Friday, January 18, 2019

NAMM Preview: Gibson bringing an exciting lineup of new instruments to 2019 NAMM Show

It's time. The Winter NAMM Show is fast approaching and my inbox is being inundated with news and announcements about some of the new music-related products set to make their debut at the event coming to the Anaheim Convention Center, January 24-27, 2019.

Here is a choice media release that just came my way. I'll be posting more news releases on Rock 'n' Roll Truth leading up to 2019 NAMM Show...

GIBSON:
REVEALS EXCITING NEW PRODUCT LINE-UP
AND ARTIST COLLABORATIONS AHEAD OF WINTER NAMM
 
NEW GIBSON GENERATION LINE INCLUDING THE
 G-45 STUDIO AND G-45 STANDARD ANNOUNCED TODAY
 
CHUCKY BERRY ES 350T AND CHRIS CORNELL ES 335 TRIBUTES CONFIRMED FOR 2019 RELEASE
 
(Nashville, TN. January 18, 2019, Winter NAMM Room #207) As previously announced, in 2019, after more than a century, GIBSON artists, players and fans will experience the all American-made instrument brand rejuvenated. The guitar of choice for artists in rock, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz and beyond, the new GIBSON era celebrates iconic models while looking to the future with instruments that will nurture new players across generations, genders and genres of music. GIBSON will showcase the new line-up and artist collaborations next week at NAMM in Anaheim, CA, January 23-27. The new GIBSON guitars will be available for purchase later this year.
 
“We’re paying tribute to the Golden Era of Gibson by restoring authenticity for musicians with our new lineup of Classics,” says Cesar GueikianGIBSON’s Chief Merchant Officer. “True to our DNA, our new Les Paul Standard returns to the classic design that made it famous. And the same can be said of other models” adds Gueikian. Designs like the Les Paul and the SG once again embrace the features and construction details that made them legends in the first place: a Les Paul Standard ‘50s spec and a Les Paul Standard ‘60s spec as well as one with P90 pickups; a Les Paul Special in TV Yellow andLes Paul Junior Tobacco Burst; an SG Standard and two new 61 spec SG’s with “maestro” and “sideways” Vibrolas.

Gibson's Les Paul Standard 50’s spec. Photo: Todd Harapiak


“We’re refocusing on our core range of guitars that will become the foundation for our future,” Gueikiansays. “And that will give us the ability to bring new ideas to market with limited runs.
 
The new Contemporary lineup includes a Les Paul Tribute Double Cut Junior with a single P90 and a Les Paul Tribute Double Cut Special with dual P90’s, both offer fans an accessible price point with the quality and craftmanship of a GIBSON guitar made by our luthiers in Nashville, TN. “The Contemporaryline also introduces a new concept with the Les Paul and SG Modern,” adds Gueikian“We did a listening tour visiting with dealers, artists and guitar enthusiasts and took the best ideas into the new Modern offerings. They incorporate many contemporary updates that players have embraced such as lighter-weight bodies, innovative slim taper neck profiles for full-access to the high frets, ebony fingerboards, high output versatile pickups and a push-pull control system to pivot between the humbucker and the P90 sounds, both of which have defined so many genres of music since we invented them.”
 
The G-45 Studio guitar.
Photo: Todd Harapiak
“This refocusing extends well beyond GIBSON’s electric guitar designs onto our acoustic designs,” addsGueikian. For starters, there is the new Gibson Generation line of acoustics--high-quality, USA-made guitars built by the same hands that make the J-200 and J-45’s by providing premium access aimed toyounger, or newer, “generations” of players. This new Gibson Generation line’s first offerings, the G-45 Studio and G-45 Standard, priced at $999 and $1299 respectively, feature solid Sitka spruce tops and walnut back and sides and exquisite finishes. “We are very excited about the new Gibson Generation line offering the Gibson craftmanship at an accessible premium price point.”


“We’re refocusing on our core range of guitars that will become the foundation for our future,” Gueikiansays. “And that will give us the ability to bring new ideas to market with limited runs.
 
