Since the first production electric guitar rolled out of its plant in 1936, Gibson has crafted some of the industry’s most iconic guitars — from the Les Paul and SG to the Memphis blues classic. But the lore and design of the Flying V and its modernistic siblings hold a special place in the Gibson catalog. Read the post.
If you haven’t ever tried to play slide guitar, all you need is a metal or glass slide, some patience, and to apply a few basic tips, as presented in these six videos. Read the post.
Excerpted from Chapter 3, “From the Flying V to the Jazzmaster” from the new book, Electric Guitars: Design and Invention (Backbeat Books), this post gives a brief history of the invention of the humbucking pickup. Read More.
Excerpted from The Bass Book, here’s a brief history of the Fender Precision bass – an instrument that revolutionized modern rock ‘n roll. Read More.
Excerpted from The Gibson 335 Guitar Book, take a glimpse into Eric Clapton’s heralded Gibson 335 hollowbody that was first featured with Cream and went on to garner $847,000 at auction in 2004. Read More.
So many iconic guitarists have made their mark on music history using a Flying V, and a host of others who have made significant use of the guitar, either on record or live. Untold numbers have dabbled with this legendary guitar model, and there are a host of non-Gibson Flying V users who deserve inclusion in the list. Read more.
The Modernistic trio of the Flying V, the Moderne, and the Explorer were first designed in 1957 with the concept of bringing futuristic design elements to the Gibson electric guitar line. Borrowing ideas from other modern designs of the era, Gibson created some of the more exotic production guitars of its day. Read more.
Take for instance the Kalamazoo line of student instruments from Gibson. Manufactured in the 1960s, the KG-1 (single pickup) and KG-2 (dual pickup) solid body guitars first featured a Fender Mustang style body and then morphed to an SG-style body. They featured a Fender style headstock, rosewood fretboard, and maple neck, with all the tuners on one side. They were built using regular Gibson components as a budget line instrument to hook young players on the Gibson style and sound. Nearly 24,000 of the KG-1 and -2 were manufactured, so they are not so rare as to be impossible to find. Read more.