A tuneful look at 5 iconic Gibson Les Paul players across various musical genres

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Saturday 22 November 2014

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It’s undisputed that the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable guitars of alltime. Artists who play the Les Paul seem to dominate each era and musical genre. From heavy metal to indie rock to reggae, here are a list of 5 musical legends that have strapped on a Les Paul and rocked out like we wished we could with its signature sound.

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Perfectly fine guitars tamed by musicians

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 27 February 2014

Creativity is destructive. That’s evident, what with the fine tradition of musicians smashing up their guitars to bits.

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Now you can plonk away on your very own oil can guitar

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By Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Georgia-based company Bohemian Guitars offers these cool oil can guitars — inspired by the resourcefully sort of re-purposed musical instruments that started in South Africa — for sale. Even better, a percentage of guitar sales goes towards donating instruments to schools and youth organisations to promote music education.

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Guitars of iconic musicians

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 2 August 2013

Italian multimedia designer and art director Federico Mauro, he who is probably best known for his Famous Eyeglasses series, also has a Famous Guitars series of the iconic guitars that famous musicians tore their fingertips — as well as picks, teeth and the such — away at. The effect is both stark and elegant.

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Beat-up skateboards reborn as guitars

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Buenos Aires-based Skate Guitar duo Ezequiel Galasso and Gianfranco de Gennaro take used skateboards to the great gig in the sky by repurposing skate decks as guitars. Colorful, and sounds good too. Sweet.

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Fully furnished dollhouse inside a guitar

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 15 January 2013

What do you do when your daughter grows too old for dollhouses and moves off to university? Build her a portable dollhouse in a guitar to take with her, of course! At least, that’s what Lorraine of Fairy Meadow Miniatures decided to do. This unique piece might just be the cutest acoustic guitar I’ve ever seen.

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Fuzz: The Sound That Changed the World

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By The History of Apple Pie in Video on Friday 7 December 2012

Fuzz: The Sound That Changed The World is a really nerdy ninety minute documentary filled with interviews with various pedal builders and musicians along with a little bit of fuzz history and should be watched by anyone remotely interested in effects. It just makes you just want to build everything for yourself. One of the […]

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Handmade silver guitar parts by Silver Luthier

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By Christy Lee Rogers in New Products on Saturday 16 June 2012

Handmade silver guitar accessories by Silver Luthier are on my mind lately.  Ever since the company’s founder and designer, Ryan Murphy, gave me one of his custom built guitars, I’ve wanted the full set up of skull or flame bridges, knobs and tuning pegs. The company is new and about to bust into stores this year. I also own their skeleton key pendant and skull ring. Yes, they have jewelry as well.

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Andy McKee

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Monday 12 January 2009

At one end of the spectrum there are those guitar players — the ‘social players’ — who’ll share a few chords round the campfire every once in a while and then pop it back in the cupboard until the next gathering. At the other end, there are those who sit in their bedroom throughout their […]

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John Butler Trio’s Oceans

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Monday 29 December 2008

This is a fantastic piece of guitar playing. The John Butler Trio have been tearing up the roots scene Down Under for years now, and you can see why. He looks like your average nu-age folk singer-songwriter, but his obvious deep-rooted connection to the guitar — as demonstrated by his staggering sense of rhythm and […]

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Tallan Latz, eight year old guitar whiz

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 20 December 2008

Six years of playing down the line, and I only recently nailed my first Clapton song. The joy and relief it brought to me and my parents, who forever politely smiled as I destroyed tune after tune, was palpable. So, it was with bitter jealousy that I watched this kid, eight-years-old, doing nothing less than […]

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The Gibson Robot Les Paul Studio

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By Derrick Stembridge in New Products on Saturday 13 September 2008

The revolutionary Gibson Robot Les Paul Studio Limited Electric Guitar has some groundbreaking controls at your disposal. At first glance, the four control knobs seem to be indistinguishable from those on other Les Paul guitars. But look again. While the knobs do provide the standard tone and volume controls for each of the two pickups, […]

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By Derrick Stembridge in Cool Websites on Monday 8 September 2008

Songsterr solves problems by creating tabs you can play back and along with in real time. As the song progresses, Songsterr indicates where you should be in the tab. Just what us guitar hacks needed. Now, where the hell is my Guitar Hero axe?

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Peter Nalitch — Guitar

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Friday 21 December 2007

Peter Nalitch is Russia’s answer to Manu Chao. His video for the song Guitar is a Borat-like jab at low-budget, post-Soviet awkwardness — absurd English lyrics, Eurotrash earnestness, bad wipes, and cheap subtitles. But its tongue-in-cheekness is quite apparent, and the song is disarmingly catchy and romantic.

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C. Diddy, the ultimate Air Guitarist

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By Zolton in Video on Saturday 19 May 2007

I don’t care if Jimmy Hendrix was dragged kicking and screaming from where he lies, put through a torrid round of detox, and handed an invisible guitar – a Flying V carved out of the bones of Robert Johnson. It would still pale in comparison to this.

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