The new Contemporary lineup includes a Les Paul Tribute Double Cut Junior with a single P90 and aLes Paul Tribute Double Cut Special with dual P90’s, both offer fans an accessible price point with the quality and craftsmanship of a GIBSON guitar made by our luthiers in Nashville, TN. “The Contemporary line also introduces a new concept with the Les Paul and SG Modern,” adds Gueikian“We did a listening tour visiting with dealers, artists and guitar enthusiasts and took the best ideas into the new Modern offerings. They incorporate many contemporary updates that players have embraced such as lighter-weight bodies, innovative slim taper neck profiles for full-access to the high frets, ebony fingerboards, high output versatile pickups and a push-pull control system to pivot between the humbucker and the P90 sounds, both of which have defined so many genres of music since we invented them.”
 
“This refocusing extends well beyond GIBSON’s electric guitar designs onto our acoustic designs,” addsGueikian. For starters, there is the new Gibson Generation line of acoustics--high-quality, USA-made guitars built by the same hands that make the J-200 and J-45’s by providing premium access aimed toyounger, or newer, “generations” of players. This new Gibson Generation line’s first offerings, the G-45 Studio and G-45 Standard, priced at $999 and $1299 respectively, feature solid Sitka spruce tops and walnut back and sides and exquisite finishes. “We are very excited about the new Gibson Generation line offering the Gibson craftmanship at an accessible premium price point.”

At the pinnacle of GIBSON, is the Gibson Custom Shop which is currently making the most historically-accurate vintage re-issues ever made. “We have recently put our Custom Shop re-issues in the hands of some of the most knowledgeable vintage experts and collectors, who inspected every detail and put them through the lens of the ‘ultimate guitar geek test’ and they were blown away by our craftmanship, accuracy, ageing techniques and sound,” says Gueikian. “And then you have our made to measure custom program, where our artists and fans can design their own guitar, which today represents a large and growing share of our Custom Shop production. That’s a testament to the quality, craftmanship and innovation being driven out of the Custom Shop.”
 
“The future of GIBSON will see a much more holistic, integrated approach to working with our artists.”
 
GIBSON teamed with Chuck Berry’s Son and Grandson to create Berry’s famed ES-350T which will be out this year. “We x-rayed the original down to the micro-level to recreate it,” adds Gueikian. 

The Chris Cornell Tribute Model ES-335.
GIBSON will also release a limited-edition, Chris Cornell Tribute Model ES-335; only 250 will be available with a portion going to charities in his name. Over the years, GIBSON partnered with Chris to work on his original ES-335 Artist Model and it was immediately clear that he had an innovative eye for guitar design. Features like the aged Lollartron humbucking pickupsclear “no number” Top Hat knobsOlive Drab Satin finish, and Mother-of-Pearl Chris Cornell ‘signature’ peghead inlay make this guitar one of GIBSON’s most distinct artist offerings to date and more importantly a fitting tribute to Chris Cornell.
 
Across all of GIBSON’s product lines, the story will continue be told with the brand’s greatest partners--its musicians. In addition to receiving input and advice from legendary players like Slash, who tested the new line of Les Paul classics and has taken them on his new tour, GIBSON currently has a wide array of exciting signature models in development with musicians (see the list below with more to come later in the year). “Our artists are going to be an integral part of what we do,” Gueikian says. “Our solutions for guitarists will continue to leverage the past and set up the future at all levels. We’re excited about musicians from the past, present and future at all levels. We work for the artist, it all starts with our musicians.
 
There is a renewed commitment to additional guitar brands under the GIBSON umbrella, includingEpiphoneKramer and Steinberger, the first of which GIBSON President and CEO James “JC” Curleigh says will play a significant role in the company’s new vision. “If you look at Epiphone’s heritage, it dates back to 1873—and its full story is yet to be told. And who played EpiphonePaul McCartney. Bob Dylan. John Lennon. There’s an incredible lineage there, and Epiphone guitars are some of the highest-quality accessible guitars in the world. They’re amazing instruments, especially for the price, which is why so many working musicians play Epiphone. The Epiphone story is one that we can’t wait to tell through a modern-day lens.”
 
