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Single-Pickup vs. Double-Pickup Guitars

06.03.2016

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OK, smarty pants. Before we enter the debate on single-pickup vs. two-pickup guitars, we already know what you’re going to say. “When it comes to pickups, why would I want less when I could have more? More sonic options, more versatility, more bang for my guitar buck.”
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‘50s Wiring Meets ‘50s Controls

Craig Anderton
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05.27.2016

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Potentiometers have a spec called “taper,” which specifies how fast its value changes as you turn it. Because the human ear becomes less sensitive to volume changes at higher volumes, doubling the volume won’t sound twice as loud; you need to increase the level a lot more for it to sound twice as loud.
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A Quick Guide to Gibson Acoustic Tonewoods

Michael Leonard
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05.13.2016

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Gibson acoustics use the finest woods for brilliant tone and luxuriant looks. In 2016, that means traditional choices such as sitka spruce, mahogany and rosewood to Limited Editions in walnut, koa and more. What's your favorite?
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How Gibson's Multi-Shield Technology Minimizes Noise

Craig Anderton
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05.12.2016

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Gibson’s engineers figured there had to be a better way to shield guitars. So after extensive research, late night pizza dinners, and liberal amounts of coffee, they came up with changes that increase shielding effectiveness dramatically while also minimizing problems from static electricity buildup.
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Gibson USA’s Stunning 2016 Limited Run Guitars

Michael Leonard
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04.19.2016

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Here's a selection of Gibson's Limited Run 2016 models – from luxuriant Les Pauls and SGs, from stunning Midtowns to souped-up 7-strings. Feast your eyes on some of the rarest guitars Gibson is building this year across all price ranges
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Great Gibson Guitars: the ES-335

04.18.2016

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From Chuck Berry to Dave Grohl, the 335 probably remains Gibson's greatest semi-solid. 2016 sees vintage recplicas, new bargain models, new colors and more. Here's a run-down of 2016-available guitars bearing that 335 name, and a few classics from the past
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Why Gibson 'Buckers are Best

Michael Leonard
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04.08.2016

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Officially debuting 59 years ago, the Gibson Humbucker is a bona fide benchmark of guitar pickup design. And it keeps evolving, as all these options show...
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Road Test: Gibson Midtown Standard

Ted Drozdowski
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04.05.2016

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The Gibson Midtown Standard incorporates modern and classic design to create a timeless, lightweight and highly playable guitar that’s perfect for all genres — and easy to love!
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Rag-Time: How to Clean Your Guitar for Better Tone

Ellen Barnes
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04.04.2016

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The best — and least expensive — way to improve your guitar’s appearance, as well as its tone, is to administer a thorough cleaning. But there are a few guidelines that need to be followed when tackling the dirt, grease, perspiration and smoke that may have accumulated on your guitar, either from regular use or neglect; otherwise you risk permanently damaging the quality and resonance of your instrument. Whether it’s an acoustic or an electric that you’re aiming to clean, these tips still apply. If you have a vintage guitar, you’ll need to take special considerations, as explained in a note below.
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What’s your Favorite SG Pickguard?

Peter Hodgson
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03.31.2016

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There are three main SG pickguard types, and a few variations. Which is the most ‘you?’
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