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Gibson Interview: Session Great Waddy Wachtel

Waddy Wachtel may not be a household name to the casual rock fan, but to guitarists he’s a sideman supremo. Just some of the legends he’s worked with include Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, Joe Walsh and many more. Let’s just file…
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10 Great Grunge Bands

Grunge bloomed from the mid-to-late ‘80s Seattle music scene with fuzzy, distorted electric guitars, angst-y vocals and a general rebellion against the establishment. After the mainstream breakthrough of Nirvana’s Nevermind album in 1991, the genre became the most popular style of rock music in the ‘90s. Grunge is still in the spotlight today, with many of those classic lineups touring and releasing new music. Songs…
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Gibson Brands AP MUSIC AWARDS Announces Special Appearances by PARAMORE, YELLOWCARD and More

Organizers of the inaugural Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, have added yet another batch of top-shelf talent to its lineup. Joining the already star-studded list of special appearances are Paramore, Yellowcard, Billy Corgan, We Came …
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Win a Full Recording Studio from Gibson

Dream of playing a genuine Gibson? Dream of recording the next big hit with your band? Here is your chance to make some of these dreams come true! In celebration of 120 years of innovation, Gibson Brands is hosting 7 …
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10 Great Headbanger Quotes from Metal Bands

Of rock ‘n’ roll’s many formats, metal is the most aggressive when it comes to volume, attack and sky-high guitar solos. Metal breathes life into music with a variety of styles and subgenres, but they’re all married by a trust in distorted guitars, heavy riffing and hammering rhythms. In honor of all things heavy, here are 10 Headbanger-Approved Quotes from Metal Bands. Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on writing metal music, as told to Gibson.com…
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From Townshend to Trucks: 10 Giants of the Gibson SG

It’s hardly surprising that many of rock’s most legendary guitarists have plied their craft on a Gibson SG. With its warm sustain, silky fretboard and sharp cutaways, the SG is conducive to all types of playing—from searing solos to chunky rhythms to sinewy leads. Moreover, the SG’s sleek, lightweight design and striking beauty makes it a much-favored instrument for live performance. At various points such notables as Pete Townshend, Todd Rundgren…
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Win a Recording Studio From Gibson Brands

Dream of playing a genuine Gibson? Dream of recording the next big hit with your band? Here is your chance to make some of these dreams come true! In celebration of 120 years of innovation, Gibson Brands is hosting 7 …
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Gibson Brands Sponsor the Institute Guitar Scholarship

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce that Gibson Brands will be sponsoring two of eight scholarships available for students hoping to join its intensive one year Higher Diploma course. The award offers the successful entrants fully-funded …
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10 Great Female Rock Bass Players

When it comes to bass players, there’s no denying the presence of fantastic female musicians in rock ‘n’ roll over the years. These women brought new philosophies and styles of playing to rock, alternative and metal, offering their own way to make the bass guitar sing and scream. In this Gibson.com feature, we pay tribute to 10 Great Female Rock Bass Players. As a bass player, I know there are countless others to honor. Who’s your favorite female bass slinger? Give us your picks in the comments…
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Setting Your Guitar Up For Slide

Slide guitar has a kind of magic about it. There’s a harmonic richness inherent in that interaction between the string and the slide – be it made of glass or metal — that speaks to the soul. The plaintive wail of Duane Allman, the wild screaming blues of Dave Hole, the sweet melodies of George Harrison, the virtuosity of Derek Trucks — they all took this one playing style and used it to emphasise their personal uniqueness while also adding to the vocabulary of slide guitar that we all borrow from…
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Little Amps, Big Sounds: Recording with Low-Watt Amps

Jimmy Page, Steve Cropper, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Neil Young and a horde of other guitarists with monster tone understand that it’s not always amp size that counts. And the proof is in an array of classic recordings that include Beck’s “’Cause We Ended As Lovers,” Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” Neil Young’s “Over and Over” and Led Zeppelin’s epic “Heartbreaker.” Recording with small, low-wattage amps is an art form that requires a little knowledge and imagination, and of course, some good sounding…
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The World According to Ronnie Wood

