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The Story of the Slash 1958 Les Paul First Standard

06.05.2018

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The original Les Paul Model featured a gold finish from its introduction in 1952 until it received a new cherry sunburst in 1958 along with a new name, "Les Paul Standard." It debuted at the July 1958 Music Industry Trade Show in Chicago but it didn't catch on until its beautiful appearance and resonant properties inspired the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Duane Allman, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Joe Perry — and eventually Slash — to perform with one.
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Small is Beautiful: Gibson Mini-Humbuckers

Michael Leonard
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04.27.2018

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The mini humbucking pickups found on classic Les Paul Deluxes and Firebirds have their own unique tone yet are still 100% Gibson! The likes of Thin Lizzy, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa and Roxy Music all love that mini-bucker tone. For a quick 101 on some small but beautiful pickups, read on...
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Ten Pickup Tricks & Tips

Dave Hunter
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04.10.2018

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Although they are relatively simple devices, pickups are greatly affected by several variables that can radically influence the way they perform in your electric guitar. Slight changes in the way you use them, adjust them, and care for them can also lead to dramatic differences in their sound. Dig into these tips, tricks, and tidbits of general advice that will help you get the most out of your own electromagnetic devices.
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Gibson’s Wide World of Weight Relief

Dave Hunter
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03.01.2018

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Players today are simply no longer happy to accept boat-anchor-heavy guitars. Gibson’s many weight-relieved Les Pauls lighten the load, while retaining every ounce of thick, rich, sustaining tone.
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Gibson’s Sublime Asymmetrical Neck Profile

Dave Hunter
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02.15.2018

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The benefits of Gibson’s new asymmetrical SlimTaper neck profile, with background of classic Gibson neck shapes.
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Great Gibson “Guitars”: The Mandolins!

Michael Leonard
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02.09.2018

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The original instruments of Orville Gibson were mandolins and these wondrous instruments are still produced by Gibson Custom to this day. Here’s a quick guide to mandolin history, their place in rock music, and some jaw-dropping work by Gibson Custom.
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In Praise Of The Gibson ES-330

Michael Leonard
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02.05.2018

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With its P-90 pickups, the hugely underrated Gibson ES-330 is a lot more than just a “hollow 335.” Look at the specs on these new 2018 models: the ES-330 could be the rootsy thinline Gibson you’ve been searching for all along...
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Gibson’s High-Performance II Specifications: The Ultimate Convergence of Innovation and Tradition

Dave Hunter
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02.02.2018

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Gibson’s 2018 HP-II range combines player preferences with the most advanced guitars we have ever produced.
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Gibson’s Growling Glory: 70 Years of P-90 Tone

Dave Hunter
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11.10.2017

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Gibson first released its legendary P-90 pickup 70 years ago, and it has been a popular component ever since. Beloved for its rich, dynamic, and slightly gritty tone and appealing midrange punch, this historic single-coil is arguably more popular today than ever before, and continues to be a mainstay of many Gibson models. Take a look under the cover and see what makes this icon of tone tick.
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5 Ultimate Gibsons

Michael Leonard
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09.13.2017

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Gibson Custom has long been at the top of the guitar making tree, and these five amazing instruments showcase the very best of its work. Vintage replicas, an artist signature, dazzling craftsmanship... take your pick from the best of the best.
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