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Rag-Time: How to Clean Your Guitar for Better Tone

Ellen Barnes
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02.09.2016

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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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Tuned Coil Tap vs. Tap vs. Split

Craig Anderton
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02.04.2016

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One way to change tone is changing pickups, but that’s messy, a hassle to reverse, and voids warranties.
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Which 2016 Acoustic is Praised in Stellar Review?

Russell Hall
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01.14.2016

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Guitarist magazine recently had high praise for the Gibson 2016 J-45 Vintage acoustic. “Generally speaking, you can tell a good instrument by the levels of interest it's given when it finds its way into our offices,” wrote the reviewers, “and, in the instance of the J-45 Vintage, we played a game of pass the parcel, everybody throwing a few superlatives into the pot as they took their turn.”
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The Ultimate Semi?

Michael Leonard
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01.14.2016

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From Chuck Berry to B.B. King to Dave Grohl, the Gibson ES-335 range has graced great guitarists and great recordings for nearly 60 years. Here's the real deal of the ultimate semi-solid guitar that continues to rule history.
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2016's Gibson Memphis Belles

Michael Leonard
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01.08.2016

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Updated ES-335s, the latest ES-Les Pauls, fantastic Gibson “jazzboxes”, brilliant basses and more... The craft-people of Gibson in Memphis are still delivering the goods
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Gibson Flying V: A Rich History Gets Richer

Russell Hall
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01.07.2016

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Flying V devotees in the past 40 years include a Who’s Who of legendary figures, including Michael Schenker, Marc Bolan, Billy Gibbons, Wishbone Ash’s Andy Powell, and Paul Stanley. Lenny Kravitz and (more recently) Grace Potter have made the V their go-to instrument for straight-up rock. Today, the Flying V is represented in every genre of contemporary music—from country to punk, from pop to nu-metal.
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Meet 2016’s Semi-Hollowbody Les Pauls

Peter Hodgson
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01.07.2016

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Gibson Memphis offers three semi-hollowbody Les Paul models in 2016: two different takes on the six-string classic and a bass.
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Meet the Gibson Memphis 2016 Lineup

Anne Erickson
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01.06.2016

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The Gibson Memphis 2016 Model Year brings together the charm and elegance of the classics with the technology of the future.
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Studio Talk: Tricks of the Trade

Anne Erickson
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01.05.2016

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Head inside any given recording studio, and chances are, you’ll find loads of Gibson Pro Audio products, not to mention Gibson guitars.
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Is there Really a Vinyl Revival?

Michael Leonard
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12.18.2015

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Recent years have seen a resurgence in vinyl sales, with deluxe versions of LPs new-and-reissued proving particularly popular. Here's the lowdown with tips on Gibson Brands Pro Audio kit to get you back into records
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