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Tony Iommi: An Appreciation for This Year’s “Les Paul Award” Winner

Russell Hall
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10.20.2015

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On Monday (Oct. 19), Tony Iommi was presented with the prestigious Gibson Les Paul Award at the 2015 Q Awards ceremony in London. The honor, bestowed in recognition of Iommi’s outstanding contribution to music and pop culture, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Les Paul.
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What New Gibson is Billy Gibbons Playing Now?

Daniel Eriksson
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10.19.2015

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Gibson Custom is proud to announce the release of the BGSG — the Billy Gibbons SG. The guitar is based on a classic 1961 SG, but with some new exciting design features.
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What I’ve Learned about Networking in the Music Industry

Peter Hodgson
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10.15.2015

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How do you get your music heard by bloggers, labels, agents, promoters and gear companies? It’s all down to the delicate art of self-promotion.
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30 Under 30: A New Generation of Players. Part Three

Russell Hall
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10.13.2015

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The “Under 25” set continues to inject youthful vigor into contemporary music. Profiled below are three exciting up-and-comers who, in a word, are rising stars in their respective genres. Be sure to let us know, in the comments section, about other young players who merit special attention.
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Sammy Hagar: “The Les Paul’s like a Muscle Car”

Daniel Eriksson
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10.13.2015

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Aside from being a successful solo artist, Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, has surrounded himself with some of the world's best guitar players as a member of Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot. But Hagar himself is no slouch when it comes to playing killer riffs and soloing. Sammy says that he is self-taught, and that he's picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way from guys like Ronnie Montrose, and Eddie Van Halen. Gibson guitars have always been a part of Hagar’s guitar collection, and he is often seen playing Les Pauls and Explorers on stage.
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Unleashing The Acoustic Within Your Electric

Peter Hodgson
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10.13.2015

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Some of us start out on acoustic guitar before 'graduating' to electric. Some of us stay on acoustic our whole lives. Some of us are electric shredders who don't require an acoustic guitar often enough to actually plonk down enough cash to own one, but we might need the sound of an acoustic on our tracks from time to time. This article is for them.
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Five Facts about the Midtown Standard

Daniel Eriksson
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10.12.2015

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The 2015 Gibson Midtown Standard is a very versatile instrument. Here are five reasons why you might want to get one!
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What are John Lennon’s Best Guitar Solos?

Ted Drozdowski
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10.09.2015

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John Lennon, the revolutionary Beatle, was born on October 9, 1940, in working-class Liverpool, England. This year, he would have turned 74.
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The Beatles and Their Gibson Gear

Daniel Eriksson
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10.09.2015

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Many of the biggest rock musicians in the world name the Beatles as their main inspiration for picking up an instrument. Let’s take a look at the different Gibson guitars used by the Fab Four.
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The Guitar That Launched The Beatles

Andrew Vaughan
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10.09.2015

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“Love Me Do,” The Beatles’ first-ever single, announced a revolution in rock and roll. The fresh-faced Liverpudlians — Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr — sounded like nothing else on British radio in October 1962. As Harrison remembered in The Beatles Anthology: “First hearing 'Love Me Do' on the radio sent me shivery all over. It was the best buzz of all time. We knew it was going to be on Radio Luxembourg at something like 7:30 on a Thursday night. I was in my house in Speke and we all listened in.”
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