years ago, the Florida-based pop-punk band New Found Glory released From The Screen to Your Stereo, an upbeat adaptation of classic movie soundtracks and themes which included everything from The Neverending Story theme song to Céline Dion’s Titantic-sized hit “My Heart Will Go On.”
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