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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-15-2008, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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New Gibsons

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080115/...TKH9ORP7txFb8C

New Page and New Slash... will make some yawn I know
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-15-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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Gibson Custom announced today that it will showcase over 15 models at its exhibit at Winter NAMM 2008 in Anaheim, California, January 17th-20th.

Focusing on the classic sounds and models that Gibson players have come to know and love, Gibson will display a number of Custom Les Paul and ES models that highlight semihollowbodies' traditional electric tone and pay homage to some of the greatest guitar players of all time including Jimmy Page, Steve Jones, Johnny Winter, Mick Jones, Slash, and many more.

Among these models, Gibson Custom will showcase:

JIMMY PAGE LES PAUL CUSTOM W/BIGSBY
Early in Jimmy Page's career, one of his most relied upon guitars was the three-pickup 1960 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty" with a bigsby tailpiece. In 1970, the guitar was stolen and never recovered, but thanks to the Gibson Custom Shop, this guitar is backing the form of a new Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Les Paul Custom.

STEVE JONES LES PAUL CUSTOM
A white mid '70s Les Paul Custom with pin-up girl stickers has become one of rock & roll's most iconic symbols. The Gibson Custom Shop Steve Jones Custom is a recreation of this legendary instrument which is Gibson's tribute to one of rock's most unsung heroes, Steve Jones guitarist for the Sex Pistols and the guitar he used to make history.

LEE RITNEOUR ES-335
One of the world's most leading jazz guitarist and winner of 17 GRAMMY nominations, Lee Ritenour was heavily influenced by contemporary jazz styles of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel. He was a sought after sessions player in the mid '70s and now has his own distinctive sound & fluid style. The Gibson Custom Shop Lee Rietnour ES-335 is a recreation of his original guitar.

JOHNNY WINTER FIREBIRD
Since the 1960s, Johnny Winter has been cranking out some of the meanest & most spellbinding slide guitar ever recorded. For decades he has relied on one guitar- a 1963 Gibson Firebird V. The Gibson Custom Shop Johnny Winter Signature Firebird V is a recreation of his iconic instrument down to every last detail and is a tribute to a true blues master, and his most beloved guitar.

SLASH 1 LES PAUL STANDARD AGED & SIGNED
One of the most respected and iconic guitar players of all time, Slash has symbolized the power of rock & roll ever since blasting out of the mid-1980s LA club scene with Guns 'n' Roses. Armed with a Gibson Les Paul Standard, Slash revitalized the electric guitar with some of the most incendiary and melodic playing of all time, and became the new definition of a guitar hero. The new Gibson Custom Shop Inspired By Slash Les Paul Standard is a recreation of his 1 Les Paul Standard guitar played during his rise to superstardom, down to the authentic cigarette burn mark on the body, every detailed feature has been faithfully reproduced.

MICK JONES LES PAUL CUSTOM
British guitarist Mick Jones, who formed the rock band Foreigner, first broke into the music biz as a "hired gun" of sorts, appearing on recordings by George Harrison, Peter Frampton, Spooky Tooth, and the Leslie West Band. Foreigner's self titled album in 1977 became an immediate hit going platinum five times over. The Gibson Custom Shop Mick Jones Les Paul Custom is a recreation of his original Les Paul Custom joining the line up of our "inspired by" series.

ALEX LIFESON ES-355 VOS
Throughout most of Alex Lifeson's ride to superstardom with the super group Rush, a 1976 Gibson ES-355 had been by his side, both in the studio and on stage. With it, he had created many of Rush's breathtaking layered soundscapes, and the very same ES-355 continues
to be an indispensable part of his live arsenal. The Gibson Custom Shop Alex Lifeson Signature ES -355 guitar is a recreation of this iconic instrument and a tribute for a true modern master, and guitar he used to expand the definition of popular music.

LES PAUL AXCESS
Gibson has heard the cry from its loyal customers and, in an effort to satisfy their desires, has created the Les Paul Axcess model. With such appointments as the Floyd Rose tremolo tailpiece to the ergonomic neck/body design, once you have felt the excitement of this beautifully responsive instrument, heard its rich tone and seen its exquisite, graceful design, you will know the affection that the players feel for their Gibson guitars - an affection that transcends time, style and musical trends.

