How to Spot a Fake Les Paul: Tips from Gibson

Last year, 15-year-old Jonathan Jakubowski of Cary, North Carolina emptied out his savings account to purchase a Les Paul he found advertised in the local newspaper. Of his decision to buy a Gibson, Jakubowski explains, “Eric Clapton is my main influence, and he played Les Pauls for a long time.” Intending to purchase the advertised Les Paul Standard, Jonathan and his father visited the seller at his house, where they were persuaded instead to purchasene Organization… read more

100 Days That Changed Music Forever

Subtract the following 2,400 hours from history and you’d have no mp3s, no LSD, no hip–hop, no soul–sucking corporate rock — actually, can we erase that last one? Blender presents the most earth–shakingly important days in music, ever… read more

Guitar Center to Be Bought by Bain for $1.9 Billion

Guitar Center Inc., the largest U.S. retailer of musical instruments, agreed to be bought by Bain Capital Partners LLC for $1.9 billion. Bain will pay $63 a share in cash, Guitar Center said today in a statement, 26 percent more than the stock’s closing price yesterday. The buyout firm will also assume Guitar Center’s debt, bringing the total transaction value to $2.1 billion… read more

Gibson Guitar Sponsors Chicago Blues Festival

Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument maker and leader in music technology announced their partnership with the 24th edition of the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park. The Chicago Blues Festival, which takes place June 7-10, 2007, is the world’s largest free admission festival of its kind, attracting thousands of fans to Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park. The festival features six stages and almost 100 sets, featuring local, national and international performers… read more

Slash Admits Visiting Axl Rose

Ex Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist, Slash, has admitted that he visited singer Axl Rose’s house in 2005 despite his previous claim that he did not do so.

“It’s a long story,” Slash said. “I actually did go to Axl’s house at one point, but I never saw him. I never talked to him. I left a note with his person over there having to do with lawsuit that we were in. I don’t know how it got turned into what it got turned into.”

Slash’s reason for visiting Axl’s house was to try to call a truce following a series of band-related legal battles. However, Axl Rose used the visit against guitarist and said that Slash made scathing remarks about his bandmates in Velvet Revolver.

Slash admits the comments from Rose’s camp did cause problems for his Velvet Revolver bandmates. “It was actually pretty detrimental at one point because it just got to be so overwhelming we couldn’t seem to escape it.”

Gibson Guitartown Announces Leading Musician’s Support

Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, is proud to announce that many of the UK’s greatest and best known musicians have already pledged their support and involvement with Gibson Guitartown London. Gibson Guitartown London is a unique charity inspired campaign bringing together the power of music with art to raise money for three chosen charities; The Princes Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy… read more

Stars Design for Guitar Charity

Noel Gallagher and James Blunt are among 30 musicians each designing a 10ft high fibreglass Gibson Les Paul guitar for charity. Razorlight, Paul Weller, Rod Stewart, Dirty Pretty Things and Ozzy Osbourne are also lending their support to the Gibson Guitartown campaign. They will each come up with a design for a guitar to be displayed around London as public art this summer… read more

Les Paul, The Man Behind The Guitar

Eighty-plus years ago, long before his name became synonymous with the invention that changed the course of popular music, Les Paul was fascinated by sounds. Barely out of kindergarten, he was intrigued by the tinkling of the player piano in his mother’s parlor and the tones he could create by tapping the wooden banister rails on his way upstairs at bedtime. That childhood fascination drove him, as a young man, to experiment with… read more

U2 Les Paul Guitar Sells for $240k

A guitar with more than a little sentimental value to U2’s The Edge has sold at a charity auction in New York. The Hard Rock Café auction run by Julien’s Auctions saw the Gibson Les Paul guitar go for $240,000. It had been used by The Edge in U2’s live concerts since 1985 and was described by bidders as showing more than a few signs of wear. That didn’t stop the bidders… read more