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[25 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Good Times: Johnny Marr’s Stolen Guitar Returned | 3,285 views]
Good Times: Johnny Marr’s Stolen Guitar Returned

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Johnny Marr’s Gibson SG, which was stolen ten years ago, has been returned.
After a gig in Scala nightclub, Kings Cross, in 2000 the guitar was stolen by a fan.  The ‘fan’ apparently came across the guitar backstage and noticed it was unattended.  On a “spur of the moment decision”, he picked it up and walked out a fire escape.
The guitar, a 1964 SG in cherry red would normally be worth around UK £6,000 but the prosecutor in this case forwarded an estimated value of £30,000 because of the link with …

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[16 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on 50th Anniversary Gibson 1960 ES-335TD | 6,666 views]
50th Anniversary Gibson 1960 ES-335TD

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I’m in danger of shorting out my keyboard with long strings of spittle as I read the specs and look at the images of Gibson’s latest.
Hot on the heels of the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul, comes the 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD.
Is it telling that I’m much more excited by this one? In the last few years I’ve been more and more drawn to the 335 and its semi-hollow yumminess. Perhaps I’m mellowing in my old age.
There is simply no denying, though, that the ES-335, and these ones in particular, …

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[3 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 4,843 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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[27 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Gibson Comments On Alleged Price-Fixing Lawsuits | 2,597 views]
Gibson Comments On Alleged Price-Fixing Lawsuits

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That’s a Gibson logo over there but Gibson aren’t the only ones caught up in a series of legal actions that accuse Gibson themselves, Fender, Yamaha, Guitar Centre and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) of meeting to agree price fixing arrangements. The plaintiffs in these cases claim the alleged cartel is in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
The industry association denies the charges but their attorney has declined to comment pending litigation.
Gibson, however, have commented.  This was published earlier today, 27th January.
Official Statement from Gibson Guitar Corp
01.27.2010
Gibson …

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[25 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 9,952 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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[2 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Gibson Dusk Tiger Released December 7th | 3,759 views]
Gibson Dusk Tiger Released December 7th

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The guitar that’s causing so much stir around the net.  So far, only seen in teasing half-caught glimpses and partial views, the Gibson Dusk Tiger is finally out of the cage.  Almost.
We can get a good look at it though and we can learn a bit more about its features.
As we already knew, the top is a – rather nice looking – exotic hardwood.  Partially pictured in some of the earlier images, that huge chrome thing – pickguard/control panel/pickup mount is likely to be the biggest stumbling block for many. …

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[29 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 7 – Back To Gibson | 2,201 views]
Weekend Field Trip 7 – Back To Gibson

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OK, so we visited Gibson a few weeks back but there’s always something new to see and to learn.
Here’s a series of three videos following the assembly of a Les Paul. Plenty of interesting stuff to see at each stage of the process and you get to see the presenter hack at lovely Les Pauls in various stages of construction – personally, I hope that guitar on which he butchered the neck tenon with a chisel (looking like he was going to stab himself in the process) wasn’t actually sold …

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[26 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Plenty Of Instruments At Christie’s Country Music Sale | 1,725 views]
Plenty Of Instruments At Christie’s Country Music Sale

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Christie’s AuctionHouse is having a Country Music sale.  On December 3rd, they’ll be auctioning off a ton of stuff associated with a ton of country music stars.
Among the fringed shirts and other memorabilia that you might expect, are lots of guitars.
And some of them are pretty cool.  To name but a few items:
There is a 1940 S-200 Gibson archtop that used to belong to Roy Rogers.  There’s a 1947 Martin D-18 that used to belong to Hank Williams.  Buddy Holly’s leather covered Gibson J-45 from around 1942 or 43 also …

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[18 Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | 5,904 views]
Update: More On Gibson’s Brush With The Law

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As noted in the last post, Gibson have had a brush with the law resulting in Federal agents seizing wood and instruments from Gibson Guitars’ Nashville plant.
It seems that they have also seized computers and records.
Musical Merchandise Review have some additional information on this and apparently, Gibson is under investigation for violating the Lacey Act for the importation of particular, endangered species of rosewood from Madagascar.  After a coup in January, the new president of Madagascar legalised the export of rosewood and ebony from his country. The president’s opinion on …

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[18 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | 3,631 views]
It’s The Feds! Quick, Flush The Wood

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Rather an odd piece of news this. Seems that federal agents raided Gibson’s guitar manufacturing plant in Nashville and seized guitars, wood and other items as evidence in a possible case of illegal use of restricted woods.
The use of some woods that are used in guitar-making is restricted and tightly controlled. For instance, it is almost impossible to properly source Brazilian rosewood (generally considered to be the most desirable) in any quantity. Restrictions exist on other tropical hardwoods and instrument-manufature tonewoods too.  It looks like the Feds …

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