The Pawn Stars guys couldn't believe their luck when the nephew of singer Mary Ford walked into their shop with a piece of history: a cream 1961 Gibson SG that was once owned by guitar innovator, and Ford's ex-husband, Les Paul.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the Epiphone '61 Reissue Casino 50th Anniversary, an accurate reproduction down to its T-shaped headstock plate, black P-90s, dot inlays, tortoiseshell pickguard and finish.
The BBC reports that Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has joined together with the Tea Party to protest against the US government. Federal agents raided a Gibson factory under suspicion the company was importing illegal wood for guitars, and an investigation is under way.
This month, Gibson has unveiled the new Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass, which features a pair of noise-cancelling single-coil Seymour Duncan pick-ups with independent volume controls and a master tone pot.
Carolyn Wonderland’s new Bismeaux Records release, Peace Meal, ranks high in the never-ending quest for the perfect road trip soundtrack. In fact, I spent a couple of hours on Northern California’s windy mountain roads grooving to her rich, bluesy voice and driving (pun intended) blues-rock arrangements of classic and new material. I can’t decide whether I like her raspy, lush-toned vocals or soulful and skillful guitar playing better, but luckily I don’t have to choose!