2013 is a good year for Ronnie Wood. He’s just turned 66 – “I’m really lucky to have survived everything I put myself through,” he admits. Plus, The Rolling Stones play the Glastonbury festival for the first time ever on June 29. Wood was key in persuading his fellow Stones that “we must do this.” When you’re in a band with Keith Richards, you’ll always be “the other guitarist.” It wasn’t long ago that the other Stones referred to Wood as “the new boy” (he joined in 1975!)…
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Stars of the Les Paul “Black Beauty”

Gibson debuted the Les Paul Custom in 1954 and dubbed it the “Fretless Wonder.” Originally, black-finish Les Paul Customs came with one P-90 (bridge position) and one Alnico V pickup (neck position). It morphed, and soon had Seth Lover’s PAF humbuckers, and was also known as the “Black Beauty.” Now, you can buy a 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty which is true to its ’57 vintage spec. Epiphone has its own glorious Black Beauty for players on a budget. Sunburst …
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10 Things You Should Do to Sound Like Derek Trucks

Derek Trucks is arguably the most compelling and accomplished exponent of blues and rock slide guitar today. Whether playing live with the Allman Brothers or with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, or on recordings like the Derek Trucks Band’s Already Free and the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator — both Grammy winners — his playing always exhibits supremely burnished tone, radical chops and a blend of the tasteful and the untamed. Trucks has crafted his sound and style via natural virtuosity, deep…
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10 Great Albums That Feature Gibsons On Their Covers

From Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! to Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow, albums throughout rock’s glorious history have often featured Gibson instruments prominently on their covers. In a 2009 feature story, we focused on 10 classic discs that beautifully showcased Gibson acoustics and electrics. Below are 10 additional favorites — some of which are already considered classics, and some of which are destined to achieve that status.
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Report to Congress Gives OK to Traveling with Guitars

The long-delayed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report on the Lacey Act was delivered to Congress last week, and guitarists can finally breathe a major sigh of relief. The report states that an instrument owner would “not need to …
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15 Gigbag Essentials

Playing a good show is sometimes about preparation. If you play live but aren’t lucky (or rich) enough to have your own guitar tech, then you need to get organized. Getting your riffs and licks right is, of course, key – but preparation for every eventuality is also important. Here are 15 things you could consider stuffing in your gigbag. 1. Spare Strings. Yes, it’s obvious – but don’t think a three-string snap will never happen to you. We’ve seen it happen! Make sure you have plenty of spares, with more of the top…
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10 Things To Keep Your Guitar In Top Condition

Here are 10 suggestions you can follow without the help of a luthier to keep your guitar performing and looking its best: Maintain the nut: Dirt and gummy smoke residue can build up in the notches of your guitar’s nut, impeding the strings’ ability to slide without resistance within those grooves. That causes tuning problems. Be sure to clean the interior of the nut periodically with a thin nail file or dental floss to avoid that issue. Clean and condition the fretboard: Lemon oil or …
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Inside Story: The Lost Rory Gallagher Album

When Rory Gallagher left us in 1995, he also left behind a rich body of work. From hard-hitting blues to tender acoustic music to R&B to Celtic influences, Gallagher was an engaging performer and an astonishingly gifted guitarist. His discography includes well over a dozen albums, between power trio Taste (beginning in 1969) and his solo works (from 1971’s self-titled album to 1990’s Fresh Evidence), but hardcore fans have long known about a mysterious lost record, an album which was recorded in the…
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How to Play Psychedelic Rock Guitar

If you’ve never heard of the Electric Prunes, the Seeds, the Remains, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Count Five, Blues Magoos, the Amboy Dukes, the Shadows of Knight, the Standells, the Leaves or the Strangeloves, this article is required reading. They are the forefathers of psychedelic rock – the American bands that put fuzz tone on the map and, in some cases, even the charts and inspired the garage rock renaissance of the ’80s that still continues at the grungy rock club level today. Even Jimi Hendrix arrived…
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