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…

Epiphone Announces ‘70s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback

If you're in the market for a nicely priced LP with a distinctive design, you may want to take a closer look at this... Gibson this week has announced the eminent release of a their new Epiphone ‘70s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback. Apparently based on the popular Arctic White-finished Les Pauls of the 1970s, this latest release features an "…

Gibson Introduces Limited Run SG Special '60s Tribute

So I've been taking some time off writing for the last few months, but when this announcement came through my gmail account I knew I was going to have to break my silence. As many of my old readers know, Gibson's iconic SG Special is a guitar that's particularly close to my heart (there is literally nothing about this guitar that I don't love, fro…

Gibson Announces Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul

Talk about a good looking LP... Gibson this week has announced the release of yet another signature model guitar –– the Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul –– in honor of multi-talented Nickelback guitarist and film composer Chad Kroeger. Apparently hand-stained in Trans Black and then hand-sprayed with high-gloss nitro lacquer finish, the …

Gibson Debuts The Don Felder ‘Hotel California’ EDS-1275

Wow, I definitely didn't see this one coming... while I was on vacation Gibson appears to have released yet another Custom Shop version of their iconic SG double-neck EDS-1275 –– this time a re-creation of the instrument Don Felder played on The Eagles' classic 'Hotel California'. Like other recent replicas to come out of Gibson's illustrious …

Smithsonian Channel Presents– Electrified: The Guitar Revolution

Well, August is Inside the Music month over at the Smithsonian Channel, and as part of the music-related festivities the good folks at Smithsonian will be offering up something for all of you guitar lovers. Electrified: The Guitar Revolution is a documentary covering the history of what we all know to be music’s greatest invention –– the ele…

Gibson Announces ‘Collector’s Choice’ #1 – The Gary Moore Aged & Melvyn Franks VOS ’59 Les Paul Standard

So this is it –– the first set of guitars from Gibson's new "Collector's Choice" line of high-end Custom Shop replicas. To inaugurate the series, Gibson has seen fit to reproduce Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore's classic 59 Les Paul Standard. The guitar is being made available in two very limited-edition runs: 125 of the instruments will be ha…

Gibson Debuts Gorgeous New Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute… And It’s Affordable!

Wow... we may all have our own tastes when it comes to guitars and finishes, but to my mind this latest model from Gibson America is easily one of the most gorgeous LPs currently selling, and it's surprisingly affordable. Announced just this morning, Gibson's new Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute will apparently be selling for a paltry (in Gibson terms,…

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 …

Chop Shop: Upgrading My SG To Lindy Fralin Hum-Cancelling P90s

As some of you will remember, in 2007 I was lucky enough to purchase one of Gibson's "Guitar of The Week" models, the gorgeous Limited Edition ‘67 SG Special Reissue w/P-90’s. I have since fallen in love with this guitar over and over again, and it only sounds better with time... with one caveat –– the buzz from the single-coil P90s is dri…