Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 NAMM Show: Gibson, Taylor Guitars, Tascam

Only hours away from my arrival to cover Media  Day at the 2019 NAMM Show. There continues to be news releases detailing some of the top-tier talents and music products coming to Anaheim this week...



GIBSON:
NAMM 2019 DAILY EVENTS AND ARTIST APPEARANCES
IN ROOM #207 ANNOUNCED

GIBSON’s NAMM JAM
OPENING PARTY SET TO KICK-OFF THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019
AT CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM
In 2019, after more than a century, GIBSON artists, players and enthusiasts 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. GIBSONwill showcase the new line-up and artist collaborations at NAMM in Anaheim, CA, January 23-27.

Peter Frampton will perform at City National Grove of Anaheim
on Thursday, Jan. 24.
On Wednesday, January 23 the GIBSON experience will launch with a media preview (3 p.m.) in the NAMM lobby followed by a special surprise for guests around the 4:45 p.m. hour. Beginning Thursday, January 24, the GIBSON space in Room #207 will feature daily events from artist performances, Q&A’s and new product debuts from GIBSON icons and upstarts (starts 10 a.m. daily, see schedule below). 
Robby Krieger performing at the NAMM Show in
2014. He returns to the event this week.

Later Thursday night (Jan. 24), GIBSON will kick-off their opening party--NAMM Jam at City National Grove of Anaheim (7:30 p.m.) with live performances from Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson, Peter Frampton, Robby Krieger, Emily Wolfe, Black Pistol Fire, Cam, Jared James Nichols and more while Jimmy Vivino, Kenny Arnoff, Daryl Jones and Jeff Young round out the house band.

Following is the daily schedule for GIBSON artist appearances at NAMM 2019 (Room #207):
 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 onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram.



Taylors Guitars Booth to host performances during NAMM Show


White Buffalo will perform at the Taylor Guitars
booth on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
Taylor Guitars always offers a diverse range of talented artists in its booths during the NAMM Show. Over the years I've caught many amazing performances at Taylor while getting a chance to play some of the Southern California-based guitar maker's fine instruments too!

Below is the just-announced lineup of artists set to perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, with links to learn more about the musicians and/or catch performances of them posted on YouTube...



Thursday, Jan. 24



5 p.m. - Lights  - http://music.iamlights.com/



Friday, Jan. 25

3 p.m. - Snuffy  & Sarahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I44WkxpeoNo


5 p.m. - Daniel Marly aka Bambaata https://www.last.fm/music/Daniel+Bambaata+Marley/+wiki



Saturday, Jan. 26






D’Angelico NAMM Stage Packed with Performances

From January 24th to the 27th, D’Angelico Guitars’ NAMM Booth 212AB will feature performances from some of music’s biggest stars such as Bob Weir, Robert Randolph, Jonathan Butler, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. Performances are every hour on the hour starting at noon or 1 p.m., lasting twenty-five minutes per set. Each set will be live-streamed by Relix Magazine.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019
12:00 PM — The Spirit Fingers
1:00 PM — Fabrizio Sotti
2:00 PM — Tony Bruno
3:00 PM — Kerry Marshall with Mac Ayres
4:00 PM — Jonathan Butler
5:00 PM — Brandon Taz Niederauer
7:00 PM — Bob Weir and Wolf Bros** private event

Friday, January 25th, 2019
1:00 PM — Allan Harris
2:00 PM — Zane Carney with Yoav Eshed
3:00 PM — Phony PPL
4:00 PM — Brandon Taz Niederauer
5:00 PM — Robert Randolph

Saturday, January 26th, 2019
12:00 PM — Ruby Leigh Pearson Lit’l Miss Country
1:00 PM — Adam Miller
2:00 PM — Chris Mazuera & Curt Henderson and Special Guests
3:00 PM — Melanie Faye
4:00 PM — Erick Walls
5:00 PM — Fabrizio Sotti

**All sets are open to all NAMM attendees unless otherwise marked.

Tascam Debuts Model 24 Mixer and more at 
NAMM 2019

TASCAM will be 


pulling the wraps off their new and hottest products at this year's NAMM show, including some new, as yet unseen surprises.

