Speed Linking: Gibson Goes Blogging, WSJ Discovers The Wonders Of The Relic

SpeedlinkingGibson’s New Website – A couple of days ago I logged onto Gibson’s website only to discover that they’d done a massive overhaul. The new site is divided into two parts––the old “Products” section, and the new-fangled “Lifestyle” section… it’s basically a blog in form, but minus the most basic blog-like function––conversation. There is, however, an RSS feed.

Relic Fever At WSJ – And yeah, it took ’em a while, but the Wall Street Journal has finally written a piece on the massive popularity of Fender’s “Relic” guitars, including this tantalizing tid-bit for those of you who are still wondering why Fender is putting so much effort into the “pre-distressed” guitar market––Dave’s Guitars in La Crosse, Wis., apparently makes a full 12% of its $5 million annual income through the sales of “Relics” alone. That’s a lot of scratch, and that’s just one store. Strat-o-blogster has more

CBGB Founder Dead At 75 – And sadly, Hilly Kristal, founder of New York’s infamous CBGB club, has passed away at the age of 75 due to complications from lung cancer… the man’s keen eye (or ear) for talent lead him to showcase some of the most influential bands to come out of the New York underground scene, including the Ramones, and Talking Heads, not to mention a ton of early American bands (Reagan Youth, Agnostic Front, the list goes on and on…)