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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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[18 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on John 5 Interview At Fender | 3,206 views]
John 5 Interview At Fender

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Fender has posted an interview with guitarist, John 5.
There can’t be many that are unfamiliar with John 5, if only from his work with Marilyn Manson.  He has, of course, worked with a shed-load of other artists and is lucky enough to have both a Fender and a Squier signature model (and both quite nice they are too).
You may not know, however, that he has a Fender Telecaster from every year they’ve been available except for ’57, ’58 and ’60.  Lucky bastard.
His favourite is a 1950 Broadcaster.
It’s a good interview …

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[16 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Gibson’s Signature Series Advances Apace | 2,965 views]
Gibson’s Signature Series Advances Apace

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Hot on the heels of the spate of Angus Young SG models, Gibson announce this, the Buckethead Signature Les Paul.
With 28 solo albums under his KFC meal-deal hat and having played on countless other albums by countless other bands and solo artists, nobody can accuse Buckethead of being a fried chicken-eating couch-potato. He’s showed up on a crapload of ‘Superest Shredders Of All Time In The Universe Ever’ lists and now, he’s got his own signature Les Paul.
Sometimes, when Gibson do ‘contemporary’, they make a mess of it.  Rumours are …

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[4 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Gibson Goes Downhill Fast… | 2,341 views]
Gibson Goes Downhill Fast…

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…Not really, of course.  It’s a ski joke… Downhill… Get it?
Gibson have collaborated with, ski manufacturer, Marker Völkl to produce a couple of ski-culture (my words) guitars.  Some new skis from Völkl were inspiration for the Black Les Paul Custom below and the V above is inspired by Marker’s Rule The Mountain slogan.
The guitars will be built at the Custom Shop in Nashville and will be on display through the winter before being auctioned at the SIA Show in January.  The proceeds from the Les Paul will go to Protect …

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[22 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Gibson Les Paul Tribute | 5,249 views]
Gibson Les Paul Tribute

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Take a look at this.  This is the Gibson Les Paul Tribute and it’s a, well, it’s a tribute to, erm, Les Paul.
This is based on the original 1952 Les Paul.  As you can see, it even has a trapeze tailpiece (although it’s strung over rather than the incorrect under method).  The tailpiece is apparently corrected to match Les’s own patent.
It’s loaded with P-90’s and has a nitrocellulose gold-top on mahogany back and neck.
It’s a strictly limited run with only 564 guitars being made – six instruments for every year …

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[11 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Autographed Guitars For Auction | 1,260 views]
Autographed Guitars For Auction

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Do you own a rock-themed, novelty restaurant with walls full of crazy, rock n’ roll memorabilia and a kitchen that throws out slightly sub-par burgers?  If so, you can’t afford to miss the Stars Guitars auction in Dearborn, Michigan on the 24th October.
The event will auction off guitars signed by a relatively random selection of rock legends.  Well, I say legends…
Nah, I’m being unfair.  There are some interesting things in here, like the Les Paul opposite, signed by Les himself.  That’s ok, isn’t it?  There are a few other things …

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