On March 12, the first nine 10-foot-tall guitar sculptures in the Gibson GuitarTown II exhibit were unveiled on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, and Slash -- sans top hat -- was there to take it all in. The works on display were created by Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Free Humanity, Smog City and DeeKay, and they celebrated several rock acts, including Van Halen, Rage Against The Machine and Jane’s Addiction.
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.