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  • The Origins of Fender Signature Guitars

    11/08/2018 2:09:35 PM PST · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 30 replies ^ | Nov 8, 2018 | Tony Bacon
    Jimmy Page's announcement of new signature Telecasters comes almost exactly 30 years since Fender released its very first signature models, although even then the idea of a signature or artist model was hardly a new one. Way back in the 1920s, it was Gibson who jumped on the popularity of Nick Lucas, the first American to become a big star through guitar-and-vocal hits. Nick's bestsellers included "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" (1927) and "Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips With Me" (1929), and he also cut some fine guitar-centric stuff like "Pickin' The Guitar" and "Teasin' The Frets." Gibson's Nick...
  • Fender's Don Randall Offers Revisionist Take on Leo, CBS, and the Company's Early Days

    11/04/2018 11:52:45 AM PST · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 73 replies ^ | Nov 1, 2018 | Tony Bacon
    I interviewed Don Randall in 1992, when I was researching my first book about Fender. In the beginning, Don had worked for Fender's distributor, Radio-Tel, but in the early '50s he joined Fender as the head of sales, staying there until a few years after CBS' takeover in 1965. I met Don at his office in Tustin, California, and spent a couple of enjoyable hours chatting about the old days, necessarily concentrating on his view from the business side of Fender—and, in particular, discussing the controversial CBS purchase. Sitting in his wood-paneled office, he looked to me a little like...
  • Guitar-maker Gibson Brands files for bankruptcy

    05/01/2018 6:58:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 139 replies ^ | 5/1/2018 | Austen Hufford
    Storied guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday as the company has struggled with its debt load after a series of acquisitions. The company, which filed for chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, said it will continue to operate during the proceedings as it focuses on reorganizing around its core businesses. Gibson plans to wind down its Gibson’s Innovations business, which is largely outside of the U.S. The Nashville-based maker of Gibson Les Paul guitars has been struggling with debt it took on to finance acquisitions of home-entertainment and audio-equipment makers years ago. Among businesses...
  • Elderly Woman Steals from Church Collection Plate: Palo Alto Police

    03/18/2015 12:26:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Emily Bockian
    An elderly woman was arrested in Palo Alto early Sunday morning after surveillance video captured her allegedly breaking into a church. Palo Alto police took into custody 70-year-old Ethel Jean Hays an hour after officers say she burglarized Trinity Lutheran Church on Middlefield Road, which officers later discovered Hays had broken into once before on Feb. 9. She was booked on two counts of burglary. That's when, police say, she allegedly stole cash donated by parishioners, which was being stored in the church office. Police found Hays walking on Lytton Avenue and saw that she matched a description of the...
  • It ain’t free, babe: Dylan guitar expected to fetch $300K

    10/26/2017 7:40:17 AM PDT · by mairdie · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 26, 2017 | AP: Page Six
    A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in 1970s is expected to sell for more than $300,000 when it goes up for auction next month. Heritage Auctions said the 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar that once belonged to the singer-songwriter will be offered up Nov. 11 in Dallas. Heritage says Dylan played the guitar through his set at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in New York City in 1971 and during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour from October 1975 to May 1976. The guitar is being sold by Larry Cragg, who was Dylan’s guitar repairman when Cragg bought...
  • Mexican police trade guns for guitars in hope that mariachi restores public trust

    08/29/2017 6:13:53 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 20 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 29, 2017 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Ay, ay, ay, ay! As Mexico’s security situation continues to deteriorate -- along with public trust in law enforcement -- some police officers in the country are trading in their guns for guitarrónes in an effort to help improve the image of the force. A group of 21 federal police officers, who also just happen to be professional musicians, have formed a mariachi band in order to show the human side of law enforcement and break down widespread mistrust in the force -- a chronic issue in a country plagued by the underreporting of crimes. Playing one of the country’s...
  • Man Buys Guitar at Garage Sale for $175, Turns Out It's Worth $800,000

    07/29/2015 7:28:49 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 39 replies ^ | 7-21-15 | Ultimate Guitar website
    John McCaw is a building contractor from San Diego who struck jackpot way back in 1969 without even knowing it. The story actually began in 1962, when John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles got themselves a pair of matching Gibson J-160E guitars. About a year later, John's six-string was stolen after the band's pre-Christmas show in London. A few years later Mr. McCaw's friend had unknowingly bought Lennon’s Gibson in a local music shop. In 1969, that friend sold it to McCaw for about $175, or about $1,100 when inflation-adjusted for 2014. 45 years later, after using the...
  • Two New Studies Suggest Women Are More Attracted to a Man Holding a Guitar

    05/07/2014 4:36:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 167 replies
    Guitar World ^ | May 7, 2014 | Damian Fanelli
    There's a certain Je ne sais quoi about a guy holding a guitar. Or so says a new study from France, which suggests that a man is perceived as more attractive to women if there’s a guitar in his hands. The study's results are similar to the findings of a 2012 study from Israel. France, Israel, Hoboken or Bumpass, Virginia — it doesn't matter where the guitarist is from. The point is, male guitarists are generally viewed as promising mating material (as if we didn't all know that already)!
  • What Gibson Guitars Did with the Wood the Government Returned

