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Gibson's First Authorized Boutique Builder

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These are the first '58-spec models from the very first run by Gibson's first authorized boutique builder.

Gibson Loses Its Firebird Guitar Body Shape Trademark in The EU

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After Gibson lost its appeal against the loss of its trademark on the Flying V guitar body shape in the European Union in June, it’s lost another trademark with the Firebird body shape.

Barrie Cadogan Plays a 1959 Gibson Les Paul

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Some great burst playing and great commentary from Barry Cadogan. Enjoy.

"Sandy" at Guitar Shop Taiwan

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Original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard 9-1228 "Sandy" being played at a guitar shop in Taiwan.

Reason Some YouTube Players Stay on YouTube

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Because they have issues. Not bad issues, but enough to keep them out of bands and off of stages.

Significant Tonal Improvement Changing Klusons for Grovers

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So I installed some Grovers on my ol’ beater of a Les Paul and I have to say the tonal improvement with regard to response, sustain and note to note balance across the fretboard is not subtle.

Ever Put Old Pickups in a New Les Paul?

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I see a lot of YouTube videos where they compare a vintage Les Paul to a newer one with boutique pickups. But not the other way around.

Gibson Deleted YouTube Videos. Mark Agnesi Fired?

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They've removed all the videos from their Youtube channel and many people are whispering Mark Agnesi has been let go.

R9 w/Sloppy Burst Job?

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I've been considering a 60th anniversary burst and saw this one on reverb... noticed the uneven burst job.

Epiphones Getting Gibson Headstock Designs Soon

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With a declining market share I've been saying for a long time build Gibsons at the China factory they own and leave a custom shop in Nashville.

An Amazing Find! 1960 Gibson Les Paul Burst!

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I came across this guitar in his closet wrapped in a blanket. Come to find out it's an original Les Paul 1960 Burst!

'58, '59, '60 Bursts and R9 Comparison

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In this video Simon Karlsson and I compare a 2008 Gibson Les Paul 1959 Reissue R9 to three original Bursts from 1958, 1959 and 1960.

My Les Paul Defect Burst - Beauty or the Beast?

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I would like to present you my new Les Paul R8 from 2018. I called her the Defect Burst because of the strange wood grain on the top.

Aged True Historic - Factory Buckle Rash or Not

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Purchased sight unseen an Aged True Historic from an authorized dealer. Upon delivery, I immediately noticed that there was significant buckle rash that did not look consistent with the rest of the aging of the guitar.

Nitro and Humidity

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Let’s say humidity is 50% for 3 hours around noon. But is a lot higher in the morning and evening. Can i do three coats in one or two hours while the air is dry and then let it sit over night?

Post Your Pedal Board Order

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I thought it would be interesting for posters to post what they put in their pedal board with regard to effects.

Tube Amp Myths

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You don't need to wear a hazmat suit to pull tubes. Nor any kind of gloves to protect the tubes from 'skin-oil'.

September 2019 BTOTM

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We'll have a go at a Blues for this month's MLP Backing Track of the Month...

Question for Intermediate Guitar Players

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What did you do to take your playing to the next level? When talking intermediate, I mean the things mentioned here can be done.

CITES Restrictions on Guitars to be Over Soon!

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Since 2017, the CITES treaty has become one of the largest bugbears for the guitar industry, but that seems likely to change.




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