Signature Artist Guitar Announcements 2019
 
Gibson's beautiful SG 61 Vibrola. Photo: Todd Harapiak
George Thorogood – Epiphone Ltd Ed Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC
Jared James Nichols – Epiphone Limited Edition Jared James Nichols ‘Old Glory’ Les Paul Custom Outfit
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell Tribute Gibson ES-335
Dave Rude – Epiphone Limited Edition Dave Rude Flying V Outfit
Dave Amato – Custom Shop Dave Amato Signature Axcess Les Paul 
Brian Ray – Custom Shop Brian Ray 62 SG Jr. 
Lee Roy Parnell – Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature 1959 Les Paul Standard 
Slim Harpo – Slim Harpo ’62 ES-330
Michael Clifford – Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker
Chuck Berry Estate – Custom Shop Chuck Berry Tribute ES-350T

For more information on GIBSON, visit:
 
 
 
ABOUT GIBSON
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TNGibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and StantonGibson Brands is dedicated toquality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at http://www.gibson.com and follow us onTwitterFacebook and Instagram.



Posted by Robert Kinsler

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chris Cornell Tribute: Limited-Edition Gibson ES-335 Guitar coming in spring 2019

I definitely plan to check this out if it is on display at the Gibson booth at the NAMM Show in Anaheim next week!



Gibson announces limited-edition Chris Cornell Tribute Guitar



“The voice of a generation, an artist for all time.”
GIBSON has announced the release of a limited-edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335 guitar. The guitar will officially be unveiled at “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” the star-studded concert event honoring Chris Cornell’s legacy and contribution to music history tonight, Wednesday, January 16 at The Forum in Los Angeles. For more information, visit:http://www.chriscornell.com.

“Chris Cornell was not only one of the most iconic singer songwriters of all time, he was a modern innovator who left a legacy that transcends music genres and generations,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer, GIBSON. “It is our honor to release this tribute ES-335 in his memory. It’s a guitar Chris fell in love with and which became a part of his creative expression. Chris was a special artist and we hope that this guitar will inspire fans to find their sound, and inspiration, just like Chris did, for many years to come.” 
Chris Cornell Tribute – Gibson ES-335
GIBSON partnered with Chris to work on his original ES-335 Artist Model and it was immediately clear that he had an innovative eye for guitar design. Features like the aged Lollartron humbucking pickups,clear “no number” Top Hat knobsOlive Drab Satin finish, and Mother-of-Pearl Chris Cornell ‘signature’ peghead inlay make this guitar one of GIBSON’s most distinct artist offerings to date. Available in a limited release of only 250 pieces available for purchase worldwide in Spring 2019.
The “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” will feature members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, as well as, special performances from the Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams, and more. Jimmy Kimmel will be on hand to host the concert. 

Tickets will benefit The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this painful and debilitating genetic disorder.GIBSON will donate two of the limited-edition Chris Cornell ES-335 models in partnership with the show to raise additional monies for both foundations.

For more information on GIBSON, visit:

About The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation:
The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation was established in 1991 by Gary & Lynn Fechser Anderson at the request of Dr. Eugene Bauer, then Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The Stanford University School of Medicine. His research team was making exciting progress of their study of Epidermolysis Bullosa, yet needed additional funding to realize their goals.https://ebmrf.org/

About The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation:
The Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation formed in late 2012 with a mission to protect vulnerable children around the world. The foundation supports organizations that provide shelter and resources for homeless, abused and at-risk-youth, children living in refugee camps and victims of human trafficking.http://chrisandvickycornellfoundation.org
About GIBSON:
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TNGibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and StantonGibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at http://www.gibson.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Sights and Sounds: Centennial Celebration of Nat King Cole coming via significant releases

There is major news as it relates to Nat King Cole, one of the greatest and more celebrated artists of the 20th century...