At booth 18910 in the North Hall of the Anaheim Convention Center, TASCAM will be showcasing their brand new Model 24 digital multittrack recorder. Offering 24 tracks of 24-bit, 48 kHz audio capture (22 channels and a stereo main mix) and 22 playback tracks via either USB 2.0 or to the unit's onboard SD Card recorder, the Model 24 delivers quick, easy one-touch recording and includes transport controls, auto and manual punch in/out, and overdub capability. With color-coded knobs, faux-wood sides, and a retro design, the Model 24 is reminiscent of vintage TASCAM products but it's based on the company's industry-leading digital Portastudio technology, as evidenced by its LCD screen and digital recording and Bluetooth® input features.
Regular demos of the Model 24 will be shown throughout the day each day of the show.

In addition to the Model 24, TASCAM will be unveiling several other new products for professional audio, DSLR video, and installed AV applications. Come by and get a first look at some brand new cutting edge surprises.

The TASCAM booth will also be hosting the debut of Gig Performer 3.0, the innovative, feature-rich software platform that transforms your plug-ins into a powerful live performance system. Paired with TASCAM's US-20x20 USB interface, Gig Performer 3.0 offers a complete live performance solution for taking control of your setup.

Also at the TASCAM booth, join Nuclear Blast Records, home of Slayer, Death Angel, Accept, Hammerfall and other great metal artists. Nuclear Blast will be hosting a listening station featuring vinyl spun on custom TEAC turntables, as well as giving away slipmats, and other cool swag.

Orange County based Burger Records, will also be hosting at the TASCAM booth this year. One of the major forces behind the cassette revival, Burger Records will be hosting a cassette rewind contest, and giving away copies of some of their current releases.

And Blue Coast Records, the premier DSD and high resolution audio label, will be joining TASCAM again this year, using the opportunity to showcase their recordings on the TASCAM DA-3000 Stereo Master Recorder.

Elsewhere at the booth, the stage will host sets by celebrated singer-songwriter RT Valine, as well as a performance by San Diego's Beebs and her Moneymakers, Gramm-nominated producer/guitarist Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down), and Odyssy featuring DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy. Between musical performances, check out demos of Model 24, Gig Performer, and presentations on high-resolution recording from Blue Coast's Cookie Marenco and Earful Productions' Jim Stern, as well as DW Fearn and the Hazelrigg Brothers.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Lee Ritenour, Dave Weckl and Ellis Hall to headline Yamaha Booth performances at 2019 NAMM Show

Not an hour is going by without more NAMM-related news coming into my inbox. That's a good thing...


Lee Ritenour, Dave Weckl and Ellis Hall to headline Yamaha Booth performances during the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Jan. 24-27, 2019




Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Dave Weckl and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Hall will be the highlighted acts of many to appear on the Yamaha stage during the 2019 NAMM Show, Jan. 24-27, 2019. 

The Yamaha stage will be the centerpiece of the Yamaha booth in the Marquis Ballroom of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, located adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center.

Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour is a contemporary jazz icon with a career spanning 40 years. His career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin and 17 additional Grammy nominations. At the NAMM Show starting at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, Ritenour will be sharing the stage with eight winners of the 2018 Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Competiition, a global nonprofit music contest of his own devising, which attracts some of the most talented aspiring artists from around the world as contestants.

For more than 35 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained an international reputation as one of the great living drummers. Weckl's most famous early work is with the Chick Corea Elektric Band, with whom Weckl spent seven years; he also appeared with Corea's Akoustic Band, whose first release won him a Grammy award. As part of his NAMM performance at 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, Weckl will be showcasing a brand new Yamaha drum set to be unveiled on Day One of the show.


Ellis Hall, dubbed "The Ambassador of Soul," is a seasoned and accomplished soul, blues and funk vocalist. He is a songwriter, arranger, producer and educator, fluent in piano, keyboards, guitar and - his favorites - upright and electric bass. Hall will be the finale act on the Yamaha stage at NAMM, beginning at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, where he will put numerous Yamaha instruments through their paces, including the just-released CP stage piano.

Other musicians appearing on the Yamaha stage this weekend will be: EDM artist Plasmic, drummers Ray Levier and Sarah Thawer, composer/vocalist Tori Letzler, songwriter Joey Dosik, keyboardist Nicholas Semrad, vocalist/pianist Avery*Sunshine, Yamaha guitar clinicians Carl Tosten and Robbie Calvo, and guitarist AJ Rafael, Matteo Mancuso, Joseph Vincent, MJ Ultra and Alex Alexander. Each of the Six String Theory Competition winners will perform solo in addition to their ensemble with Ritenour and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, a 15-piece mariachi ensemble, will also be appearing onstage.