THE ULTRATONE
The new Gibson Ultratone takes inspiration both visually and sonically from an exciting period of guitar history in the '50s during the development of the lapsteel guitar and many of Gibson's most famous pickup designs. The Ultratone's new design "Steel 90" pickups
combined with a unique combination of tone-woods and a 25.5" scale deliver an unparalleled shimmer and twang while it's art-deco appointments & futuristic top carve call back to a time of space-age design.

THE NEW GOLDEN AGE OF GIBSON
In 1958 Gibson introduced four new electric guitars that were so fresh, so radical, and so forward-looking that not only would it be years before they were fully appreciated by more adventurous players, but seen today amidst all that the industry has to offer they are still
influential and inspiring, even downright revolutionary by any standards. The Les Paul Standard, Flying V, Explorer, and ES-335, all introduced in 1958, together represented a quantum leap forward in guitar industry. Over the course of 50 years these guitars have set the standards for every form of amplified guitar music on the planet.

ES-339 FIGURED
The ES-339 is the next generation from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. It goes where no guitar has gone before with a bold, new semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive, even stinging overtones. The ES-339 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics, outer rim output jack, and reduced dimensions and weight. The ES-339 builds on the success of the semi-hollowbody guitars first introduced by Gibson in 1958 with the ES-335. Lighter and more compact than a traditional semi-hollowbody electric tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances.

ES-359
The ES- 359 is the next generation from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. This new exciting semi-hollowbody instrument builds on the success of the ES-355 with some new and exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics, reduced dimensions and weight, yielding a much lighter and more compact semi-hollowbody guitar.

Also on display will be some of Gibson Custom Shop's Exotic Wood Models as well as the custom built SG Sparkle and Les Paul Sparkle.
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SLASH 1 LES PAUL STANDARD AGED & SIGNED
One of the most respected and iconic guitar players of all time, Slash has symbolized the power of rock & roll ever since blasting out of the mid-1980s LA club scene with Guns 'n' Roses. Armed with a Gibson Les Paul Standard, Slash revitalized the electric guitar with some of the most incendiary and melodic playing of all time, and became the new definition of a guitar hero. The new Gibson Custom Shop Inspired By Slash Les Paul Standard is a recreation of his 1 Les Paul Standard guitar played during his rise to superstardom, down to the authentic cigarette burn mark on the body, every detailed feature has been faithfully reproduced.

STEVE JONES LES PAUL CUSTOM
A white mid '70s Les Paul Custom with pin-up girl stickers has become one of rock & roll's most iconic symbols. The Gibson Custom Shop Steve Jones Custom is a recreation of this legendary instrument which is Gibson's tribute to one of rock's most unsung heroes, Steve Jones guitarist for the Sex Pistols and the guitar he used to make history.
This must be the sig model Slash talked about in his book, and I really want to see that Steve Jones model.

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The new carved-top SG models look really really nice! I'd love to try one of those.
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It always kills me when Gibson announces "15 new models" when they really mean, "same old boring Les Paul - in 15 variations of color and 3 variations of humbuckers." How about some technical innovation that actually matters to me? So far they've got a self-tuning guitar, which I don't need, and a Floyd equipped guitar which would have made me really excited around 1985. Way to go, Gibson.

Say what you like about Ibanez, they certainly try a lot of new stuff each year. Even if 90% is crap, we still get great stuff like the ZR trem, RGA series, 8-strings, etc.
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STEVE JONES LES PAUL CUSTOM
A white mid '70s Les Paul Custom with pin-up girl stickers has become one of rock & roll's most iconic symbols. The Gibson Custom Shop Steve Jones Custom is a recreation of this legendary instrument which is Gibson's tribute to one of rock's most unsung heroes, Steve Jones guitarist for the Sex Pistols and the guitar he used to make history.

SLASH 1 LES PAUL STANDARD AGED & SIGNED
One of the most respected and iconic guitar players of all time, Slash has symbolized the power of rock & roll ever since blasting out of the mid-1980s LA club scene with Guns 'n' Roses. Armed with a Gibson Les Paul Standard, Slash revitalized the electric guitar with some of the most incendiary and melodic playing of all time, and became the new definition of a guitar hero. The new Gibson Custom Shop Inspired By Slash Les Paul Standard is a recreation of his 1 Les Paul Standard guitar played during his rise to superstardom, down to the authentic cigarette burn mark on the body, every detailed feature has been faithfully reproduced.
Here are two other great examples of Gibson's thinking.

