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New Gibson Solidbody for 2017?

New Gibson

New Gibson Solidbody for 2017?

A week prior to the Winter NAMM show, the Gibson booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas unveiled a new Gibson double cutaway solidbody electric guitar that looks more like a Paul of the Reed Smith variety than the Les.

New GibsonPhoto by Francisco Rivera

Not much is known about this new model, but it appears that the mysterious guitar features the ubiquitous stopbar tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge found on most Gibson electrics. Also present are the standard two humbucker pickup set with a three way selector switch, but it appears to only have two control knobs. One could assume these controls are for Volume and Tone, but perhaps they could also provide some push/pull options?

New GibsonPhoto from John Cola

There’s a peek or two of the model in the video below, but Gibson appears to be silent on any details, and no mention of this new Gibson solidbody on their website.

I will, of course, post any updates here as they roll in.

So, what do YOU think of this new model? Can Gibson score with an innovative new design, or will it be snubbed by the traditionalist guitar community?

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Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar?

Which is the most popular electric guitar

Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar?

Ever since the electric guitar was invented in 1931, guitar makers have refined and recreated this glorious instrument as it launched rock and roll into quite possibly the most influential musical style the world has ever seen in such a short span of time. The electric guitar is at the heart of so many modern music styles beyond rock and roll, however, and it’s arguably the single most inspiring instrument that anyone can play. That’s why we’re guitarists.

Considering all of the most popular electric guitars on the market today, none have had such influence as the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul. These guitars are both used in a wide variety of styles, but they are so very different. The Stratocaster offers up a sleek solid body design with single coil pickups that provide more clarity than its counterpart. The Gibson Les Paul offers up an elegant body design full of curves and equipped with humbucker pickups that provide more warmth and power that its counterpart.

Infographic: The Most Popular Electric Guitar

We’ve celebrated these guitars for well over 50 years, but which one is celebrated most? This infographic shows which guitars are searched for most in Google, separately for each state in the USA and including both branded and non-branded searches for each guitar model. At first glance, it appears that this is a “Les Paul country.” However, considering branded searches, the Fender Stratocaster outpaces the Gibson Les Paul by a fair margin. The Fender Telecaster, widely accepted as the 3rd most popular elecrtric guitar, is not far behind. Note: We considered that “Les Paul” was a also a person, however included the data since the intentions (and Google’s search results) of these searches were mixed (to what degree is immeasurable). We also included searches of “strat” and “tele” to be fair, but they had minimal search volume.

Digging further into guitarists interests, we also sought out the most searched electric guitar brands. Gibson leads the pack by a fair margin, and ESP guitars surprisingly come in at 2nd place. Fender, PRS and Gretsch round out the top 5.

Most Popular Electric Guitar (Infographic)

So, what say you? Is this pretty much what you expected, or not even close? What’s YOUR favorite electric guitar? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gibson to Revert Prices and Specs on 2016 Models


Gibson to Revert Prices and Specs on 2016 Models

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It seems the higher-ups at Gibson USA have finally heard the outcry of the guitar playing public over the 2015 model line-up. According to information recently made available, the classic American builder detailed a general lowering of prices for the 2016 models as well as an abandonment of 2015 design changes including the controversial G-Force automatic tuning systems.

The price points on the 2016 models will be roughly 20-25% lower than 2015, and comparable to the 2014 catalog. The Les Paul Standard is reported to carry a new price of $2799 while a new SG Standard will list for $1199.

In addition to the price reduction, Gibson is set to ditch such 2015 design updates as the Zero nut, Les Paul commemorative headstock inlay and the installation of automatic tuning machines on every guitar. The available models will be similar to that of 2012 including the reintroduction Faded finish guitars, the Explorer and Flying V Pro.

It’s difficult to say whether this sudden reversal of Gibson evolution will spark a new epoch for the Nashville firm, or if the players who have moved on will stay moved on. For now, we’ll be keeping a close eye on how this turn of events will affect prices on used Gibsons on Reverb.

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Floyd Rose Releases FRX Surface-Mounting Tremolo System for Gibson Guitars

Floyd Rose FRX
Floyd Rose Marketing has announced the release of the innovative retrofitting surface-mount tremolo system for Gibson-style guitars.

The FRX will retrofit all tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece systems with a locking nut/truss rod cover hybrid that will mount behind your guitar’s existing nut, which only requires two small wood screws to be installed. This is the only modification that has to be made. There is no routing required whatsoever.

“We are truly excited to finally make the FRX system a reality and available to guitar enthusiasts worldwide,” said Andy Papiccio, president of AP International. “The beauty of the Floyd Rose FRX tremolo system is that it’s easy to install. No modifications to the body of the guitar are needed; it’s a complete retrofit.”

This is a historic moment for Floyd Rose, pioneers of the world’s premier double-locking tremolo system, 35 years after the invention of the industry-standard Original Tremolo System.

See Floyd Rose at Winter NAMM 2015 in booth 4860 in Hall C.

For more information, visit

Repost of Guitar World article.

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Gibson Guitars Announces Government Series II Les Paul

Government Les Paul

Remember when federal agents raided the Gibson Guitar factory in Nashville a few years ago?

