Gibson Unveils Low-Cost SG Classic Faded… A Musician's Friend Exclusive

I have to hand it to them, Gibson seems to be finally catching on... they've released more affordable new guitar models this year than in any previous year that I can remember, and they seem to finally be putting an end to the idea that Gibsons are only for those with thick pocketbooks. Being a lover of all things P-90 I'm happy to report that the…

Gibson Adds Two More Slash Les Paul Models To The Mix: VOS & Aged

No, you're not reading that wrong... Gibson this morning has announced yet two more Slash Les Paul models –– the Custom Shop Slash Appetite for Destruction VOS, and Slash Appetite for Destruction Aged –– both in Butterscotch Nitro finishes, and both in strictly limited editions. According to Gibson, the new Custom Shop Slash LPs have been …

Your Chance To Win A Road Worn '50s Telecaster… From Fender & BigBang

I'm not sure how I missed this before, but I wanted to point out that Fender, along with Norwegian band BigBang, is giving away a Road Worn '50s Telecaster, and there are just a few more days before the deadline is up (May 31st.) Fender's foray into producing budget "Relics" –– via their Road Worn series –– was rather controversial, no dou…

Guitar Raffle To Benefit The American Cancer Society, In Honor Of Josie Alise Greenwood

As many of you know, I lost my young wife Lori to cancer in October of 2007, and hence, this cause is particularly close to my heart. Please consider forwarding this to all your guitar-loving friends. We will all be touched by cancer one day. Here's a chance to help fight this terrible disease and get a crack at winning one gorgeous custom guitar t…

The Robots Are Back! Gibson Announces Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited

Well, I'm fresh back from a really relaxing diving trip to Honduras (I just got SCUBA certified!) and trying to get back into the swing of things around EGR. The big guitar news while I was gone appears to be Gibson's release of the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited –– a strictly limited run of guitars boasting fairly traditional LP looks mixed w…

Seymour Duncan Giving Away 10 Sets Of Slash Signature Humbuckers

Sweet... I wanted to give you all a heads-up that venerable pickup-maker Seymour Duncan is currently running a contest to giveaway ten full sets of Slash Signature Humbuckers –– officially known as the Alnico II Pro Slash. These are the same pickups used in Gibson's recently announced Slash 'Appetite For Destruction' Les Paul, and they were de…

Fender Announces 'Tele-bration', Celebrating 60 Years Of The Telecaster

According to Fender's Custom Shop website, the company is celebrating 60 years since the advent of the Telecaster with a 'Tele-bration' that includes the release of a number of gorgeous Custom Shop relics. The real stand-out to me is the 60th Anniversary Limited Telecaster Proto (left), which reproduces one of the earliest prototypes of the Tele …

It's Back… Gibson Releases 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul ‘Black Beauty’

Wow, Gibson's running fast and furious with the '50th Anniversary' models these days... the latest in the line, announced earlier this week, will be the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom 'Black Beauty' –– a re-creation of one of Gibson's most popular and iconic guitars. The guitar appears to have all the bells and whistles you'd expect fro…

ESP Announces 11 New LTD Guitars & Basses For Spring 2010

If you follow ESP at all you're probably aware that a few times a year they throw-down with a bunch of new models... and I mean a bunch –– in fact back in January of 2008 they released a whopping 50 new instruments all at once. Anyway, they're at it again, as last week the company announced the imminent addition of eleven new guitars and bass…

Gibson Debuts The Joan Jett 'Blackheart' Melody Maker

Wow, tons of new stuff coming out of Gibson these days... hot on the heels of the recently announced Slash 'Appetite For Destruction' Les Paul and gorgeous 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD comes word that the company has released yet another 'artist model' guitar, the Joan Jett Blackheart. Apparently based on Jett's heavily modified mid-'60s Melody …