A look at the work of Gibson''s inaugural Artist in Residence.

Gibson Custom's Artist in Residence: James A. Willis

Gibson Custom's Artist in Residence: James A. Willis
Gibson Custom has launched a new program that aims to support established and up-and-coming fine artists with studio space and access to the company's craftsmen and women to produce one-of-a-kind artistic collaborations. The first artist, James A. Willis, is known for using oil and acrylic paint to capture the color, light, architecture, and people of his home in New York City. Gibson will announce more details about the application process later this year.

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Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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