Well, the guitar maker is striking back — in a way — with its new Government Series II Les Paul.

The guitar, which comes in the company’s Government Tan finish, is made from the actual rosewood that was seized by the government during two raids.

The model starts at $1,099.

From Gibson:

Government Series II Les Paul Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville—only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended—it was an event worth celebrating. Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.

From its solid mahogany body with modern weight relief for enhance resonance and playing comfort, to its carved maple top, the Government Series II Les Paul follows the tradition of the great Les Paul Standards—but also makes a superb statement with its unique appointments.

A distinctive vintage-gloss Government Tan finish, complemented by black-chrome hardware and black plastics and trim, is topped by a pickguard that’s hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series graphic—a bald eagle hoisting a Gibson guitar neck. Each Government Series II Les Paul also includes a genuine piece of Gibson USA history in its solid rosewood fingerboard, which is made from wood returned to Gibson by the US government after the resolution.

And because it’s a Gibson, the Government Series II Les Paul is a pure and powerful tone machine. Aided by a pair of Dirty Fingers+ pickups, among the hottest humbuckers Gibson has ever produced, this historic Les Paul is ready and willing to wage war on tonal timidity—and to get you heard in the process!

Add a set of high-quality Grover tuners, a black hardshell case with Government Series graphic, a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, and legendary Gibson quality and craftsmanship: this is one mighty Les Paul that you’ll want to confiscate quickly and turn to your own creative devices. The Government Series II is limited by the availability of qualifying woods, so seize yours now from your authorized Gibson USA dealer.

Body and Neck

The Government Series II Les Paul is crafted in the image of the original Les Paul Standard, with a carved maple top and solid mahogany back with modern weight relief for improved playing comfort and enhanced resonance. The glued-in mahogany neck features a comfortably rounded late-’50s profile, while the unbound fingerboard—with a Corian nut, 22 frets and traditional trapezoid inlays just like the very first Gibson Les Pauls—is made from solid rosewood returned to Gibson by the US government.. And, the guitar looks superb with its unique Government Tan finish in vintage-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

Pickups and Electronics

The guitar carries a pair of Gibson’s super-hot Dirty Fingers+ pickups for maximum rock action. Among the most powerful humbuckers Gibson has ever produced, these will drive your amp of choice into über-crunch and singing lead tones, while cleaning up beautifully for subtler moments. They’re mounted “open coil” with no covers, and wired through the traditional four-knob control section with three-way selector switch.


A classic Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece anchor it all down for outstanding resonance and sustain, while Grover tuners represent a significant upgrade up top—all plated in black chrome. Plastics are all black, and the black pickguard is hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series eagle graphic.

Cases and Coverage

The Government Series II Les Paul comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service, the package includes a truss-rod wrench, owner’s manual and a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.

Original Guitar World Article

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KCAU covers Melissa’s pre-show thoughts….and the guitar she came to love in Sioux City….

Melissa Etheridge

KCAU covers Melissa’s pre-show thoughts….and the guitar she came to love in Sioux City….

And I’m the guy that sold it to her!

By Staci DaSilva

She rocked the house, guitar in hand. But before thousands saw her perform Saturday night at Saturday In The Park, headliner Melissa Etheridge took a few minutes to speak to KCAU.

She has the kind of hit list everyone recognizes (“Come To My Window”, “I’m The Only One”).

But Melissa Etheridge doesn’t have an ego, she has passion. Because music is still her inspiration for the same reason it touches all of us, it’s the way it makes her feel.

“The way I feel playing it. The way it makes people feel when they listen. That exchange of energy, there’s nothing like it in the world,” said Melissa Etheridge.

This year’s Saturday In The Park headliner was just excited to be here. Her favorite part? It was free.

Etheridge said, “This is just an incredible experience. It’s lovely, that’s so perfect.”

But the experience wasn’t the only thing the 2-time GRAMMY winner will bring home from Sioux City.

“As a matter of fact, I bought a guitar here, in Sioux City,” said Etheridge.

Before the show, Etheridge checked out the Sioux City Conservatory Of Music where vintage guitars were on display.

She spotted an 18-string double-headed Gibson. She had been looking for one similar for months now. So while in Sioux City, she saw it and she bought it.

“I’ve never played it, I’m going to go on stage and play it tonight. Guaranteed, we’re going to rock and roll,” said Etheridge.

Never one to fall short on a promise, Etheridge indeed, rocked out, her Sioux City guitar in hand.

Etheridge spent the night relating to her fellow Midwesterners and bringing the 23rd Saturday In The Park to its feet.

And for this rock star, there’s no end in sight.

“There is no end. That’s not how this works. You just keep going, you keep putting the dream in front of you,” said Etheridge.

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Government seizes Gibson’s Wood?

I’m admittedly a little late to the game on this one, but I just heard about it. The US Federal Dept. of Justice raids the Gibson plant in TN, to seize “illegal” ebony from India.

Seriously? This is what we need to be worrying about? I’m sure that this is doing wonders to help our job market and economy…

Read the full Gibson press release here