1. Nothing says "punk" like a $5,000 tribute model.

2. What kind of Slash fan doesn't know that his famous GnR era Les Paul wasn't even a Gibson? Why would I want a Gibson to copy a guy who didn't play a Gibson?
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Here are two other great examples of Gibson's thinking.

1. Nothing says "punk" like a $5,000 tribute model.

2. What kind of Slash fan doesn't know that his famous GnR era Les Paul wasn't even a Gibson? Why would I want a Gibson to copy a guy who didn't play a Gibson?
It wasn't a Gibson? What did Slash play?
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Are you angry of something? No one is forcing you to buy one or anything.

how about the the Fender jeff beck tele $12,000
Or the SRV $17,000
Or hay you could buy a pastic jem for $5,000.


Gibson makes Les Pauls and Semi hollow bodes guitars. They dont make Strats or Strat type guitars like every one else does. Also as you mention why dont they do something different. lets see, They made the Vee and the Explorer in 58, they made neck throughs in 63 revers head stocks in 63 hockey stick head stocks in 58. They tried to make strat styles in the 80 and failed. So Gibsons makes what they sell. Cant blame them.

I dont see those Ibanez semi hollows flying of the shelves, but they sell plenty of RG's dont they. They also seem to have alot of variations of RG's to boot. I'm not compaining. Hell I own a RGA 121 and 321. Fine guitars, and so are my Les Pauls too.
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It wasn't a Gibson? What did Slash play?

A derring (sp)? it was a copy of a vintage Les Paul.
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It wasn't a Gibson? What did Slash play?
He's talked about it numerous guitar mag interviews. Up until the recording of Apetite, he was playing a Jackson Soloist. He began recording Apetite for Destruction with a handmade Les Paul knockoffs from Chris Derrig and Maxx Guitars in LA.



http://www.dinosaurrockguitar.com/bios/Slash.shtml

You can also read here for a discussion of the numerous non-gibson's Slash used around that time.
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Are you angry of something? No one is forcing you to buy one or anything.

how about the the Fender jeff beck tele $12,000
Or the SRV $17,000
Or hay you could buy a pastic jem for $5,000.

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They also seem to have alot of variations of RG's to boot. I'm not compaining. Hell I own a RGA 121 and 321. Fine guitars, and so are my Les Pauls too.
You're right, I could buy any of those guitars. But those are actually the guitars played by the musicians. The JEM, even though I think some versions are more attractive than others and some are grossly overpriced, is the guitar that Vai plays. That sound that people want from Slash's early career with GnR isn't a Gibson. So it just seems disingenuous to sell Slash models when he himself prefers to play a non-Gibson.

The difference between the RG and the Les Paul (aside from about 10 pounds, quality control, and versatility) is that the RG keeps advancing. The Edge becomes the LoPro, the original neck joint becomes the AANJ, the one piece neck becomes a three and then a five piece. The Les Paul remains the clunky, over-heavy, spotty QC, rock dinosaur it's been for 40 years.
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That sound that people want from Slash's early career with GnR isn't a Gibson. So it just seems disingenuous to sell Slash models when he himself prefers to play a non-Gibson.

The difference between the RG and the Les Paul (aside from about 10 pounds, quality control, and versatility) is that the RG keeps advancing. The Edge becomes the LoPro, the original neck joint becomes the AANJ, the one piece neck becomes a three and then a five piece. The Les Paul remains the clunky, over-heavy, spotty QC, rock dinosaur it's been for 40 years.

You make some valid points but to counter for a moment, I believe Slash has been using mostly actual Gibsons for the last decade or so. Appetite is somewhere around 20 years ago now isnt it?


Also, There have plenty of updated LP's, the DC's, offering different neck profiles, chambered bodies etc.... However for whatever the ones closest to those over weight clunky dinosaurs seem to be the best sellers in the line up.
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You would be happy to know then that Gibson is now chambering the USA (non custom shop line) of Les Pauls. They weight is somewhere between 7 to 8 1/2 pounds now, about the same weight as my RGA's. Oh and I think Slash has played and still plays some Real (Gibson made) Les Pauls before he got is endorsement from Gibson.
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