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[3 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 4,879 views]
Lets Hear It For Les (2): 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul

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Even Gibson themselves think it’s absurd that the original Les Paul was sufficiently unappreciated that it should be discontinued.
But, discontinued it was.  After 1960, Gibson would stop making Les Pauls.  Well, for a bit anyway.
Weird to think about that now, isn’t it?
To celebrate the (rather odd when you consider it) anniversary of the Les Paul being pulled from Gibson’s line-up in 1960, The Big G has released this: The 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard.
There are three variants of this beauty.
Version one will be finished in Heritage Cherry or a …

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[11 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Gretsch Eddie Cochran Tribute Model | 5,053 views]
Gretsch Eddie Cochran Tribute Model

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Gretsch are doing a, very limited, run of fifty instruments based on Eddie Cochran’s guitar.
The famous, modified Gretsch 6120 played by Cochran and now residing in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame was the template for some seriously intricate measuring by Gretsch Custom Shop master luthier Stephen Stern.  Stern checked everything that could be checked on Cochran’s guitar and then set about building an exact replica.
The result is the Gretsch Custom Shop G6160EC.
This instrument’s features include a bound laminated maple body and arched top, a specially shaped three-piece maple/walnut/maple …

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[25 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 10,006 views]
Epiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Released

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Released today, Christmas Day, exclusively in Japan, is this handsome new Epiphone.
This is the Tak Matsumoto Signature DC Custom.  Tak is one of Japan’s leading guitarists and he’s managed to wangle this signature model from Epiphone.
It’s based on the popular model from Gibson’s Custom Shop and is a bit special.
Its a double-cut mahogany body with a glued-in mahogany neck.  The neck joint is of the long-tenon type which gives excellent neck/body coupling and contributes to a great tone and longer sustain. The body is bound in multi-ply (w/b/w/b/w/b/w if you …

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[14 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | 7,816 views]
Gibson Angus Young SG Standard (Custom Shop Model)

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If you’ve already read the previous article on the production model of the Angus Young SG, you’ll know a lot of what this revamp of the Angus signature line is all about.
This one is the Gibson Custom Shop version – the Angus Young SG Standard – and while it’s similar, it does have a few important variations that are worth considering in their own right.
First off, the finish here is not the black of the production model.  Instead, Gibson tell us this is ‘Angus Cherry’.  We all love a cherry …

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[14 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | 6,945 views]
Gibson Angus Young SG (Production Signature Model)

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So, Gibson have seen fit to seriously tweak the Angus Young signature line.  Not before time.  While the previous Angus SG was a very, very fine guitar, it just wasn’t really very ‘Angusy’.  We couldn’t really imagine him duck-walking around the stage with a lyre-type vibrato attached to his SG.
Well, many of the previous wrongs have been rectified with not one, not two, but three new Angus Young signature SGs.  It’s like waiting for a bus.
I think we’ll look at these over two separate posts. In this first, we’ll …

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