For a flavor of what these great musicians have to offer, visit the Spotify playlist here: https://yamaha.io/SpotifyNAMM19

For more information about Yamaha Corporation of America, visit usa.yamaha.com.


Mavis Staples shares "Love and Trust" on MLK Jr. Day; new album 'Live in London' coming February 8

I've been fortunate to see Mavis Staples perform several times (including at both the Doheny Blues Festival and Coachella) and she is always amazing in concert. Today comes word she has a new live album due February 8 via Anti-...




MAVIS STAPLES SHARES “LOVE AND TRUST”
ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, LISTEN 
HERE
NEW LIVE ALBUM ‘LIVE IN LONDON’ OUT FEBRUARY 8 VIA ANTI-



Gospel/blues titan and civil-rights warrior” – Paste

“Staples’s voice has a strength and endurance not heard in years” – The New Yorker
“I’ve stretched out—I’m singing songs that rock stars have written for me,” explained Mavis Staples, “but they know me and the kind of songs I want to sing.” This includes “Love and Trust,” composed by Ben Harper, which is also the opening song on Live in London. Listen to the song HERE“I love that song, it’s a beauty,” she says. “I’ve been sending a message of love and trust since the Sixties, and I’m still searching for that.”


Live in London is Mavis Staples’ first live album in ten years, set for release on February 8, 2019. Recorded over two nights at London’s Union Chapel (which she calls “the best place in the world to sing”) and produced by Staples herself, Live in London reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after seventy years as a performer. While her repertoire continues to expand, her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group the Staple Singers.

Mavis Staples enjoying herself (and thrilling
crowd) at Doheny Blues Festival in May 2011.
Photo credit: Robert Kinsler
Ironically, her last live record—2008’s Hope at the Hideout—was cut against the background of her fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama’s historic election, while the new album inevitably addresses the horrors of the Donald Trump era. Notably, though the Staple Singers were responsible for such indelible anthems as “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” Live in London delivers its own powerful sounds and formidable statements without including those classics. “Of course I still perform those songs,” says Staples, “but we didn't see any need for them to be on the record. This gives people a chance to hear what we're doing now.”


The focus of this collection is material Staples has recorded since signing with ANTI- Records in 2007, and in that time Staples has had songs written for her by iconoclastic artists like Nick Cave, Neko Case, and Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards); collaborated with modern rock powerhouses Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, and Hozier; and recorded multiple albums with Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

Mavis Staples performing at the
Doheny Blues Festival in 2011.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
“It’s kind of unbelievable to me that I’m still recording,” says Staples. “I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love—I'm just overwhelmed, really. I thank God every night before I go to bed and then again every morning for waking up.”

Staples is on tour now, and you can see upcoming dates posted below.









2019 TOUR DATES
2/21 – Paducah, KY – Clemens Fine Arts Center
2/22 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino
2/24 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel w/ Buddy Guy
3/22 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
3/29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Resort & Casino
4/13 – Decatur, GA – Amplify Decatur Music Festival
4/18 – Byron Bay, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/20 – Tyagarah, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/21 – Tyagarah, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/23 – Auckland, New Zealand – The Civic w/ Tami Neilson
5/2 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/31 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Music Festival
6/23 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
6/25 – Norrmalm, Sweden – Nalen
6/27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Theater CarrĂ©

‘LIVE IN LONDON’ TRACK LISTING
1. Love and Trust (Written by Ben Harper)
2. Who Told You That (Written by Jeff Tweedy)
3. Slippery People (Written by Talking Heads)
4. What You Gonna Do – Intro
5. What You Gonna Do (Written by Pops Staples)
6. Take Us Back (Written by Benjamin Booker)
7. You Are Not Alone (Written by Jeff Tweedy)
8. No Time For Cryin’ (Written by Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples)
9. Can You Get to That (Written by George Clinton and Ernie Harris)
10. Let’s Do It Again (Written by Curtis Mayfield)
11. Dedicated (Written by Justin Vernon and Matthew Ward)
12. We’re Gonna Make It (Written by Gene Barge, Billy Davis, Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith)
13. Encore: Happy Birthday
14. Touch A Hand (Written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson)

Pre-Order ‘Live in London’

MAVIS STAPLES
https://www.mavisstaples.com/
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Rousing Songcraft Via Essential 2019 Releases

A trio of discs celebrating the ever-growing legacy of Big Star and that band's late front man Alex Chilton as well as a new LP from Southern California-based songstress Alice Wallace highlight my latest round of recommended new listens.