    02/02/2014 6:10:36 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/2/2014 | Victor Keith
    In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee. These raids were conducted due to the Lacey Act, which bans the importing of certain woods. The issue at hand was not that the wood was endangered or illegally harvested, but that it was not of the proper thickness that would have meant that some...
  • Gibson Sticks Thumb in Obama Administration's Eye with 'Government Series' Guitars

    02/01/2014 11:02:05 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/14 | Jeffrey Poor
    In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood. At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company. At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail. But in...
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • Les Paul Auction Catalog

    06/19/2012 11:39:11 AM PDT · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Juilens Auctions ^ | 6/2012 | Juliens Auctions
    "Property from the estate of Les Paul" - Auction was held June 8 & 9 in Beverly Hills CA Page through this e-book or download a copy for posterity.
  • Why Gibson guitars ran afoul of logging rules, and why activists are in Anaheim for NAMM

    01/20/2012 3:33:45 AM PST · by Son House · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Southern California Public Radio ^ | Jan. 19, 2012 | Molly Peterson
    Over the last few years, guitars and a sort of obscure law against illegal logging have come into conflict. Environmental activists are in Anaheim today, at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, to do a raising awareness song-and-dance about this. Literally: they've got a musician with them. The guitars are Gibsons, and the law is the Lacey Act. An NPR colleague reported on this issue from Tennessee last year. Gibson is just a flash point: federal law enforcement officials have investigated the company on the suspicion that it broke laws in India and Madagascar. The Lacey Act makes...
  • Gibson Competitor is Dem Donor;Uses Same Wood, ExperiencedNo Federal Raids

    08/27/2011 10:52:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8/26/11 | John Nolte
    Via Andrew Lawton at Landmark Report: One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections (though, to be fair, he did donate a whopping $750 to Republican Congressmen in the 90s.) According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain ''East Indian Rosewood.' In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars. If true, it adds another piece to an increasingly disturbing puzzle.
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid (Claims DOJ wants wood finished in India)

    08/27/2011 6:58:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 83 replies
    Gibson.Com ^ | August 25, 2011
    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.” The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents executed the search warrants. “Agents seized wood that was Forest Stewardship Council controlled,” Juszkiewicz said. “Gibson has a...
  • Feds Raid Gibson Guitar

    08/26/2011 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 18 replies
    Heroic federal agents, Wednesday, Aug. 24, swooped down on the offices and factories of Gibson Guitar, an infamous maker of musical instruments based in Tennessee. They were looking for wood, the substance that is the cadavers of innocent trees and used by drug-addled "rock and roll" musicians to corrupt innocent minds. Apparently, Gibson had imported some of this dead tree substance from India and failed to properly fill out the necessary paperwork. The use of innocent dead trees to create paper for the federal government is acceptable.
  • Guitar heroes: When the magic transfers from rock stars to instruments

    02/15/2011 4:39:17 AM PST · by decimon · 44 replies
    University of Chicago Press Journals ^ | February 14, 2011 | Unknown
    Budding guitarists seek the magical powers of rock hero instruments, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Like people from the Middle Ages who sought saints' relics, modern consumers like the budding rock guitarist desire fetishes (objects perceived as magical and possessing extraordinary power)" write authors Karen V. Fernandez (University of Aukland, New Zealand) and John L. Lastovicka (Arizona State University). "We live in a world where anybody with a modest amount of money can buy a close copy or a replica of a desired object," the authors write. "We wanted to know why consumers who...
  •’s Top 50 Guitar Solos: Full List, Readers Poll Revealed

    10/03/2010 7:23:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 286 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson ^ | September 24, 2010
    With today’s announcement of the Top 10 Guitar Solos of All Time, another Top 50 list is in the books. Below, check out the full rundown of all 50 solos that made the list. (You can get more information on each of the entries here: #50-41, #40-31, #30-21, #20-11 and #10-1.) Plus, take a look at the readers poll and the guitarists who scored multiple entries further down the page.
  • Exclusive: Dave Carroll Files A New Flight Plan

    03/01/2010 7:02:22 AM PST · by BigChiefLtd · 157+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | Gerry Ashley
    This exclusive interview with Dave Carroll is being published simultaneously with the release and posting of his third and final video in the “United Breaks Guitars” trilogy. The video will appear in this Interview upon its posting on Youtube Tuesday evening. With the posting of this final video of the trilogy, I thought our readers might like to get to know more about the man behind the music. Dave was kind enough to give me an exclusive interview for Grand Rants. I spoke with him following his appearance on “The View” in NYC and as he prepared for a several...
  • This Week: Exclusive Interview With Dave Carroll

    03/01/2010 2:49:38 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 118+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-01-10 | Gerry Ashley
    ...We will feature an exclusive one-on-one interview with popular Canadian singer/songwriter Dave Carroll as he releases the third and final video in the United Breaks Guitars trilogy... “United Breaks Guitars” (song #1) ended up as one of the most viewed Youtube videos of the year garnering over one million hits in its first week. The catchy country tune chronicled the misfortune suffered by Carroll, whose guitar was broken by United Airline baggage handlers while he was on a flight from Nova Scotia to a show in Nebraska. While the first “United Breaks Guitars” video was what brought Carroll to the...