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Gibson Firebird V 2010

Motor City inspired design meets classic humbucking tone

 

By Alex Baker

 

The Gibson Firebird was one of the most radically-designed guitars in production when it was first introduced in the early Sixties. The design for the original 1963 Firebird was in part based on the Gibson Explorer but was heavily influenced by the tailfins of classic Detroit manufactured automobiles from the Fifties and Sixties. The Firebird was in fact designed by renowned automotive designer… Read More

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The Edge of U2: Gear and Tone Secrets

U2 guitarist The Edge shows off the first guitar he ever bought, his iconic Gibson Explorer. In New York City at age 17 and intending to buy a Les Paul, The Edge fell for the Explorer instead. Even after breaking the neck at a show years ago, it’s still one of The Edge’s favorite guitars.

 

The Edge demonstrates how the Explorer plus digital delay provides the clear ringingRead More

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Gear Profile: PRS Guitars – Paul Reed Smith Interview

Guitar innovator, master luthier, celebrity and entrepreneur, Paul Reed Smith is owner and creator of PRS Guitars. Smith made his first guitar while he was a student at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, and continued to build guitars after college. After he would complete one, he would bring it to concerts and convince the musicians to try it out and give him feedback.

 

PRS Guitar Factory

 

Smith eventually encountered Carlos Santana. The end result of this meeting was that Santana ended up trying… Read More

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