Artist: Big Star
Title: Live on WLIR (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: The Replacements, R.E.M., Big Star
Tell me more: Captured in the wake of the release of their second album, 1974's brilliant "Radio City," Big Star's performance featured on Live on WLIR is essential listening for fans of the legendary Memphis band. The 15-track set recorded on New York radio station WLIR-FM features singer-guitarist Alex Chilton, drummer-vocalist Jody Stephens and bassist John Lightman performing many of Big Star's most beloved original songs as well as an acoustic cover of Loudon Wainwright III's "Motel Blues" and a short interview. Although the radio broadcast was originally released as "Live" in 1992, they have now been restored and remastered as both a single audio CD or double LP release (Live on WLIR will be released on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019). Highlights on "Live on WLIR" include the shimmering "September Gurls," the melodic rockers "Way Out West" and "In The Street," and the acoustic "Thirteen" (the latter one of several cuts that Chilton performs solo). The collection has new, updated liner notes from Memphis writer Robert Gordon (a Grammy winner for his essay on the 2010 Big Star box set "Keep an Eye on the Sky") as well as a new interview with John Lightman conducted by Chris Bell biographer Rich Tupica. Information: OmnivoreRecordings.com.



Artist: Alex Chilton
Title: From Memphis to New Orleans (Bar/None Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Big Star, John Lennon
Tell me more: Alex Chilton's third act is celebrated on several new releases coming in February 2019, including From Memphis to New Orleans. Having found fame during his teens as lead singer of The Box Tops and cult acclaim in his twenties leading Big Star, Alex Chilton explored his Southern roots when he emerged from a self-imposed exile in the 1980s. The material featured on From Memphis to New Orleans is loose and authentic, showcasing a more relaxed Chilton than the intense personality showcased on Big Star's seminal discs. "Paradise" (with its late '50s-flavored Buddy Holly stylings), the soulful New Orleans-minded "Underclass" and "Make A Little Love," tuneful "Let Me Get Close To You," and Beach Boys-mining "Little GTO" reflect the joyful spirit of this period in Chilton's career. From Memphis to New Orleans will be released Feb. 8, 2019. Information: bar-none.com.



Artist: Alex Chilton
Title: Songs From Robin Hood Lane (Bar/None Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Big Star, Jonathan Butler
Tell me more: The second of two Alex Chilton releases set for release by Bar/None Records in February, Songs From Robin Hood Lane collects four previously unreleased performances as well as rare tracks and recordings long out of print. The dozen-song title finds Chilton offering up his emotional takes on jazz-styled classics ranging from "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and "My Baby Just Cares For Me" to "All Of You" and "Time After Time." A version of the American Songbook classic "Save Your Love For Me" is especially poignant. Songs From Robin Hood Lane will be released Feb. 8, 2019. Information: bar-none.com.





Artist: Alice Wallace
Title: Into The Blue (Rebelle Road Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Emmylou Harris
Tell me more: Alice Wallace's Into the Blue is one of the first masterworks of 2019. An album that combines the best of contemporary Americana and country music styles, the 10-track album should further introduce the emerging artist to a wider audience. Wallace has an emotive and dazzling soprano voice to be sure (just listen to her voice soar in the final moments of "Desert Rose" and artfully again in "Top of the World") but it is the way she wraps her musical talents around persuasive songs often directed at issues of female empowerment and life in Southern California that elevate the soaring soundscapes even higher. Every song on "Into The Blue" is a great one with the tracks resonating with each listen; indeed residents of wildfire-ravaged Southern California will relate to the timely "Santa Ana Winds" while everyone will appreciate universal themes explored in "The Lonely Talking," "The Same Old Song" and "Top of the World." Information: AliceWallaceMusic.com.


Robert Kinsler

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.



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