New ‘Ultimate Nat King Cole’ and Limited Edition ‘International Nat King Cole
Collections to be Released March 15 by Capitol/UMe
Marvin Gaye’s ‘A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole’ Album Expanded for
New Digital Edition to be Released March 15 by Motown/UMe 


Los Angeles – January 17, 2019 – With the direct participation of the Nat King Cole Estate, and as part of the celebration of the global entertainment legend’s centennial year, Capitol/UMe will release two new collections showcasing Cole’s music on March 15: Ultimate Nat King Cole (CD and digital; 2LP vinyl to follow June 14) and International Nat King Cole (CD). The former includes an exclusive new duet of “The Girl From Ipanema,” pairing Cole’s original vocals with newly recorded vocals by GRAMMY®-winning Blue Note Records artist Gregory Porter, whose much lauded 2018 album tribute to Cole, Nat King Cole and Me, is GRAMMY-nominated this year. On the same date, a newly expanded edition of Marvin Gaye’s 1965 album, A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole, will be released by Motown/UMe for download purchase and streaming.

The releases are among a host of special events, projects and programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nat King Cole, widely acknowledged as one of the most honored and iconic performing and recording artists of all time. Born March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, the masterful pianist and vocalist’s initial focus was the jazz idiom, having formed the Nat King Cole Trio while in his 20s. The group was an almost immediate sensation and proved influential to the extent that no less an authority than Count Basie marveled, “Those cats used to read each other’s mind -- it was unbelievable.” Ray Charles inducted Cole into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and readily admitted to Cole’s monumental influence on him.
Cole was signed to Capitol Records in 1943 and The King Cole Trio, his initial album released in 1945 at the dawn of the LP format, topped Billboard’s inaugural album chart. He went on to record nearly 700 songs for Capitol, including 150 singles that charted on Billboard’s Pop, R&B and/or Country charts. That phenomenal success led to Capitol’s iconic round building on Vine Street in Hollywood to be informally known as “The House That Nat Built.”
Preorder Ultimate Nat King Cole:  https://UMe.lnk.to/UltimateNKCPR
Preorder International Nat King Cole:  https://UMe.lnk.to/InternationalNKCPR

Ultimate Nat King Cole features 21 tracks, including the aforementioned new duet with Gregory Porter as well as 20 classic Nat King Cole hits and favorites, including “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” “Straighten Up And Fly Right,” “L-O-V-E,” “The Very Thought Of You,” “Stardust,” and “Nature Boy.”

International Nat King Cole is exclusively available for preorder from uDiscoverMusic.com. The limited-edition CD presents 14 beguiling songs Cole recorded in languages other than English at Capitol Studios in August 1964, including “L-O-V-E” in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian; “Muetterlein” (“Answer Me, My Love”) in German; and “Autumn Leaves” in French and Japanese. Ultimate Nat King Cole and International Nat King Cole both include newly-written essays by actor and award-winning writer James Ritz.

Nat King Cole’s huge influence is evident in the new expanded edition of Marvin Gaye’s A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole. In addition to album’s original mono mix, which is making its digital debut, the new edition features more than a dozen bonus tracks, including six alternate takes from the studio sessions.
Along with his trailblazing musical career, Cole is recognized for his contributions to the struggle for civil rights and racial equality. His efforts were done in his own unique style. In 1946, Cole broadcast a 15-minute national radio program, “King Cole Trio Time,” the first of its kind to be hosted by an African American musician. In 1956, he also became the first major African American entertainer to host his own national network TV show. NBC’s “Nat King Cole Show” aired weekly from November 1956 to December 1957, the cancellation of which was caused by a paucity of sponsors since marketers were afraid to offend white viewers with a program hosted by an African American. Cole also appeared in several films, including his top-billed portrayal of W.C. Handy in 1958’s St. Louis Blues and his final big screen star turn as Shouter / Sunrise Kid in 1965’s Cat Ballou.

In 1948, Cole purchased a house for his family in the all-white Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on the family’s front lawn, and members of the neighborhood’s property owners association told Cole they did not want any "undesirables" moving into the neighborhood. Cole responded, "Neither do I. And if I see anybody undesirable coming in here, I'll be the first to complain." He helped overturn the 1920s Los Angeles statute that had kept the neighborhood segregated. The KKK targeted Cole and struck again in 1956 when Klansmen rushed the stage and beat Cole at a concert performance in Birmingham, Alabama. He would never perform in the south again.

