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…

Epiphone's Slash 'Appetite For Destruction' Les Paul Finally Available

It's been a long time coming, and I've gotten a number of emails over the last few months asking if I knew when the Epi version of Gibson's Slash 'Appetite For Destruction' Les Paul would become available, so I'm happy to announce that Epiphone's Slash LP appears to finally be available for pre-order from various online guitar retailers. Billed as…

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 …

Mmmm, Humbuckers… Fender Announces ‘Blacktop’ Line Of Guitars

Well if you're in the market for a Fender with humbuckers this post should seriously make your day... the company –– best known for a long and illustrious line of iconic single-coil loaded instruments –– has announced the release of an entire series of new instruments armed with humbuckers, including all of their biggest sellers: Strats, Te…

Fender’s John Mayer Black1 Strat Finally Available For Pre-Order

Well, it's been a long time coming folks (rumors have been circulating for at least the last two years,) but it looks like Fender has finally put the finishing touches on its new John Mayer 'Black1' Stratocaster, and the guitar is available on a pre-order basis at various online guitar retailers (not to mention some smaller local shops which appear…

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 …

Fender Producing LTD Custom Shop Broadcaster Replica

While we're on the subject... it looks like Fender is currently reproducing its incredibly rare Broadcaster in a high-end Custom Shop 'Relic' model –– apparently the first time the guitar has been reproduced bearing its original logo. With just 200-some of the original Broadcasters built before Fender received its famous request from Gretsch t…

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…