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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks Influences, Guitars and More

Hard to believe, but nearly a half-century has passed since Joe Perry partnered with Steven Tyler to form the songwriting core of Aerosmith. Forty-four years later, the group has lost none of its edge, as evidenced by its recently wrapped “Let Rock Rule” tour. In a revealing new memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Perry chronicles his life story to this point, giving fans an inside …
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Interview with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

Halestorm singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale is taking a temporary break from the road (Halestorm are back on tour soon though, see below). Back home in Nashville, she popped by the Gibson offices to chat about, among other things, her recently released Limited Edition Lzzy Hale Explorer. It’s white and gold and about as cool as…
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Fun with Alternate Tunings

If ever you feel like you’re stuck in a guitar playing rut, there’s nothing quite as effective at pulling you out of it as experimenting with an alternate tuning. Alternate tunings take your fingers out of their comfort zone and can lead you to all sorts of melodic discoveries that you might not have made in standard tuning – and then you can…
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Life on the Road with Trivium’s Matt Heafy

Florida metallers Trivium were signed to Roadrunner Records a decade ago, and since that time they’ve toured the world countless times, played to what’s gotta be over a million people at this point, and released an ever-evolving series of albums that tell a story – not a literal or literary story, but a musical story of a band finding and refining their…
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Interview with Joanne Shaw Taylor

With an artform as matured and rich as the blues, we all need a new blues guitar hero. Scrub that: make it blues heroine. The U.K’s Joanne Shaw Taylor deserves your attention, whatever your gender, as she blends gritty vocals, sublime guitar skills and ever-growing songwriting savvy. The Dirty Truth (out September 22, 2014) is Joanne Shaw…
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Should You Start Learning on Electric or Acoustic?

If you’re planning to start learning guitar, it can be pretty overwhelming. You have to figure out where and how to learn (teacher? Instructional books or DVDs? Online course?). You have to figure out what kind of stuff you want to learn. And critically, you have to figure out what you’re going to play it on. It’s a lot to take in. But we’re here to help you…
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Unleashing The Acoustic Within Your Electric

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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John Lennon’s Best Guitar Solos

John Lennon, the revolutionary Beatle, was born on October 9, 1940, in working-class Liverpool, England. This year, he would have turned 74. Lennon made history as a Beatle, of course, and as a solo artist, collaborator and producer until his murder in 1980 at age 40. Until then, he lived a rich life indeed. Lennon was knighted by…
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10 Stages of Wood for Guitar-Making: From Tree to Guitar

It all started in 1894. Orville Gibson is busy working in his home woodshop in Kalamazoo, Mich., when he stumbles upon a novel instrument. Orville takes the carved, arched top shape of the violin and uses it to transform mandolins. He designs two fresh mandolin shapes: the scroll-body F style and the teardrop-shaped A. From there, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd. is formed…
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Alex Lifeson in His Own Words

Alex Lifeson of Rush turns 61 on August 27 2014. Why celebrate Alex’s 61st? Well, Rush are planning a 41stAnniversary Tour for 2015, so Gibson.com thought we’d stay as kookily contrary as the legendary Toronto trio. There’s little need to reiterate Lifeson’s standing in rock guitar’s pantheon. He’s hugely talented and unique, you already know that. And like Rush the band, he’s…
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Get the Maximum Out of Your First Electric Guitar

If you’re an acoustic guitar player, going electric is a way to muscle up your game in a host of interesting ways. Plugging in opens up the sonic universe and grants a license to rock — and hard! If you’ve never played an electric guitar before, here are a few pointers to get you rolling down the “Highway To Hell” like a “Dazed and Confused” “Voodoo Child” in a “Purple Haze.” Translation: if you wanna rock like…
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Ronnie Wood: How to Play Like The Rolling Stones Legend

Like many other members of British blues royalty, Ron Wood started playing guitar attempting to emulate his American idols. In Wood’s case, he has specifically cited the music of country bluesmen Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as Chuck Berry. Later, his reference points also included the Beatles, which whom he sought to compete as a member of the Faces.
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The World According to Heavy Metal

Metal music comes straight from the gut, with its high volume, dramatic guitar solos and relentless rhythms. The metal genre encompasses a long list of different sounds and subgenres, but they are have one commonality: an affinity for all things heavy. Read on for 10 quotes from some of our favorite headbangers. It’s The World According to Heavy Metal, baby!
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How to Play Slide Guitar In 10 Minutes

Sometimes it takes a little guidance to open up the door to new vistas in guitar playing. Earlier this month I taught an “Introduction To Slide Guitar” workshop at the Tall City Blues Festival in Midland, Texas, with the promise that students would be playing slide by the time they left the room. At the start of the workshop most of the players in attendance said that even beginning to play with a slide was a mystery they’d had trouble…
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Forty-Plus Years of YES: Steve Howe Talks Guitar-Playing

Ask any guitar aficionado to cite the most important players of the past 50 years, and it’s a near-certainty that Steve Howe’s name will come up before they take their second breath. During his amazing career, Howe has recorded 19 solo albums as well as records with Asia, GTR and others, but his most indelible mark has been made as a primary force in the legendary prog-rock band, YES. A key composer and player on such classic alums as Fragile, Close to the…
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What You Really Need to Know About Releasing Music on Vinyl

Vinyl’s making a comeback (just ask Stanton). Whether it’s about turntablists and DJs, sound, nostalgia, artwork, or all of the above, vinyl is a medium that refuses to just lie down and roll over in a bar fight with digital audio. However, because many musicians who want to release their music on vinyl weren’t even born when the CD became popular and shoved vinyl aside in record stores (yes, there used to be stores dedicated to selling…
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Trivium’s Matt Heafy on New Music and His 6 and 7-strings

On 2013’s Vengeance Falls, Trivium mine a tight and cohesive blend of melody and blazing riffs with many apexes. This summer, Trivium are performing songs off Vengeance Falls (one of my favorite albums of the past few years) and the rest of their catalog on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. On Mayhem, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy slings his two signature models: the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom and the Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy…
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Interview with Jonathan Jackson from TV’s Nashville

Gear is the star attraction of the annual Summer NAMM show, but on the event’s final day, this past Saturday, one of the biggest crowds gathered to hear the debut NAMM show performance of Jonathan Jackson. Jackson plays struggling musician Avery Barkley on ABC TV’s Nashville, and Avery’s rise, fall and return from the ashes is one of the series’ most compelling storylines. Jackson is a five-time Emmy Award winning actor who won those statues and heaps…
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Southern Pride: Guitar Collector Ronny Proler on the Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul

Since getting his first Les Paul four decades ago, the Houston, Texas native has amassed a collection that would be the envy of any enthusiast. Along the way, the 60-year-old musician/collector has cultivated friendships with some of the most acclaimed musicians of our times. Billy Gibbons, Charlie Daniels, Joe Bonamassa and Warren Haynes are just a few of the guitar greats that Proler counts among his friends.
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Jimi Hendrix’s Gibson Guitars

Jimi Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, and among them were many Gibson models. Hendrix would often use a white SG Custom for “Red House,” and towards the end of his life he would often be seen with a custom made left-handed Gibson Flying V. For a brief period Hendrix was seen using a Les Paul Custom, and he has been photographed with a Les Paul Special. It seems as though he favored using his Gibson guitars for bluesy…
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