In 1959, Cole won the GRAMMY Award for Best Performance by a "Top 40" Artist for “Midnight Flyer.” In 1963, he was honored with a Special Achievement Award from the Golden Globes.
Cole’s final album, L-O-V-E, was recorded in December 1964 and released in January 1965, just before his untimely death on February 15 at the age of 45. The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard albums chart. At the time, it was reported that Capitol Records had sold more than nine million Nat King Cole records. From “Mona Lisa” to “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole’s songs are incomparable; it is difficult to contemplate a holiday season without the warmth of Cole’s evergreen rendition of “The Christmas Song.”
In 1990, Cole was posthumously awarded the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has four recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: "The Christmas Song" (1946), "Nature Boy" (1948), "Mona Lisa" (1950), and "Unforgettable" (1951). Cole’s 1944 hit, “Straighten Up And Fly Right,” and the Jazz at the Philharmonic album series in which he is a featured artist have been selected for preservation by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, which honors "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" American recordings.
In 1991, Cole’s daughter Natalie Cole released Unforgettable: With Love, featuring her virtual duet of “Unforgettable” with her father. The album topped charts around the world and won the coveted Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award. Just three years thereafter, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Nat King Cole commemorative stamp in its "Legends of American Music" series. In 2000, Nat King Cole was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Established in 2008 by his twin daughters Timolin and Casey Cole, Nat King Cole Generation Hope honors the legacy of their father and mother, Maria Cole. The 501(c)(3) organization dedicates their resources to build sustainable music programs for schools across the United States.
Interest in Nat King Cole’s story continues to grow as each new generation discovers his music, as well as his trailblazing, catalytic role in several important cultural and sociopolitical advancements, including the U.S. civil rights movement. The arc of Cole’s life is a study in success despite adversity, and the triumph of civility, respect and talent married with political, cultural and business savvy.
Ultimate Nat King Cole [CD; digital; 2LP vinyl]
1.  (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 
2.  Straighten Up And Fly Right 
3.  (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 
4.  Sweet Lorraine 
5.  Unforgettable 
6.  Walkin' My Baby Back Home 
7.  Mona Lisa 
8.  Pretend 
9.  Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) 
10. Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow 
11. Stardust 
12. Orange Colored Sky 
13. When I Fall In Love 
14. The Very Thought Of You 
15. Perfidia 
16. Let There Be Love 
17. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer 
18. L-O-V-E 
19. Smile 
20. Nature Boy 
21. The Girl From Ipanema (with Gregory Porter)
International Nat King Cole [CD]
1.  L-O-V-E (French Version)
2.  Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves / French Version)
3.  Crois-Moi Ca Durera (You’ll See / French Version)
4.  Le Bonheur C'est Quand On S'aime 
5.  Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir (Passing By / French Version)
6.  L-O-V-E (German Version)
7.  Muetterlein (Answer Me, My Love / German Version)
8.  L-O-V-E (Japanese Version)
9.  I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore (Japanese Version)
10. Kareha (Autumn Leaves / Japanese Version) 
11. L-O-V-E (Spanish Version)
12. Tu Eres Tan Amable 
13. L-O-V-E (Italian Version)
14. Tu Sei Cosi Amabile
Marvin Gaye: A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole (Expanded Edition) [digital]
1.  Goodbye
2.  I Wish You Love
3.  If I Had To Go
4.  So In Love
5.  The End Of A Love Affair
6.  The More I See You
7.  Violets For Your Furs
8.  You're All That Matter To Me
9.  Nature Boy / original mono LP mix
10. Ramblin' Rose / original mono LP mix
11. Too Young / original mono LP mix
12. Pretend / original mono LP mix
13. Straighten Up and Fly Right / original mono LP mix
14. Mona Lisa / original mono LP mix
15. Unforgettable / original mono LP mix
16. To the Ends of the Earth / original mono LP mix
17. Sweet Lorraine / original mono LP mix
18. It's Only a Paper Moon / original mono LP mix
19. Send for Me / original mono LP mix
20. Calypso Blues / original mono LP mix
21. Unforgettable / original California version, take 2
22. Send for Me / original California version, take 1
23. Send for Me / original California version, take 3
24. Ramblin' Rose / alternate vocal
25. Too Young / alternate vocal, take 1
26. Send for Me / alternate vocal, take 1