Petition to resolve the Gibson Guitar inquiry

Head on over to Change.org and sign this petition to resolve the Gibson Guitar inquiry. We as guitarists and guitar lovers need to stay on top of this issue because it could grow to affect every guitar company we know and love. Spread the word, pass the link around, and let’s see if we can get something done.

Here’s some info from the petition site:

On Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, agents for the U.S. government executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service executed the search warrants for ebony and rosewood that was imported from India.

The federal officials claim that Gibson violated the Lacey Act, which stipulates that a company cannot import wood in a manner that’s against the laws of the country the wood is coming from. However, Gibson has complied with Indian law and no concerns have been raised by the Indian government.

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REVIEW: Ernie Ball Music Man Silhouette Special

The Silhouette has been a mainstay of the Ernie Ball Music Man line-up for decades now, and over the years it’s found its way into the hands of players as diverse as Keith Richards, Vinnie Moore and Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden. (Personally I’ve had an unnaturally heavy crush on an all white one with a maple fretboard and Floyd Rose ever since I saw it in an issue of Guitar Player back in the day). It’s a workhorse design whose looks can suit shredders, rockers, blues and country players and fusioneers.

A few Silhouette Special specs are standard: alder body, high-gloss polyester finish, a 25 1/2″ scale length, select maple neck with a 10″ neck radius, 22 high-profile medium width frets; gunstock oil and hand-rubbed wax blend finish on the back of the neck; Schaller M6-IND locking tuners; adjustable truss rod wheel down at the body end of the neck; five-bolt neck attachment for extreme stability and transfer of vibrational energy; and 250kohm volume and tone pots (which soften the treble a little compared to 500kohm pots).  But because this is EBMM there are plenty of options available. The Silhouette Special can be ordered with either a standard string-through-body bridge or an optional two-point Music Man vintage tremolo, each with bent steel saddles. Or if you wish you can order a piezo bridge with solid steel saddles and an extra volume control for adding an acoustic sound to your sonic arsenal. You can also choose between a select maple or rosewood fretboard and a matching painted headstock, and you can select between HSS (humbucker/single coil/single coil) or SSS pickup configurations. If you go down the HSS route, your pickups are a DiMarzio Virtual PAF and two custom DiMarzio single coils. If you choose a SSS model, you’ll be rocking three DiMarzio custom singles, my friend.


Music Man Silhouette Special HSS Tremolo Electric Guitar Black Maple Fretboard

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Line 6 POD HD PRO Rack

One of the greatest regrets of my life (apart from that time I stalled on meeting Mr T at the mall) is that I’ve never had a rack. If I did, I’d totally put this in it. (By the way, CLICK HERE for my review of the Line 6 POD HD300).

LINE 6 DEBUTS POD® HD PRO RACK MULTI-EFFECT PROCESSOR

—Flagship POD multi-effect provides revolutionary HD modeling and total flexibility for professional guitarists—

CALABASAS, Calif.—September 12, 2011—Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, announced today the release of POD HD Pro rack-mountable multi-effect processor. Featuring revolutionary Line 6 HD modeling technology, POD HD Pro delivers the highest-quality tones to performing and recording guitarists.

“As the flagship product of our new POD HD line, POD HD Pro is the best of the best,” remarked Elliot Chenault, product manager for Line 6 POD HD products. “It’s got all the features, connectivity, flexibility and tone that today’s professional guitarists and producers need.”

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Get Down: A Brief History of Tuning Down

Check out my latest for Gibson.com – a brief history of tuning down.

Tuning down is extremely common today. In fact it’s almost a quaint curiosity when a band chooses to perform in standard tuning. But it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time, almost everybody played in standard tuning (E A D G B E). But guitarists, like Indiana Jones and astronauts, are always striving for adventure and discovery, and this quest has led them to all sorts of lowered tunings. These tunings are of course distinct from the popular chord tunings (such as Open G) traditionally used in blues music, and generally their raison d’etre is to increase the heaviness of a riff.

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